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The Nuts and Bolts of Nuclear Stewardship

Sep 10, 2014 |

Sometimes the impetus behind large-scale computing endeavors can be surprising. Take the case of nuts and bolts. Given the right context, these everyday objects become a much bigger deal. Like when the context is nuclear missile design. Every component of a nuclear weapon body must go through a painstaking review process. As an article at Deixis Magazine Read more…

House Bill Takes Aim at Exascale

Sep 10, 2014 |

The House of Representatives passed an exascale computing support bill Monday highlighting once again the link between next-generation HPC and national competitiveness. The American Super Computing Leadership Act of 2014 (H.R. 2495) seeks to “amend the Department of Energy High-End Computing Revitalization Act of 2004 to improve the high-end computing research and development program of the Department of Read more…

Aerospace Explores the Compute Horizon

Sep 4, 2014 |

For much of the history of aviation, designers and engineers ran their calculations and experiments without the benefit of computers. But as the price of computation dropped, the competitive advantage conferred by digital engineering became clear. The aerospace industry has reached a turning point where the complexity of the simulation work is necessitating an increase in the Read more…

Googler Nabs Top White House Tech Job

Sep 4, 2014 |

The White House announced that Google executive Megan Smith has been named the next US Chief Technology Officer. According to a blog post from White House official John P. Holdren, Smith will “lead Administration-wide efforts to unleash the power of technology, data, and innovation to help meet our nation’s goals and the needs of our Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Sep 4, 2014 |

Here at HPCwire, we want to help keep the HPC community as up-to-date as possible on some of the most captivating news items that were tweeted throughout the week. The tweets that caught our eye this past week are listed below. Check back in next Thursday for an entirely updated list. Click here to view the top tweets Read more…

Google Expands Quantum Computing Program

Sep 3, 2014 |

Google and the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) are partnering on a super-fast “quantum” computer chip with the potential to dramatically alter the supercomputing landscape with its power and speed. The search giant announced Tuesday that renowned researcher John Martinis and his team at the University of California, Santa Barbara, would become the newest members of Read more…

NERSC Reveals 44 NESAP Code Teams

Sep 3, 2014 |

Last month the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) announced a collaboration with supercomputing vendors Intel and Cray to prepare for Cori, the Cray XC supercomputer slated to be deployed at NERSC in 2016. To ensure that the highly diverse workloads of the DOE science community continue to be supported as over 5,000 users Read more…

Deconstructing the Hummingbird’s Hover

Sep 2, 2014 |

Ever wonder how a hummingbird is able to hover in mid-air, appearing for a moment to defy the laws of gravity? You’re not alone. Vanderbilt University mechanical engineer Haoxiang Luo accessed the XSEDE’s Lonestar supercomputer to run 3D simulations of a hummingbird flight in an attempt to deconstruct its mysterious powers. Science Writer Jorge Salazar details Luo’s Read more…

Supercomputing Propels Record-Setting Supercar

Sep 2, 2014 |

Engineering students from Ohio State University have designed another record-setting vehicle, thanks in large part to the advanced computing resources of the Ohio Supercomputer Center. Ohio State’s Venturi Buckeye Bullet team set an international land speed record last week at the Bonneville Salt Flats near Wendover, Utah. In a new competition category, the electric vehicle Read more…

Watson-based Tool Automates Discovery

Aug 28, 2014 |

The HPC community has been following IBM’s Watson technology since a semi-personified version of the analytics machine became a winning Jeopardy contestant in 2011. Since then Watson has been SaaS-ified, cloud-enabled, and sent to medical school. Most recently the technology popped up in a tool called KnIT (Knowledge Integration Toolkit). Developed by IBM in partnership with Read more…