Short Takes

Seagate, USCAS Urge Congress to Fully Fund FY17 Supercomputing Budget

Mar 18, 2016 |

Given divided government and the election year, the U.S. FY17 budget discussions are likely to be more contentious than usual. Seagate tweeted yesterday that it and fellow industry members of the U.S. Coalition for the Advancement of Supercomputing (USCAS) had submitted a statement to Congress “advocating for full funding of the Department of Energy’s fiscal year 2017 budget request for supercomputing.”

The statement was submitted Wednesday to Chairman Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), Ranking Member Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), and other members of the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee. Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Mar 17, 2016 |

Here at HPCwire, we aim to keep the HPC community apprised of the most relevant and interesting news items that get tweeted throughout the week. The tweets that caught our eye this past week are presented below. Check back in next Thursday for an entirely updated list.

K Computer Simulates Global Seismic Wave Propagation

Mar 17, 2016 |

Researchers at the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) reported simulating global seismic wave propagation with a best-ever accuracy of 1.2 sec seismic period for a three-dimensional Earth model on Japan’s K supercomputer. Optimizing the code allowed them achieve sustained performance of 1.24 petaflops on the K computer, which is 11.84% of its peak performance.

Their work is reported in the International Journal of High Performance Computing Applications (A 1.8 trillion degrees-of-freedom, 1.24 petaflops global seismic wave simulation on the K computer, Feb. Read more…

Google’s AlphaGo Defeats Go Star Lee Sedol

Mar 16, 2016 |

Remember the IBM Deep Blue-Gary Kasparov chess match? It ended somewhat controversially in 1997 when Deep Blue – after a significant upgrade – rebounded from a deficit to escape with a 3½-2 ½ win. The match took nearly a year and one half. Yesterday, Google AlphaGo platform ended its Go match with a decisive win over Lee Sedol of South Korea and one of the world’s top Go players. Read more…

SC16 Explores Reproducibility Through Student Cluster Competition

Mar 16, 2016 |

Study reproducibility has long been a challenge in research, and science’s increasing dependence on high performance computing has worsened the problem. Data sets and software are often critical by-products of studies but are typically missing from published reports – this hobbles efforts to repeat studies and sometimes lessens confidence in the results.

In a blog post today on the SC16 web site, researcher Michela Taufer of the University of Delaware outlined an effort to address the reproducibility challenge. Read more…

Intel May Sell $1Billion of its Venture Assets

Mar 11, 2016 |

Bloomberg Business is reporting that Intel plans to sell up to $1 billion of its venture capital unit and will consolidate the organization.

“Since its start in 1991, Intel Capital has invested about $11.6 billion in more than 1,440 companies in 57 countries across a range of sectors including security, wearable technology and digital media, according to the company’s website. Last year, the unit invested $514 million in 143 companies, split almost evenly between new ventures and follow-on investments,” according to the report. Read more…

Wrangler Supercomputer Speeds Through Big Data

Mar 11, 2016 | Like the old Western cowboys who tamed wild horses, Wrangler tames beasts of big data, such as computing problems that involve analyzing thousands of files that need to be quickly opened, examined and cross-correlated. Read more…

IDC Server Report: China Surges; IBM Power Strengthens; ARM Stumbles

Mar 11, 2016 |

Led by strong growth in China, the worldwide server market grew 5.2 percent to $15.3 billion in the fourth quarter of 2015, reported market watcher IDC this week. It was the seventh consecutive quarterly (year over year) growth. Notably the high-end of the server market, typically used in the HPC world, actually fell slightly (2.3 percent) to $2.3 billion.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) again led all suppliers with 24.9 percent market share (revenue) despite a 2.1 percent year-over-year revenue decline to $3.8 billion. Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Mar 10, 2016 |

Here at HPCwire, we aim to keep the HPC community apprised of the most relevant and interesting news items that get tweeted throughout the week. The tweets that caught our eye this past week are presented below. Check back in next Thursday for an entirely updated list.

Sen. Lamar Alexander: ‘Supercomputing Is One Priority We Agree On’

Mar 10, 2016 |

Increasingly, stakeholders across the public and private spheres are recognizing high-performance computing’s role as an essential competitive tool for the 21st century. The launch of the National Strategic Computing Initiative was a significant auger of HPC’s wider embrace. Together with the proliferation of HPC, the rise of China as a competitive supercomputing power could do what decades of HPC ROI reports haven’t: stir sufficient political will to unlock serious investment dollars. Read more…