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New Sandia Director Jill Hruby Transcends Glass Ceiling

Jun 24, 2015 |

Sandia National Laboratories has named Jill Hruby to its highest post. When Hruby officially take the reins of the nation’s largest laboratory on July 17, she becomes Sandia’s 14th director in its 60-plus year history as well as the first woman to lead one of the three National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) laboratories. As director of Read more…

Four Challenges Facing Exascale Application Prep

Jun 22, 2015 |

Worry over readying HPC applications for exascale computing isn’t new and various efforts are underway. Whether they are sufficient is a matter of debate. A major stumbling block, of course, is no one knows precisely what exascale architecture will look like. A recent paper (June 9) on arXiv.org from IBM Research and several European academic Read more…

Fixating on Exascale Performance Only Is a Bad Idea

Jun 15, 2015 |

Few in the computing industry dispute that achieving ‘exascale’ performance is worthy on its own merits. But fixating only on the magic milestone (10^18 FLOPS) misses an important point – HPC as currently practiced, even at the exascale level, won’t solve the grand challenges in science and society contends Dr. Sadasivan Shankar, Harvard University visiting Read more…

SRC Debuts Defense-Hardened FPGA Server

May 28, 2015 |

The SRC Saturn 1 server debuted today, built by reconfigurable computing specialists SRC Computers and positioned as an x86 alternative for high-volume workloads in hyperscale computing and big data analytics. While we have seen several FPGA-based server solutions come to market in the past year, the Saturn-1 is distinguished by its pedigree and insulation from Read more…

Jetstream: Targeting the Long Tail of Science

May 21, 2015 |

Improving HPC access to the so-called long tail of science is an ongoing NSF priority. Several initiatives, funded at least in part by NSF, are underway and one – Jetstream – is the first NSF-funded HPC Cloud targeted directly at domain scientists and engineers who typically have limited access to HPC resources and limited expertise. Read more…

Short Takes

The Necessary Marriage of Big Data with Exascale

Jun 29, 2015 |

Failure to incorporate big data computing insights into efforts to achieve exascale computing would be a critical mistake argue Daniel Reed and Jack Dongarra in their article, Exascale Computing and Big Data, published in the July issue of the Communications of the ACM journal. While scientific and big data computing have historically taken different development Read more…

Senate and House America COMPETES Bills Face Off

Jun 23, 2015 |

Few dispute the importance of research and advanced computing technology to American competitiveness, but there is disagreement about the role of the government in funding such efforts. Currently two bills are making their way through the legislative process as potential successors to the America COMPETES Acts of 2007 and 2010 (which were passed by President 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…

SGI ERI Installation Illustrates Multi-use HPC

May 20, 2015 |

Traditional research and Big Data apps are increasingly run on the same HPC system as lines between their computational requirements blur and demand for dual-use capability grows, said Bob Braham, SGI CMO. He pointed to last month’s ramp up of the latest SGI supercomputer at the Earthquake and Volcano Information Center at the University of Tokyo’s Earthquake Read more…

HPC for Advanced Analytics at the USPS

May 5, 2015 |

Today, the United States Postal Service is on its third generation of supercomputers, with each generation more capable than its predecessor. IDC believes the USPS embrace of HPC exemplifies an important, accelerating IT trend: Leading organizations in the private and public sectors are increasingly turning to high-performance computing to tackle challenging big data analytics workloads Read more…

Off the Wire

Stanford Engineers Team With ARL to Set Computational Record

Jun 11, 2015 |

June 11 — Stanford engineers have partnered with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) to set a computational record. Stanford Professor Charbel Farhat and his research team at the Army High Performance Computing Research Center (AHPCRC) used a new, high-end, massively parallel computer to demonstrate the power of algorithms that instruct processors to work together Read more…

NOAA Improves Environmental Science Research with Advanced Network Powered by Ciena

Jun 9, 2015 |

HANOVER, Md., June 9 – As part of its ongoing mission to connect researchers to the data and resources needed to advance environmental science through its N-Wave science network, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is building a private optical network powered by Ciena’s converged packet optical platforms. The new 100G network will connect four geographically dispersed facilities in the Washington, D.C. Read more…

CenturyLink and LGS Deliver Supercomputing Network to U.S. DoD Researchers

Jun 8, 2015 |

June 8 — CenturyLink, Inc. and LGS Innovations announced today that they will be upgrading the Defense Research and Engineering Network (DREN) to achieve speeds of 40 gigabits per second at five supercomputing locations. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) High Performance Computing Modernization Program, DREN is a high-speed, fiber-optic network that connects five DoD Read more…

Gartner Highlights Strategic Tech Trends for Government

Jun 4, 2015 |

June 4 — Technologies that enable new service models for digital government must be at the top of the list for government organizations as they prioritize technology investments, according to Gartner, Inc. Gartner has identified the 10 most important technology trends for government in 2015 in order to help CIOs and IT leaders assess critical Read more…

PRACE Women in HPC Magazine Debuts

May 22, 2015 |

May 22, 2015 – The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) today published the first edition of PRACE Women in HPC Magazine 2015, part of PRACE’s ongoing effort to advance gender and diversity issues within the HPC community. The opening editorial by Dr Sylvie Joussaume, the Chair of the PRACE Scientific Steering Committee, perfectly captures Read more…