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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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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…

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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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25 Percent of Life Scientists Will Require HPC in 2015

May 18, 2015 |

Life science research has long been compute-intensive but requirements have largely been satisfied with traditional workstations and simple clusters. That’s changing: “Roughly 25 percent of life scientists, and this includes bench-level scientists, will require HPC capabilities in 2015, few of whom have ever used a command line,” said Ari Berman, GM of Government Services, the Read more…

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New Models for Research Computing, Part I

Mar 9, 2015 |

In the first of a four-part series, Jay Etchings, director of operations for research computing, and senior HPC architect at Arizona State University lays out the concept of the next-generation cyberinfrastructure, a set of integrated technology components working together to support the diverse needs of the research community across disciplines and across scale. Where does high-performance computing go from Read more…

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Short Takes

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…

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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…

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Gordon Supercomputer Advances Fight Against Deadly Brain Cancer

Feb 23, 2015 |

A collaboration between San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), Moores Cancer Center, and Department of Neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego, is shedding light on the underlying genetic mechanisms responsible for glioblastomas (GBM), highly aggressive and infiltrative brain tumors. Using SDSC’s data-intensive Gordon supercomputer, the partners were able to identify a pyramid hierarchical network of “coherent Read more…

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Cultivating HPC in South Africa

Feb 19, 2015 |

When you think of high-performance computing on a global level, heavy hitters from the US, Europe and Asia may spring to mind. But the democratization of HPC has brought an array of new entrants eager to climb this latter. In South Africa, for example, an emphasis on research and development is helping the nation to not only improve the lives Read more…

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Cornell Levies Blue Waters to Curb Flooding

Feb 18, 2015 |

With the steady progression of climate change, the rate of flooding across the globe is only expected to rise. But according to a new study from Cornell University, our first line of defense ­– a series of weather satellites situated hundreds of miles above the Earth’s surface – are in need of some serious overhaul. Read more…

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Off the Wire

Weekend Workshop Hones Researchers’ Computational Skills

Feb 26, 2015 |

Feb. 26 — A new skillset is in demand among scientists: As the size of datasets increases with enhanced data collection technologies, researchers must be proficient not only in their selected field of study, but also in the ability to use computers to analyze, interpret, and visualize increasingly larger datasets. This means that many researchers, Read more…

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Kitware Part of Team to Address Climate Change Issues

Feb 25, 2015 |

CLIFTON PARK, N.Y., Feb. 25 — High-performance computing (HPC) will be used to develop and apply the most complete climate and Earth system model to address the most challenging and demanding climate change issues. This is the charge given by the Department of Energy (DOE) to eight national laboratories, the National Center for Atmospheric Research, four Read more…

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Scientists Use Stampede and Lonestar Supercomputers to Study Plants

Jan 27, 2015 |

Jan. 27 — Scientists using supercomputers found genes sensitive to cold and drought in a plant help it survive climate change. These findings increase basic understanding of plant adaptation and can be applied to improve crops. The computational biology study on the flowering mustard weed Arabidopsis thaliana appeared in the journal Molecular Biology Evolution in September 2014. Read more…

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Applications Being Accepted for Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences

Jan 20, 2015 |

Jan. 20 — Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from institutions in Canada, Europe, Japan and the United States are invited to apply for the sixth International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences, to be held from June 21-26, 2015, in Toronto, Canada. Applications are due March 11, 2015. The summer school is sponsored by Compute/Calcul Read more…

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Dedicated Computing Joins Intel Cluster Ready Program

Jan 15, 2015 |

WAUKESHA, Wis., Jan. 15 — Dedicated Computing, a global technology company, announced its participation in the Intel Cluster Ready program to deliver integrated high-performance computing (HPC) cluster solutions to the Life Sciences market.  Powered by Intel Xeon processors, Dedicated Computing is offering a family of purpose built analytics and storage clusters for use in bioinformatics research. Dedicated Computing’s Read more…

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