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NVIDIA Highlights GPU Progress on Titan Supercomputer

Mar 27, 2014 |

The GPU Technology Conference this week in San Jose offered plenty of material for the supercomputing set with a number of presentations focused on specific programming challenges for large-scale scientific and enterprise HPC applications. The Titan system at Oak Ridge National Lab tied together key themes through a number of the talks, which helped put Read more…

Workflow as a Service Expanding Beyond HPC

Mar 17, 2014 |

At the height of the first wave of the commercial cloud computing boom, around 2008, two HPC industry figures, Brian Schott and Robert Graybill, put their heads together to see how clouds might support high performance computing workloads. Their efforts led them to develop a “clearinghouse” for cloud-based HPC platforms and applications, which in turn Read more…

Perfect Storm Brewing for Government HPC

Jan 13, 2014 |

It’s been a rocky couple of years for the United States government on all fronts, with dwindling budgets tripping over increased demand for maintenance and growth across the board. Despite these concerns, the growth of high performance computing as a dominant part of federal and state organizations remains steady, according to Patrick Dreher, DRC’s Chief Read more…

The Top Supercomputing Led Discoveries of 2013

Jan 2, 2014 |

2013 has been an incredible year for the entire ecosystem around supercomputing; from vendors pushing new technologies to boost performance, capacity, and programmability to researchers turning over new insights with fresh techniques. While exascale has taken more of a backseat than we might have predicted at the year’s end of 2010, there are plenty of Read more…

HPC and Science & Technology Policy

Nov 26, 2013 |

Policies, like sausages, cease to inspire respect in proportion as we know how they are made. This is a loose paraphrase of a common analogy. Is it apt when applied to science and technology policy? In particular, how – and where – is HPC policy made? Is it currently being made at all? Given the Read more…

Short Takes

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…

US Brain Initiative Seeks $4.5 Billion

Jun 11, 2014 |

Additional details have come to light on the brain research initiative, announced last year by President Obama. A working group of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) published a ten-year plan – Brain 2025: A Scientific Vision – for the agency’s portion of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) initiative. The plan’s recommended budget Read more…

TACC Celebrates 13 Years of Discovery

Jun 4, 2014 |

On June 1st, the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) celebrated a big milestone: 13 years of groundbreaking science, propelled by some of the most powerful supercomputing resources in the world. From being an early user of one of the first supercomputers, a Cray CDC 6600, to operating one of the first multi-petaflop systems, Stampede, the University of Read more…

LANL Demos Extreme Scale Indexing

Jun 3, 2014 |

An HPC middleware project currently underway at Los Alamos National Laboratory has reached a significant milestone. The new supercomputing tool, developed as part of the Multi-dimensional Hashed Indexed Middleware (MDHIM) project, made 1,782,105,749 key/value inserts per second into a globally-ordered key space on Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Moonlight supercomputer. The demonstration showcases the potential of MDHIM Read more…

Off the Wire

Argonne and Caterpillar Undertake Cooperative Virtual Engine Design Project

Jul 1, 2014 |

ARGONNE, Ill., July 1 ― Internal combustion engines are poised for dramatic breakthroughs in improving efficiency with lower emissions, thanks in part to low-temperature combustion regimes. Such regimes show great efficiency and emissions potential, but they present optimization and control challenges that must be addressed before they enter the engine mainstream. Caterpillar Inc. (Cat), Peoria, Ill., Read more…

ORNL Launches Imaging Institute

Jun 23, 2014 |

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., June 23 — The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has launched the Institute for Functional Imaging of Materials to accelerate discovery, design and deployment of new materials. The institute will meld world-class capabilities in imaging, high-performance computing, materials science and other scientific disciplines to probe materials. It supports President Obama’s Materials Genome Read more…

UK Atomic Weapons Establishment Receives Three SGI ICE X Systems

Jun 20, 2014 |

MILPITAS, Calif., June 20 — SGI, the leader in high performance computing and Big Data, today announces that the UK Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) has concluded a complete acceptance of three SGI ICE X systems. A formal ceremony today at AWE signifies the full operational status of the systems. AWE manufactures and maintains warheads for Read more…

Panasas ActiveStor Chosen for JASMIN2

Jun 17, 2014 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. and LONDON, England, June 17 — Panasas, the leader in hybrid scale-out NAS for technical research and enterprise customers, today announced that it has deployed a significant upgrade to the Panasas ActiveStor installation at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL), one of the UK’s principal government laboratories. The JASMIN facility is a “super-data-cluster”, providing the UK and European climate and earth-system Read more…

DDN Assists EMSL Energy Research Projects with Scalable Storage

Jun 17, 2014 |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 17 — To help the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) reduce dependence on foreign oil and accelerate discoveries to preserve the environment, the Environmental Molecular Science Laboratory (EMSL), a national scientific user facility located at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), has implemented DataDirect Networks (DDN) high performance block and file storage Read more…