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January 25, 2013
EDINBURGH, Jan. 25 – The most comprehensive HPC On-Demand service in Europe has been created by combining access to HECToR, the UK's national computing service, with 2 new systems: an IBM BlueGene/Q and Indy, a dual configuration Linux-Windows HPC cluster. Accelerator is provided by EPCC, the world-class supercomputing centre at the University of Edinburgh.
Accelerator’s unique mix of facilities is designed to meet the computational needs of any size of business, from SME to multinational. Customers choose when to access the service and they pay only for the compute resource used. Accelerator has the capability to support a wide range of modelling and simulation scenarios, from the simple modelling of subsystem parts through to the modelling of entire systems in life sciences, energy, pharmaceuticals and engineering.
Combined with the ability to run multiple simulations in parallel, Accelerator can dramatically reduce discovery and innovation timescales.
Security is a prime consideration of the service. Accelerator’s hardware - including petabyte-scale data storage - is housed in EPCC’s world-class Advanced Computing Facility, which was purpose-built to provide the highest levels of physical and online security. Service access is governed by tightly controlled security and access procedures, with users managing all their own data, code and resource usage through unique, secure accounts.
Accelerator's support structures draw on EPCC’s deep expertise in HPC. A dedicated support service for users is underpinned by our staff of over 70 highly-qualified HPC experts, who can provide additional in-depth project assistance as required.
Accelerator’s growing customer list includes Oxford Nanapore Technologies, FIOS Genomics, Vattenfall, Deep Casing Tools and Rock Solid Imaging, with many more companies currently undertaking piloting and benchmarking tests. Vattenfall AB, for example, used HECToR to model the entire Lillgrund offshore wind farm, one of the world’s largest. The resulting model provides Vattenfall with a generic compute tool that greatly reduces the time and cost of introducing new wind farm installations.
Large-scale, worldwide scientific initiatives rely on some cloud-based system to both coordinate efforts and manage computational efforts at peak times that cannot be contained within the combined in-house HPC resources. Last week at Google I/O, Brookhaven National Lab’s Sergey Panitkin discussed the role of the Google Compute Engine in providing computational support to ATLAS, a detector of high-energy particles at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).
The Xeon Phi coprocessor might be the new kid on the high performance block, but out of all first-rate kickers of the Intel tires, the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) got the first real jab with its new top ten Stampede system.We talk with the center's Karl Schultz about the challenges of programming for Phi--but more specifically, the optimization...
Although Horst Simon was named Deputy Director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, he maintains his strong ties to the scientific computing community as an editor of the TOP500 list and as an invited speaker at conferences.
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.
May 09, 2013 |
The Japanese government has revealed its plans to best its previous K Computer efforts with what they hope will be the first exascale system...
05/10/2013 | Cleversafe, Cray, DDN, NetApp, & Panasas | From Wall Street to Hollywood, drug discovery to homeland security, companies and organizations of all sizes and stripes are coming face to face with the challenges – and opportunities – afforded by Big Data. Before anyone can utilize these extraordinary data repositories, however, they must first harness and manage their data stores, and do so utilizing technologies that underscore affordability, security, and scalability.
04/15/2013 | Bull | “50% of HPC users say their largest jobs scale to 120 cores or less.” How about yours? Are your codes ready to take advantage of today’s and tomorrow’s ultra-parallel HPC systems? Download this White Paper by Analysts Intersect360 Research to see what Bull and Intel’s Center for Excellence in Parallel Programming can do for your codes.
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.