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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…

Intel Names Silicon Mechanics ISS Channel Cares Partner of the Year

Apr 14, 2016 |

BOTHELL, Wash., April 14 — Silicon Mechanics, a leading provider of servers, storage and high-performance computing solutions to the world’s most innovative organizations today announced that it was recently named one of the Intel Corporation’s 2015 ISS Partner’s of the Year, specifically with Intel’s Channel Cares program. The ISS Partner of the Year award is given out each year at Read more…

Genomic Sequencing Aided by SDSC’s Comet Supercomputer

Apr 12, 2016 |

April 12 — The types of gene mutations that contribute to autism are more diverse than previously thought, report researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine in the current issue of The American Journal of Human Genetics. The findings, created with the aid of the Comet supercomputer based at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) Read more…

Stampede Supercomputer Assists Team Working on PECAN Project

Apr 8, 2016 |

April 8 — The Midwestern plains of the U.S. are known for their dramatic storms: tornadoes, hail, thunderstorms. But one storm feature has mystified researchers: why does their frequency seem to peak at night? Xuguang Wang, an associate professor of meteorology at the University of Oklahoma, is part of a team working on the multi-agency PECAN (Plains Elevated Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Apr 7, 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. While here for #GTC16 I made a quick stop to visit colleagues @NERSC. Cori looks great in Read more…

Bibliotheca Alexandrina Egypt Selects Huawei HPC Solution to Build Massive Computing Platform

Apr 7, 2016 |

SHENZHEN, China, April 7 — Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt, one of the oldest libraries in the world, today announced that it has selected Huawei’s high-performance computing (HPC) solution to build a massive computing platform. Huawei HPC solution uses extraordinary high-density FusionServer servers, and employs high-speed InfiniBand (IB) for computing networks. The HPC clusters can achieve a theoretical peak speed of 118 Read more…

Europe’s Fastest Supercomputer to Get Pascal GPU Upgrade

Apr 6, 2016 |

Already Europe’s fastest supercomputer at 7.8 petaflops, the Piz Daint (hybrid CPU/GPU Cray XC30) at the Swiss National Computing Center (CSCS) will double its performance with a massive upgrade that involves switching to NVIDIA’s newest Pascal GPU architecture and merging with Piz Dora (Cray XC40), a smaller CPU-based machine. The announcement was made at GTC16…

University of Michigan and IBM Collaborate on Data-Centric HPC System

Apr 6, 2016 |

April 6 — The University of Michigan is collaborating with IBM (NYSE: IBM) to develop and deliver “data-centric” supercomputing systems designed to increase the pace of scientific discovery in fields as diverse as aircraft and rocket engine design, cardiovascular disease treatment, materials physics, climate modeling and cosmology. The system is designed to enable high performance computing Read more…

Silicon Mechanics Announces Recipients of 5th Annual Research Cluster Grant

Apr 6, 2016 |

BOTHELL, Wash., April 6 — Silicon Mechanics, a leading provider of servers, storage and high-performance computing solutions to the world’s most innovative organizations, today announced the recipients of its fifth annual Research Cluster Grant (RCG): the University of New Orleans and the University of California, Merced. Each grant awardee will receive a High-Performance Computing (HPC) cluster with Read more…

Multiyear Simulation Study Provides Breakthrough in Membrane Protein Research

Apr 6, 2016 |

April 6 — Over the past decade, University of Chicago professor and INCITE investigator Benoît Roux has made great strides in biochemistry using Argonne Leadership Computing Facility resources. One of his recent discoveries fills in essential information inaccessible to experimentalists, and potentially crucial to new therapeutic drug design. “Molecular machines”, composed of protein components, consume Read more…

ISC Group and HPC Advisory Council Launch SCC Alumni Network

Apr 5, 2016 |

FRANKFURT, Germany April 5 – The ISC Group, organizers of the annual ISC High Performance series, is pleased to announce the launch of the ISC Student Cluster Competition (SCC) Alumni Network. Maintained and managed via LinkedIn, the professional networking group was formed to establish and nurture mutually beneficial relationships between SCC team members and the High Performance Computing (HPC) Read more…

Titan Helps Shed Light on Membrane Lipids’ Multiple Roles

Apr 4, 2016 |

Lipid molecules are schizophrenic. One end likes to hang out with a charged crowd (think water); the other prefers neutral neighbors (think fats). Most of us remember those funky illustrations of the bilayer lipid membrane structure that encloses animal cells from high school biology. Recently, Titan supercomputer was used to show cell membranes may be Read more…

Texas A&M Joins the Intel Parallel Computing Center Program

Apr 4, 2016 |

April 4 — Texas A&M University’s High Performance Research Computing (HPRC) center was recently named an Intel Parallel Computing Center, or Intel PCC. The Intel PCC program provides funding to universities, institutions and research labs to modernize key community codes used across a wide range of disciplines to run on current state-of-the-art parallel architectures. The Read more…

Indiana University, ESnet, Internet2 Share NSF Grant to Expand Networking Workshops

Apr 1, 2016 |

BLOOMINGTON, Ind., April 1 — A new $150,000 award from the National Science Foundation will allow networking experts from Indiana University and partners at the Department of Energy’s Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) and Internet2 to expand the successful Operating Innovative Networks workshop series. Since 2013, the workshops have helped network engineers learn to manage ever-increasing Read more…

Swiss Weather Forecasting Achieves 1.1km Resolution on ‘Piz Kesch’

Apr 1, 2016 |

After six months of tweaking – producing a 20 percent reduction in time-to-solution for weather forecasting – MeteoSwiss, the Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology, today reported its next generation COSMO-1 forecasting system is now operational. COSMO-1 requires 20 times the computing power of COSMO-2 and runs on the hybrid CPU-GPU supercomputer, Piz Kesch, operated by Read more…

INCITE Seeking Proposals to Advance Science and Engineering at U.S. Leadership Computing Facilities

Apr 1, 2016 |

April 1 — The Department of Energy’s Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) program will be accepting proposals for high-impact, computationally intensive research campaigns in a broad array of science, engineering and computer science domains. From April 13 to June 24, INCITE’s open call provides an opportunity for researchers to make Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Mar 31, 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. The first ever @XSEDEscience #PSCBridges #HPC workshop is underway & we've got a full house here in Read more…

Human Brain Project Launches European Research Infrastructure

Mar 30, 2016 |

March 30 — The Human Brain Project (HBP) is developing a shared European research infrastructure with the aim of examining the organization of the brain using detailed analyses and simulations and thus combating neurological and psychiatric disorders. For this purpose, the HBP is creating new information technologies like neurosynaptic processors which are based on the Read more…

Gonzalez Martirena of OSTP to Provide NSCI Update at HPC User Forum

Mar 29, 2016 |

With many questions still swirling around the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI), IDC announced yesterday that Saul Gonzalez Martirena of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) will provide an NSCI update at the HPC User Forum being held in two weeks. Launched with great fanfare as a Presidential Executive Order last July, NSCI Read more…