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Helping Experimental Scientists Take Supercomputers to the Max

Dec 30, 2014 |

Doug Baxter is a capability lead for the Molecular Science Computing Facility in the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He and his team are responsible for the software side of the operation, and they help experimental scientists get the most out of EMSL’s supercomputing resources. The facility is the home Read more…

How the US Could Achieve Superconducting Supercomputing in Five Years

Dec 9, 2014 |

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) has officially commenced a multi-year research effort to develop a superconducting computer as a long-term solution to the power, cooling and space constraints that afflict modern high-performance computing. First revealed in February 2013, when the agency put out a call for proposals, the Cryogenic Computer Complexity (C3) program Read more…

NASA Debuts Stunning CO2 Visualization

Nov 25, 2014 |

In keeping with the SC spirit of HPC matters, we wanted to share another amazing example of supercomputing in action. Last week, NASA officials released the first ever ultra-high-resolution computer model of global atmospheric carbon dioxide. The simulation, which can be seen below, depicts the puffs and swirls of carbon dioxide as it circumnavigates the globe. While we wrote about Read more…

Report Assesses NSF Supercomputing

Oct 14, 2014 |

A new report calls into question the National Science Foundation’s ability to continue its leadership position as a provider of advanced computing resources. At the behest of the National Science Foundation, a National Research Council committee carried out a study examining the priorities and associated trade-offs for advanced computing in support of NSF-sponsored science and Read more…

Army Wins Major Supercomputing Award

Oct 7, 2014 |

The US Army Research Laboratory is getting $500,000 and one billion hours of supercomputing time to study the inner workings of internal combustion engines. The award was granted by the Department of Defense’s High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP) Frontier Project, now in its second year. The Army Research Lab will receive $100,000 per year Read more…

Short Takes

ARL Researchers Win Software Design Contest

Oct 16, 2014 |

Researchers from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory’s Computational and Information Sciences Directorate (CISD) – David Richie and James Ross – won first place in an international software contest for their work on emulators. Their submission, Cycle-Accurate 8080 Emulation Using an ARM11 Processor with Dynamic Binary Translation, addresses some of the programming challenges of next generation Read more…

Boosting Competitiveness in the Americas

Oct 13, 2014 |

The eighth Americas Competitiveness Forum (ACF 2014) was held last week in Port-of-Spain, the capital of Trinidad and Tobago. The annual event brings together leaders from government, academia and business to share best practices for enhancing competitiveness, innovation and prosperity in the Caribbean and the Americas. The forum arose from the recognition of the need Read more…

Supercomputing Drives Wind Power Efficiency

Oct 9, 2014 |

Wind power is is on track to achieve cost parity with fossil fuels thanks in part to the open-source software tool Simulator for Wind Farm Applications (SOWFA) being developed at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. “Wind energy is blowing away skeptics,” according to a recent NREL article. “It’s so close to achieving Read more…

NOAA Refines Forecasting Ability

Oct 6, 2014 |

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently deployed a next-generation model for hyper-local forecasting as part of a wider effort to boost the accuracy of US weather prediction. Developed over the last five years by researchers at NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory, the High-Resolution Rapid Refresh (HRRR) model is helping meteorologists with NOAA’s National Weather Read more…

India to Launch $730M National Supercomputing Mission

Oct 6, 2014 |

India’s plans to be a world-class computing power are taking shape as the nation’s government lays out its strategy to build a vast supercomputing grid, comprised of more than 70 high-performance computing facilities. The project is expected to take seven years and comes with a price tag of $730 million (Rs. 4,500-crore). It calls for at least Read more…

Off the Wire

IARPA Launches Program to Develop Superconducting Supercomputer

Dec 3, 2014 |

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 3 — The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), announced today that it has embarked on a multi-year research effort to develop a superconducting computer. If successful, technology developed under the Cryogenic Computer Complexity (C3) program will pave the way to a Read more…

NSA Releases New Technology for Open Source Community

Nov 26, 2014 |

Nov. 26 — The National Security Agency announced today the public release of its new technology that automates data flows among multiple computer networks, even when data formats and protocols differ. The tool, called “Niagarafiles (Nifi),” could benefit the U.S. private sector in various ways. For example, commercial enterprises could use it to quickly control, Read more…

Seagate Announces Reseller Agreement with SGI

Nov 18, 2014 |

CUPERTINO & MILPITAS, Calif., Nov. 18 — Seagate Technology plc, a world leader in storage solutions, today announced that it has signed a reselling partnership agreement with SGI, a global leader in high performance solutions for compute, data analytics and data management. SGI will be offering customers the ClusterStor 1500, 6000, and 9000 appliances, along with Read more…

Cray Wins Six HPCwire Awards

Nov 18, 2014 |

SEATTLE, Wash. and NEW ORLEANS, La., Nov. 18 — At the 2014 Supercomputing Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. today announced the Company won six awards from the readers and editors of HPCwire, as part of the publication’s 2014 Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards. This marks the 11th consecutive year Cray has been selected for multiple HPCwire Read more…

SGI Reveals Upgrades to NASA’s Pleides Supercomputer

Nov 17, 2014 |

Nov. 17 — SGI, a global leader in high performance solutions for compute, data analytics and data management, announced that NASA’s flagship supercomputer, Pleiades, was recently upgraded with new, more powerful hardware in order to help meet the agency’s increasing demand for high-end computing (HEC) resources. Completed in October 2014, the upgrade adds 15 SGI Read more…