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Micron Reveals HPC Ambitions with Convey Purchase

Apr 1, 2015 |

If you’re looking to establish yourself as an HPC player, you can either develop the technology yourself or purchase an established HPC company. Today, advanced memory maker Micron went with the latter course of action by acquiring Convey Computer Corp, widely known for its deep HPC roots and track record delivering hybrid-core computing. The financial terms Read more…

SC15 Chair on HPC Transforms, Diversity Outreach, and Austin

Mar 3, 2015 |

SC15 General Chair Jackie Kern is hardly new to the HPC community. A member of the SC planning committee since 2003, Kern led the building of SCINET in 2007. The largest network in the world for a week, it delivered multicast video conferencing, among other things, onsite and around the world. As general chair this Read more…

Army Research Lab Lays Out HPC Strategy

Feb 19, 2015 |

The US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is counting on supercomputing and large-scale analytics to provide the competitive edge it needs to maintain its position as the nation’s premier laboratory for land forces. As laid out in the recently-released Technical Implementation Plan for 2015-2019, the ARL sees advanced computing as fundamental to its mission to “discover, Read more…

BSC, Intel Extend Exascale Research Effort

Feb 17, 2015 |

Intel’s efforts to advance exascale computing concepts received a boost with the extension of the company’s research collaboration with the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) – one of four Intel exascale labs in Europe. Begun in 2011 and now extended to September 2017, the Intel-BSC work focuses on scalability issues with parallel applications. “[A major goal] Read more…

Horst Simon on the HPC Slowdown

Feb 13, 2015 |

At an HPC meetup event in San Francisco on Feb 10, Berkeley Lab Deputy Director Horst Simon makes the case that Moore’s law and parallelism can no longer be counted on to provide the exponential growth that has been driving high-performance computing for six decades. If indeed Moore’s law is coming to an end, there Read more…

Short Takes

SGI Scores Second DoD Deal in Two Months

Dec 18, 2014 |

SGI was awarded a contract worth $30,750,000 to supply the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) with a 3.9 petaflops SGI ICE X supercomputer. This is the second time in the last two months that SGI has inked a major deal with the Department of Defense (DoD) for its ICE product. Both awards were allocated through Read more…

Japan Concludes Exascale Feasibility Study

Dec 3, 2014 |

One of the leading contenders in the race to establish an exascale supercomputer has published the results of a feasibility study began in 2012, exploring ways to achieve high-bandwidth sufficient for coming memory-intensive applications. Japan’s Feasibility Study of Future HPCI (High Performance Computing Infrastructure) systems, launched by MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology), set out with Read more…

LANL Showcases Supercomputing History

Nov 12, 2014 |

Los Alamos National Laboratory is celebrating 100. Not 100 years, but 100 supercomputers. The center that is best known for its role supporting national security for the last seven decades is also widely hailed as a premier supercomputing site. “Computing power for our Laboratory’s national security mission is a huge part of our proud legacy, and Read more…

DOE HPC: A Change Is Coming

Nov 10, 2014 |

On June 18-19, representatives from six DOE HPC centers met in Oakland, Calif., for the DOE High Performance Operational Review (HPCOR) to discuss the best way to support large-scale data-driven scientific discovery at the DOE national laboratories. Attendees were asked for their feedback on current and future requirements as well as challenges, opportunities and best practices Read more…

DARPA Targets Autocomplete for Programmers

Nov 6, 2014 |

If Rice University computer scientists have their way, writing computer software could become as easy as searching the Internet. Two dozen computer scientists from Rice, the University of Texas-Austin, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the company GrammaTech have joined forces to turn this promise into a reality. With $11 million in DARPA-funding, the group will Read more…

Off the Wire

NeedipeDIA Established by the DIA

Feb 17, 2015 |

Feb. 17 — The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences has recently partnered with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). DIA provides military intelligence to warfighters, defense policymakers and force planners in the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community, in support of U.S. military planning and operations and weapon systems. While they have diverse expertise in Read more…

UK Met Office Uses Allinea DDT to Debug Codes on New Crays

Feb 11, 2015 |

EXETER, England, Feb. 11 – One of the world’s leading weather forecasting and research organizations, the UK Met Office, is rolling out the Allinea DDT debugger on its newest supercomputers. The debugging tool will be used to help the scientists and developers to develop their widely used forecasting software for the new Cray XC40 systems. Read more…

Legislation Introduced to Jumpstart Research Into Exascale Supercomputing

Feb 11, 2015 |

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 11 – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.), along with U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), today introduced bipartisan legislation that would jumpstart research into exascale supercomputing that they said is “critical to U.S. competitiveness and national security.” “The United States faces a choice between falling further behind competitors like Read more…

Ace Technology Partners Completes $4.8M Server Order for U.S. Air National Guard

Jan 28, 2015 |

CHICAGO, Ill., Jan. 28 — Ace Technology Partners, one of the leading workstation/server resellers in the U.S., just completed and shipped a major order of custom servers to the U.S. Air National Guard. The 370 rack-mount servers were distributed to a total of 92 bases throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Ace Technology Partners CEO John Read more…

NOAA Announces Supercomputing Upgrades

Jan 6, 2015 |

Jan. 6 — NOAA has announced the next phase in the agency’s efforts to increase supercomputing capacity to provide more timely, accurate, reliable, and detailed forecasts. By October 2015, the capacity of each of NOAA’s two operational supercomputers will jump to 2.5 petaflops, for a total of 5 petaflops – a nearly tenfold increase from the Read more…