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Smart Grid Sets HPC Course

Oct 7, 2014 |

When the power goes out, customers aren’t the only ones kept in the dark. The outage can come as a surprise to electricity providers too, which helps explain why electric companies are moving to more transparent reporting systems. Taking a page from supercomputing, scientists at GE Global Research are developing new software using the power Read more…

NOAA Refines Forecasting Ability

Oct 6, 2014 |

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently deployed a next-generation model for hyper-local forecasting as part of a wider effort to boost the accuracy of US weather prediction. Developed over the last five years by researchers at NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory, the High-Resolution Rapid Refresh (HRRR) model is helping meteorologists with NOAA’s National Weather Read more…

India to Launch $730M National Supercomputing Mission

Oct 6, 2014 |

India’s plans to be a world-class computing power are taking shape as the nation’s government lays out its strategy to build a vast supercomputing grid, comprised of more than 70 high-performance computing facilities. The project is expected to take seven years and comes with a price tag of $730 million (Rs. 4,500-crore). It calls for at least Read more…

In Support of Open Source

Oct 2, 2014 |

The Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB) Task Force on Next Generation High Performance Computing (HPC) released a report in August addressing the steps required to deliver next generation leading edge HPC. Some careful readers were puzzled by a section on “open source.” “There has been very little open source that has made its way into broad Read more…

Report Pins HPC Progress to Software Scalability

Oct 2, 2014 |

A new report from the Council on Competitiveness (Council) explores how US government investment in HPC benefits America’s industrial and economic competitiveness. The Council on Competitiveness, with funding from the US Department of Energy, engaged Intersect360 Research to interview HPC-using US organizations across a wide range of industries. Over a six month period, Intersect360 conducted Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Oct 2, 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…

NSF Promotes Data Science with $31M Award

Oct 1, 2014 |

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced today some $31 million in awards for 17 innovative projects geared toward the promotion of data science and a robust data infrastructure. The National Science Foundation (NSF) seeks to improve the nation’s capacity in data science by investing in the development of infrastructure, making it easer to use data, Read more…

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…