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HPC in Higher Education

Oct 21, 2014 |

Whilst HPC systems form a relatively small part of most organisations’ IT infrastructure, they often demand the most attention. Think of the disruptive children at school who make up about 5% – yet demanding 30% of the resources. As a result, HPC systems are relatively unique and pose quite a challenge to most organisations who Read more…

Report Assesses NSF Supercomputing

Oct 14, 2014 |

A new report calls into question the National Science Foundation’s ability to continue its leadership position as a provider of advanced computing resources. At the behest of the National Science Foundation, a National Research Council committee carried out a study examining the priorities and associated trade-offs for advanced computing in support of NSF-sponsored science and Read more…

Peering Backward to the Big Bang with the CTC and COSMOS

Oct 10, 2014 |

At the Stephen Hawking Centre for Theoretical Cosmology (CTC) in Cambridge University, we are endeavouring to push back our understanding to the very beginnings of the Universe, tiny fractions of a second after the Big Bang. Cosmology has had many successes but it leaves many questions unanswered concerning how the Universe came into being and Read more…

Will Magnets Be the Cure for What Ails Moore’s Law?

Oct 1, 2014 |

With silicon-based processors facing some inexorable limits, scientists are looking elsewhere to keep computing on its exponential growth track. One potential alternative that is getting some traction is magnet-based computing. A group of electrical engineers at the Technische Universität München (TUM) is studying the feasibility of using miniature magnets as the building block for integrated Read more…

Cloudera’s Wolfgang Hoschek Talks of Hadoop’s Evolution

Sep 23, 2014 |

Wolfgang Hoschek is a software engineer at Cloudera working on the Hadoop platform and Cloudera search team. He is a committed member of the Apache Flume and Apache Lucene/Solr projects. A former CERN fellow and computer scientist at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Hoschek has over 15 years of experience in large-scale distributed systems, data intensive computing, Read more…

Short Takes

Cyberinfrastructure Up Close

Oct 22, 2014 |

Rich Knepper’s talk as part of the International Conference on Infrastructures and Cooperation in E-science and E-humanities, in Leipzig, Germany, tackles the subject of “Living cyberinfrastructures and their impact on scientific research.” Knepper says he started thinking about the idea for the presentation when it became clear to him that technology and scientific outcomes are Read more…

Community Grid Fosters Microbial Discovery

Oct 22, 2014 |

An international team of volunteers is putting their spare computing power to work unlocking the secrets of microbes from around the world. By plugging in to IBM’s World Community Grid, contributors are creating a supercomputer that can carry out genetic comparisons of a wide variety of tiny organisms that are too small to see with the naked eye. Read more…

ESnet Deploys 100G Connectivity Across Atlantic

Oct 21, 2014 |

The Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Energy Sciences Network, or ESnet, is gearing up to deploy four new high-speed transatlantic links with a total capacity of 340 gigabits-per-second, significantly boosting network speeds between US research sites and European facilities. The trans-Atlantic expansion adds four separate links connecting Boston, New York and Washington DC with Amsterdam, London Read more…

Is the City of the Future Finally Here?

Oct 21, 2014 |

Grid computing pioneer and big data visionary Charlie Catlett recently delivered a presentation on “Big Data and the Future of Cities” as part of the Argonne OutLoud series, hosted by Argonne National Laboratory. Catlett explores how emerging technologies in high-performance computing, embedded systems and data analytics can help mitigate some of the challenges associated with Read more…

Minimizing Drug Side Effects with HPC

Oct 20, 2014 |

All medications have, in addition to their targeted effect, undesirable properties called side effects. So far no magic bullet drug has been developed that is without risk, but scientists are working hard to minimize these unwanted properties, which according to the journal Nature, kill at least 100,000 patients a year. Using high-performance computers, a team Read more…

Off the Wire

Brookhaven Lab Embarks Upon New Computational Science Initiative

Oct 22, 2014 |

UPTON, N.Y., Oct. 22 — Building on its capabilities in computational science and data management, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory is embarking upon a major new Computational Science Initiative (CSI). This program will leverage computational science expertise and investments across multiple programs at the Laboratory-including the flagship facilities that attract thousands Read more…

NSC Sweden and Meteo France Select Mellanox InfiniBand Offerings for HPC Applications

Oct 21, 2014 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. & YOKNEAM, Israel, Oct. 21 — Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced that the National Supercomputer Centre at Linköping University (NSC Sweden) and Meteo France have selected Mellanox’s FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand solutions for mission critical, high-performance computing applications. Deployments by these two leading organizations Read more…

SysFera and Kitware Partner to Integrate HPC Technologies

Oct 21, 2014 |

LYON, France, Oct. 21 — SysFera, a software innovator that simplifies management and accessibility of high performance computing (HPC) environments, and Kitware, a leading R&D software provider for scientific data analysis and visualization, announced today that they are integrating their two core products. Kitware’s ParaView application is now offered as part of the SysFera-DS software solution through the remote visualization Read more…

DOE, ORNL, and EPB Begin New Partnership

Oct 21, 2014 |

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., Oct. 21 — The US Department of Energy (DOE), Oak Ridge National Laboratory and EPB announced today the beginning of a partnership that will use Chattanooga’s smart grid as a living laboratory for testing new energy technologies. Under the new agreement with EPB and DOE, Oak Ridge National Laboratory will apply its technical expertise Read more…

New Project Hosted on IBM’s World Community Grid Debuts Today

Oct 21, 2014 |

ARMONK, N.Y., Oct. 21 — What do the DNA in Australian seaweed, Amazon River water, tropical plants, and forest soil all have in common? Lots, say scientists. And understanding the genetic similarities of disparate life forms could enable researchers to produce compounds for new medicines, eco-friendly materials, more resilient crops, and cleaner air, water, and Read more…