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XSEDE14 Spotlights Recent Work, Future Plans

Jul 23, 2014 |

The XSEDE14 Conference, held in Atlanta from July 13-18, brought nearly 650 registrants (161 students), from over 200 organizations, 45 states (plus Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands) and 10 countries. XSEDE14 chairperson Scott Lathrop and XSEDE Project Director John Towns opened the conference on Tuesday morning, offering updates on the conference and project as Read more…

XSEDE Allocation System to Receive Makeover

Jul 22, 2014 |

XSEDE is a set of resources and systems that thousands of researchers, scientists and engineers regularly use to do groundbreaking science. But how does an XSEDE user actually request time on supercomputers or ask for time with XSEDE-supported resource experts? As of now, XSEDE users turn to POPS (Partnerships Online Proposal System), a system that Read more…

Of Micelles and Machines: HPC Simulations Transform Everyday Household Products

Jul 22, 2014 |

Have you ever dropped your brand new razor or a full bottle of hand soap on a tiled bathroom floor and wondered why it didn’t simply shatter into a dozen pieces or split apart and create a gooey mess? Maybe next time that happens, you’ll thank computer modeling and simulations, not just your lucky stars. Read more…

Exascale Resilience Turns a Corner

Jul 21, 2014 |

While advancing the field of HPC into the exascale era is beset by many obstacles, resiliency might be the most thorny of all. As the number of cores proliferate so too do the number of incorrect behaviors, threatening not just the operation of the machine, but the validity of the results as well. When you Read more…

Solving Simulation Complexity

Jul 15, 2014 |

Although HPC has helped solve important problems in nuclear physics, earth sciences, meteorology, etc. since the 1960s, HPC has traditionally existed only for specialists. But, with the democratization of x86 servers, large storage systems, and high-end networking technologies, companies and research facilities can now buy clusters at a reasonable ratio (power/cost) with very powerful, complex Read more…

Short Takes

Parallel Computing Trends

Jul 22, 2014 |

One of the most pressing issues faced by the HPC community is how to go about attracting and training the next generation of HPC users. The staff at Argonne National Laboratory is tackling this challenge head on by holding an intensive summer school in extreme-scale computing. One of the highlights of the 2013 summer program was a Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Jul 17, 2014 |

Here at HPCwire, we want to help keep the HPC community as up-to-date as possible on some of the most captivating news items that were tweeted throughout the week. The tweets that caught our eye this past week are listed below. Check back in next Thursday for an entirely updated list. Click here to check out the top Read more…

Austrian Unis Stand Up Paraffin-Cooled Supercomputer

Jul 15, 2014 |

Despite stagnation at the upper echelon of supercomputing, countries around the world are continuing to invest in supercomputing as a tool for science and innovation. In Austria, several universities have joined forces to purchase an energy-efficient supercomputer that relies on oil immersion to keep cool. Eight Austrian universities are participating in the project and will share the supercomputing resource, Read more…

Supercomputing Adds Depth to Animal Conservation Efforts

Jul 14, 2014 |

A collaboration between the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research holds new promise for wildlife conservation efforts. The new approach developed by the researchers combines 3D supercomputing and advanced range estimator technologies to track terrestrial, avian, and aquatic wildlife. A paper detailing the project, called Movement-based Estimation and Read more…

SDSC Launches Workflows for Data Science Center

Jul 10, 2014 |

The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, has created a new “center of excellence” focused on helping researchers more effectively manage research data. Called Workflows for Data Science Center of Excellence, or WorDS Center for short, the goal is to provide a common resource for the developing and validating Read more…

Off the Wire

RIKEN Researchers Run 10,240 Parallel Simulations of Global Weather on K Computer

Jul 23, 2014 |

July 23 — Ensemble forecasting is a key part of weather forecasting today. Computers typically run multiple simulations, called ensembles, using slightly different initial conditions or assumptions, and then analyze them together to try to improve forecasts. Now, using Japan’s flagship 10-petaFLOPS K computer, researchers from the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science (AICS) have Read more…

IEEE Cluster 2014 PhD Student Mentoring Program Issues Call for Applications

Jul 23, 2014 |

July 23 — The Cluster conference has decided to launch a specific Mentoring Program for PhD students, as a service to the whole scientific community. The goal of this Program is to help the PhD students attending the Cluster conference to build a better scientific career. A group of events specifically targeted to this Program will Read more…

Lasers at Dartmouth Brighten Future for Quantum Computing

Jul 22, 2014 |

July 22 — Dartmouth scientists and their colleagues have devised a breakthrough laser that uses a single artificial atom to generate and emit particles of light. The laser may play a crucial role in the development of quantum computers, which are predicted to eventually outperform today’s most powerful supercomputers. The study appears in the journal Physical Read more…

UChicago Program to Train Data Scientists

Jul 16, 2014 |

July 16 — This summer, 48 fellows from around the world have come to Chicago to tackle these and other missions as part of the 2014 Data Science for Social Good Summer Fellowship, a University of Chicago program dedicated to making a better world through innovative data science projects. For 12 weeks, fellows work with Read more…

Cray Awarded Contract to Install India’s First XC30 Supercomputer

Jul 16, 2014 |

SEATTLE, Wash., July 16 – Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. today announced the Company has been awarded a contract to provide the Tata Institute for Fundamental Research (TIFR) in Mumbai with a Cray XC30 supercomputer – the first Cray XC30 system in India. TIFR is a multi-disciplinary research and teaching institute, and is also a National Centre Read more…