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Cray Goes Back to the Future for Weather Forecasting

Feb 16, 2014 |

Weather forecasting has come a long way since June of 1977, when the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) first contracted Cray to deliver one of its early Cray-1A systems across the pond. This was the first time a Cray found its way to the old country—an installation that set the stage for Read more…

How HPC is Hacking Hadoop

Feb 11, 2014 |

Although the trend may be quiet and distributed across only a relative few supercomputing sites, Hadoop and HPC are hopping hand-in-hand more frequently. These two technology areas aren’t necessarily made for another—there are limitations in what Hadoop can do. But a stretch of recent research has been pushing the possibilities, especially when it comes to Read more…

New Research Advances Heterogenous 3D Chip Design

Feb 6, 2014 |

As transistors approach the limits of miniaturization, the rapid pace of progress in the microprocessor industry is destined to start declining unless researchers are successful in innovating alternative designs. The best and brightest minds of our time are hard at work developing the next generation of microprocessors so essential to supercomputers, handheld devices and worldwide Read more…

One Year, 7,000 Xeon Phi Cards: The TACC Experience

Feb 3, 2014 |

The Intel Xeon Phi, which was just branded and officially launched back in November 2012, is already behind some leading research at one of the U.S.’s premier scientific computing centers. According to leaders at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), the coprocessor has made significant bounds into a wider array of applications over the last Read more…

IBM’s New Deal Captures Refocused HPC Strategy

Jan 29, 2014 |

It’s been quite a month of news for IBM, with the sale of its x86 business to Lenovo, followed by some intense questioning about what this means for their vision (and future) with HPC customers in academia and government in particular. And while some might call this the centerpiece of a shift in strategy, something Read more…

Short Takes

Instrument Science Preps for Exascale Era

Apr 3, 2014 |

The Big Data and Extreme-scale Computing (BDEC) workshop that took place in February in Fukuoka, Japan, brought together luminaries from industry, academia and government to discuss today’s big data challenges in the context of extreme-scale computing. Attendees to this invitation-only event include some of the world’s foremost experts on algorithms, computer system architecture, operating systems, Read more…

Is the ECC Performance Price Worth it for GPUs?

Mar 13, 2014 |

Listen to the podcast followup on this story. One of several elements that separates high performance computing GPUs from their gaming and graphics brethren is the addition of ECC codes, which target critical bit-flip errors in memory, which can lead to invalid results or system problems. While ECC is often deemed a necessary component for Read more…

Centaurus Energy Donates IBM Supercomputer to NSU

Mar 5, 2014 |

Centaurus Energy has donated an IBM supercomputer nicknamed “Megalodon” to Nova Southeastern University. Megalodon is an IBM P6 supercomputing cluster composed of 32 nodes that each have 16 POWER CPU’s with 256 GB of RAM. Each CPU contains two processor units and has about 790 million transistors as well. Megalodon is also water-cooled and uses Read more…

Supercomputers Advance Understanding of Black Holes

Mar 3, 2014 |

Black holes, so fascinating to star-gazers of the professional and backyard variety, are definitely not empty as their name might imply. Quite to the contrary, they are exceedingly dense. According to NASA, these astronomic objects comprise a great amount of matter packed into a very small zone. It’s like a star ten times more massive Read more…

Computing at the Speed of Light

Feb 27, 2014 |

With Moore’s law type advances showing signs of stagnation and decline, researchers around the world are hard at work innovating techniques to improve the speed of computing. A research duo from Northeastern University has come up with a breakthrough that could lay the groundwork for a new generation of fast, powerful computing devices. Assistant professor Read more…

Off the Wire

LANL to Host Supercomputing Challenge Expo

Apr 17, 2014 |

LOS ALAMOS, N.M., April 16 — More than 250 New Mexico students and their teachers will be at Los Alamos National Laboratory April 21-22 for the 24th annual New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge expo and awards ceremony. “The goal of the year-long competition is to increase knowledge of science and computing, expose students and teachers to Read more…

ORNL’s John Wagner Receives E.O. Lawrence Award

Apr 16, 2014 |

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., April 16 — Oak Ridge National Laboratory researcher John Wagner has been named a 2013 recipient of the Department of Energy’s Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award for his work in advancing computer, information and knowledge sciences. Wagner, a nuclear engineer who serves as national technical director for DOE’s Nuclear Fuels Storage and Transportation Read more…

SC14 Submissions for Panels Due April 25

Apr 16, 2014 |

April 16 — Submit your panel proposals by Friday, April 25. As one of the most important and heavily attended events of SC, your panel should include lively and rapid-fire content with challenging questions related to high performance computing, networking, storage and associated analysis technologies for the foreseeable future. Panels offer a rare opportunity for Read more…

NCI to Utilize Mellanox CloudX Interconnect

Apr 15, 2014 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. & YOKNEAM, Israel, April 15 – Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced that the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI), hosted at the Australia National University, selected Mellanox’s interconnect to support Australia’s national research computing service which provides world-class, high-end services to Read more…

Cluster 2014 Set for September

Apr 15, 2014 |

April 15 — Clusters have become the workhorse for computational science and engineering research, powering innovation and discovery that advance science and society. They are the base for building today’s rapidly evolving cloud and HPC infrastructures, and are used to solve some of the most complex problems. The challenge to make them scalable, efficient, and Read more…