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One Week Until HPC Summer School Deadline

Feb 8, 2016 |

Feb. 8 — Students looking to take part in the International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences must submit their applications by February 15, 2016. Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from institutions in Canada, Europe, Japan and the United States are invited to apply for the seventh HPC Summer School, to be held June 26 Read more…

April HPC User Forum to Tackle Deep Learning, HPC in the Cloud, and More

Feb 8, 2016 |

IDC released the preliminary agenda for this spring’s HPC User Forum, held April 11-13 in Tucson, AZ. Deep Learning, HPC in the Cloud, and NSCI are among the themes being tackled. There’s also a technology update from Intel and a look at HPC in Europe on the agenda. “HPC technologies and methods have been advancing Read more…

White Hat Hackers Press Attack on TACC’s Chameleon

Feb 8, 2016 |

An article in HPCwire’s sister publication, EnterpriseTech, reports on how a group of cybersecurity researchers is utilizing a cloud computing test bed, called Chameleon and funded by the National Science Foundation, at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin, and the Computational Institute at the University of Chicago to Read more…

University of Southampton Ramps Up Security With Palo Alto Networks

Feb 8, 2016 |

Feb. 8 — Palo Alto Networks, the next-generation security company, today announced that the University of Southampton has selected, deployed, and consolidated its security infrastructure on the Palo Alto Networks security platform. It marks the first time Palo Alto Networks latest next-generation firewall, the chassis-based, highly scalable PA-7050, has been deployed in the United Kingdom. Read more…

Biomedical Simulation at PSC Gets Major Performance Boost with Anton 2

Feb 5, 2016 |

Simulating even small biological systems has long proven computationally difficult. Practically speaking, data-driven bioinformatics such as DNA sequence analysis has progressed more rapidly. Development of Anton 1, the ASIC-based supercomputer specifically designed for simulating molecular dynamics by D. E. Shaw Research (DESRES) in 2008, was a major advance. In 2010 DESRES provided an Anton machine Read more…

Auburn University Unveils $1M Supercomputer

Feb 5, 2016 |

Feb. 5 — Auburn University today unveiled its new $1 million supercomputer that will enhance research across campus, from microscopic gene sequencing to huge engineering tasks. The university is also initiating a plan to purchase a new one every few years as research needs evolve and expand. “Many of our research projects require terabytes of Read more…

Allocation Requests Sought for Blue Waters Supercomputer

Feb 5, 2016 |

Feb. 5 — Blue Waters is one of the world’s most powerful computing systems. Each year that Blue Waters is in operation, about 3 to 4 million node-hours will be allocated to projects from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As each node has many powerful cores, this is significantly more computing power than most Read more…

James Reinders: Parallelism Has Crossed a Threshold

Feb 4, 2016 |

Is the parallel everything era here? What happens when you can assume parallel cores? In the second half of our in-depth interview, Intel’s James Reinders discusses the eclipsing of single-core machines by their multi- and manycore counterparts and the ramifications of the democratization of parallel computing, remarking “we don’t need to worry about single-core processors anymore Read more…

PSC Receives $1.8 Million NIH Grant

Feb 4, 2016 |

Feb. 4 — A $1.8-million National Institutes of Health grant to the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) will make a next-generation Anton 2 supercomputer developed by D. E. Shaw Research (DESRES) available to the biomedical research community. A specialized system for modeling the function and dynamics of biomolecules, the Anton 2 machine at PSC will be Read more…

Carnegie Mellon Joins IARPA Project to Reverse-Engineer Brain Algorithms

Feb 3, 2016 |

Feb. 3 — Carnegie Mellon University is embarking on a five-year, $12 million research effort to reverse-engineer the brain, seeking to unlock the secrets of neural circuitry and the brain’s learning methods. Researchers will use these insights to make computers think more like humans. The research project, led by Tai Sing Lee, professor in the Computer Read more…

10 Highlights Celebrating 10 Years of ALCF

Feb 3, 2016 |

This week, the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facility, turns one decade old. ALCF is home to Mira, the world’s fifth-fastest supercomputer, along with teams of experts that help researchers from all over the world perform complex simulations and calculations in almost every branch of Read more…

Create Mixed HPC/Big Data Clusters Today Says Bright Computing

Feb 3, 2016 |

The latest version of convergence – blending traditional HPC and big data computing into a ‘single’ environment – dominates much of the conversation in the HPC today, including within HPCwire. Elegant unified solutions, certainly at the very high end, are still in the making. That said, Bright Computing is in the thick of efforts to Read more…

CoolIT Systems Completes Deployment of Rack DCLC Liquid Cooling Solution at PSNC

Feb 3, 2016 |

Feb. 3 — CoolIT Systems, the world leader in Direct Contact Liquid Cooling (DCLC) technologies for data center, server and desktop markets, today announced that it has successfully completed the second deployment of its Rack DCLC liquid cooling solution at the Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC) in partnership with Huawei. The liquid cooled solution makes up part of the Read more…

Europe and Brazil Join Forces to Improve Energy Sector Efficiency With HPC

Feb 3, 2016 |

Feb. 3 — On February 2 and 3, 2016, the High Performance Computing for Energy (HPC4E) project officially launches with a kick-off meeting for partners at Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC). Coordinated by BSC and running from December 1, 2015, to November 30, 2017, the project has been granted €2 million in funding by the EU’s Read more…

Realistic Simulator Replicates Combat Injuries

Feb 2, 2016 |

A multi-disciplinary team of researchers at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) have developed a detailed computer model of an injured human leg that includes the complex workings of blood flow. The aim of the project, sponsored by the Office of Naval Research, is to provide combat medics with a realistic training tool to enable them Read more…

NCSA Awarded Grant to Examine Effective Practices in Industrial HPC

Feb 1, 2016 |

Feb. 1 — Being a principal investigator for a $300,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) award to evaluate and share practices in partnerships between high performance computing (HPC) and industry was not on Merle Giles’ radar before he started working with NCSA. “My background is business—it’s not technology and it’s not science. My previous lives were not in Read more…

SD Mines Advances to ICPC World Finals in Thailand

Feb 1, 2016 |

RAPID CITY, S.D., Feb. 1 — The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology has advanced to the World Finals of the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) to be held in Phuket, Thailand, in May. With only 25 teams nationwide invited, SD Mines will be in rare company to compete alongside universities such as Cal Tech, Read more…

Toward a Converged Exascale-Big Data Software Stack

Jan 28, 2016 |

Within the HPC vendor and science community, the groundswell of support for HPC and big data convergence is undeniable with sentiments running the gamut from the pragmatic to the enthusiastic. For Argonne computer scientist and HPC veteran Pete Beckman, the writing is on the wall. As the leader of the Argo exascale software project and Read more…

LLNL Lecture Series Highlighting Women in STEM to Return in February

Jan 27, 2016 |

LIVERMORE, Calif., Jan. 27 — Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s popular lecture series “Science on Saturday” returns Feb. 6 and runs through Feb. 27. The series will offer four lectures with the theme “Women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).” The lectures are free and will be held in the Bankhead Theater, located at 2400 First Read more…

PPPL Team Wins 80 Million Processor Hours on Nation’s Fastest Supercomputer

Jan 27, 2016 |

Jan. 27 — The U.S Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded a total of 80 million processor hours on the fastest supercomputer in the nation to an astrophysical project based at the DOE’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). The grants will enable researchers led by Amitava Bhattacharjee, head of the Theory Department at PPPL, and Read more…