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Scientists Devise Photon-based Router

Jul 16, 2014 |

Scientists at the Weizmann Institute say they have developed the world’s first photonic router, an important advance towards building a full-on quantum computer. The router is a quantum device based on a single atom that can switch between two states. The single atom is coupled to a fiber-coupled, chip-based microresonator. The state is flipped by Read more…

NSF Petaflopper Skips Retirement for New Life in Africa

Jul 15, 2014 |

Quick obsolescence goes hand-in-hand with cutting-edge technology. Supercomputing is no exception, and it’s not unusual for these great machines to have lifespans of only a few years. While some retired number crunchers go into storage to perhaps be reconstituted by a museum in a later decade, other systems have happier retirement stories. Such is the Read more…

Austrian Unis Stand Up Paraffin-Cooled Supercomputer

Jul 15, 2014 |

Despite stagnation at the upper echelon of supercomputing, countries around the world are continuing to invest in supercomputing as a tool for science and innovation. In Austria, several universities have joined forces to purchase an energy-efficient supercomputer that relies on oil immersion to keep cool. Eight Austrian universities are participating in the project and will share the supercomputing resource, Read more…

Supercomputing Adds Depth to Animal Conservation Efforts

Jul 14, 2014 |

A collaboration between the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research holds new promise for wildlife conservation efforts. The new approach developed by the researchers combines 3D supercomputing and advanced range estimator technologies to track terrestrial, avian, and aquatic wildlife. A paper detailing the project, called Movement-based Estimation and Read more…

IBM Invests $3 Billion in Next-Gen Chip Design

Jul 14, 2014 |

The slow-down of Moore’s law has chip makers expanding their efforts beyond the scaling of silicon-based transistors to include the development of alternative materials and computing approaches. Such is the case with IBM, which last week launched a $3 billion research initiative focused on getting to “7 nanometers and beyond.” The five year program comes Read more…

SDSC Launches Workflows for Data Science Center

Jul 10, 2014 |

The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, has created a new “center of excellence” focused on helping researchers more effectively manage research data. Called Workflows for Data Science Center of Excellence, or WorDS Center for short, the goal is to provide a common resource for the developing and validating Read more…

Advancing Drug Discovery with HPC Cloud

Jul 10, 2014 |

In order to develop a new drug the average pharmaceutical company spends about one billion dollars over ten years. This is an untenable situation for those with serious illnesses who don’t have the luxury of time. That’s why high-performance computing, which has been shown to dramatically accelerate the pace of discovery, is so critical to the Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Jul 10, 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 check out the top Read more…

Airbus Rides Modular Computing Approach to Petascale

Jul 9, 2014 |

Airbus is set to increase its high-performance computing (HPC) capabilities by building on the partnership started with HP in 2011. The aircraft manufacturer will receive a new generation of HP Performance Optimized Datacenters (PODs), boosting its computing capacity to 1.2 petaflops. HP’s new PODs for Airbus come with pre-integrated clusters of HP ProLiant server blades Read more…

Greece to Deploy Supercomputer by Year End

Jul 8, 2014 |

The Greek Research and Technology Network (GRNET) has signed a contract for the development of a high-performance computing system (HPC) to support large-scale scientific applications. The new system, which is expected to be up and running by the end of the year, marks a return to supercomputing for the country which hasn’t had a TOP500-level system since 2000. Read more…