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Application Readiness at the DOE, Part I: Oak Ridge Advances Toward Summit

Apr 16, 2015 |

At the 56th HPC User Forum, hosted by IDC in Norfolk, Va., this week, three panelists from major government labs discussed how they are getting science applications ready for the coming crop of Department of Energy (DOE) supercomputers, which in addition to being five-to-seven times faster than today’s fastest big iron machines, constitute significant architectural changes. Titled “The Who-What-When of Getting Applications Ready to Read more…

HPC Comes Alive in Southern Africa

Apr 13, 2015 |

South Africa’s Kruger National Park was the perfect setting for the conservation-themed, Ninth Annual Center for High Performance Computing’s (CHPC) National Meeting titled “Towards an Energy-Efficient HPC System.” Additional meetings were co-located Dec. 1-5, 2014, including the Southern African Development Community (SADC) HPC Forum, HPC Advisory Council, and the Industrial HPC Advisory Forum. CHPC Director Read more…

Last But Not Least: Argonne’s $200 Million Supercomputing Award

Apr 9, 2015 |

A supercomputer named Aurora is on track to become the fastest system in the United States and possibly the world. Just a few hours ago, DOE Undersecretary Franklin “Lynn” Orr, announced that Intel Corp. and Cray Inc. had been selected to supply Argonne National Laboratory with a 180 petaflops system, Aurora, and a secondary system of about Read more…

Something for Everyone at GPU Technology Conference

Mar 23, 2015 |

Once relegated to the category of specialized gaming hardware, today’s graphics processors are solving some of the world’s toughest computing problems. During GTC15 last week in San Jose, the full breadth and depth of session topics provided even more evidence of how far graphics processors have come from their gaming roots. And while this year deep Read more…

New Models for Research, Part II

Mar 16, 2015 |

In the second of a four-part series, Jay Etchings, director of operations for research computing, and senior HPC architect at Arizona State University lays out the concept of the campus cloud, a Research as a Service (RaaS) model with elements of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and bare metal IaaS.

Short Takes

Summit Puts 13 Code Projects Into Readiness Program

Apr 15, 2015 |

When the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Summit supercomputer powers up in 2018, it will provide the Department of Energy (DOE) research community with 150 to 300 peak petaflops of computational performance. To extract the highest benefit from this multi-million dollar machine that will be five to ten times the capability of the current fastest US Read more…

Automotive Supercomputing Pioneer Myron Ginsberg Dies at 71

Apr 14, 2015 |

The staff at HPCwire sends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Myron Ginsberg, who died on April 10, 2015, at the age of 71. A long-time researcher and independent consultant in the field of high-performance computing, Dr. Myron Ginsberg was credited with the first in-house installation of a supercomputer in the auto industry during Read more…

Supercomputing Impacts Deep Water Oil Rig Safety

Apr 13, 2015 |

As even a casual newswatcher knows, offshore drilling can be a dangerous enterprise. Among the safety hazards is the ocean itself with its unpredictable and sometimes intense currents exerting forces on the floating platform. Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory used advanced simulation software to help improve the safety of ultra-deep floating oil rigs by studying how the surrounding currents Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Apr 9, 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. Total of $525 million announced by @Energy Read more…

India Greenlights $730 Million Supercomputing Grid

Mar 26, 2015 |

The Indian government has approved a seven-year supercomputing program worth $730 million (Rs. 4,500-crore) intended to restore the nation’s status as a world-class computing power. The prime mandate of the National Supercomputing Mission, first revealed last October, is the construction of a vast supercomputing grid connecting academic and R&D institutions and select departments and ministries. The Read more…

Off the Wire

GCS Supercomputers Assist Research Project Praised by Physics Nobel Prize Winner

May 13, 2015 |

BERLIN, Germany, May 13 — A large-scale research project in computational elementary particle physics, carried out on GCS supercomputers, attracted the attention of scientists from all around the world. The simulations run by a research team of the Bergische Universität Wuppertal under leadership of Professor Zoltán Fodor resulted in finally calculating the small neutron-proton mass Read more…

SC15 Video Highlights Brain Simulations That Help Parkinson’s Patients

May 12, 2015 |

AUSTIN, Tex., May 12 — An enlightening video series launched by the SC (Supercomputing) conference steering committee in 2013 aims to illustrate how high performance computing is impacting everyday life – from manufacturing to storm prediction to the making of Hollywood blockbusters. The latest in the series is a short video highlighting the innovative work being done Read more…

Illinois Researchers Selected for NCSA Fellowships

May 12, 2015 |

May 12 — Thirteen 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’s fellowship program aims to catalyze and develop long-term collaborations between the center and campus researchers, particularly in Read more…

HPC Wales Awarded Grant to Lead European HPC Network

May 11, 2015 |

May 11 — High Performance Computing (HPC) Wales, with support from Bangor University, has been awarded a grant by the European Commission under the EU’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme to lead Europe’s Network of HPC Competency Centres for SMEs. The unique Network will promote access to computational facilities, pool expertise and resources across Read more…

Cray Installs India’s First Petaflop Supercomputer at the Indian Institute of Science

May 11, 2015 |

SEATTLE, Wash., May 11 — Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. today announced that the Supercomputing Education and Research Center (SERC) at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore, India has put a new Cray XC40 supercomputer into production. With more than 1.4 petaflops of compute performance, the Cray supercomputer nick-named “SahasraT” at SERC is the first petaflop system in India. Located at Read more…