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Wrangler and Comet Reflect Changing NSF Priorities

May 4, 2015 |

“Early operations mode” describes the status of two NSF-funded systems that are on track to support a wider range of user than is traditionally served by elite-level supercomputing. Wrangler is the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) system that we reported on last week, so now we turn our attention to Comet, the petascale supercomputer readying for launch at San Diego Read more…

Why TACC’s New Data ‘Wrangler’ Is a Big Deal

Apr 30, 2015 |

While there’s been a lot of activity around the coming crop of “exascale-relevant” supercomputers, the HPC landscape is also shifting to become more data-aware. Perhaps no system reflects this transition better than Wrangler, the I/O-optimized open science system from Dell and EMC that debuted earlier this month at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC). In a presentation Read more…

NASA’s Earth Science Supercomputer Balloons to 3.3 Petaflops

Apr 29, 2015 |

In what is being called an unprecedented upgrade, the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) is tripling the peak performance of its Discover supercomputer to more than 3.3 petaflops to power NASA’s Earth science modeling efforts. The open procurement process included the benchmarking of NCCS codes – notably the Goddard Earth Observing System Model, Version Read more…

New Models for Research, Part IV – Delivering Research as a Service

Apr 27, 2015 |

In the fourth of a four-part installation, Jay Etchings, director of operations for research computing and senior HPC architect at Arizona State University, traces the drivers that have led to the emergence of Research-as-a-Service as a viable model. As far back as the launch to the cloud with applications like Salesforce in 1999 and Amazon Web Services in Read more…

NERSC Invites Haswell-Based Cray XC40 Into Cori Fold

Apr 22, 2015 |

Nearly one year after the Department of Energy inked a $70 million contract for the exascale-relevant Cori system, news of a second, smaller system has come to light. In an interesting turn of events, the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) revealed today that it will be acquiring a “Cori Phase 1” system, a 10-cabinet Cray XC40 machine Read more…

Short Takes

PHE Uses DDN Technology to Speed Sample Processing 16x

Jun 10, 2015 |

Fast sequencing of bacterial and viral strains is critical in identifying public health threats. Data analysis, not sequencing itself, is the challenge with I/O bottlenecks being most problematic. The Public Health England, leveraging DataDirect technology, recently accelerated its sequence process 16x and can now sequence 92 samples in the time previously needed for 12. PHE Read more…

Computer Model Explains Mystery of Missing Malaysian Airlines Flight

Jun 10, 2015 |

Forensic reconstruction from an interdisciplinary research team offers new insight into the tragic disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 on March 8, 2014. More than one year later, the fate of that Boeing 777 jet and all 239 people aboard is still being investigated. According to the work of a leading applied mathematician and several colleagues, there Read more…

A Road to Practical Extreme Scale CFD?

Jun 5, 2015 |

A CFD code used for combustion simulation just reached a major scalability milestone, thanks to the work of Intelligent Light and partners at Georgia Tech and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The AVF-Leslie combustion simulation code (a derivative of Georgia Tech’s Leslie3D solver code) harnessed 64,000 cores on supercomputers at the Department of Energy’s National Energy Read more…

Saudi Arabia Aims to Enrich Society with Bespoke Supercomputer

Jun 1, 2015 |

Another successful high-performance computing deployment has come to fruition at King Abdulaziz University (KAU). The Fujitsu-built machine, called Aziz, was officially switched on by His Royal Highness Prince Mishaal bin Majed bin Abdul Aziz. The ceremony was attended by Akira Kabemoto, head of Fujitsu’s service platform business, and some 250 researchers, academics and students. The event also Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

May 28, 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. Congratulations #ASC15 Champions China's Read more…

Off the Wire

RWTH Aachen to Receive 22 Million Euros for Supercomputer

Jun 26, 2015 |

June 26 — The Joint Science Conference of the Federal Government and States has spoken in favor of funding a supercomputer at RWTH Aachen. The University is to receive almost 22 million Euros for the installation of a supercomputer for the Cluster Aix-la-Chapelle, Claix for short. The funds will be equally provided by the federal Read more…

ORNL Researchers Develop Method to Manipulate Complex Materials Such as Semiconductors

Jun 26, 2015 |

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. June 26 — Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a new method to manipulate a wide range of materials and their behavior using only a handful of helium ions. The team’s technique, published in Physical Review Letters, advances the understanding and use of complex oxide materials that boast Read more…

Caterpillar Expands Relationship With NCSA

Jun 25, 2015 |

June 25 — Caterpillar Inc. today announced it will collaborate with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to conduct high-performance computing (HPC) projects focused on more realistic simulations that can lead to improved product designs. Through the expanded partnership, NCSA will host Caterpillar’s simulation research on iForge supercomputer over a three-year Read more…

Blue Waters Simulations Help Unravel Graphene Heat-Transfer Riddle

Jun 24, 2015 |

June 24 — Researchers have solved the long-standing conundrum of how the boundary between grains of graphene affects heat conductivity in thin films of the miracle substance – bringing developers a step closer to being able to engineer films at a scale useful for cooling microelectronic devices and hundreds of other nano-tech applications. The study, Read more…

XSEDE15 to Offer Wide Range of Tutorials

Jun 22, 2015 |

June 22 — The XSEDE15 conference—to be held July 26-30 in St. Louis—will provide a full day of hands-on tutorials, spanning topics from secure coding practices and CUDA programming to scientific visualization and “supercomputing in plain English.” Participation in the tutorials is just $125 when you register by June 25—just $80 for students. Conference registration Read more…