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Europe and Brazil Join Forces to Improve Energy Sector Efficiency With HPC

Feb 3, 2016 |

Feb. 3 — On February 2 and 3, 2016, the High Performance Computing for Energy (HPC4E) project officially launches with a kick-off meeting for partners at Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC). Coordinated by BSC and running from December 1, 2015, to November 30, 2017, the project has been granted €2 million in funding by the EU’s Read more…

Realistic Simulator Replicates Combat Injuries

Feb 2, 2016 |

A multi-disciplinary team of researchers at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) have developed a detailed computer model of an injured human leg that includes the complex workings of blood flow. The aim of the project, sponsored by the Office of Naval Research, is to provide combat medics with a realistic training tool to enable them Read more…

NCSA Awarded Grant to Examine Effective Practices in Industrial HPC

Feb 1, 2016 |

Feb. 1 — Being a principal investigator for a $300,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) award to evaluate and share practices in partnerships between high performance computing (HPC) and industry was not on Merle Giles’ radar before he started working with NCSA. “My background is business—it’s not technology and it’s not science. My previous lives were not in Read more…

SD Mines Advances to ICPC World Finals in Thailand

Feb 1, 2016 |

RAPID CITY, S.D., Feb. 1 — The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology has advanced to the World Finals of the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) to be held in Phuket, Thailand, in May. With only 25 teams nationwide invited, SD Mines will be in rare company to compete alongside universities such as Cal Tech, Read more…

Toward a Converged Exascale-Big Data Software Stack

Jan 28, 2016 |

Within the HPC vendor and science community, the groundswell of support for HPC and big data convergence is undeniable with sentiments running the gamut from the pragmatic to the enthusiastic. For Argonne computer scientist and HPC veteran Pete Beckman, the writing is on the wall. As the leader of the Argo exascale software project and Read more…

LLNL Lecture Series Highlighting Women in STEM to Return in February

Jan 27, 2016 |

LIVERMORE, Calif., Jan. 27 — Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s popular lecture series “Science on Saturday” returns Feb. 6 and runs through Feb. 27. The series will offer four lectures with the theme “Women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).” The lectures are free and will be held in the Bankhead Theater, located at 2400 First Read more…

PPPL Team Wins 80 Million Processor Hours on Nation’s Fastest Supercomputer

Jan 27, 2016 |

Jan. 27 — The U.S Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded a total of 80 million processor hours on the fastest supercomputer in the nation to an astrophysical project based at the DOE’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). The grants will enable researchers led by Amitava Bhattacharjee, head of the Theory Department at PPPL, and Read more…

Next Steps for NSCI: Seeking to Ensure a Long and Lively Lifespan

Jan 27, 2016 |

It has been six months since the White House released the executive order establishing the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI), the broad interagency research effort seeking to maximize the benefits of high-performance computing (HPC) research, development and deployment across the U.S. public and private sectors. Since then, each of the participating U.S. agencies has prepared Read more…

ACCEL Program at ORNL Still Going Strong Says Suzy Tichenor

Jan 26, 2016 |

Last year the Accelerating Competitiveness through Computational Excellence (ACCEL) program at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) launched 24 new projects with industry. With national competitiveness garnering growing attention and the launch of the National Strategic Computing Initiative, programs such as ACCEL are poised for growth. ACCEL is an ORNL Read more…

Artificial Intelligence Pioneer Marvin Minsky Dies at 88

Jan 26, 2016 |

“Marvin Minsky, who combined a scientist’s thirst for knowledge with a philosopher’s quest for truth as a pioneering explorer of artificial intelligence, work that helped inspire the creation of the personal computer and the Internet, died on Sunday night in Boston,” reported the New York Times today. He was 88. The NYT obituary by Glenn Read more…

HZDR Researchers Use Titan to Simulate Tumor Targeting

Jan 26, 2016 |

Efforts to attack tumors with a wide variety of particles – protons and various ions, for example – has a long history. The benefit is these particles typically damage only the target tissue and not surrounding tissue. Unfortunately, these beams come from bulky particle accelerators, which make the treatment cost prohibitive for many patients. An Read more…

Nagaoka University of Technology Selects SGI to Deliver Advanced Information Processing for Students and Researchers

Jan 26, 2016 |

MILPITAS, Calif. and TOKYO, Japan, Jan. 26 — SGI Japan, Ltd. part of Silicon Graphics International Corp., SGI (NASDAQ: SGI), a global leader in high-performance solutions for compute, data analytics and data management, announced that the Administrative Organization of the National University Corporation, Nagaoka University of Technology in Nagaoka, Japan has selected the SGI UV 300, SGI UV 30EX and SGI Rackable servers Read more…

SGI’s HPC GM Gabriel Broner on 2016 Trends

Jan 25, 2016 |

Roughly six months ago SGI reorganized into three business units – traditional HPC; high performance data analytics (HPDA); and SGI services – each with a general manager at the head. Gabriel Broner, then vice president of software innovation, became general manager for the HPC unit. Broner is a familiar voice in the HPC community. He Read more…

Alison Kennedy Appointed as New Hartree Centre Director

Jan 25, 2016 |

Jan. 25 — The STFC Hartree Centre is pleased to announce that Alison Kennedy will be joining the centre as its new Director at the end of March 2016. As Director, Alison will drive the continued growth and development of the Hartree Centre. This follows the UK Government and IBM’s recent five year investment to enable UK Read more…

SDSC’s Comet Aids in Discovery of New Organometallic Compounds

Jan 25, 2016 |

Jan. 25 — Selective oxidation plays a key role in the production of compounds widely used throughout the chemical industry.  Now, according to a new study using advanced computational resources including the Cometsupercomputer at the San Diego Supercomputer Center at UC San Diego, these materials and other compounds, such as those used to make polyester resins, Read more…

Supercomputing Frontiers 2016 Issues Call for Papers

Jan 25, 2016 |

Jan. 25 — You are cordially invited to contribute as both an author and participant in the upcoming Supercomputing Frontiers Conference 2016 (March 15-18). Organised by A*CRC, this second edition aims to provide a platform for thought leaders from both academia and industry to interact and discuss substantial innovations and global trends in supercomputing. It will Read more…

PNNL Awarded $3M for New Projects

Jan 25, 2016 |

Jan. 25 — Say you have a great new theory or technology to improve the nation’s energy backbone — the electric grid. Wouldn’t it be great to test it against a model complete with details that would tell you how your ideas would work? But it’s a challenge, because existing sets of data are too Read more…

SDSC’s Health CI Division to Create Cancer Research Infrastructure

Jan 22, 2016 |

Jan. 22 — The Health Cyberinfrastructure (CI) Division of the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, is participating in a multi-million dollar project with City of Hope, a National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in Duarte, CA, and other universities and health organizations to create a research Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Jan 21, 2016 |

Here at HPCwire, we aim to keep the HPC community apprised of the most relevant and interesting news items that get tweeted throughout the week. The tweets that caught our eye this past week are presented below. Check back in next Thursday for an entirely updated list. Lonestar 5 full production launched this wk, a 30k core, 1.2 PF @cray_inc XC40 customized @TACC for Read more…

MSU Computer Simulations May Help States Predict Flooding

Jan 21, 2016 |

STARKVILLE, Miss., Jan. 21 — As southern states experience record rainfall during the winter season, spillways and levee systems in southern Mississippi and Louisiana are acting as defense systems to prevent the Mississippi river from overflowing its banks. When the Mississippi Valley rains propel the river to its peak levels, the question remains, “How much Read more…