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HPC in Higher Education

Oct 21, 2014 |

Whilst HPC systems form a relatively small part of most organisations’ IT infrastructure, they often demand the most attention. They are like the disruptive child at school who make up 5% – yet demand 30% of the resources. As a result, HPC systems are relatively unique and pose quite a challenge to most organisations who have them. Read more…

Report Assesses NSF Supercomputing

Oct 14, 2014 |

A new report calls into question the National Science Foundation’s ability to continue its leadership position as a provider of advanced computing resources. At the behest of the National Science Foundation, a National Research Council committee carried out a study examining the priorities and associated trade-offs for advanced computing in support of NSF-sponsored science and Read more…

Peering Backward to the Big Bang with the CTC and COSMOS

Oct 10, 2014 |

At the Stephen Hawking Centre for Theoretical Cosmology (CTC) in Cambridge University, we are endeavouring to push back our understanding to the very beginnings of the Universe, tiny fractions of a second after the Big Bang. Cosmology has had many successes but it leaves many questions unanswered concerning how the Universe came into being and Read more…

Will Magnets Be the Cure for What Ails Moore’s Law?

Oct 1, 2014 |

With silicon-based processors facing some inexorable limits, scientists are looking elsewhere to keep computing on its exponential growth track. One potential alternative that is getting some traction is magnet-based computing. A group of electrical engineers at the Technische Universität München (TUM) is studying the feasibility of using miniature magnets as the building block for integrated Read more…

Cloudera’s Wolfgang Hoschek Talks of Hadoop’s Evolution

Sep 23, 2014 |

Wolfgang Hoschek is a software engineer at Cloudera working on the Hadoop platform and Cloudera search team. He is a committed member of the Apache Flume and Apache Lucene/Solr projects. A former CERN fellow and computer scientist at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Hoschek has over 15 years of experience in large-scale distributed systems, data intensive computing, Read more…

Short Takes

Canada’s Fastest Supercomputer Joins Ebola Fight

Nov 5, 2014 |

Canadian researchers have turned the country’s fastest supercomputer into an Ebola-fighting machine. There are no approved vaccines for Ebola yet, but Chematria, a startup supported by the University of Toronto, is hot on the trail of a drug that will put a stop to the deadly epidemic. Through a partnership with the University of Toronto Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Oct 30, 2014 |

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. Click here to view the top tweets Read more…

Poland Steps Up Supercomputing Game

Oct 30, 2014 |

Earlier this month, Gdańsk University of Technology declared plans to build the fastest supercomputer in Poland, a $9 million project developed via a partnership with companies Megatel and Action. The contract marks the first time Poland will have a computing cluster in excess of a petaflops. The consortium expects the 1.2 petaflops system will be Read more…

Speeding Climate Simulations

Oct 28, 2014 |

As highlighted in a recent issue of DOE Pulse, which features science and technology news from the DOE National Labs, scientists from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have developed a more efficient way to perform computationally expensive global climate simulations. As climate models become more precise and detailed, the simulation takes more time, putting pressure Read more…

New Method Speeds Tumor Analysis

Oct 27, 2014 |

A novel computational method developed by the computational genomics group at Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) represents a big leap forward for cancer research as well as genome analysis. As detailed in the official announcement and the current issue of Nature Biotechnology, SMUFIN – short for Somatic Mutations Finder – pinpoints the genetic alterations responsible for Read more…

Off the Wire

UMich and UVic Utilizing SanDisk Products to Fuel Supercomputing Project

Nov 20, 2014 |

MILPITAS, Calif. & NEW ORLEANS, La., Nov. 20 — SanDisk Corporation, a global leader in flash storage solutions, today announced that the University of Michigan and University of Victoria (CA) are utilizing SanDisk’s Fusion ioMemory solutions to fuel their multi-site supercomputing project, which helps them dramatically reduce the server footprint needed to transmit enormous datasets. Working in conjunction with the CERN Laboratory in Read more…

K Computer Recognized in Class 1 and 2 of HPC Challenge Awards

Nov 19, 2014 |

TOKYO, Japan, Nov. 19 — RIKEN, the University of Tsukuba and Fujitsu today announced that they received top ranks in two of the four benchmarks at the 2014 HPC Challenge Class 1 Awards, which evaluate the overall performance of supercomputers, for the performance of the K computer. The first-place rankings were received in two benchmarks: Global Read more…

Mellanox and Saratoga Speed Contribute to Work at LLNL

Nov 19, 2014 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 19 — Computer scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have combined innovative research in graph algorithms and data-intensive runtime systems to achieve world-class results on the Graph500 benchmark (www.graph500.org). The scientists’ work has been enabled by leading edge technology supplied by Saratoga Speed, Inc. and Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. The results achieved Read more…

Quanta Recognized with HPCwire Award

Nov 18, 2014 |

NEW ORLEANS, La., Nov. 18 — Quanta Cloud Technology (QCT) has been recognized in the annual HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards, presented at the 2014 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC14), in New Orleans. QCT was recognized with the Editors’ Choice Award: Top 5 Vendors to Watch. The coveted annual HPCwire Readers’ Read more…

IT4Innovations Supercomputing Center Selects SGI Supercomputer to Advance Research

Nov 18, 2014 |

MILPITAS, Calif., Nov. 18 — SGI, a global leader in high performance solutions for compute, data analytics and data management, announced that the IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center in the Czech Republic selected an SGI supercomputer to advance research in a variety of fields including nanotechnology, computational chemistry, hydrology, engineering, material science and drug development. The Read more…