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NERSC Invites Haswell-Based Cray XC40 Into Cori Fold

Apr 22, 2015 |

Nearly one year after the Department of Energy inked a $70 million contract for the exascale-relevant Cori system, news of a second, smaller system has come to light. In an interesting turn of events, the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) revealed today that it will be acquiring a “Cori Phase 1” system, a 10-cabinet Cray XC40 machine Read more…

Application Readiness at the DOE, Part III: Argonne Ramps Up Early Science Program

Apr 20, 2015 |

In our third and final video from the HPC User Forum panel (The Who-What-When of Getting Applications Ready to Run On, And Across, Office of Science Next-Gen Leadership Computing Systems), Tim Williams dives into the Early Science Program (ESP) being ramped up at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF). Williams, the ESP manager, noted the current Read more…

Application Readiness at the DOE, Part II: NERSC Preps for Cori

Apr 17, 2015 |

In our second video feature from the HPC User Forum panel, “The Who-What-When of Getting Applications Ready to Run On, And Across, Office of Science Next-Gen Leadership Computing Systems,” we learn more about the goals and challenges associated with getting science applications ready for the coming crop of Department of Energy (DOE) supercomputers, which in addition to being five-to-seven times faster than Read more…

Application Readiness at the DOE, Part I: Oak Ridge Advances Toward Summit

Apr 16, 2015 |

At the 56th HPC User Forum, hosted by IDC in Norfolk, Va., this week, three panelists from major government labs discussed how they are getting science applications ready for the coming crop of Department of Energy (DOE) supercomputers, which in addition to being five-to-seven times faster than today’s fastest big iron machines, constitute significant architectural changes. Titled “The Who-What-When of Getting Applications Ready to Read more…

Last But Not Least: Argonne’s $200 Million Supercomputing Award

Apr 9, 2015 |

A supercomputer named Aurora is on track to become the fastest system in the United States and possibly the world. Just a few hours ago, DOE Undersecretary Franklin “Lynn” Orr, announced that Intel Corp. and Cray Inc. had been selected to supply Argonne National Laboratory with a 180 petaflops system, Aurora, and a secondary system of about Read more…

Short Takes

Summit Puts 13 Code Projects Into Readiness Program

Apr 15, 2015 |

When the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Summit supercomputer powers up in 2018, it will provide the Department of Energy (DOE) research community with 150 to 300 peak petaflops of computational performance. To extract the highest benefit from this multi-million dollar machine that will be five to ten times the capability of the current fastest US Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Apr 9, 2015 |

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. Total of $525 million announced by @Energy Read more…

Supercomputing Sheds Light on Party Polarization

Apr 7, 2015 |

What can supercomputers tell us about the way that government operates, or in some cases doesn’t operate? Quite a bit, actually. In a new feature piece on the Texas Advanced Computing Center website, science writer Makeda Easter shares how one TACC researcher is using the center’s Stampede supercomputer to analyze the link between federal spending priorities Read more…

Simulating the First Hybrid Neuromorphic Supercomputer

Apr 7, 2015 |

In order for brain-inspired computing to become a reality, the underlying hardware must become sufficiently powerful to do in-silicon what the brain does naturally. One of the important advances in this field was the 2014 debut of the first neuromorphic chip, “True North,” developed by IBM with funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Read more…

NERSC Realigns for Enhanced Data Focus

Feb 26, 2015 |

The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), one of the nation’s primary HPC facilities for scientific research, has implemented several organizational changes, which it says will help its 6,000 users “more productively manage their data-intensive research.” NERSC’s Storage Systems Group will move under the Services Department, in order to foster greater synergy with the Read more…

Off the Wire

Ace Computers Awarded NASA SEWP V Contract

Apr 21, 2015 |

CHICAGO, Ill., April 21 — Ace Computers, a leading technology resource for public procurement contracts, was just awarded a substantial NASA SEWP V contract. This is a multi-award government purchasing vehicle for information technology products and product-based services with a maximum order amount of $20 billion. Ace Computers holds a Group A Contract. Items within the Read more…

Four Cray Customers to Implement Seagate HPC Storage Technology

Apr 20, 2015 |

CUPERTINO, Calif., April 20 — Seagate Technology plc, a world leader in storage solutions, today announced four Cray Inc. customers will be among the first to implement Seagate’s latest high performance computing storage technology. Combined, the implementations of these four customers in the government, weather, oil and gas, and university sectors will consume more than 120 petabytes Read more…

OLCF Selects Application Readiness Projects to Prepare for Summit Supercomputer

Apr 15, 2015 |

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., April 15 — The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) has selected the next set of partnership projects into its Center for Accelerated Application Readiness (CAAR) program. The program brings together application development teams and staff from the OLCF Scientific Computing group to prepare for Summit, the OLCF’s next Read more…

Automotive HPC Pioneer Myron Ginsberg Passes

Apr 14, 2015 |

April 14 — It is with great sorrow that we report that Dr. Myron Ginsberg has passed away. Myron Ginsberg had over thirty years of high-performance computing (HPC) experience in private industry, government research labs, and academia. He was an independent consultant in HPC, a Consultant Systems Engineer for EDS, and prior to that was Read more…

U.S. DOE Awards $200M for Supercomputer at Argonne National Laboratory

Apr 9, 2015 |

ARGONNE, Ill., April 9 — Today, U.S. Department of Energy Under Secretary for Science and Energy Lynn Orr announced two new High Performance Computing (HPC) awards that continue to advance U.S. leadership in developing exascale computing. The announcement was made alongside leaders from Argonne National Laboratory and industry partners at Chicago’s tech start-up hub, 1871. Read more…