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Shining a Light on SKA’s Massive Data Processing Requirements

Jun 4, 2015 |

One of the many highlights of the fourth annual Asia Student Supercomputer Challenge (ASC15) was the MIC optimization test, which this year required students to optimize a gridding algorithm used in the world’s largest international astronomy effort, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project. Gridding is one of the most time-consuming steps in radio telescope data processing. Read more…

Fourth Annual Asian Supercomputing Challenge Winners Revealed

May 27, 2015 |

The fourth annual Asian Student Supercomputing Challenge concluded last Friday evening with a grand celebration dinner for all the finalists, their advisers, and invited guests at the old Taiyuan University of Technology campus in Taiyuan, China. All 16 teams, nearly 100 students total, were being honored not only for their efforts over a grueling five-day Read more…

Jetstream: Targeting the Long Tail of Science

May 21, 2015 |

Improving HPC access to the so-called long tail of science is an ongoing NSF priority. Several initiatives, funded at least in part by NSF, are underway and one – Jetstream – is the first NSF-funded HPC Cloud targeted directly at domain scientists and engineers who typically have limited access to HPC resources and limited expertise. Read more…

Purdue Lights Up Eighth Cluster in Eight Years

May 12, 2015 |

At Purdue, installing cluster computers is a tradition that inspires teamwork. The university’s central computing organization, Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP),  just built its eighth cluster in as many years – seven of these are TOP500-level machines – with help from more than 100 staff and volunteers. On Friday morning, the crew got to work unboxing and assembling Read more…

IEEE Group Seeks to Reinvent Computing as Scaling Stalls

May 6, 2015 |

Computer scientists worried about the end of computing as we know it have been banging heads for several years looking for ways to return to the historical exponential scaling of computer performance. What is needed, say the proponents of an initiative called “Rebooting Computing,” is nothing less than a radical rethinking of how computers are Read more…

Short Takes

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Jun 18, 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.   #ISC16 is already taking Read more…

Unlocking the Mysteries of Space

Jun 16, 2015 |

Some of the most powerful supercomputers in the world are helping NASA scientists reveal the mysteries of the universe. The intensive discovery process would not be possible without the modeling and simulation capabilities of high-performance computers, like Pleiades, which is located at the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) facility at Ames Research Center, and Titan, the fastest Read more…

DDN, IBM Lead Large HPC Storage Supplier Pack

Jun 15, 2015 |

No surprise, storage requirements in HPC keep rising and solid state drives (SSD) continue making inroads at the node level according to Inersect360 Research’s annual HPC User Site Census: Storage survey released last month. Also notable, DataDirect Networks and IBM remain neck-and-neck atop of a long list of suppliers in what is still a fragmented Read more…

Sizing Up Earth’s Biosphere Supercomputer

Jun 12, 2015 |

If you’ve ever wondered how much DNA data there is on earth, you’re not alone. But a trio of UK researchers did more than wonder. They set to calculating the total information content in the biosphere and published their results and methodology in a recent issue of PLOS Biology. In this first ever accounting of Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Jun 11, 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.   .@NERSC's Francesca Verdier to Read more…

Off the Wire

SuperMUC Phase 2 Officially Inaugurated

Jun 30, 2015 |

June 30 — At the GCS member centre LRZ, the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Garching near Munich, the expansion of High Performance Computer SuperMUC was officially put into operation during an opening ceremony on Monday, June 29, 2015. “SuperMUC Phase 2″ provides an additional peak performance Read more…

Researchers Use XSEDE and TACC Resources to Calculate Future Damage From Hurricanes

Jun 30, 2015 |

June 30 — Hurricane Katrina, the most deadly and destructive storm to hit the United States, caused 1800 deaths and an estimated $81 billion in damages. Most of the loss was not due to the storm’s high winds, but the accompanying storm surge and flooding. Imminent climate change and sea level rise could possibly make Read more…

NCSA Debuts “Solar Superstorms” Documentary

Jun 30, 2015 |

June 30 — A 24-minute, high-resolution science documentary about the dynamics of the Sun that features data-driven visualizations produced by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will debut June 30 at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum in Baton Rouge before rolling out to more than a Read more…

Call for Abstracts Now Open for Women in HPC Workshop

Jun 29, 2015 |

June 29 — Female early career researchers are invited to present their work in a supportive environment that promotes the engagement of women in HPC research and applications, providing opportunities for peer to peer networking and the opportunity to interact with female role models. Applicants must be female and either PhD candidates or early career Read more…

ACM, CSTA Announce New Award to Recognize High School Students in Computing

Jun 26, 2015 |

NEW YORK, N.Y., June 26 — ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, and CSTA, the Computer Science Teachers Association, has announced a new award, the ACM/CSTA Cutler-Bell Prize in High School Computing, to recognize talented high school students in computer science. The program seeks to promote and encourage the field of computer science, as well as to empower Read more…