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October 08, 2009
Here is a collection of highlights from this week's news stream as reported by HPCwire.
Altair Reports Good First Year for HyperWorks Enabled Community
Autonomous University of Madrid Selects Mitrion Platform
DOE Labs Take Pride in Award-Winning IBM Blue Gene Series
M. D. Anderson Team to Navigate Cancer Genome Atlas
Pervasive, Aha! Launch Strato-Studio
Illumina Announces Integrated Solution for Sequencing Customers
Oklahoma University Awarded Money for Severe Weather Prediction
T-Platforms Enters Indian HPC Market
Bright Computing Launched
Early Registration for SC09 Ends Oct. 12
Dawn Helps Push Forefront of Predictive Simulation
UT's Kraken Supercomputer First Academic Computer to Break Petascale
Upgrades concluded this week at University of Tennessee paved the way for its supercomputer, Kraken, to become the world's first academic supercomputer to reach the petascale mark -- performing more than one thousand trillion operations per second. Kraken is only the fourth supercomputer of any kind to achieve this landmark feat.
"At over a petaflop of peak computing power, and the ability to routinely run full machine jobs, Kraken will dominate large-scale NSF computing in the near future," said Phil Andrews, director of the National Institute for Computational Science, which manages Kraken. "Its unprecedented computational capability and total available memory will allow academic users to treat problems that were previously inaccessible."
Beyond its computing power, Kraken, a Cray XT5 computer, also has a massive amount of memory to store the information used in scientists' large-scale projects. With 129 terabytes of memory, Kraken can store the equivalent of more than 10 million phonebooks.
Kraken's immense power allows researchers to simulate processess that lead to better understanding in fields such as health, medicine and alternative energy. Some 250 projects have been completed or are currently underway since the system's launch.
Cyprus Institute and University of Illinois Ink Agreement
The Cyprus Institute and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have partnered for the development of the Computation-based Science and Technology Research Center (CaSToRC) of the Cyprus Institute.
CaSToRC is leveraging the University of Illinois world renowned NCSA's (National Center for Supercomputing Applications) expertise in designing and operating supercomputing centers and installing, operating, and delivering groundbreaking science using high performance computing.
The agreement formalises the establishment of joint research and educational programs, the sharing of faculty and students, beginning with doctoral students conducting research at the University of Illinois and the Cyprus Institute.
CaSToRc is the first center of its kind in the Eastern Mediteranean area, where its resources will be used for research in areas such as climate modeling, high-energy and plasma physics, materials science, chemistry, 3D visualization, computational biology and financial and economic modeling. The center expects to have tens of teraflops of computing power at its disposal by 2013. CaSToRC was officially launched in February, and the Cyprus Institute and Forschungszentrum Jülich signed a similar agreement in April.
May 23, 2013 |
he study of climate change is one of those scientific problems where it is almost essential to model the entire Earth to attain accurate results and make worthwhile predictions. In an attempt to make climate science more accessible to smaller research facilities, NASA introduced what they call ‘Climate in a Box,’ a system they note acts as a desktop supercomputer.
May 22, 2013 |
At some point in the not-too-distant future, building powerful, miniature computing systems will be considered a hobby for high schoolers, just as robotics or even Lego-building are today. That could be made possible through recent advancements made with the Raspberry Pi computers.
May 16, 2013 |
When it comes to cloud, long distances mean unacceptably high latencies. Researchers from the University of Bonn in Germany examined those latency issues of doing CFD modeling in the cloud by utilizing a common CFD and its utilization in HPC instance types including both CPU and GPU cores of Amazon EC2.
May 15, 2013 |
Supercomputers at the Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) have worked on important computational problems such as collapse of the atomic state, the optimization of chemical catalysts, and now modeling popping bubbles.
May 10, 2013 |
Program provides cash awards up to $10,000 for the best open-source end-user applications deployed on 100G network.
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In this demonstration of SGI DMF ZeroWatt disk solution, Dr. Eng Lim Goh, SGI CTO, discusses a function of SGI DMF software to reduce costs and power consumption in an exascale (Big Data) storage datacenter.
The Cray CS300-AC cluster supercomputer offers energy efficient, air-cooled design based on modular, industry-standard platforms featuring the latest processor and network technologies and a wide range of datacenter cooling requirements.