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The Top Supercomputing Led Discoveries of 2013

Jan 2, 2014 |

2013 has been an incredible year for the entire ecosystem around supercomputing; from vendors pushing new technologies to boost performance, capacity, and programmability to researchers turning over new insights with fresh techniques. While exascale has taken more of a backseat than we might have predicted at the year’s end of 2010, there are plenty of Read more…

HPC and Science & Technology Policy

Nov 26, 2013 |

Policies, like sausages, cease to inspire respect in proportion as we know how they are made. This is a loose paraphrase of a common analogy. Is it apt when applied to science and technology policy? In particular, how – and where – is HPC policy made? Is it currently being made at all? Given the Read more…

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…

Short Takes

The Nuts and Bolts of Nuclear Stewardship

Sep 10, 2014 |

Sometimes the impetus behind large-scale computing endeavors can be surprising. Take the case of nuts and bolts. Given the right context, these everyday objects become a much bigger deal. Like when the context is nuclear missile design. Every component of a nuclear weapon body must go through a painstaking review process. As an article at Deixis Magazine Read more…

Googler Nabs Top White House Tech Job

Sep 4, 2014 |

The White House announced that Google executive Megan Smith has been named the next US Chief Technology Officer. According to a blog post from White House official John P. Holdren, Smith will “lead Administration-wide efforts to unleash the power of technology, data, and innovation to help meet our nation’s goals and the needs of our Read more…

HPC Task Force Publishes Recommendations

Aug 27, 2014 |

The Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB) Task Force on Next Generation High Performance Computing (HPC), established in December by the Secretary of Energy to review the mission and national capabilities related to next generation high performance computing, has released a “final version” draft report. The Task Force was asked to examine the problems and opportunities Read more…

Supercomputing Makes for Smarter Chinese Cities

Aug 19, 2014 |

Home to some of the world’s fastest supercomputers, China is looking to apply that computing power to solve issues that are important to its populace. On Monday, a Chinese researcher revealed a plan to use China’s Tianhe-1A system toward the construction of new “smart cities.” Taking an interdisciplinary approach to the challenges of urban planning, Read more…

BAE Systems Hones HPC Strategy

Jul 16, 2014 |

High-performance computing is vitally important to the mission of BAE Systems, one of the largest defense, aerospace, and security contractors in the world. As a high-tech manufacturer, BAE Systems relies on simulation and modeling software to design and build its products. The group responsible for identifying and developing this technology inside BAE Systems is called Read more…

Off the Wire

Argonne and Caterpillar Undertake Cooperative Virtual Engine Design Project

Jul 1, 2014 |

ARGONNE, Ill., July 1 ― Internal combustion engines are poised for dramatic breakthroughs in improving efficiency with lower emissions, thanks in part to low-temperature combustion regimes. Such regimes show great efficiency and emissions potential, but they present optimization and control challenges that must be addressed before they enter the engine mainstream. Caterpillar Inc. (Cat), Peoria, Ill., Read more…

ORNL Launches Imaging Institute

Jun 23, 2014 |

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., June 23 — The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has launched the Institute for Functional Imaging of Materials to accelerate discovery, design and deployment of new materials. The institute will meld world-class capabilities in imaging, high-performance computing, materials science and other scientific disciplines to probe materials. It supports President Obama’s Materials Genome Read more…

UK Atomic Weapons Establishment Receives Three SGI ICE X Systems

Jun 20, 2014 |

MILPITAS, Calif., June 20 — SGI, the leader in high performance computing and Big Data, today announces that the UK Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) has concluded a complete acceptance of three SGI ICE X systems. A formal ceremony today at AWE signifies the full operational status of the systems. AWE manufactures and maintains warheads for Read more…

Panasas ActiveStor Chosen for JASMIN2

Jun 17, 2014 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. and LONDON, England, June 17 — Panasas, the leader in hybrid scale-out NAS for technical research and enterprise customers, today announced that it has deployed a significant upgrade to the Panasas ActiveStor installation at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL), one of the UK’s principal government laboratories. The JASMIN facility is a “super-data-cluster”, providing the UK and European climate and earth-system Read more…

DDN Assists EMSL Energy Research Projects with Scalable Storage

Jun 17, 2014 |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 17 — To help the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) reduce dependence on foreign oil and accelerate discoveries to preserve the environment, the Environmental Molecular Science Laboratory (EMSL), a national scientific user facility located at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), has implemented DataDirect Networks (DDN) high performance block and file storage Read more…