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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…

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…

Short Takes

In Support of Open Source

Oct 2, 2014 |

The Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB) Task Force on Next Generation High Performance Computing (HPC) released a report in August addressing the steps required to deliver next generation leading edge HPC. Some careful readers were puzzled by a section on “open source.” “There has been very little open source that has made its way into broad Read more…

Report Pins HPC Progress to Software Scalability

Oct 2, 2014 |

A new report from the Council on Competitiveness (Council) explores how US government investment in HPC benefits America’s industrial and economic competitiveness. The Council on Competitiveness, with funding from the US Department of Energy, engaged Intersect360 Research to interview HPC-using US organizations across a wide range of industries. Over a six month period, Intersect360 conducted Read more…

Brain Science Makes Headway

Sep 30, 2014 |

Brain modeling projects on both sides of the Atlantic are taking off, according to the projects’ leaders. The European Commission-led Human Brain Project (HBP) is on track as it reaches its first anniversary. Criticized by many in the neuroscience community for being overly ambitious, the $1.6 billion project has nevertheless expanded to 112 partners in 24 Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Sep 25, 2014 |

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. Click here to view the top tweets Read more…

The Nuts and Bolts of Nuclear Stewardship

Sep 10, 2014 |

Sometimes the impetus behind large-scale computing endeavors can be surprising. Take the case of nuts and bolts. Given the right context, these everyday objects become a much bigger deal. Like when the context is nuclear missile design. Every component of a nuclear weapon body must go through a painstaking review process. As an article at Deixis Magazine Read more…

Off the Wire

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…

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…