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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

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…

Science Comes FIRST

May 29, 2014 |

Between political partisanship and the long-running recession, federal funding for science education and research has had some difficult years. Despite the political gridlock that exists in Washington, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have generally been supportive of strategic science funding in the interest of national competitiveness. To that point, the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Read more…

Sandia Launches Post-Silicon Development Effort

May 28, 2014 |

As microprocessors push up against the limits of miniaturization, many are reflecting on what the post-silicon era has in store. Recently Sandia National Laboratories published an article describing the steps it is taking to extend the pace of computational progress over the coming decades. Some of the forward-leaning technologies include self-learning supercomputers and systems that Read more…

Future Internet Program Goes from Design to Proof-of-Concept

May 14, 2014 |

This week, the NSF announced $15 million in awards “to develop, deploy and test future Internet architectures” – as the third stage of the Future Internet Architecture (FIA) program gets underway. First conceived in 2007, FIA aims to design, explore, and show proof of concept of computer networking architectures that could meet the needs of the Read more…

Russian-Bred Supercomputer in the Works

Apr 11, 2014 |

Russia is said to be developing a home-grown supercomputer for military-industrial applications, according to a report in Prensa Latina. Ruselectronics CEO Andrei Zverev revealed that the state-sponsored electronics holdings company is coordinating with the Ministry of Industry and Commerce to create a 1.2 petaflop computer to serve the needs of the Russian defense industry. “All of Read more…

Off the Wire

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…

SysFera to Demonstrate Latest Release of SysFera-DS at TERATEC Forum 2014

Jun 17, 2014 |

VILLEURBANNE, France, June 17 – SysFera, a software innovator that simplifies management and accessibility of high performance computing (HPC) environments, is a Silver Sponsor of TERATEC Forum 2014 scheduled for July 1-2 at the École Polytechnique campus at Palaiseau near Paris. SysFera will host a booth and demonstrate its latest software release of SysFera-DS with new visualisation and infrastructure management Read more…