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ISC14 Video Highlights

Jun 25, 2014 |

It’s the third and final day of ISC14, but there is still much to unwrap in the way of news, content and insight. To highlight some of the most memorable moments from the event, the ISC support team has put together a series of daily video packages. In the first day’s video, Anna Schorr from Read more…

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…

Short Takes

Boosting Competitiveness in the Americas

Oct 13, 2014 |

The eighth Americas Competitiveness Forum (ACF 2014) was held last week in Port-of-Spain, the capital of Trinidad and Tobago. The annual event brings together leaders from government, academia and business to share best practices for enhancing competitiveness, innovation and prosperity in the Caribbean and the Americas. The forum arose from the recognition of the need Read more…

Supercomputing Drives Wind Power Efficiency

Oct 9, 2014 |

Wind power is is on track to achieve cost parity with fossil fuels thanks in part to the open-source software tool Simulator for Wind Farm Applications (SOWFA) being developed at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. “Wind energy is blowing away skeptics,” according to a recent NREL article. “It’s so close to achieving Read more…

NOAA Refines Forecasting Ability

Oct 6, 2014 |

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently deployed a next-generation model for hyper-local forecasting as part of a wider effort to boost the accuracy of US weather prediction. Developed over the last five years by researchers at NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory, the High-Resolution Rapid Refresh (HRRR) model is helping meteorologists with NOAA’s National Weather Read more…

India to Launch $730M National Supercomputing Mission

Oct 6, 2014 |

India’s plans to be a world-class computing power are taking shape as the nation’s government lays out its strategy to build a vast supercomputing grid, comprised of more than 70 high-performance computing facilities. The project is expected to take seven years and comes with a price tag of $730 million (Rs. 4,500-crore). It calls for at least Read more…

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…

Off the Wire

NASA to Highlight Mission Advances Enabled by Supercomputers at SC14

Nov 14, 2014 |

GREENBELT, Md., Nov. 14 — From our home planet to the far reaches of space, NASA will highlight science and engineering mission advances enabled by agency supercomputers at SC14, the international supercomputing conference, Nov. 16-21, 2014 in New Orleans. Inside the NASA exhibit at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center at 900 Convention Center Boulevard, presenters will unveil on a Read more…

Obsidian Strategics and A*STAR CRC Launch InfiniCortex Initiative

Nov 10, 2014 |

Nov. 10 — Obsidian Strategics and A*STAR CRC (Computational Resource Centre) today announced a worldwide collaboration that will result in a galaxy of supercomputers to open the door for global innovations in science, engineering and business. This initiative is to demonstrate the feasibility of the 100G infrastructure that will lead to the future of global supercomputer developments Read more…

SGI Awarded Contract to Advance DoD Supercomputing Capabilities

Oct 30, 2014 |

MILPITAS, Calif., Oct. 30 — SGI, a global leader in high performance solutions for compute, data analytics and data management, today announced that the Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded SGI a supercomputer contract as part of a technology insertion for their High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP). The contract, part of the DoD’s ongoing Read more…

Council on Competitiveness Releases New Report

Oct 28, 2014 |

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 28 — The Council on Competitiveness has released a new report that explores the value of government leadership in supercomputing for industrial competitiveness, titled Solve. The Exascale Effect: the Benefits of Supercomputing Investment for U.S. Industry. As the federal government pursues exascale computing to achieve national security and science missions, Solve examines how U.S.-based companies also Read more…

DDN Introduces WOS S3

Oct 28, 2014 |

FRANKFURT, Germany, Oct. 28 — Today, DataDirect Networks (DDN) announced significant expansion to its accessibility program for WOS object storage with the introduction of WOS Access for Amazon S3 (WOS S3), which adds support for the industry standard Amazon S3 API. With this latest release, DDN offers the broadest range of supported interfaces to an object storage platform in Read more…