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Four Challenges Facing Exascale Application Prep

Jun 22, 2015 |

Worry over readying HPC applications for exascale computing isn’t new and various efforts are underway. Whether they are sufficient is a matter of debate. A major stumbling block, of course, is no one knows precisely what exascale architecture will look like. A recent paper (June 9) on arXiv.org from IBM Research and several European academic Read more…

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Fixating on Exascale Performance Only Is a Bad Idea

Jun 15, 2015 |

Few in the computing industry dispute that achieving ‘exascale’ performance is worthy on its own merits. But fixating only on the magic milestone (10^18 FLOPS) misses an important point – HPC as currently practiced, even at the exascale level, won’t solve the grand challenges in science and society contends Dr. Sadasivan Shankar, Harvard University visiting Read more…

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SRC Debuts Defense-Hardened FPGA Server

May 28, 2015 |

The SRC Saturn 1 server debuted today, built by reconfigurable computing specialists SRC Computers and positioned as an x86 alternative for high-volume workloads in hyperscale computing and big data analytics. While we have seen several FPGA-based server solutions come to market in the past year, the Saturn-1 is distinguished by its pedigree and insulation from Read more…

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Jetstream: Targeting the Long Tail of Science

May 21, 2015 |

Improving HPC access to the so-called long tail of science is an ongoing NSF priority. Several initiatives, funded at least in part by NSF, are underway and one – Jetstream – is the first NSF-funded HPC Cloud targeted directly at domain scientists and engineers who typically have limited access to HPC resources and limited expertise. Read more…

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Wrangler and Comet Reflect Changing NSF Priorities

May 4, 2015 |

“Early operations mode” describes the status of two NSF-funded systems that are on track to support a wider range of user than is traditionally served by elite-level supercomputing. Wrangler is the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) system that we reported on last week, so now we turn our attention to Comet, the petascale supercomputer readying for launch at San Diego Read more…

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Short Takes

Blacklisting Doesn’t Slow Intel Investment in China

Apr 28, 2015 |

Intel may be barred from selling leading edge technology to China’s top supercomputer sites but it is nonetheless ramping up its high-end collaboration with China. On April 21st, Intel launched the first Intel Parallel Computing Center in China, a joint effort with the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), with widely publicized ceremonies in China. “This Read more…

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Summit Puts 13 Code Projects Into Readiness Program

Apr 15, 2015 |

When the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Summit supercomputer powers up in 2018, it will provide the Department of Energy (DOE) research community with 150 to 300 peak petaflops of computational performance. To extract the highest benefit from this multi-million dollar machine that will be five to ten times the capability of the current fastest US Read more…

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Weekly Twitter Roundup

Apr 9, 2015 |

Here at HPCwire, we want to help keep the HPC community as up-to-date as possible on some of the most captivating news items that were tweeted throughout the week. The tweets that caught our eye this past week are listed below. Check back in next Thursday for an entirely updated list. Total of $525 million announced by @Energy Read more…

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Supercomputing Sheds Light on Party Polarization

Apr 7, 2015 |

What can supercomputers tell us about the way that government operates, or in some cases doesn’t operate? Quite a bit, actually. In a new feature piece on the Texas Advanced Computing Center website, science writer Makeda Easter shares how one TACC researcher is using the center’s Stampede supercomputer to analyze the link between federal spending priorities Read more…

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Simulating the First Hybrid Neuromorphic Supercomputer

Apr 7, 2015 |

In order for brain-inspired computing to become a reality, the underlying hardware must become sufficiently powerful to do in-silicon what the brain does naturally. One of the important advances in this field was the 2014 debut of the first neuromorphic chip, “True North,” developed by IBM with funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Read more…

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Off the Wire

Appropriations Committee Provides $1.24B For Advanced Computing, Cuts ITER

May 21, 2015 |

WASHINGTON, May 21, 2015 – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy & Water Development, said approval of the Energy and Water appropriations legislation by the full Appropriations Committee is an example of setting priorities and “getting the Senate working again.” The legislation is one of the first two appropriations Read more…

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UK Sponsors Academia-Industry Effort to Bring AI to Analytics

May 20, 2015 |

LONDON, UK – May 20, 2015 – Massive Analytic, a start-up specialising in innovative precognitive enterprise analytics, and the Department of Computer Science at University College London (UCL) have secured a 12 month Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) to collaborate on the patented technology artificial precognition that drives the Oscar AP data analytics platform. The initiative Read more…

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Mellanox, Supermicro Collaborate to Deliver CloudX-based Hyper-Converged Infrastructure

May 19, 2015 |

VANCOUVER, CANADA – May 19, 2015 – Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX), a leading supplier of high-performance cloud networking solutions, today announced at OpenStack Summit 2015 that it has collaborated with Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI) to provide hyper-converged OpenStack cloud-in-a-rack solutions based on the Mellanox CloudX reference architecture, Supermicro servers and storage, OpenStack cloud Read more…

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Utah Engineers Take Important Step in Pushing Photonic Computing Speeds

May 18, 2015 |

May 18, 2015 – University of Utah engineers have taken a step forward in creating the next generation of computers and mobile devices capable of speeds millions of times faster than current machines. The Utah engineers have developed an ultracompact beamsplitter — the smallest on record — for dividing light waves into two separate channels Read more…

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EIA Launches Redesigned International Energy Portal

May 18, 2015 |

May 18, 2015 – Today, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) launched a redesigned International Energy Portal to improve access to international energy data and trends in global energy markets. You can view the portal at: http://www.eia.gov/beta/international/ “With most of the future growth in energy consumption expected to occur outside of the United States and Read more…

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