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Workflow as a Service Expanding Beyond HPC

Mar 17, 2014 |

At the height of the first wave of the commercial cloud computing boom, around 2008, two HPC industry figures, Brian Schott and Robert Graybill, put their heads together to see how clouds might support high performance computing workloads. Their efforts led them to develop a “clearinghouse” for cloud-based HPC platforms and applications, which in turn Read more…

Altair Crash Tests New Xeon E7s

Mar 12, 2014 |

RADIOSS, one of the top structural analysis solvers in the industry, is used by auto companies like Ford and PSA in France to run car crash and other simulations to test safety and viability of a broad array of products. Like similar CAE codes, it is highly parallelized for top performance on large, powerful clusters–and Read more…

How the iForge Cluster is Manufacturing Results for Big Industry

Feb 26, 2014 |

When one thinks of major manufacturing companies, including Boeing, Proctor and Gamble, John Deere, Caterpillar, Dow, GE and others, from a systems and software perspective, there is little doubt that the competitive edge lies in high performance computing. But for many of these companies, it’s not simply a matter of plugging engineering codes into high Read more…

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…

Gordon Bell Prize Bubbles from Sequoia

Nov 22, 2013 |

Each year at SC, the ACM hands out one of the most coveted awards, the Gordon Bell Prize. The award, which became a regular feature of SC, began in 1987 and now carries a $10,000 prize sponsored by parallel computing luminary, Gordon Bell. Winners demonstrate high peak performance figures on real world applications or demonstrate Read more…

Short Takes

XSEDE Program Forges Industry Alliances

Feb 21, 2014 |

The eXtreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) is launching a new program – called the Industry Challenge – that connects industry partners with researchers from the open science community in order to enhance product designs and speed time to market. Over at the XSEDE.org website, science writer Scott Gibson details the new program, which Read more…

MGrid Doubles Capacity, Welcomes New Members

Jan 30, 2014 |

Recognizing the competitive value of advanced computing technologies, numerous initiatives from government and industry have been created to broker and promote high-performance computing within their communities. These efforts are helping to bolster the growth of American industry through greater economic opportunity – including job creation and enhanced competitiveness. The Milwaukee Institute is part of this Read more…

Product Design Strengthens HPC Ties

Jan 28, 2014 |

Increasingly, advanced computing technologies are embraced for their ability to bolster economic competitiveness. The advantages owed to a well-thought out and well-funded HPC strategy are embodied in the adage: to outcompute is to outcompete. One realm where the benefits of going digital have been especially prominent is product design. Over the last decade or so, Read more…

Modern Alchemy and the Quest for ‘Cheapium’

Jan 27, 2014 |

In a move reminiscent of medieval times – when alchemists attempted to synthesize noble metals like gold and silver from base metals such as lead and iron – modern engineers are on the hunt for less expensive alternatives to platinum. The search has Duke University engineers using brute force computing to uncover new materials that Read more…

Japan’s Manufacturers Cozy Up to Supercomputing

Jan 27, 2014 |

Beyond a pure passion for technology and the thrill of turning ideas into reality, there is a hugely practical basis for investment in advanced computing. Supercomputers and other computational technologies bolster economic competitiveness, a notion that nearly all academic, industry and government leaders have embraced. As supercomputers become more powerful, manufacturers can run bigger and Read more…

Off the Wire

AltaSim Technologies Receives DOE Grant for Additive Manufacturing

Apr 17, 2014 |

COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 17 — The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded AltaSim Technologies nearly $150,000 to further develop the technologies that drive additive manufacturing – adding momentum to an public-private initiative based in Ohio to boost industrial use of modeling and simulation. AltaSim’s DOE award provides $149,844 through the agency’s Small Business Innovation Research Read more…

Altair’s HyperWorks Unlimited Appliance Certified as Intel Cluster Ready

Apr 3, 2014 |

TROY, Mich., April 3 – Altair today announced that its HyperWorks Unlimited appliance for computer-aided engineering (CAE) has been certified as Intel Cluster Ready, verifying the product’s status as a plug-and-play solution for high-performance computing (HPC). HyperWorks Unlimited is a fully managed, state-of-the art appliance designed to reduce the time and cost associated with enabling HPC for high-end engineering. Read more…

Cray Opens Supercomputer Manufacturing Facility in Wisconsin

Mar 10, 2014 |

SEATTLE, Wash. and CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis., March 10 – Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. today announced the opening of the Company’s new supercomputer manufacturing facility in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. With the addition of this second facility and with recent upgrades to its existing primary manufacturing site, Cray has roughly doubled its manufacturing capacity. As a result, Read more…

New Manufacturing Institutes to be Led by DOD

Feb 26, 2014 |

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 26 — President Barack Obama announced two new manufacturing innovation institutes led by the Defense Department and supported by a $140 million federal commitment combined with more than $320 million in private-sector commitments. A consortium of businesses and universities headquartered in the Detroit area will a focus on lightweight and modern metals Read more…

ANSYS and NVIDIA Deliver GPU-Accelerated CFD Solver

Feb 11, 2014 |

PITTSBURGH, Penn., Feb. 11 — ANSYS Inc. users can now leverage NVIDIA graphics processing units (GPUs) to speed up fluid dynamics simulation and quickly handle large, complex simulation models. Available for the first time with ANSYS Fluent 15.0, the jointly developed GPU-accelerated commercial computational fluid dynamics (CFD) solver broadens support for NVIDIA GPUs across the Read more…