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Practical Advice for Knights Landing Coders

Feb 5, 2015 |

The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) is on track to get its next supercomputer system, Cori, by mid-2016. While that’s more than a year away, it’s not too soon to start preparing for the new 30+ petaflops Cray machine, which will feature Intel’s next-generation Knights Landing architecture. So says Richard Gerber, Senior Science Read more…

Obama’s 2016 Budget Boosts R&D, Exascale Funding

Feb 4, 2015 |

On Monday, the Obama administration sent its FY 2016 budget request to Congress for the new fiscal year starting October 1. A chapter on Research and Development prepared by the Office of Management and Budget states that the Administration is seeking an increase of 5.5 percent for all federal R&D over current levels for a total Read more…

Trans-Continental InfiniBand Charts Exascale Course

Feb 3, 2015 |

Many nations are racing to cross the exascale computing finish line by roughly 2020. Yet the challenges are such that establishing useful exascale computers some 50-100 times faster than today’s leadership machines requires the coordinated efforts of a vast array of stakeholders. At Supercomputing 2014 (SC14), an industry collaboration called InfiniCortex launched with the goal Read more…

Team Wits-A reigned over 2014 CHPC Student Cluster Competition

Jan 28, 2015 |

At the Dec. 1-5, 2014, South African Center for High Performance Computing’s (CHPC) Ninth National Meeting, student-participants of their third annual student cluster challenge worked diligently under the leadership of CHPC Supervisors David Macleod and Nicholas Thorne. South Africa hopes for a three-peat victory in July at the HPC Advisory Council’s International Supercomputing Conference (HPCAC-ISC) Read more…

DOE Seeks to Mend HPC Talent Gap

Jan 27, 2015 |

Get a group of HPC stakeholders in a room and it won’t be long before they are bemoaning the talent shortage, the gap between the demand for a well-trained HPC workforce versus the number of qualified candidates available to fulfill these positions. Despite the attention paid to this topic, the HPC talent gap has been Read more…

Short Takes

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Feb 19, 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.   Quote of the day! "The general problem Read more…

Cultivating HPC in South Africa

Feb 19, 2015 |

When you think of high-performance computing on a global level, heavy hitters from the US, Europe and Asia may spring to mind. But the democratization of HPC has brought an array of new entrants eager to climb this latter. In South Africa, for example, an emphasis on research and development is helping the nation to not only improve the lives Read more…

Cornell Levies Blue Waters to Curb Flooding

Feb 18, 2015 |

With the steady progression of climate change, the rate of flooding across the globe is only expected to rise. But according to a new study from Cornell University, our first line of defense ­– a series of weather satellites situated hundreds of miles above the Earth’s surface – are in need of some serious overhaul. Read more…

Researchers Clear Hurdle on the Path to DNA Storage

Feb 17, 2015 |

The frenzied pace of data accumulation in the digital age is pushing scientists to come up with some interesting solutions. Take DNA-based storage, for example. What if the world’s oldest storage mechanism turned out to be the most future-proof as well? With the development of more affordable encoding and retrieval tools for DNA storage, some scientists are predicting practical applications Read more…

ROSE Framework Blooms Toward Exascale

Feb 12, 2015 |

One of the many ways that the Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) supports the Department of Energy Office of Science facilities is by championing the research that powers computational science. A recent ASCR Discovery feature takes a look at how the DOE science community is preparing for extreme-scale programming. As supercomputers reach exascale Read more…

Off the Wire

LANL Reduces Water Usage

Mar 16, 2015 |

LOS ALAMOS, N.M., March 16 — Los Alamos National Laboratory decreased its water usage by 26 percent in 2014, with about one-third of the reduction attributable to using reclaimed water to cool a supercomputing center. “Our goal during 2014 was to use only re-purposed water to support our mission at the Strategic Computing Complex (SCC), Read more…

Research Teams Awarded Resources on Blue Waters Supercomputer

Mar 13, 2015 |

March 13 — Nine research teams from a wide range of disciplines have been awarded computational and data resources on the Blue Waters supercomputer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Blue Waters is one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers, capable of performing quadrillions of calculations Read more…

Nominations Being Accepted for Seymour Cray, Sidney Fernbach, and Ken Kennedy Awards

Mar 12, 2015 |

March 12 — Each year, SC showcases not only the best and brightest stars of high performance computing, but also its rising stars and those who have made a lasting impression. Some of the most prestigious awards given at SC are the Seymour Cray, Sidney Fernbach, and Ken Kennedy Awards that honor the memory of Read more…

Dr. Steven Ashby Named Director of PNNL

Mar 12, 2015 |

COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 12 — Battelle announced today the appointment of Dr. Steven Ashby as Laboratory Director for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, WA, effective April 1. Battelle operates the lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Ashby has served as PNNL’s Deputy Director for Science and Technology since 2008. He has been instrumental in Read more…

BSC Researcher Awarded European Commission Grant

Mar 11, 2015 |

March 11 — Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) researcher David Carrera has been awarded one of the most prestigious grants offered by the European Commission to study how data centres can learn how to become more energy efficient independently. It has been estimated that servers around the world currently consume as much energy as the whole Read more…