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HPC Prospects in Qatar

Nov 11, 2013 |

All countries have some computing capability, but relatively fewer are serious players in HPC.  So far in the Middle East, the only country to place machines on the Top500 list is Saudi Arabia.  Qatar, which is right next door, is a very wealthy and focused country that could easily become a significant HPC power.  Why Read more…

EU Calls for Unified Supercomputing Strategy

Oct 17, 2013 |

Last month the preeminent European research body PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe, initiated a more holistic approach for boosting Europe’s competitiveness with the vision of “supercomputers for all.” With HPC firmly established in the scientific community, it’s time to extend the benefits of supercomputing into channels of industry to promote economic opportunity. Read more…

China’s Exascale Ambitions

Oct 11, 2013 |

“Beware the sleeping dragon. For when she awakes the Earth will shake.” — Winston Churchill, speaking about China For two decades, TOP500.org has published a biannual list of the world’s fastest computing machines. For the first 17 years, the competition for the number one spot was a back-and-forth match between the United States and Japan. Read more…

Shutdown Signals Serious Hit for SGI

Oct 11, 2013 |

It’s hard to ignore the news filtering in around the effects of the government shutdown, especially for many of our readers who work at some of the top U.S. research institutions and national labs. But the effects are definitely being felt beyond academia as the vendors who supply those labs and organizations with HPC gear Read more…

Supercomputing Enables Climate Time Machine

Sep 23, 2013 |

Climate scientists use DOE supercomputers to provide independent confirmation of global land warming since 1901 – further evidence of anthropogenic global climate change. Project shows “predictions” not only possible, but also highly accurate…

Short Takes

Data Management in Times of Disaster

Apr 4, 2014 |

When natural disaster strikes – be it a flood, an earthquake or a tsunami – every second counts. Just as emergency teams must be ready to go in a moment’s notice so must critical data management systems. This important topic, an essential element of civil protection around the world, is the focus of a research paper, Read more…

Cray Captures $43 Million in Military Contracts

Feb 3, 2014 |

Despite what the weather reports indicate, it’s been a sunny day in Seattle… The U.S Department of Defense has just revealed eight new major contracts for a diverse range of agencies, including the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Defense Logistics Agency. All told, the DoD laid down word on over $212 million in new investments. Read more…

China Prepares for Quantum Age

Jan 24, 2014 |

Exascale isn’t the only international computing race currently underway. Around the world national interests are also scrambling to build quantum computers capable of making and breaking amazingly-complex codes. Take China for example. Already home to the most powerful supercomputer in the world, Tianhe-2, researchers in China have set their sites on the holy grail of Read more…

DOE Supercomputing Aims for 100-200 PFLOPS in 2017

Jan 16, 2014 |

In a recent post on Atomic City Underground, Frank Munger examines the progress made by the CORAL project, which HPCwire detailed last year. CORAL – which stands for Collaboration of Oak Ridge, Argonne and Livermore – formed so that Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Argonne (ANL) and Lawrence Livermore (LLNL) – could combine forces when Read more…

UK Invests £270 Million in Quantum Computing

Dec 11, 2013 |

Last week, the UK government announced that it is investing £270 million toward quantum computing research as part of the government’s long-term economic plan. The funds will be divided among five quantum technology centers over the next five years. The initiative was announced as part of Chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement, delivered last week in Read more…

Off the Wire

UW Professor Advises NASA on Supercomputing Future

Jun 6, 2014 |

June 6 — A University of Wyoming professor of mechanical engineering is among authors of a new report that offers guidance to NASA regarding the computational resources it will need to design aircraft and spacecraft in the future. Dimitri Mavriplis, head of UW’s lab in computational fluid dynamics (CFD), joined researchers from Stanford University, the Massachusetts Institute Read more…

DOE Looks to Dongarra for Input on Computing Advances

May 21, 2014 |

May 21 — The US Department of Energy recently released a report through its Office of Science detailing the top ten research challenges in reaching the level of exascale computing, once again calling on the UT’s Jack Dongarra for input. Dongarra, a Distinguished Professor in the College of Engineering‘s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, director Read more…

SGI Announces Partnership with GIS Federal and NVIDIA

Apr 16, 2014 |

MILPITAS, Calif., April 16 — SGI, the trusted leader in high performance computing and Big Data, today announced a partnership with GIS Federal, a supplier of high performing innovative solutions for big data, cloud computing and intuitive tools across all intelligence disciplines and NVIDIA, a pioneer in digital computing. The partnership will power a GAIA distributed database for the United Read more…

New Manufacturing Institutes to be Led by DOD

Feb 26, 2014 |

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 26 — President Barack Obama announced two new manufacturing innovation institutes led by the Defense Department and supported by a $140 million federal commitment combined with more than $320 million in private-sector commitments. A consortium of businesses and universities headquartered in the Detroit area will a focus on lightweight and modern metals Read more…

HPCMP Expands HPC Capabilities in Department of Defense

Feb 19, 2014 |

Feb. 19 — The Department of Defense (DOD) High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP) has just completed its fiscal year 2013 investment in supercomputing capability supporting the DOD science, engineering, test and acquisition communities. The total acquisition is valued at $50 million, including acquisition of multiple supercomputing systems and hardware, as well as software maintenance Read more…