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Huazhong University of Science and Technology Crowned ASC16 Champion

Apr 25, 2016 |

WUHAN, China, April 25 — The ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge 2016 (ASC16) concluded in Wuhan on April 22. The event was co-organized by Inspur and Huazhong University of Science and Technology. The co-host Huazhong University of Science and Technology, won the championship and the e Prize with its extraordinary performance. Shanghai Jiaotong University was runner-up, and Zhejiang University won the Highest Computing Award. In addition, Nanyang Read more…

University of Cambridge Partners With Mellanox to Deliver OpenStack-Based Cloud

Apr 25, 2016 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. and YOKNEAM, Israel, April 25 — Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX), a leading supplier of end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced that University of Cambridge (UoC) has selected Mellanox End-to-End Ethernet interconnect solution including Spectrum SN2700 Ethernet switches, ConnectX-4 Lx NICs and LinkX cables for its OpenStack-based scientific research cloud. This new win Read more…

Nine University of Illinois Researchers Selected for NCSA Fellowships

Apr 22, 2016 |

April 22 — Nine faculty members at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been selected to receive one-year fellowships that will enable their research teams to pursue collaborative projects with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). Fellows work in one of the center’s six thematic areas of research: Bioinformatics and Health Sciences, Computing and Data Sciences, Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Apr 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. Did you know? @usnistgov uses #supercomputers to study performance of concrete, an $80-100 billion US industry | Read more…

Reminder: Team Applications for Student Cluster Competition Due April 22

Apr 21, 2016 |

April 21 — Students interested in demonstrating their high-performance computing skills on a global stage are invited to team up and sign up to compete in the tenth annual Student Cluster Competition (SCC) at the SC16Conference. The deadline for submitting applications has just been extended to Friday, April 22, to help those teams who weren’t Read more…

Bath University HPC Symposium Abstract Submissions Now Open

Apr 21, 2016 |

April 21 — Abstract submissions for the 5th Annual Bath University HPC Symposium on Thursday, June 9, are now open. We would like to invite submissions for talks and poster presentations on all aspects of HPC-orientated research, including: HPC driven research in all disciplines Code parallelisation and algorithm development Experiences with tools/libraries and the scalability of Read more…

Zhejiang University Sets New Student Cluster LINPACK Record: 12 Teraflops

Apr 20, 2016 |

At 11:30 am local time on Wednesday in Wuhan, China, Zhejiang University was declared the winner of the High Performance LINPACK (HPL) benchmark portion of the Asia Student Supercomputer Challenge (ASC16). The Zhejiang University team achieved a record-setting 12.03 teraflops without going over the competition’s 3000 watt power limit, beating the previous record of 11.92 Read more…

NSCI Discussion at HPC User Forum Shows Hunger for Details

Apr 20, 2016 |

Is the National Strategic Computing Initiative in trouble? Launched by Presidential Executive Order last July, there are still few public details of the draft implementation plan, which was delivered to the NSCI Executive Council back in October. Last week on the final day of the HPC User Forum being held in Tucson, Saul Gonzalez Martirena Read more…

Ten PhD Students Selected as Blue Waters Graduate Fellows

Apr 20, 2016 |

April 20 — Ten outstanding computational science PhD students from across the country have been selected to receive Blue Waters Graduate Fellowships for 2016-2017. The fellowship program, now in its third year, provides substantial support and the opportunity to leverage the petascale power of National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois’s Blue Waters supercomputer to Read more…

HPC-Facilitated Modeling of Bone May be Key to Helping Those Affected by Bone Disease

Apr 20, 2016 |

April 20 — Professor Iwona Jasiuk has spent the past 10 years studying bones to understand why bones break and to assess bone quality. While her research has been looking at the problem both experimentally and computationally, she is currently focusing on the use of high scale computations to model bone by using patient specific medical images. Read more…

Ohio Supercomputer Center Selected as an Intel Parallel Computing Center

Apr 18, 2016 |

COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 18 — A research team of high performance computer experts is beginning the task of modernizing a computer software package that leverages large-scale, 3-D modeling to research fatigue and fracture analyses, primarily in metals. The research is a result of the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) being selected as an Intel Parallel Computing Center (Intel PCC). The Intel PCC Read more…

Purdue Professor Receives Funding to Establish Station Q Purdue

Apr 18, 2016 |

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., April 18 — A Purdue University professor has been selected to lead Station Q Purdue, part of an elite team assembled by Microsoft’s Station Q to pursue a path to quantum computing. Google, IBM, Intel and Microsoft have put resources into research teams striving to discover a path to quantum computing. At Microsoft the Read more…

ASC16 Kicks Off in Wuhan, China: 16 Teams, $40k in Prizes

Apr 18, 2016 |

The fifth annual Asia Student Supercomputer Challenge (ASC16) got off to an exciting start this morning at the Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, China.

IBM Plans Cognitive Computing Research Center with University of Illinois

Apr 15, 2016 |

In keeping with its vision of an era of cognitive computing enabled by acceleration technology, IBM Research (NYSE: IBM) today announced plans for a multi-year collaboration with the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to create the Center for Cognitive Computing Systems Research (C3SR) which will be housed within the College of Engineering on the Urbana campus. Read more…

Custom App Container Targets HPC Needs

Apr 15, 2016 |

Custom versions of application containers are emerging that meet stringent requirements. Among the first is an HPC specific container platform dubbed Singularity built around what its developers say is the concept of “mobility of compute.” Despite the fact that commercial and open source application containers are making steady headway in production settings, researchers overseeing HPC Read more…

IBM and the University of Illinois to Pioneer Next-Generation Cognitive Computing Systems

Apr 15, 2016 |

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. and URBANA, Ill., April 15 — IBM Research (NYSE: IBM) has announced plans for a multi-year collaboration with the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to create the Center for Cognitive Computing Systems Research (C3SR) which will be housed within the College of Engineering on the Urbana campus. Opening in the summer of 2016, the C3SR will Read more…

Is Chinese 100-Petaflopper Around the Corner?

Apr 14, 2016 |

A little over one year ago, export blocks put in place by the US government threatened to derail China’s plans to upgrade its Tianhe-2 supercomputer, the world’s fastest since June 2013, to its originally planned capacity of 100 petaflops. At the time, many in the industry anticipated that the efforts to block China’s supercomputing capability by Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Apr 14, 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. Arvind Ramanathan (ORNL) on life sciences #HPC User Forum, e.g. simulation still costly on cloud. #hpc @HPCwire Read more…

Are You Ready for ISC 2016? Top 9 Things to Look Forward To

Apr 14, 2016 |

ISC High Performance is right around the corner – it’s just nine weeks before the conference starts! I am in active planning mode, and if you aren’t, you should be too. As an attendee or an exhibitor, there is a lot the ISC 2016 conference has to offer. The first ISC conference was in 1986 Read more…

Blue Waters Helps University of Illinois Researchers Discover “Dark Gaxalxy”

Apr 14, 2016 |

April 14 — Researchers have uncovered the existence of a dwarf “dark galaxy” lurking nearly 4 billion light-years away from Earth. The discovery was made when a team of researchers, including astronomers at the University of Illinois, using the Blue Waters supercomputer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), noticed subtle distortions in the Read more…