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November 12, 2009
Here is a collection of highlights from this week's news stream as reported by HPCwire.
PGI Release 2010 Includes Support for GPUs
Adaptive Computing Partners with ScaleMP
Cray Launches Integrated Workstation/Cluster
Appro to Support AMD's 'Maranello' Server Platform
Allinea Demonstrates Scalable Debugging to 220,000 Cores
Ranger Surpasses 1.1M Jobs in Less Than 2 Years
Kazakhstan Shows Interest in Russian Supercomputer Technology
Prometheus Alliance Launched to Accelerate Adoption of Bioinformatics Appliances
U of Delaware to Acquire HPC Cluster for Computational Chemistry Research
Platform ISF Available for Managing Private Clouds
Spectra Logic Introduces T-Finity Library
FPGA Cluster Accelerates Bioinformatics Application by 5000X
Bright Computing Signs Agreement with Novell
Wipro Supports Migration to Windows HPC Server
OSC, Nimbis Services Intro E-Commerce Portal
Nimbis Services and the folks from Ohio Supercomputer Center have introduced an e-commerce service that allows underserved companies to purchase time on OSC's Blue Collar system by way of Nimbis' Web portal.
A recent study performed by the Council on Competiveness (CoC) found that many US companies don't have the means to access necessary modeling and simulation resources, leaving them at a competitive disadvantage. This so called "HPC Gap" is remedied by making HPC services easier-to-access, without the need to make an outlay expenditure for expensive computing equipment and without having to form direct partnerships with an HPC provider. Nimbis' Web portal streamlines the process, making it easier for companies to access the resources they need.
From the release:
Computational technologies provide companies with innovative tools that allow for the virtual development of new and improved products, such as cars, pharmaceuticals and financial products. Virtual modeling and simulation also provide companies with a competitive edge through improved manufacturing process design to bring products to market quicker, reducing development time, cost and labor. Simulation makes choosing between alternative processing methods far easier.
Accessing the proper computational resources can increase efficiency and productivity -- providing a competitive edge and profitable bottom line. Such a service is not only beneficial for the companies involved, but has the potential to be an economic stimulator for the entire region.
Says Ashok Krishnamurthy, Ph.D., director of research at the Ohio Supercomputer Center, "We intend for this e-commerce interface to offer many manufacturing companies with a digital 'one-stop' shop for their computational and software needs. OSC becomes an economic driver by bringing in companies with domain expertise, a practice we instituted with Blue Collar Computing web portals."
Interested companies can purchase packages of HPC resources at Nimbis' website, where they can also get in touch with expert computational consultants.
Fin-Shaped Transistors Pave Way for Faster Chips
Purdue University this week announced some progress in finFET transistor technology. FinFET refers to a multigate transistor architecture that uses a fin-shaped conducting channel made of indium-gallium-arsenide. The technology has the potential to shrink transistor sizes below what would be possible with conventional silicon-based semiconductors, thus continuing to meet our demand for faster, more compact computer chips.
But at smaller transistor geometries, there's still a problem with electrical leakage. Take it away Purdue:
One potential solution to this leaking problem is to replace silicon dioxide with materials that have a higher insulating value, or "dielectric constant," such as hafnium dioxide or aluminum oxide.
The Purdue research team has done so, creating finFETs that incorporate the indium-gallium-arsenide fin with a so-called "high-k" insulator. Previous attempts to use indium-gallium-arsenide finFETs to make devices have failed because too much current leaks from the circuit.
The researchers are the first to "grow" hafnium dioxide onto finFETs made of a III-V material using atomic layer deposition. The approach could make it possible to create transistors using the thinnest insulating layers possible -- only a single atomic layer thick.
If successful, the technology could make sub-22nm transistors possible, thus keeping Moore's Law alive beyond 2015.
May 23, 2013 |
The 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.
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