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Obama’s 2016 Budget Boosts R&D, Exascale Funding

Feb 4, 2015 |

On Monday, the Obama administration sent its FY 2016 budget request to Congress for the new fiscal year starting October 1. A chapter on Research and Development prepared by the Office of Management and Budget states that the Administration is seeking an increase of 5.5 percent for all federal R&D over current levels for a total Read more…

Is U.S. Falling Behind in Supercomputing and Exascale?

Jan 29, 2015 |

Few dispute the importance of supercomputing to U.S. competitiveness. The argument is around whether current government efforts – primarily through the Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) program within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) – are effective and sufficient or wasteful and excessive. Yesterday, a panel of HPC experts testifying at a U.S. House of Read more…

DOE Seeks to Mend HPC Talent Gap

Jan 27, 2015 |

Get a group of HPC stakeholders in a room and it won’t be long before they are bemoaning the talent shortage, the gap between the demand for a well-trained HPC workforce versus the number of qualified candidates available to fulfill these positions. Despite the attention paid to this topic, the HPC talent gap has been Read more…

Europe Approves Path to Open Science Commons

Jan 15, 2015 |

A new European-based project seeks to facilitate open access to research infrastructures across borders. On January 15, the European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) announced that the EGI-Engage project (full name: Engaging the Research Community towards an Open Science Commons) underwent a successful review by the European Commission with a score of 15/15, giving the project the Read more…

US Weather Forecasting Finally Gets Its FLOPS

Jan 6, 2015 |

The US National Weather Service will be getting a 10X boost in supercomputing power, thanks to $44.5 million contract with IBM for two new Cray systems. The upgrade will increase the throughput of the agency’s combined supercomputing resources from about .5 petaflops to five petaflops when the project is completed later this year, enabling it to provide Read more…

Short Takes

Japan Concludes Exascale Feasibility Study

Dec 3, 2014 |

One of the leading contenders in the race to establish an exascale supercomputer has published the results of a feasibility study began in 2012, exploring ways to achieve high-bandwidth sufficient for coming memory-intensive applications. Japan’s Feasibility Study of Future HPCI (High Performance Computing Infrastructure) systems, launched by MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology), set out with Read more…

LANL Showcases Supercomputing History

Nov 12, 2014 |

Los Alamos National Laboratory is celebrating 100. Not 100 years, but 100 supercomputers. The center that is best known for its role supporting national security for the last seven decades is also widely hailed as a premier supercomputing site. “Computing power for our Laboratory’s national security mission is a huge part of our proud legacy, and Read more…

DOE HPC: A Change Is Coming

Nov 10, 2014 |

On June 18-19, representatives from six DOE HPC centers met in Oakland, Calif., for the DOE High Performance Operational Review (HPCOR) to discuss the best way to support large-scale data-driven scientific discovery at the DOE national laboratories. Attendees were asked for their feedback on current and future requirements as well as challenges, opportunities and best practices Read more…

DARPA Targets Autocomplete for Programmers

Nov 6, 2014 |

If Rice University computer scientists have their way, writing computer software could become as easy as searching the Internet. Two dozen computer scientists from Rice, the University of Texas-Austin, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the company GrammaTech have joined forces to turn this promise into a reality. With $11 million in DARPA-funding, the group will Read more…

Is the City of the Future Finally Here?

Oct 21, 2014 |

Grid computing pioneer and big data visionary Charlie Catlett recently delivered a presentation on “Big Data and the Future of Cities” as part of the Argonne OutLoud series, hosted by Argonne National Laboratory. Catlett explores how emerging technologies in high-performance computing, embedded systems and data analytics can help mitigate some of the challenges associated with Read more…

Off the Wire

NOAA Announces Supercomputing Upgrades

Jan 6, 2015 |

Jan. 6 — NOAA has announced the next phase in the agency’s efforts to increase supercomputing capacity to provide more timely, accurate, reliable, and detailed forecasts. By October 2015, the capacity of each of NOAA’s two operational supercomputers will jump to 2.5 petaflops, for a total of 5 petaflops – a nearly tenfold increase from the Read more…

High Performance Computing Modernization Program Adds Capability

Dec 23, 2014 |

Dec. 23 — The Department of Defense (DOD) High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP) just completed its fiscal year 2015 investment in supercomputing capability supporting the DOD science, engineering, test and acquisition communities. The total acquisition is valued at $73.8 million, including acquisition of four supercomputing systems with corresponding hardware and software maintenance services. At Read more…

SGI Awarded Second $30M Contract From the HPCMP

Dec 23, 2014 |

MILPITAS, Calif., Dec. 23 — SGI, a global leader in high performance solutions for compute, data analytics and data management, announced that the Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded SGI a second $30 million contract as part of its High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP). The contract is for an SGI ICE X supercomputer with SGI Read more…

Cray Awarded $30M Contract from the DoD HPCMP

Dec 15, 2014 |

Dec. 15 — Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. today announced the Department of Defense (DoD) High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP) has awarded the Company a $30 million supercomputer contract for two Cray XC40 supercomputers and two Cray Sonexion storage systems. The Cray systems will be located at the U.S. Navy DoD Supercomputing Resource Center Read more…

NSF Awards $2M to NCSA to Support Global Collaboration

Dec 8, 2014 |

Dec. 8 — The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant of $2 million over five years to the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) to bring together members of the international research community, including graduate students, post-docs, and early-career faculty members, for collaborative research and development of new computing and analysis tools. The project, Read more…