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Why TACC’s New Data ‘Wrangler’ Is a Big Deal

Apr 30, 2015 |

While there’s been a lot of activity around the coming crop of “exascale-relevant” supercomputers, the HPC landscape is also shifting to become more data-aware. Perhaps no system reflects this transition better than Wrangler, the I/O-optimized open science system from Dell and EMC that debuted earlier this month at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC). In a presentation Read more…

NASA’s Earth Science Supercomputer Balloons to 3.3 Petaflops

Apr 29, 2015 |

In what is being called an unprecedented upgrade, the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) is tripling the peak performance of its Discover supercomputer to more than 3.3 petaflops to power NASA’s Earth science modeling efforts. The open procurement process included the benchmarking of NCCS codes – notably the Goddard Earth Observing System Model, Version Read more…

New Models for Research, Part IV – Delivering Research as a Service

Apr 27, 2015 |

In the fourth of a four-part installation, Jay Etchings, director of operations for research computing and senior HPC architect at Arizona State University, traces the drivers that have led to the emergence of Research-as-a-Service as a viable model. As far back as the launch to the cloud with applications like Salesforce in 1999 and Amazon Web Services in Read more…

NERSC Invites Haswell-Based Cray XC40 Into Cori Fold

Apr 22, 2015 |

Nearly one year after the Department of Energy inked a $70 million contract for the exascale-relevant Cori system, news of a second, smaller system has come to light. In an interesting turn of events, the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) revealed today that it will be acquiring a “Cori Phase 1” system, a 10-cabinet Cray XC40 machine Read more…

Application Readiness at the DOE, Part III: Argonne Ramps Up Early Science Program

Apr 20, 2015 |

In our third and final video from the HPC User Forum panel (The Who-What-When of Getting Applications Ready to Run On, And Across, Office of Science Next-Gen Leadership Computing Systems), Tim Williams dives into the Early Science Program (ESP) being ramped up at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF). Williams, the ESP manager, noted the current Read more…

Short Takes

CMU’s Claudico Goes All-In Against World-Class Poker Pros

May 1, 2015 |

Last Friday (April 24), the “Brains Vs. Artificial Intelligence” competition kicked-off at the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Today, exactly halfway through the event, computer program “Claudico,” a joint effort between the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and Carnegie Mellon, has played over 40,000 hands of No-Limit Texas Hold’em poker against four of the game’s professionals. The Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Apr 30, 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 SC10: @FujitsuHPC staff intros 6D Mesh/Torus Read more…

Poland Unveils 1.7 Petaflops Supercomputer

Apr 28, 2015 |

The AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow held a ceremony on April 27 to welcome its much-heralded Prometheus supercomputer, named after the Greek god who gave fire to humankind. Packing 1.7 petaflops of peak computational performance, the HP-built machine is the most powerful supercomputer in the history of Poland and the world’s largest installation Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Apr 23, 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. Seminar by Prof. Satoshi Matsuoka at #KAUST Read more…

25th New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge Winners Announced

Apr 23, 2015 |

This week more than 200 New Mexico students and their teachers gathered together at Los Alamos National Laboratory for the 25th annual New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge expo and awards ceremony. The project-based event, open to high school, middle school and elementary school students in New Mexico, is geared to teaching a wide range of skills, Read more…

Off the Wire

PRACE Women in HPC Magazine Debuts

May 22, 2015 |

May 22, 2015 – The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) today published the first edition of PRACE Women in HPC Magazine 2015, part of PRACE’s ongoing effort to advance gender and diversity issues within the HPC community. The opening editorial by Dr Sylvie Joussaume, the Chair of the PRACE Scientific Steering Committee, perfectly captures Read more…

GCS Awards Close to 1 Billion Compute Core Hours to Support National Research

May 22, 2015 |

BERLIN, Germany, May 22 – German researchers’ demand for High Performance Computing (HPC) power and cutting-edge supercomputing technology remains high. With the 13th edition of its bi-annual Calls for Large-Scale Projects, the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) awarded again close to 1 billion compute core hours to scientifically outstanding national research projects: 16 simulation projects Read more…

Appropriations Committee Provides $1.24B For Advanced Computing, Cuts ITER

May 21, 2015 |

WASHINGTON, May 21, 2015 – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy & Water Development, said approval of the Energy and Water appropriations legislation by the full Appropriations Committee is an example of setting priorities and “getting the Senate working again.” The legislation is one of the first two appropriations Read more…

UK Sponsors Academia-Industry Effort to Bring AI to Analytics

May 20, 2015 |

LONDON, UK – May 20, 2015 – Massive Analytic, a start-up specialising in innovative precognitive enterprise analytics, and the Department of Computer Science at University College London (UCL) have secured a 12 month Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) to collaborate on the patented technology artificial precognition that drives the Oscar AP data analytics platform. The initiative Read more…

Lemelson-MIT Announces 2015 National Collegiate Student Prize Competition Winners

May 19, 2015 |

May 19, 2015 – The Lemelson-MIT Program today announced the winners of the Lemelson-MIT National Collegiate Student Prize Competition, a nationwide search for the most inventive team of undergraduate and individual graduate students. The Lemelson-MIT Program awarded $65,000 in prizes for inventions in the health care, transportation, food and agriculture, and consumer device spaces. Each Read more…