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Japan Takes Top Three Spots on Green500 List

Aug 4, 2015 |

Japan, the island nation renowned for its energy and space-saving design prowess, just nabbed the top three spots on the latest Green500 list and claimed eight of the 20 top spots. The Shoubu supercomputer from RIKEN took top honors on the 17th edition of the twice-yearly listing, becoming the first TOP500-level supercomputer to surpass the Read more…

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White House Launches National HPC Strategy

Jul 30, 2015 |

Yesterday’s executive order by President Barack Obama creating a National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI) is not only powerful acknowledgment of the vital role HPC plays in modern society but is also indicative of government’s mounting worry that failure to coordinate and nourish HPC development on a broader scale would put the nation at risk. Not Read more…

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DOE Exascale Plan Gets Support with Caveats

Jul 28, 2015 |

The DOE and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) plan to develop and deploy exascale technology by 2023 received strong backing yesterday from an Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee (ASCAC) sub-committee but with caveats in the form of seven recommendations for strengthening management of the Exascale Computing Initiative (ECI). Subcommittee chair, Dan Reed, vice president Read more…

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IDC: The Changing Face of HPC

Jul 16, 2015 |

At IDC’s annual ISC breakfast there was a good deal more than market update numbers although there were plenty of those: “We try to track every server sold, every quarter, worldwide,” said Earl Joseph, IDC program vice president and executive director HPC User Forum. Perhaps more revealing and as important this year was IDC’s unveiling Read more…

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China Scores Fifth TOP500 Win with Tianhe-2

Jul 14, 2015 |

When China grabbed the TOP500 crown for its Tianhe-2 supercomputer in June 2013 with double the peak FLOPS of the next fastest machine (Titan at Oak Ridge National Laboratory), could anyone have foreseen that the machine would still hold on to the top spot a full two years later? As we can see from the 45th edition Read more…

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Short Takes

Tackling Power and Resilience at Exascale

Jul 21, 2015 |

Although the utility of FLOPS-driven benchmarks can make for interesting debate, the fact remains that major supercomputing milestones, like 1,000X performance advances, are integral to scientific discovery and also serve to drive interest and investment in the HPC ecosystem at large. The boon of accelerators helped propel HPC past the petascale marker in 2008, but fielding an Read more…

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Workshop Aims to Engage and Inspire Africa’s HPC Professionals

Jul 9, 2015 |

In Africa, high performance computing and related technologies are needed to battle issues no-less-urgent than climate change, food security, fresh water, poverty, disease and energy. Over the last few years a collaborative effort to bolster Africa’s HPC and networking infrastructure has hit its stride with grassroots and international support. The non-profit organization STEM-Trek is a prominent partner Read more…

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Panasas Rolls Out ActiveStor 18

Jul 9, 2015 |

Hybrid scale-out NAS specialist Panasas today introduced ActiveStor 18, the latest in its ActiveStor appliance line. According to the company, the new appliance features a 33 percent increase in density, is available in 4TB and 8TB hard drive configurations, and delivers 20PB and 200GB/s scalability. The product will ship in September. “We’re now using Western Read more…

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The Necessary Marriage of Big Data with Exascale

Jun 29, 2015 |

Failure to incorporate big data computing insights into efforts to achieve exascale computing would be a critical mistake argue Daniel Reed and Jack Dongarra in their article, Exascale Computing and Big Data, published in the July issue of the Communications of the ACM journal. While scientific and big data computing have historically taken different development Read more…

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Senate and House America COMPETES Bills Face Off

Jun 23, 2015 |

Few dispute the importance of research and advanced computing technology to American competitiveness, but there is disagreement about the role of the government in funding such efforts. Currently two bills are making their way through the legislative process as potential successors to the America COMPETES Acts of 2007 and 2010 (which were passed by President Read more…

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Off the Wire

China to Ban Supercomputer Exports

Aug 3, 2015 |

Aug. 3 — China will ban exports of high-performance drones and computers due to national security reasons, trade and customs authorities said on Friday. The ban, which will be effective from mid-August, urges manufacturers not to export drones that are capable of flying in gusty winds, hovering above 15,420 meters and having more than an Read more…

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Shoubu Supercomputer at RIKEN Tops the Green500

Aug 1, 2015 |

BLACKSBURG, Va., Aug. 1 — The Shoubu supercomputer from RIKEN earned the top spot on the 17th edition of the twice-yearly Green500 List to claim the title of the “most energy-efficient (or greenest) supercomputer in the world.” The Shoubu supercomputer became the first and only supercomputer on the list to surpass seven gigaflops/watt (billions of Read more…

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President Obama’s Executive Order ‘Creating a National Strategic Computing Initiative’

Jul 30, 2015 |

Editor’s Note: The full text of the White House Executive order creating a National Strategic Computing Initiative is posted here. Aside from the obvious recognition of the importance of HPC, there are many questions still to be sorted out. How will the new initiative relate to DOE’s ongoing Exascale Computing Initiative? Will there be new funding? Read more…

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U.S. White House Announces National Strategic Computing Initiative

Jul 30, 2015 |

Click here to view the HPCwire feature article on the new initiative.  July 30 — The National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI) is an effort to create a cohesive, multi-agency strategic vision and Federal investment strategy in high-performance computing (HPC). This strategy will be executed in collaboration with industry and academia, maximizing the benefits of HPC Read more…

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President Obama to Host White House Demo Day on August 4

Jul 27, 2015 |

July 27 — American ingenuity has always been one of our nation’s greatest resources and key drivers of economic growth. Remarkable homegrown innovations have improved our quality of life, broadened our vision of the world, and helped us realize our full potential. That legacy has been driven by incredible innovators — inventors and entrepreneurs from all walks of Read more…

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