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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…

Brain Research Heads Into Next-Level AI Territory

Jan 20, 2016 |

One of the stranger objectives of President Obama’s Brain Initiative Project came to light this week with the announcement of a new DARPA program that is funding the creation of an implantable neural interface that would bridge the brain-machine divide. But it’s not like in the movies, right? Yeah, it’s pretty much like that.

Slots Still Available in Blue Waters and XSEDE-sponsored HPC Programs

Jan 20, 2016 |

The Blue Waters Graduate Fellowship Program at the National Center For Supercomputer Applications (NCSA) and the International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences sponsored by Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) still have openings for their respective programs although the deadlines are approaching. The Blue Waters Graduate Fellowship Program lets graduate students Read more…

Argonne Paves the Way for Future Systems

Jan 14, 2016 |

Last April, the third and final piece of the CORAL acquisition program clicked into place when the U.S. Department of Energy signed a $200 million supercomputing contract with Intel to supply Argonne National Laboratory with two next-generation Cray supercomputers: an 8.5-petaflop “Theta” system based on Knights Landing (KNL) and a much larger 180-petaflop “Aurora” supercomputer. The staff Read more…

Seagate ClusterStor L300 Chosen as Scratch Storage Tier for CEA DAM

Jan 14, 2016 |

CUPERTINO, Calif., Jan. 14 — Seagate Technology plc, a world leader in storage solutions, today announced the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) has selected the Seagate ClusterStor L300 for its GS1K HPC storage needs. In collaboration with Atos, CEA chose Seagate ClusterStor, a scale-out data storage and management platform, for its high-speed ability Read more…

Deep Learning, Ocean Modeling, and HPCG Come to ASC16 Student Supercomputer Challenge

Jan 14, 2016 |

ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge 2016 (ASC16) announced details of the Preliminary Contest last week. College students from around the world are being asked to design a high performance computer (HPC) system that optimizes with both HPCG and MASNUM_WAM applications under 3000W as well as to conduct a DNN performance optimization on a standalone hybrid CPU+MIC Read more…

Exascale Programming: Adapting What We Have Can (and Must) Work

Jan 14, 2016 |

The demands of massive concurrency and increased resilience required for effective exascale computing have led to claims that our existing approach to application programming must be replaced. In this article I argue that disruption is inevitable but will not require new languages or programming environments. Instead disruption will be in application design, introducing new control Read more…

SGI and DDN Notch Big Wins at National Center for Atmospheric Research

Jan 11, 2016 |

The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) will install a new 5.34 petaflops supercomputer – Cheyenne – from SGI and a 20PB high performance storage system from DataDirect Networks, both companies announced today. Cheyenne, an SGI ICE XA system, is expected to be operational in early 2017 and will be powered by more than 7000 Read more…

Barbara Chapman Named Head of Brookhaven Lab’s Computer Science and Mathematics Group

Jan 7, 2016 |

Barbara Chapman, a leading researcher in programming languages, programming models, and compilers, has been named head of the Computer Science and Mathematics Group (CSM) under the new Computational Science Initiative at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory. Chapman is also a professor of Applied Mathematics & Statistics and Computer Science at Stony Brook Read more…

Cray’s Barry Bolding on 2016 Trends Including Big Data and the HPC Productivity Imperative

Jan 4, 2016 |

Cray doesn’t do Top500 press releases says Barry Bolding, Cray SVP and Chief Strategy Officer. Not a bad strategy when you don’t have to: five Crays are in the Top Ten of the latest Top500 list (Nov. 2015) including the two newest machines (Trinity (DOE) and Hazel-Hen (HLRS)). Media coverage and market notice are inevitable. Read more…

SC15 Video: Mellanox’s Gilad Shainer on Co-design, Exascale, UCX, and More

Dec 21, 2015 |

Smart switches, major deployment wins, HPC Centers of Excellence, NICs with on-board FPGAs, and UCX progress were all part of Mellanox’s hectic agenda at SC15. In mid-December DoD approved Mellanox 10/40 Gigabit Ethernet switches for use in defense networks. Then last week, time ran out for acquisition target EZchip to find a higher offer seemingly Read more…

Mellanox 10/40 Gigabit Ethernet Switches Approved for Use in DoD Networks

Dec 14, 2015 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. & YOKNEAM, Israel, Dec. 14 — Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX), a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has approved the Mellanox SwitchX series of 10/40 Gigabit Ethernet switches for use on U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) networks. Read more…