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How the US Could Achieve Superconducting Supercomputing in Five Years

Dec 9, 2014 |

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) has officially commenced a multi-year research effort to develop a superconducting computer as a long-term solution to the power, cooling and space constraints that afflict modern high-performance computing. First revealed in February 2013, when the agency put out a call for proposals, the Cryogenic Computer Complexity (C3) program Read more…

NASA Debuts Stunning CO2 Visualization

Nov 25, 2014 |

In keeping with the SC spirit of HPC matters, we wanted to share another amazing example of supercomputing in action. Last week, NASA officials released the first ever ultra-high-resolution computer model of global atmospheric carbon dioxide. The simulation, which can be seen below, depicts the puffs and swirls of carbon dioxide as it circumnavigates the globe. While we wrote about 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…

Army Wins Major Supercomputing Award

Oct 7, 2014 |

The US Army Research Laboratory is getting $500,000 and one billion hours of supercomputing time to study the inner workings of internal combustion engines. The award was granted by the Department of Defense’s High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP) Frontier Project, now in its second year. The Army Research Lab will receive $100,000 per year Read more…

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…

Short Takes

SGI Scores Second DoD Deal in Two Months

Dec 18, 2014 |

SGI was awarded a contract worth $30,750,000 to supply the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) with a 3.9 petaflops SGI ICE X supercomputer. This is the second time in the last two months that SGI has inked a major deal with the Department of Defense (DoD) for its ICE product. Both awards were allocated through Read more…

Japan Concludes Exascale Feasibility Study

Dec 3, 2014 |

One of the leading contenders in the race to establish an exascale supercomputer has published the results of a feasibility study began in 2012, exploring ways to achieve high-bandwidth sufficient for coming memory-intensive applications. Japan’s Feasibility Study of Future HPCI (High Performance Computing Infrastructure) systems, launched by MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology), set out with Read more…

LANL Showcases Supercomputing History

Nov 12, 2014 |

Los Alamos National Laboratory is celebrating 100. Not 100 years, but 100 supercomputers. The center that is best known for its role supporting national security for the last seven decades is also widely hailed as a premier supercomputing site. “Computing power for our Laboratory’s national security mission is a huge part of our proud legacy, and Read more…

DOE HPC: A Change Is Coming

Nov 10, 2014 |

On June 18-19, representatives from six DOE HPC centers met in Oakland, Calif., for the DOE High Performance Operational Review (HPCOR) to discuss the best way to support large-scale data-driven scientific discovery at the DOE national laboratories. Attendees were asked for their feedback on current and future requirements as well as challenges, opportunities and best practices Read more…

DARPA Targets Autocomplete for Programmers

Nov 6, 2014 |

If Rice University computer scientists have their way, writing computer software could become as easy as searching the Internet. Two dozen computer scientists from Rice, the University of Texas-Austin, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the company GrammaTech have joined forces to turn this promise into a reality. With $11 million in DARPA-funding, the group will Read more…

Off the Wire

Cray Awarded $30M Contract from the DoD HPCMP

Dec 15, 2014 |

Dec. 15 — Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. today announced the Department of Defense (DoD) High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP) has awarded the Company a $30 million supercomputer contract for two Cray XC40 supercomputers and two Cray Sonexion storage systems. The Cray systems will be located at the U.S. Navy DoD Supercomputing Resource Center Read more…

NSF Awards $2M to NCSA to Support Global Collaboration

Dec 8, 2014 |

Dec. 8 — The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant of $2 million over five years to the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) to bring together members of the international research community, including graduate students, post-docs, and early-career faculty members, for collaborative research and development of new computing and analysis tools. The project, Read more…

IARPA Launches Program to Develop Superconducting Supercomputer

Dec 3, 2014 |

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 3 — The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), announced today that it has embarked on a multi-year research effort to develop a superconducting computer. If successful, technology developed under the Cryogenic Computer Complexity (C3) program will pave the way to a Read more…

NSA Releases New Technology for Open Source Community

Nov 26, 2014 |

Nov. 26 — The National Security Agency announced today the public release of its new technology that automates data flows among multiple computer networks, even when data formats and protocols differ. The tool, called “Niagarafiles (Nifi),” could benefit the U.S. private sector in various ways. For example, commercial enterprises could use it to quickly control, Read more…

Seagate Announces Reseller Agreement with SGI

Nov 18, 2014 |

CUPERTINO & MILPITAS, Calif., Nov. 18 — Seagate Technology plc, a world leader in storage solutions, today announced that it has signed a reselling partnership agreement with SGI, a global leader in high performance solutions for compute, data analytics and data management. SGI will be offering customers the ClusterStor 1500, 6000, and 9000 appliances, along with Read more…

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