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Big Data Needs Big Funding: NSF’s Jahanian Makes The Case

Jul 23, 2014 |

There’s no doubt that advanced computing and cyberinfrastructure are accelerating the pace of discovery and innovation in almost every field of inquiry. For Farnam Jahanian, this point was driven home in a recent meeting with senior members of the US Department of Agriculture. Yes, even farmers are getting in on the data/computation revolution. “At the Read more…

Los Alamos Lead Shares “Trinity” Feeds and Speeds

Jul 10, 2014 |

We’ve been anticipating news around the Trinity supercomputer for some time now and today were graced with the news that Cray will be supplying the machine in two phases with the final phase being complete in 2016. For the original background, the first run of the story can be found here. Since that time this Read more…

ISC14 Video Highlights

Jun 25, 2014 |

It’s the third and final day of ISC14, but there is still much to unwrap in the way of news, content and insight. To highlight some of the most memorable moments from the event, the ISC support team has put together a series of daily video packages. In the first day’s video, Anna Schorr from Read more…

Open Cloud Test Bed Bolsters Big Data Innovation

Apr 28, 2014 |

On Friday, in the Western Massachusetts town of Holyoke, Governor Deval Patrick and officials from industry, government and academia joined together for the official launch of a $3 million capital investment, known as the Massachusetts Open Cloud (MOC) project. The public-private initiative will establish a new cloud computing infrastructure to serve as a virtual laboratory Read more…

DOE Exascale Roadmap Highlights Big Data

Apr 7, 2014 |

If you’ve been following the US exascale roadmap, then chances are you’ve been following the work of William (“Bill”) J. Harrod, Division Director for the Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR), Office of Science with the US Department of Energy (DOE). In January, Harrod asserted that the DOE’s mission to push the frontiers of science and Read more…

Short Takes

HPC Task Force Publishes Recommendations

Aug 27, 2014 |

The Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB) Task Force on Next Generation High Performance Computing (HPC), established in December by the Secretary of Energy to review the mission and national capabilities related to next generation high performance computing, has released a “final version” draft report. The Task Force was asked to examine the problems and opportunities Read more…

Supercomputing Makes for Smarter Chinese Cities

Aug 19, 2014 |

Home to some of the world’s fastest supercomputers, China is looking to apply that computing power to solve issues that are important to its populace. On Monday, a Chinese researcher revealed a plan to use China’s Tianhe-1A system toward the construction of new “smart cities.” Taking an interdisciplinary approach to the challenges of urban planning, Read more…

BAE Systems Hones HPC Strategy

Jul 16, 2014 |

High-performance computing is vitally important to the mission of BAE Systems, one of the largest defense, aerospace, and security contractors in the world. As a high-tech manufacturer, BAE Systems relies on simulation and modeling software to design and build its products. The group responsible for identifying and developing this technology inside BAE Systems is called Read more…

Modernizing the Energy Grid with HPC

Jul 8, 2014 |

HPC and its twin big data are playing an increasing role in transforming the energy industry and the nation’s electrical grid and nowhere is this more apparent than at the Energy Department’s Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF). Located on the campus of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, the ESIF’s HPC datacenter Read more…

Senate Legislation Prioritizes Science, HPC

Jun 18, 2014 |

The US Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development is proposing legislation that would boost funding for scientific discovery and next-generation computing. The panel, chaired by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), approved federal funding legislation that would provide $5.086 billion for the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Science for the 2015 fiscal year that Read more…

Off the Wire

Lt. Governor Cawley to Speak at PSC on State’s Future as Technological Hub

Aug 25, 2014 |

Aug. 25 — Tomorrow, Tuesday Aug. 26, 2014, Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley will visit the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC). Cawley will speak on the state’s future as a technological hub and PSC’s role in bolstering state and regional high performance computing capabilities; high-speed electronic networking; and science, technology, engineering and math education from the Read more…

IBM to Make Free Supercomputing Power Available to Sustainability Scientists

Jul 29, 2014 |

ARMONK, N.Y., July 29 – In support of the updated Climate Data Initiative announced by the White House today, IBM will provide eligible scientists studying climate change-related issues with free access to dedicated virtual supercomputing and a platform to engage the public in their research.   Each approved project will have access to up to 100,000 years of computing time Read more…

NSA Announces New Schools as Cyber Operations Centers of Academic Excellence

Jul 15, 2014 |

July 15 — Five new schools have been selected for the National Security Agency’s National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations Program, which was designed to cultivate more U.S. cyber professionals in an increasingly demanding and ever-changing global environment. After a rigorous application and screening process, the following schools qualified to receive the CAE-Cyber Read more…

Pennsylvania State Budget Includes $500,000 for PSC

Jul 14, 2014 |

July 14 — The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania budget for fiscal year 2015 includes $500,000 for the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC). “We are, of course, pleased and honored that the state has once again found PSC to be worthy of funding in this fiscally challenging year,” says Ralph Roskies, scientific director for PSC. “We’re grateful to Read more…

ASRC Federal InuTeq Wins HPC Modernization Program Contract

Jul 8, 2014 |

BELTSVILLE, Md., July 8 — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, has awarded the High Performance Computing Modernization Program Defense Research Engineering Network contract to ASRC Federal InuTeq. The five-year contract, consisting of a base year plus four annual options, has a maximum value of nearly $88 million. “We are Read more…