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NSCI Update: More Work Needed on Budgetary Details and Industry Outreach

Mar 10, 2016 |

Although initial FY17 budget proposal numbers for the first full year of the NSCI are available, they do not paint a complete picture of where the program currently stands, and based on the broad range of technical – and non-technical – challenges outlined in the original plan, there may be additional groundwork needed to ensure Read more…

Titan Sheds Light on Universe’s Second Flicker

Mar 9, 2016 |

Right after the Big Bang the universe was filled with hot, ionized hydrogen (H) and helium (He) gas, a bright torch if you will. By 400,000 years later the flame had dimmed as the gas de-ionized (atoms recaptured electrons) and radiation shifted to ‘invisible’ wavelengths. So started the Cosmic Dark Ages. Now a group of Read more…

Making Sense of HPC in the Age of Democratization

Mar 8, 2016 |

These are exciting times for HPC. High-performance computing and its cousin high-productivity computing are expanding such that the previous definitions of HPC as a moving performance target or as the purview of modeling and simulation are breaking down. The democratization of HPC has spurred a lot of focus on the impact that HPC-hatched technologies are Read more…

NSF Seeks ‘Breakthroughs’ for Energy-Efficient Computing

Mar 7, 2016 |

Breakthroughs, by their nature, are rarely generated on demand. That said, the energy problem in computing today is so acute that the National Science Foundation and Semiconductor Research Corporation are joining forces to stimulate research into developing ‘breakthroughs’ in energy-efficient computing. The new NSF-NRC grants program, Energy-Efficient Computing: from Devices to Architectures (E2CDA), has a Read more…

South Africa Maps HPC Future as SKA Plans Take Shape

Mar 1, 2016 |

The South African Center for High Performance Computing’s (SA-CHPC) Ninth Annual National Meeting was held Nov. 30 – Dec. 4, 2015, at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) International Convention Center in Pretoria, SA. The award-winning venue was the perfect location to host what has become a popular industry, regional and educational showcase.

Mapping Out a New Role for Cognitive Computing in Science

Feb 25, 2016 |

The avalanche of data being produced by experimental instruments and sensors isn’t just a big (data) problem – it’s perhaps the biggest bottleneck in science today. What’s needed, say the distinguished authors of a new white paper from the Computing Community Consortium, is a community-wide agenda to develop cognitive computing tools that can perform scientific Read more…

EU Projects Unite on Heterogeneous ARM-based Exascale Prototype

Feb 24, 2016 |

A trio of partner projects based in Europe – Exanest, Exanode and Ecoscale – are working in close collaboration to develop the building blocks for an exascale architecture prototype that will, as they describe, put the power of ten million computers into a single supercomputer. The effort is unique in seeking to advance the ARM64 + Read more…

Registration Now Open for the NCSA 2016 Private Sector Partner Annual Meeting

Feb 24, 2016 |

Feb. 24 — NCSA’s Private Sector Program brings together private, university, and government organizations with the shared goal of increasing competitiveness and economic impact through high-performance computing and data analytics. When:  May 3-5, 2016 (Tuesday – Thursday) Where: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, NCSA Building, 1205 W. Clark Street, Urbana IL, 61801 Agenda Summary May 2, Monday evening: PSP partner-only dinner (by specific Read more…

$300K Supercomputing Grants up for Grabs for Manufacturers from DOE

Feb 19, 2016 |

Come early March, grants worth $300,000 are up for grabs for manufacturers giving year-long access to national lab supercomputing cycles and half the staff hours of computer scientists with domain expertise under a U.S. Department of Energy program called High Performance Computing for Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg). In Phase 1 of the program, manufacturers as large as Read more…

Financial Quick Hit: IDC Raises 2016 HPC Server Forecast

Feb 16, 2016 |

IDC just updated its forecast for the overall HPC server market. At SC2015 in November, IDC showed revised 2015 numbers, up nearly 12 percent from its midyear forecast; the market watcher has since also bumped up its 2016 – now $12.3B – and reflected that through its five-year forecast show below. “Potential softness in the Read more…

Gravitational Waves Detected! Historic LIGO Success Strikes Chord with Larry Smarr

Feb 12, 2016 |

By now you’ve likely heard that scientists reported detecting the long-sought gravitational waves; this is roughly a 100 years since their prediction by Einstein’s theory of general relativity and more than 20 years since first funding for the LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) project to find them. You can safely assume the National Science Read more…

Getting ready for KNL? Take a Lesson from NERSC on Optimizing

Feb 10, 2016 |

NERSC is beginning to tell the world how to optimize applications to run on the new Intel Xeon Phi processors, code name Knights Landing (KNL), that will boot in self-hosted mode to power over 9,300 nodes of the Cori supercomputer by the summer of 2016. Indeed, general availability of KNL is expected before the end Read more…

Final Obama Budget Lauds Innovation, Unlocks NSCI Funding

Feb 10, 2016 |

On Tuesday, President Obama released his fiscal year 2017 budget, the final budget of his administration. Broadly focused on America’s economic prosperity and national security goals, the $4.1 trillion spending plan for fiscal year 2017 emphasizes a great number of grand challenges that require robust investments in research and development (R&D); innovation; and STEM education. The science, Read more…

April HPC User Forum to Tackle Deep Learning, HPC in the Cloud, and More

Feb 8, 2016 |

IDC released the preliminary agenda for this spring’s HPC User Forum, held April 11-13 in Tucson, AZ. Deep Learning, HPC in the Cloud, and NSCI are among the themes being tackled. There’s also a technology update from Intel and a look at HPC in Europe on the agenda. “HPC technologies and methods have been advancing Read more…

Biomedical Simulation at PSC Gets Major Performance Boost with Anton 2

Feb 5, 2016 |

Simulating even small biological systems has long proven computationally difficult. Practically speaking, data-driven bioinformatics such as DNA sequence analysis has progressed more rapidly. Development of Anton 1, the ASIC-based supercomputer specifically designed for simulating molecular dynamics by D. E. Shaw Research (DESRES) in 2008, was a major advance. In 2010 DESRES provided an Anton machine Read more…

Realistic Simulator Replicates Combat Injuries

Feb 2, 2016 |

A multi-disciplinary team of researchers at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) have developed a detailed computer model of an injured human leg that includes the complex workings of blood flow. The aim of the project, sponsored by the Office of Naval Research, is to provide combat medics with a realistic training tool to enable them Read more…

Toward a Converged Exascale-Big Data Software Stack

Jan 28, 2016 |

Within the HPC vendor and science community, the groundswell of support for HPC and big data convergence is undeniable with sentiments running the gamut from the pragmatic to the enthusiastic. For Argonne computer scientist and HPC veteran Pete Beckman, the writing is on the wall. As the leader of the Argo exascale software project and Read more…

Next Steps for NSCI: Seeking to Ensure a Long and Lively Lifespan

Jan 27, 2016 |

It has been six months since the White House released the executive order establishing the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI), the broad interagency research effort seeking to maximize the benefits of high-performance computing (HPC) research, development and deployment across the U.S. public and private sectors. Since then, each of the participating U.S. agencies has prepared Read more…

ACCEL Program at ORNL Still Going Strong Says Suzy Tichenor

Jan 26, 2016 |

Last year the Accelerating Competitiveness through Computational Excellence (ACCEL) program at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) launched 24 new projects with industry. With national competitiveness garnering growing attention and the launch of the National Strategic Computing Initiative, programs such as ACCEL are poised for growth. ACCEL is an ORNL Read more…

SGI’s HPC GM Gabriel Broner on 2016 Trends

Jan 25, 2016 |

Roughly six months ago SGI reorganized into three business units – traditional HPC; high performance data analytics (HPDA); and SGI services – each with a general manager at the head. Gabriel Broner, then vice president of software innovation, became general manager for the HPC unit. Broner is a familiar voice in the HPC community. He Read more…