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HPC2014: From Clouds and Big Data to Exascale and Beyond

Jul 14, 2014 |

The International Advanced Research Workshop has become leading reference after being celebrated for more than 20 years. You can blame Lucio Grandinetti (Full Professor at University of Calabria) and his team, who started all of this and managed to put together, year after year, the best in the computing think tank. This edition’s motto was Read more…

Los Alamos Lead Shares “Trinity” Feeds and Speeds

Jul 10, 2014 |

We’ve been anticipating news around the Trinity supercomputer for some time now and today were graced with the news that Cray will be supplying the machine in two phases with the final phase being complete in 2016. For the original background, the first run of the story can be found here. Since that time this Read more…

TSUBAME Prototype System Balances Benchmark Leadership

Jul 9, 2014 |

When it comes to large-scale supercomputing installations, Asia is the continent to watch carefully over the next few years. Already host to the top system in the world, China’s Tianhe-2, Japan and others have ambitions to take over the top ten list of systems. In the most recent rankings, Japan is home to 30 systems Read more…

TACC’s New Director Shares Strategy, System Futures

Jul 3, 2014 |

Each of the national labs and supercomputing sites have defining characteristics or “personalities” that are most often driven by the user communities that exploit their computational resources. Certain centers are affiliated with particular missions or needs. Some tend to prefer architectures that maximize overall performance and size in a way that tops the Top 500 Read more…

Student Supercomputing Competition Embraces GPU-Power

Jun 26, 2014 |

The third and final day of ISC14 concluded with a ceremony honoring one of the week’s most popular events, the Student Cluster Challenge. Taking home first prize for the second straight year was the team from the Centre for HPC (CHPC) in South Africa. Jointly sponsored by Dell, NVIDIA and Mellanox, the undergraduate team relied on Read more…

Short Takes

Modernizing the Energy Grid with HPC

Jul 8, 2014 |

HPC and its twin big data are playing an increasing role in transforming the energy industry and the nation’s electrical grid and nowhere is this more apparent than at the Energy Department’s Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF). Located on the campus of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, the ESIF’s HPC datacenter Read more…

Human Brain Project Draws Sharp Criticism

Jul 7, 2014 |

More than 250 neuroscientists have issued an open letter calling for the European Union to reconsider the direction of the Human Brain Project (HBP), the ambitious brain-mapping project that launched last year under the direction of Henry Markram, a neuroscientist at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland. The European Commission (EC) saw fit to fund the Read more…

Team EPCC Reveals Secret Weapon Behind Winning Linpack Score

Jul 3, 2014 |

When Team EPCC first announced that they had earned “Highest Linpack” at ISC’14 Student Cluster Competition with a score of 10.14 teraflops, they said to stay tuned for details on their strategy. In a recent blog, the four students, all in the HPC masters program, describe how they achieved the highest-ever Linpack score in the Student Cluster Competition, Read more…

3D Simulations Raise Bar for Astrophysics

Jul 3, 2014 |

For those outside the HPC/science realm who question why there need to be ever-more powerful supercomputers, one need only look at the amazing breakthroughs that the petascale age has facilitated. Astrophysics research out of Caltech is the latest example. Because of leadership-class systems like Stampede and Blue Waters and their experienced support staff, researchers from Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Jul 3, 2014 |

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.  

Off the Wire

RMACC Symposium to Focus on Growth in HPC

Jul 16, 2014 |

BOULDER, Colo., July 16 — Both the continuing growth and future of high-performance computing will be the focus for the keynote speakers at the Rocky Mountain Advanced Computing Consortium’s (RMACC) 4th annual High-Performance Computing Symposium, Aug. 12-13 at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU-Boulder). The event, open to the public, will be held at the Read more…

Students Use Supercomputing to Design Future Aircraft

Jul 16, 2014 |

LEAMINGTON SPA, U.K., July 16 – From 7th to 10th July, twenty-four budding engineers from across the UK recently took on the challenge of designing future aircraft at the University of Southampton.Organised by The Smallpeice Trust and delivered in partnership with the University’s Faculty of Engineering and the Environment and Microsoft, the course opened up the eyes Read more…

NSA Announces New Schools as Cyber Operations Centers of Academic Excellence

Jul 15, 2014 |

July 15 — Five new schools have been selected for the National Security Agency’s National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations Program, which was designed to cultivate more U.S. cyber professionals in an increasingly demanding and ever-changing global environment. After a rigorous application and screening process, the following schools qualified to receive the CAE-Cyber Read more…

Colorado State University to Explore Trends in HPC at RMACC Symposium

Jul 15, 2014 |

July 15 — Both the continuing growth and future of high-performance computing will be the focus of the Rocky Mountain Advanced Computing Consortium’s  (RMACC) fourth annual High-Performance Computing Symposium, Aug. 12-13 at the University of Colorado-Boulder. The event, open to the public, will be held at the Wolf Law Building on CU-Boulder’s main campus. The Read more…

Cloud Pharmaceuticals Granted 1M Hours of Supercomputer Time

Jul 14, 2014 |

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., July 14 – Cloud Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a therapeutics company focused on cloud-based drug design and development, announced today the expansion of its drug design and development program. The company has been granted supercomputing time at Argonne National Laboratory to design inhibitors of multiple parasitic targets. Through a discretionary allocation of 1 million core-hours Read more…