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HPC to Transform Materials Design

Sep 30, 2014 |

Shengfeng Cheng, an assistant professor in the Department of Physics at Virginia Tech, has developed a new high-performance computing system, called IMAGINE, with the sole purpose of developing new kinds of materials. IMAGINE, which stands for Innovative Materials discovery Accelerated through a Genomics and Informatics Engine, was designed to advance materials modeling. The project is Read more…

Brain Science Makes Headway

Sep 30, 2014 |

Brain modeling projects on both sides of the Atlantic are taking off, according to the projects’ leaders. The European Commission-led Human Brain Project (HBP) is on track as it reaches its first anniversary. Criticized by many in the neuroscience community for being overly ambitious, the $1.6 billion project has nevertheless expanded to 112 partners in 24 Read more…

Barriers to Personalized Medicine

Sep 29, 2014 |

One of the most promising advances to come out of the intersection of HPC and life sciences is personalized medicine. A new video from Intel highlights the current state of personalized medicine and identifies some of the main technical barriers that still constrain its adoption. As put forth by Christopher Gough lead solutions architect in Read more…

Supercomputing Propels Fusion Science

Sep 29, 2014 |

University of Texas at Austin physicist Wendell Horton has been using the resources of the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) to study the full 3D structure and dynamics of plasma and advance the remarkable science of fusion energy. Fusion science, which seeks to recreate the energy of the stars for use on Earth, has long Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Sep 25, 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…

Autotune Software Promotes Greener Buildings

Sep 23, 2014 |

A new software effort underway at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) aims to make it quicker, easier and cheaper to model energy use of buildings. ORNL building researchers are developing software that will automatically calibrate models for simulating building energy use, thereby promoting greener design of residential and commercial buildings. The new “Autotune” calibration software Read more…

Seismic Explorers Set Exascale Course

Sep 23, 2014 |

In a recent blog post, Cray Senior Practice Leader Geert Wenes argues that “a perfect storm in seismic processing requirements” is ensuring that the oil and gas industry will be an early adopter of exascale computing technologies. The industrial sector is not far behind the DOE when it comes to interest in exascale, contends Wenes, especially the integrated oil Read more…

Quick Change Material Begs Post-Silicon Consideration

Sep 22, 2014 |

With Moore’s law in peril, the search is on for the next computing substrate. Keeping up the pace of progress in an ever more compute and data driven world will likely require a post-silicon invention that can satisfy humanity’s need for faster, smaller, greener and more powerful computers. In recognition of the size and speed Read more…

HPC Server Market Sees ‘Okay’ Q2

Sep 22, 2014 |

The worldwide market for HPC technical servers reached $2.45 billion in the second quarter of 2014, down 2.6 percent from the same period in 2013, when the market hit $2.51 billion, according to International Data Corporation (IDC) figures. The analyst group attributed the decline to relatively low supercomputer sales. Despite the dip in year-over-year figures, Read more…

TOP500 Stunt Machine Heads to Vegas

Sep 18, 2014 |

Remember “Cherry Creek,” the Intel-designed supercomputer that ran for the duration of SC13 Supercomputing Conference? This “demonstration” system achieved a 400 ranking on that November’s TOP500 list based on a Linpack performance of 131.5 teraflops and a 41st ranking on the subsequent Green500. Intel built the supercomputer in partnership with Supermicro and Bright Computing as Read more…