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IBM, NVIDIA and Mellanox Launch Design Center for HPC

Jul 2, 2015 |

Today’s launch by IBM, NVIDIA, and Mellanox of a new POWER Acceleration and Design Center in Montpellier, France, ratchets up their campaign to attract a wider developer community to the OpenPOWER platform and their efforts to build momentum for the march into the Intel-dominated HPC landscape. The Montpellier-based center is the second of its kind, Read more…

Is IBM Getting Openness Right? Yes, Says GM Doug Balog

Jun 29, 2015 |

The annual Red Hat Summit, held in Boston last week, is something of revival tent for open source where the pulpits are plentiful and so are smiling believers. Indeed it’s hard to dispute the powerful innovation springing from open source. The RH Summit, which started 11 years ago as a modest celebration of open source Read more…

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…

HP Launches HPC & Big Data Global Business Unit

Jun 4, 2015 |

When HP finally divides into two pieces – HP Inc. (PCs and printers) and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (servers and services) – how will the HPC portfolio fare? Views vary of course. The split is meant to let the ‘new’ companies shed distraction and sharpen focus. HPC will live within HP Enterprise, but perhaps surprisingly not Read more…

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…

Short Takes

Texas Supercomputers Contribute to Cancer Hotspot Discovery

Jun 22, 2015 |

Powerful supercomputers around the country continue to push advances in critical areas, such as cancer research. One of the latest such success stories comes out of The University of Texas at Austin, where Texas Advanced Computing Center machines revealed a connection between cross-shaped (cruciform) DNA segments and human cancers. By shedding light on the pathways involved in Read more…

First HPC Service at University of Sydney Tackles Big Science Problems

Jun 15, 2015 |

A Dell cluster called Artemis is on track to solve problems important to Australia and the world. Commissioned by the University of Sydney, the new cluster is the university’s first high-performance computer (HPC) service. Like research institutions everywhere, the University of Sydney is seeking to accommodate increasingly data-centric workflows. This new HPC service, established via a partnership Read more…

Sizing Up Earth’s Biosphere Supercomputer

Jun 12, 2015 |

If you’ve ever wondered how much DNA data there is on earth, you’re not alone. But a trio of UK researchers did more than wonder. They set to calculating the total information content in the biosphere and published their results and methodology in a recent issue of PLOS Biology. In this first ever accounting of Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Jun 11, 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.   .@NERSC's Francesca Verdier to Read more…

PHE Uses DDN Technology to Speed Sample Processing 16x

Jun 10, 2015 |

Fast sequencing of bacterial and viral strains is critical in identifying public health threats. Data analysis, not sequencing itself, is the challenge with I/O bottlenecks being most problematic. The Public Health England, leveraging DataDirect technology, recently accelerated its sequence process 16x and can now sequence 92 samples in the time previously needed for 12. PHE Read more…

Off the Wire

Researchers Use XSEDE and TACC Resources to Calculate Future Damage From Hurricanes

Jun 30, 2015 |

June 30 — Hurricane Katrina, the most deadly and destructive storm to hit the United States, caused 1800 deaths and an estimated $81 billion in damages. Most of the loss was not due to the storm’s high winds, but the accompanying storm surge and flooding. Imminent climate change and sea level rise could possibly make Read more…

NOAA Improves Environmental Science Research with Advanced Network Powered by Ciena

Jun 9, 2015 |

HANOVER, Md., June 9 – As part of its ongoing mission to connect researchers to the data and resources needed to advance environmental science through its N-Wave science network, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is building a private optical network powered by Ciena’s converged packet optical platforms. The new 100G network will connect four geographically dispersed facilities in the Washington, D.C. Read more…

Lemelson-MIT Announces 2015 National Collegiate Student Prize Competition Winners

May 19, 2015 |

May 19, 2015 – The Lemelson-MIT Program today announced the winners of the Lemelson-MIT National Collegiate Student Prize Competition, a nationwide search for the most inventive team of undergraduate and individual graduate students. The Lemelson-MIT Program awarded $65,000 in prizes for inventions in the health care, transportation, food and agriculture, and consumer device spaces. Each Read more…

UConn Health Choses Qumulo Core for HPC Infrastructure

Apr 22, 2015 |

BOSTON, Mass., April 22 — Qumulo, pioneer of the world’s first data-aware scale-out NAS, today announced that UConn Health has chosen Qumulo Core for high-performance computing infrastructure to support life sciences research. Qumulo also announced its presence at the Bio-IT World Conference and Expo, taking place April 21-23 in Boston. The company is exhibiting and demonstrating its Qumulo Core software at booth Read more…

New HPC Cluster to Benefit the University of Oxford

Apr 13, 2015 |

April 13 — Researchers from across the University of Oxford will benefit from a new High Performance Computing system designed and integrated by HPC, big data management, storage and analytics provider, OCF.  The new, Advanced Research Computing (ARC) central HPC resource is supporting research across all four Divisions at the University; Mathematical, Physical and Life Read more…