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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.
Jun 18, 2013 |
The world's largest supercomputers, like Tianhe-2, are great at traditional, compute-intensive HPC workloads, such as simulating atomic decay or modeling tornados. But data-intensive applications--such as mining big data sets for connections--is a different sort of workload, and runs best on a different sort of computer.
Jun 18, 2013 |
Researchers are finding innovative uses for Gordon, the 285 teraflop supercomputer housed at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) that has a unique Flash-based storage system. Since going online, researchers have put the incredibly fast I/O to use on a wide variety of workloads, ranging from chemistry to political science.
Jun 17, 2013 |
The advent of low-power mobile processors and cloud delivery models is changing the economics of computing. But just as an economy car is good at different things than a full size truck, an HPC workload still has certain computing demands that neither the fastest smartphone nor the most elastic cloud cluster can fulfill.
Jun 14, 2013 |
For all the progress we've made in IT over the last 50 years, there's one area of life that has steadfastly eluded the grasp of computers: understanding human language. Now, researchers at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) are utilizing a Hadoop cluster on its Longhorn supercomputer to move the state of the art of language processing a little bit further.
Jun 13, 2013 |
Titan, the Cray XK7 at the Oak Ridge National Lab that debuted last fall as the fastest supercomputer in the world with 17.59 petaflops of sustained computing power, will rely on its previous LINPACK test for the upcoming edition of the Top 500 list.
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