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OpenPOWER Academic Discussion Group Holds First Workshop

Dec 7, 2015 |

Since its founding in 2013, OpenPOWER Foundation membership has grown to more than 170 including roughly 40 academic members; the latter have formed an Academic Discussion Group and held their first workshop in Austin coinciding with SC15 last month. During a packed 1.5-day agenda, presenters from academia and industry examined progress and opportunities to leverage Read more…

Contrary View: CPUs Sometimes Best for Big Data Visualization

Dec 1, 2015 |

Contrary to conventional thinking, GPUs are often not the best vehicles for big data visualization. In this commentary, I discuss several key technical reasons why a CPU-based “Software Defined Visualization” approach can deliver a more flexible, performant, scalable, cost effective, and power efficient solution to big data visualization than a conventional GPU-based approach. An example Read more…

PSC Recognized in HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards

Nov 23, 2015 |

Nov. 23 — The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and its collaborators have once again been recognized for excellence in developing and applying HPC technologies to problems of social importance. HPCwire, the leading trade publication for the high performance computing (HPC) community, cited the center’s work for “Best Use of HPC Applications in Life Sciences” and “Best Use Read more…

Thursday’s SC15 Twitter Roundup

Nov 19, 2015 |

As SC15 winds down, we present our final Twitter Roundup for the event. We hope everyone enjoyed themselves in Austin and gets home safely. Be sure to check in each Thursday for our regular HPC Twitter Roundup and we look forward to seeing you next year in Salt Lake City! we're proud of our #HPCwireAward Read more…

Wednesday’s SC15 Twitter Roundup

Nov 18, 2015 |

The highly anticipated SC15 Twitter Roundup is finally here! In celebration of the event, we’ve decided to bring you a list of some of the top SC15 tweets that were tweeted throughout the day. For those unable to attend, we hope this gives you some insight into the happenings of SC15. Check back in tomorrow Read more…

Cray Wins Six HPCwire Awards

Nov 18, 2015 |

SEATTLE, Wash. and AUSTIN, Tex., Nov. 18 — At the 2015 Supercomputing Conference in Austin, Texas, global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) today announced the Company won six awards from the readers and editors of HPCwire, as part of the publication’s 2015 Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards. This marks the 12th consecutive year Cray has been selected for multiple HPCwire awards. Read more…

Seagate Engineers Tiered Archive System for HPC Storage

Nov 17, 2015 |

CUPERTINO, Calif., Nov. 17 — Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ: STX) today introduced ClusterStor A200, a first-of-its-kind tiered archive storage system for high performance computing (HPC). The A200 helps reduce storage and operational costs by up to 50 percent compared to tier-one storage platforms. The A200 was designed to complement the rest of Seagate’s ClusterStor family of Read more…

Hadoop and Spark Get RADICAL at SC15

Nov 13, 2015 |

The rapid maturation of the Apache Hadoop ecosystem has caught the eyes of HPC professionals who are eager to take advantage of emerging big data tools, such as Spark. One HPC group presenting on the topic at the SC15 show this week in Austin, Texas, is Rutgers University’s RADICAL team. The Research in Advanced Distributed Read more…

DDN to Introduce Complete Portfolio Refresh at SC15

Nov 4, 2015 |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 4 — DataDirect Networks (DDN) will showcase innovations in HPC storage leadership that are giving customers the power to achieve their most ambitious visions at the upcoming International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC15) in Austin, Texas. With massively scalable technology able to outpace the performance requirements and growth of Enterprise Read more…

Welcome the New Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Nov 2, 2015 |

Hewlett-Packard, HP, the iconic company often credited with laying the foundation for Silicon Valley and, with it, an unprecedented burst of technological creativity, attempts to reinvent itself beginning today as HPE, or Hewlett Packard Enterprise. As with many technology giants currently struggling to evolve, HP moved last year to transform itself by announcing it would Read more…

TGAC Unleashes DRAGEN to Accelerate Genomics Workflows

Oct 28, 2015 |

Accelerating genomics analysis remains one of the toughest challenges in life science research. All manner of optimizations are in use – disk streaming, optimized parallel files systems, algorithm tweaks, faster processors, and hardware accelerators, to name a few – all with varying results. Today, TGAC reported implementation of the first processor specifically designed to accelerate Read more…

TACC Drug Discovery Portal Empowers Researchers Worldwide

Oct 22, 2015 |

Where do you turn if you are a researcher who needs to quickly identify drug candidates for diseases ranging from obesity to tuberculosis to leishmaniasis, a tropical disease caused by the bite of a sand fly? You turn to the DrugDiscovery@TACC portal, which is currently helping more than 100 researchers worldwide model, simulate and generate Read more…

Matching the Use Case to Architecture is Critical in Life Science

Oct 21, 2015 |

Getting useful information from life sciences laboratory data in a timely manner requires selecting a suitable architecture that brings together complementary compute, memory, storage and networking resources. As noted in an earlier article in this series, there are some general rules of thumb for selecting which type of compute node works best for different workloads. Read more…

Cray XK7 Titan Used to Simulate Complicated Blood Flow

Oct 14, 2015 |

A team of researchers from Brown University, ETH Zurich, the Universita da Svizzera Italiana (USI) and Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) is using America’s largest, most powerful supercomputer to help understand and fight diseases affecting some of the body’s smallest building blocks. The team, led by Brown’s George Karniadakis, is using the Cray XK7 Titan supercomputer Read more…

Moab Helps Canada Hospitals Build HPC4Health Cloud

Oct 13, 2015 |

In yet another example of HPC, cloud and big data convergence, Adaptive Computing announced today that its cluster and cloud management software Moab is part of a pilot IT infrastructure built to address the needs of Canadian healthcare organizations. The project, called High Performance Computing for Health Sciences, or HPC4Health for short, was formed to Read more…

Bioinformatics Challenge: Fat Nodes, Skinny Nodes, or Hybrids

Oct 12, 2015 |

Life sciences organizations typically have a variety of computational requirements and picking the best cluster server architecture has always been a challenge. Do you go with fat nodes typified by their large number of cores per node or thin (sometimes called skinny) nodes with fewer, faster performing cores per node? Certainly, the choice will depend Read more…

Stepping Up to the Life Science Storage System Challenge

Oct 5, 2015 |

Storage and data management have become the perhaps the most challenging computational bottlenecks in life sciences (LS) research. The volume and diversity of data generated by modern life science lab instruments and the varying requirements of analysis applications make creating effective solutions far from trivial. What’s more, where LS was once adequately served by conventional Read more…

The Revolution in the Lab is Overwhelming IT

Oct 5, 2015 |

Sifting through the vast treasure trove of data spilling from modern life science instruments is perhaps the defining challenge for biomedical research today. NIH, for example, generates about 1.5PB of data a month, and that excludes NIH-funded external research. Not only have DNA sequencers become extraordinarily powerful, but also they have proliferated in size and Read more…

This Hospital Computer Knows When Your Days Are Numbered

Sep 25, 2015 |

Chalk “predict death” off the list of “what computers can’t do.” A supercomputer at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Mass., can decipher the likelihood of a patient’s imminent demise with uncanny accuracy. Patients at the hospital are linked up to the machine, which leverages all available patient data — doctors visits, lab results, medications and Read more…

Accelerate Drug Discovery with Machine Learning on Big Medical Data

Sep 24, 2015 |

Pharmaceutical companies spend billions testing prospective drugs by conducting “wet lab” experiments that can take years to complete. But what if the same results could be obtained in a matter of minutes by running computer model simulations instead? A Silicon Valley startup says it has created a novel machine learning algorithm that does just that. Read more…