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PNNL Launches Center for Advanced Technology Evaluation

Nov 13, 2015 |

With the recent launch of the Center for Advanced Technology Evaluation (CENATE), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is well positioned to serve as a nexus for evaluating technologies that will be foundational for extreme-scale systems – all within a first-of-its-kind computing proving ground. Funded by the Department of Energy Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research, CENATE’s Read more…

ORNL Shows Off Titan on Periscope

Nov 5, 2015 |

If you need a reason to join the Periscope craze, how about getting an inside look at the fastest supercomputer in the United States? Today staff at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), the DOE Office of Science user facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) took the Periscope audience on a tour of Titan, Read more…

Mira is First Supercomputer to Simulate Large Hadron Collider Experiments

Nov 4, 2015 |

Argonne physicists are using Mira to perform simulations of Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiments with a leadership-class supercomputer for the first time, shedding light on a path forward for interpreting future LHC data. Researchers at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) helped the team optimize their code for the supercomputer, which has enabled them to Read more…

Glimpse into NSCI Workshop at the White House

Nov 4, 2015 |

Perhaps self-evident but among the benefits flowing from National Strategic Computing Initiative discussions are clarification of specific obstacles in the path to exascale and the forcing of specific choices to take to advance extreme scale computing. Doug Burger, director of hardware and devices at Microsoft Research (NASDAQ: MSFT), contributed an insightful blog with his takeaways Read more…

Welcome the New Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Nov 2, 2015 |

Hewlett-Packard, HP, the iconic company often credited with laying the foundation for Silicon Valley and, with it, an unprecedented burst of technological creativity, attempts to reinvent itself beginning today as HPE, or Hewlett Packard Enterprise. As with many technology giants currently struggling to evolve, HP moved last year to transform itself by announcing it would Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Oct 29, 2015 |

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. Our #TBT comes from our Read more…

PGI Accelerator Compilers Add OpenACC Support for x86 Multicore CPUs

Oct 29, 2015 |

NVIDIA today announced availability of its newest PGI Accelerator Fortran, C and C++ compilers (version 15.10) now with support for OpenACC directives-based parallel programming standard on x86 architecture multicore microprocessors. The new compilers allow OpenACC-enabled source code to be compiled for parallel execution on a multicore CPU or a GPU accelerator. “Our goal is to Read more…

TGAC Unleashes DRAGEN to Accelerate Genomics Workflows

Oct 28, 2015 |

Accelerating genomics analysis remains one of the toughest challenges in life science research. All manner of optimizations are in use – disk streaming, optimized parallel files systems, algorithm tweaks, faster processors, and hardware accelerators, to name a few – all with varying results. Today, TGAC reported implementation of the first processor specifically designed to accelerate Read more…

New Storage Options Coming to Globus Users

Oct 27, 2015 |

At the SpectraSummit event in Boulder, Colorado, earlier this month, HPCwire learned of a developing partnership between storage vendor Spectra Logic and research software-as-a-service provider Globus to integrate Spectra’s BlackPearl Gateway storage into the Globus Cloud, creating an endpoint for BlackPearl that opens up new storage tiers to the Globus community. Spectra Logic’s BlackPearl Deep Storage Gateway, introduced Read more…

NNSA Taps Penguin Computing for 7-9 Petaflops ‘Open’ HPC Cluster

Oct 21, 2015 |

Per a newly-inked contract with Penguin Computing, the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) is set to receive its third joint procurement of a commodity supercomputing environment to replace its 2011-2012 era systems. The new installation, called the Tri-Laboratory Commodity Technology System 1, or CTS-1, replaces the the Tri-Lab Linux Capacity Cluster 2 Read more…

‘ASCI’ Turns 20; David Turek Offers IBM Retrospective

Oct 21, 2015 |

Twenty years ago President Bill Clinton announced that the United States would maintain its U.S. nuclear arsenal without nuclear explosive testing. The challenge, of course, was how to actually carry out such a daunting task. The instruments were the tremendously successful Stockpile Stewardship Program (SSP) and Accelerated Strategic Computing Initiative which together drove much of Read more…

SC15 Releases Video Explaining Why HPC is Important to NASA

Oct 19, 2015 |

Oct. 19 — NASA Aerospace Engineer Dr. Shishir Pandya explains how high performance computers (HPCs) help advance airplane and rocket technologies to save fuel and make travel more affordable for the public.  According to Pandya it is also critical to be pushing technology further to search for that next breakthrough. This is another chapter in a Read more…

SC15 Releases Latest Invited Talk Spotlight: Randal Bryant and Tim Polk

Oct 15, 2015 |

Oct. 15 — U.S. President Obama signed an Executive Order creating the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI) on July 31, 2015. In the order, he directed agencies to establish and execute a coordinated Federal strategy in high-performance computing (HPC) research, development, and deployment. The NSCI is a whole-of-government effort to be executed in collaboration with industry Read more…

NSF Announces $74.5M in Awards to Support Interdisciplinary Cybersecurity Research

Oct 7, 2015 |

Oct. 7 — The National Science Foundation (NSF) has long supported cybersecurity research to protect the frontiers of cyberspace. NSF investments in basic research have resulted in innovative ways to secure information and ensure privacy on the Internet and have led to algorithms that form the basis for electronic commerce, software security bug detection, spam Read more…

ESnet Releases Software for Building Interactive Network Portals

Oct 5, 2015 |

When ESnet, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Energy Sciences Network, unveiled its online interactive network portal called MyESnet in July of 2011, the reaction was strongly positive – other research and education networks liked it so much, they wanted the code to create their own portals. After four years of development and refinement, they will Read more…

Defining Scalable OS Requirements for Exascale and Beyond

Oct 5, 2015 |

Over the past couple of decades two primary trends have driven system software for supercomputers to become significantly more complex. First, hardware has become more complex. Massive inter-node parallelism (100,000+ nodes), increasingly large intra-node parallelism (100+ hardware threads), wider vector units, accelerators, coprocessors, etc., have required that system software play a larger role in delivering Read more…

T-Platforms Leads Russia’s Top 50 Supercomputing List

Sep 28, 2015 |

T-Platforms took the top two spots in the latest edition of the Top 50 List of Russian Supercomputers. Both are located at Lomonosov Moscow State University and had Linpack scores of 1,849 teraflops and 901.9 teraflops respectively. The 23rd Russian Top 50 was announced at the Russian Supercomputing Days Conference, being held in Moscow today and Read more…

Paving Pathways to Success through Broader Engagement

Sep 28, 2015 |

It’s no secret that industries struggle to build and sustain a diverse science and technology (S&T) workforce, but entering and advancing within the pipeline are far from equal-opportunity endeavors. Despite industry efforts to support their success, women, minorities and people with disabilities continue to encounter deeply-ingrained social and institutional barriers to entry.

ORNL Demonstrates Road to Supercapacitors from Scrap Tires

Sep 25, 2015 |

Some of the 300 million tires discarded each year in the United States alone could be used in supercapacitors for vehicles and the electric grid using a technology developed at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Drexel University, according to an article posted at ORNL. By employing proprietary pretreatment and processing, a Read more…

NSF Project Seeks to Improve Supercomputer Reliability

Sep 18, 2015 |

A National Science Foundation-funded project headed by Purdue University Professor Saurabh Bagchi is using Purdue’s new Rice cluster, Blue Waters at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and other supercomputers in research to find ways make such high-end systems more reliable. An article detailing the project posted at Purdue with a brief excerpt below. Read more…