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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

Science Comes FIRST

May 29, 2014 |

Between political partisanship and the long-running recession, federal funding for science education and research has had some difficult years. Despite the political gridlock that exists in Washington, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have generally been supportive of strategic science funding in the interest of national competitiveness. To that point, the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Read more…

Sandia Launches Post-Silicon Development Effort

May 28, 2014 |

As microprocessors push up against the limits of miniaturization, many are reflecting on what the post-silicon era has in store. Recently Sandia National Laboratories published an article describing the steps it is taking to extend the pace of computational progress over the coming decades. Some of the forward-leaning technologies include self-learning supercomputers and systems that Read more…

Future Internet Program Goes from Design to Proof-of-Concept

May 14, 2014 |

This week, the NSF announced $15 million in awards “to develop, deploy and test future Internet architectures” – as the third stage of the Future Internet Architecture (FIA) program gets underway. First conceived in 2007, FIA aims to design, explore, and show proof of concept of computer networking architectures that could meet the needs of the Read more…

Russian-Bred Supercomputer in the Works

Apr 11, 2014 |

Russia is said to be developing a home-grown supercomputer for military-industrial applications, according to a report in Prensa Latina. Ruselectronics CEO Andrei Zverev revealed that the state-sponsored electronics holdings company is coordinating with the Ministry of Industry and Commerce to create a 1.2 petaflop computer to serve the needs of the Russian defense industry. “All of Read more…

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…

Off the Wire

SysFera to Demonstrate Latest Release of SysFera-DS at TERATEC Forum 2014

Jun 17, 2014 |

VILLEURBANNE, France, June 17 — SysFera, a software innovator that simplifies management and accessibility of high performance computing (HPC) environments, is a Silver Sponsor of TERATEC Forum 2014 scheduled for July 1-2 at the École Polytechnique campus at Palaiseau near Paris. SysFera will host a booth and demonstrate its latest software release of SysFera-DS with new visualisation and infrastructure management Read more…

Ace Computers Completes HPC Cluster for U.S. Navy

Jun 11, 2014 |

CHICAGO, Ill., June 11 — NETCENTS, SEWP partner Ace Computers, one of the leading custom computer builders and resellers in the U.S., just announced that it completed a major HPC cluster for the U.S. Navy. The cluster included 320 cores/640GB memory (compute nodes) with an FDR Infiniband topology. The order was issued directly by the U.S. Read more…

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…