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Dell Aims PowerEdge C-Series Platform for HPC and Beyond

Jun 30, 2015 |

Dell has positioned its latest PowerEdge C-series platform to meet the needs of both traditional HPC and the hyperscale market. The recently hatched PowerEdge C6320 is outfitted with the latest generation Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors, providing up to 18 cores per socket (144 cores per 2U chassis), up to 512GB of DDR4 memory and Read more…

New Sandia Director Jill Hruby Transcends Glass Ceiling

Jun 24, 2015 |

Sandia National Laboratories has named Jill Hruby to its highest post. When Hruby officially take the reins of the nation’s largest laboratory on July 17, she becomes Sandia’s 14th director in its 60-plus year history as well as the first woman to lead one of the three National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) laboratories. As director of Read more…

Four Challenges Facing Exascale Application Prep

Jun 22, 2015 |

Worry over readying HPC applications for exascale computing isn’t new and various efforts are underway. Whether they are sufficient is a matter of debate. A major stumbling block, of course, is no one knows precisely what exascale architecture will look like. A recent paper (June 9) on arXiv.org from IBM Research and several European academic Read more…

Japan Preps for HPC-Big Data Convergence

Jun 18, 2015 |

The task of drawing discrete boundaries around the tech spheres known as HPC and big data is getting more complicated with each passing year. Many are anticipating convergence between these camps. One prominent HPCer waving the convergence flag is Satoshi Matsuoka, a professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology’s Global Scientific Information and Computing Center. In his Read more…

Fixating on Exascale Performance Only Is a Bad Idea

Jun 15, 2015 |

Few in the computing industry dispute that achieving ‘exascale’ performance is worthy on its own merits. But fixating only on the magic milestone (10^18 FLOPS) misses an important point – HPC as currently practiced, even at the exascale level, won’t solve the grand challenges in science and society contends Dr. Sadasivan Shankar, Harvard University visiting Read more…

Short Takes

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Jul 2, 2015 |

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. Latest count: 12.4% more participants Read more…

Graphene Promises Ultimate On-Chip Interconnect Scaling

Jun 29, 2015 |

Graphene has been heralded as a potential Moore’s law extender. The single-atom layer of carbon is prized for its strength, flexibility, lightness and conductivity. While most graphene electronics research has centered on its potential as a silicon replacement, a research project out of Stanford University has a different proposition, one that may, in fact, be a more feasible first-production-use of graphene. In Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Jun 25, 2015 |

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. Thierry Breton, CEO Atos, at Read more…

Senate and House America COMPETES Bills Face Off

Jun 23, 2015 |

Few dispute the importance of research and advanced computing technology to American competitiveness, but there is disagreement about the role of the government in funding such efforts. Currently two bills are making their way through the legislative process as potential successors to the America COMPETES Acts of 2007 and 2010 (which were passed by President Read more…

Texas Supercomputers Contribute to Cancer Hotspot Discovery

Jun 22, 2015 |

Powerful supercomputers around the country continue to push advances in critical areas, such as cancer research. One of the latest such success stories comes out of The University of Texas at Austin, where Texas Advanced Computing Center machines revealed a connection between cross-shaped (cruciform) DNA segments and human cancers. By shedding light on the pathways involved in Read more…

Off the Wire

ORNL Researchers Named Corporate Fellows

Jul 2, 2015 |

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., July 2 — Nancy J. Dudney, Lonnie J. Love and David C. Radford have been named Corporate Fellows at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The Corporate Fellow designation recognizes the researchers’ significant accomplishments and continuing leadership in their scientific, engineering and technological fields. With this latest addition, the number of active Read more…

ALCC Awards 24 Projects 1.7 Billion Core Hours at ALCF

Jul 2, 2015 |

July 2 — The U.S. Department of Energy’s ASCR Leadership Computing Challenge (ALCC) has awarded 24 projects a total of 1.7 billion core-hours at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), a DOE Office of Science User Facility. Each year, the ALCC program selects projects with an emphasis on high-risk, high-payoff simulations in areas directly related to Read more…

AMD and Dell Support Bioinformatics Studies at University of Warsaw in Poland

Jul 2, 2015 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif., July 2 — AMD today unveiled innovation in heterogeneous high performance computing (HPC) by delivering more than 1.5 petaFLOPS of AMD FirePro S9150 server GPU performance for the Next Generation Sequencing Centre (NGSC) at the Centre of New Technologies, University of Warsaw in support of bioinformatics research related to next generation sequencing (NGS) studies. The Read more…

Blue Waters Simulations Suggest There Are Fewer Faint Galaxies Than Expected

Jul 2, 2015 |

July 2 — There may be far fewer galaxies further out in the Universe then might be expected, suggests a new study based on simulations conducted using the Blue Waters supercomputer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, with resulting data transferred to SDSC Cloud at the San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of Read more…

IBM Joins iRODS Consortium

Jul 1, 2015 |

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., July 1 – IBM is the latest company to join the iRODS Consortium, a membership organization of users and service providers that sustains the integrated Rule-Oriented Data System (iRODS) as free open source data management software. IBM has signed an agreement that will make the company the eighth member of the consortium. Read more…