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SC15 Chair on HPC Transforms, Diversity Outreach, and Austin

Mar 3, 2015 |

SC15 General Chair Jackie Kern is hardly new to the HPC community. A member of the SC planning committee since 2003, Kern led the building of SCINET in 2007. The largest network in the world for a week, it delivered multicast video conferencing, among other things, onsite and around the world. As general chair this Read more…

Army Research Lab Lays Out HPC Strategy

Feb 19, 2015 |

The US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is counting on supercomputing and large-scale analytics to provide the competitive edge it needs to maintain its position as the nation’s premier laboratory for land forces. As laid out in the recently-released Technical Implementation Plan for 2015-2019, the ARL sees advanced computing as fundamental to its mission to “discover, Read more…

BSC, Intel Extend Exascale Research Effort

Feb 17, 2015 |

Intel’s efforts to advance exascale computing concepts received a boost with the extension of the company’s research collaboration with the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) – one of four Intel exascale labs in Europe. Begun in 2011 and now extended to September 2017, the Intel-BSC work focuses on scalability issues with parallel applications. “[A major goal] Read more…

Horst Simon on the HPC Slowdown

Feb 13, 2015 |

At an HPC meetup event in San Francisco on Feb 10, Berkeley Lab Deputy Director Horst Simon makes the case that Moore’s law and parallelism can no longer be counted on to provide the exponential growth that has been driving high-performance computing for six decades. If indeed Moore’s law is coming to an end, there Read more…

Practical Advice for Knights Landing Coders

Feb 5, 2015 |

The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) is on track to get its next supercomputer system, Cori, by mid-2016. While that’s more than a year away, it’s not too soon to start preparing for the new 30+ petaflops Cray machine, which will feature Intel’s next-generation Knights Landing architecture. So says Richard Gerber, Senior Science Read more…

Short Takes

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…

ROSE Framework Blooms Toward Exascale

Feb 12, 2015 |

One of the many ways that the Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) supports the Department of Energy Office of Science facilities is by championing the research that powers computational science. A recent ASCR Discovery feature takes a look at how the DOE science community is preparing for extreme-scale programming. As supercomputers reach exascale Read more…

NASA Supercomputer Intensifies Exomoon Search

Feb 11, 2015 |

Aliens – they aren’t just the cornerstone of science fiction; they’re at the center of a key question for astronomers and philosophers alike: “Are we alone in the universe?” Recently, NASA has made strides toward answering this question through its search for potentially habitable planets beyond our solar system. Not only could finding such a Read more…

Saudi Arabia Renews Commitment to Supercomputing

Feb 4, 2015 |

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), located on the Red Sea 50 miles north of Jeddah, is gearing up for a new supercomputer twenty-five times more powerful than its current system. Shaheen-2, a successor to the original Shaheen, is part of an $80 million contract with supercomputer maker Cray that reaffirms Read more…

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…

Off the Wire

The White House Names Dr. DJ Patil as the First U.S. Chief Data Scientist

Feb 19, 2015 |

Feb. 19 — Today, I am excited to welcome Dr. DJ Patil as Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Data Policy and Chief Data Scientist here at the White House in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. President Obama has prioritized bringing top technical talent like DJ into the federal government to harness the power of technology Read more…

NeedipeDIA Established by the DIA

Feb 17, 2015 |

Feb. 17 — The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences has recently partnered with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). DIA provides military intelligence to warfighters, defense policymakers and force planners in the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community, in support of U.S. military planning and operations and weapon systems. While they have diverse expertise in Read more…

UK Met Office Uses Allinea DDT to Debug Codes on New Crays

Feb 11, 2015 |

EXETER, England, Feb. 11 – One of the world’s leading weather forecasting and research organizations, the UK Met Office, is rolling out the Allinea DDT debugger on its newest supercomputers. The debugging tool will be used to help the scientists and developers to develop their widely used forecasting software for the new Cray XC40 systems. Read more…

Legislation Introduced to Jumpstart Research Into Exascale Supercomputing

Feb 11, 2015 |

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 11 – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.), along with U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), today introduced bipartisan legislation that would jumpstart research into exascale supercomputing that they said is “critical to U.S. competitiveness and national security.” “The United States faces a choice between falling further behind competitors like Read more…

Ace Technology Partners Completes $4.8M Server Order for U.S. Air National Guard

Jan 28, 2015 |

CHICAGO, Ill., Jan. 28 — Ace Technology Partners, one of the leading workstation/server resellers in the U.S., just completed and shipped a major order of custom servers to the U.S. Air National Guard. The 370 rack-mount servers were distributed to a total of 92 bases throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Ace Technology Partners CEO John Read more…