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Paving the Way for Accelerated Data Sharing: An Interview with Francine Berman

Feb 27, 2015 |

How can we create more effective treatments for Alzheimer’s? Can we increase food security across the globe? Is there a way to more accurately predict natural disasters? Solutions to these and other critical challenges are being advanced through the sharing and exchange of research data, and the efforts of the Research Data Alliance (RDA). In this Read more…

Army Research Lab Lays Out HPC Strategy

Feb 19, 2015 |

The US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is counting on supercomputing and large-scale analytics to provide the competitive edge it needs to maintain its position as the nation’s premier laboratory for land forces. As laid out in the recently-released Technical Implementation Plan for 2015-2019, the ARL sees advanced computing as fundamental to its mission to “discover, Read more…

BSC, Intel Extend Exascale Research Effort

Feb 17, 2015 |

Intel’s efforts to advance exascale computing concepts received a boost with the extension of the company’s research collaboration with the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) – one of four Intel exascale labs in Europe. Begun in 2011 and now extended to September 2017, the Intel-BSC work focuses on scalability issues with parallel applications. “[A major goal] Read more…

Horst Simon on the HPC Slowdown

Feb 13, 2015 |

At an HPC meetup event in San Francisco on Feb 10, Berkeley Lab Deputy Director Horst Simon makes the case that Moore’s law and parallelism can no longer be counted on to provide the exponential growth that has been driving high-performance computing for six decades. If indeed Moore’s law is coming to an end, there Read more…

Co-designing for Big Data in Barcelona

Feb 12, 2015 |

The third annual Big Data and Extreme Computing conference gathered in Barcelona last month, bringing more than 100 experts from around the world together to report on ground-breaking research at the intersection of big compute and big data. As with last year, the event played host to a wide-range of relevant and timely presentations, including Read more…

Short Takes

Mira Supercomputer Propels High-Intensity Beam Science

Mar 6, 2015 |

As CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) prepares to restart this March, a team of Fermilab physicists are using powerful Department of Energy supercomputing resources to reduce the risks and costs associated with producing these high intensity particle beams. Led by Fermilab physicist James Amundson, the team is working with the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Mar 5, 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.   #TBT SC88: 1988 Gordon Bell Prize Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Feb 26, 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.   Team South Africa Preps for "Three-peat" Read more…

NERSC Realigns for Enhanced Data Focus

Feb 26, 2015 |

The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), one of the nation’s primary HPC facilities for scientific research, has implemented several organizational changes, which it says will help its 6,000 users “more productively manage their data-intensive research.” NERSC’s Storage Systems Group will move under the Services Department, in order to foster greater synergy with the Read more…

Gordon Supercomputer Advances Fight Against Deadly Brain Cancer

Feb 23, 2015 |

A collaboration between San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), Moores Cancer Center, and Department of Neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego, is shedding light on the underlying genetic mechanisms responsible for glioblastomas (GBM), highly aggressive and infiltrative brain tumors. Using SDSC’s data-intensive Gordon supercomputer, the partners were able to identify a pyramid hierarchical network of “coherent Read more…

Off the Wire

LANL Reduces Water Usage

Mar 16, 2015 |

LOS ALAMOS, N.M., March 16 — Los Alamos National Laboratory decreased its water usage by 26 percent in 2014, with about one-third of the reduction attributable to using reclaimed water to cool a supercomputing center. “Our goal during 2014 was to use only re-purposed water to support our mission at the Strategic Computing Complex (SCC), Read more…

Research Teams Awarded Resources on Blue Waters Supercomputer

Mar 13, 2015 |

March 13 — Nine research teams from a wide range of disciplines have been awarded computational and data resources on the Blue Waters supercomputer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Blue Waters is one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers, capable of performing quadrillions of calculations Read more…

Nominations Being Accepted for Seymour Cray, Sidney Fernbach, and Ken Kennedy Awards

Mar 12, 2015 |

March 12 — Each year, SC showcases not only the best and brightest stars of high performance computing, but also its rising stars and those who have made a lasting impression. Some of the most prestigious awards given at SC are the Seymour Cray, Sidney Fernbach, and Ken Kennedy Awards that honor the memory of Read more…

Dr. Steven Ashby Named Director of PNNL

Mar 12, 2015 |

COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 12 — Battelle announced today the appointment of Dr. Steven Ashby as Laboratory Director for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, WA, effective April 1. Battelle operates the lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Ashby has served as PNNL’s Deputy Director for Science and Technology since 2008. He has been instrumental in Read more…

BSC Researcher Awarded European Commission Grant

Mar 11, 2015 |

March 11 — Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) researcher David Carrera has been awarded one of the most prestigious grants offered by the European Commission to study how data centres can learn how to become more energy efficient independently. It has been estimated that servers around the world currently consume as much energy as the whole Read more…