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STFC Hartree Centre Announces Participation in ADDoPT Project

Jan 28, 2016 |

Jan. 28 — A new major collaborative project is set to transform the UK pharmaceutical industry by enabling the manufacturing processes of the innovative medicines of the future to be designed digitally. The STFC Hartree Centre is a partner in the £20.4m ADDoPT (Advanced Digital Design of Pharmaceutical Therapeutics) project, which involves major pharmaceutical companies, Read more…

Moore’s Law – Not Dead – and Intel’s Use of HPC to Keep it Alive

Jan 11, 2016 |

Gordon Moore’s 1965 article on the economics driving the increase of semiconductor functionality has turned out to be wildly prophetic in terms of the effect on transistor scaling. Nearly 40 years later, in 2004, Intel was building microprocessors on the 90 nanometer process with 150 million transistors in a single chip. Today, we’re putting as Read more…

NVIDIA Pascal GPUs Coming to Automotive ‘Supercomputer’

Jan 6, 2016 |

It’s no secret that NVIDIA is eager to take elements of its successful GPGPU ecosystem developed in partnership with the HPC community and transfer these to the much broader, and more lucrative, consumer space. At SC15, CEO Jen-Hsun Huang referred to machine learning as HPC’s first consumer killer app. Google, Microsoft, and Facebook have all made major machine Read more…

Cray’s Barry Bolding on 2016 Trends Including Big Data and the HPC Productivity Imperative

Jan 4, 2016 |

Cray doesn’t do Top500 press releases says Barry Bolding, Cray SVP and Chief Strategy Officer. Not a bad strategy when you don’t have to: five Crays are in the Top Ten of the latest Top500 list (Nov. 2015) including the two newest machines (Trinity (DOE) and Hazel-Hen (HLRS)). Media coverage and market notice are inevitable. Read more…

Cray Lays Out Vision for HPC-Big Data Convergence

Dec 3, 2015 |

Messaging around HPC-big data convergence which had been ramping up all year reached new heights at SC15 — and you’d be hard-pressed to find a bigger champion of the unified platform strategy than American supercomputer-maker Cray. HPCwire met with Cray’s Barry Bolding at the show in Austin last month to discuss the company’s latest customer wins, its take on 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…

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…

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…

Accelerating HPC in Formula One

Nov 3, 2015 |

The Formula One racing community has embraced HPC as an essential part of its workflow to build ever-speedier race cars, but suggestions that CFD should obviate the need for wind tunnel testing continue to draw heated commentary. One of the aerodynamics software vendors that supports this move is Exa Corporation. The Burlington, Mass.-headquartered company serves the 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…

Council on Competitiveness Releases New HPC in Manufacturing Report

Oct 23, 2015 |

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 23 — The Council on Competitiveness (Council) has formally released “Modeling, Simulation and Analysis, and High Performance Computing: Force Multiplier for American Innovation,” a report of the National Digital Engineering Manufacturing Consortium (NDEMC). The report was released during the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership Annual Summit. The NDEMC is an Read more…

Formula One Contemplates CFD-Only Future

Oct 7, 2015 |

Digital design has become central to Formula 1 racing, but don’t rule out wind tunnels just yet. That is the message coming out of a recent F1 Strategy Group meeting. The group comprises the sport’s governing body FIA, the sport’s commercial arm run by Bernie Ecclestone and the top six teams. The stakeholders responsible for Read more…

CMU and Boeing Establish Aerospace Data Analytics Lab

Oct 1, 2015 |

Carnegie Mellon University and The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) announced plans today to establish the Boeing/Carnegie Mellon Aerospace Data Analytics Lab, a new academic research initiative that will leverage the university’s leadership in machine learning, language technologies and data analytics. This is more evidence of the collision between big data and HPC spurring academic-industry collaboration. Read more…

Bloodhound Supersonic Car Goes from Design to Reality

Sep 24, 2015 |

At a packed public forum on Canary Wharf in east London today, 8,000 visitors turned up to see the world’s fastest and most advanced racing car: Bloodhound SSC. Not only is this supercar a marvel of engineering, being designed to break the 1,000 mph land speed record, the project has an even more primary mission: to Read more…

LBNL to Co-Lead DOE’s New HPC4Manufacturing Program

Sep 16, 2015 |

Sept. 16 — Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is collaborating with Lawrence Livermore and Oak Ridge national laboratories to lead a new Department of Energy (DOE) program designed to fund and foster public-private R&D projects that enhance U.S. competitiveness in clean energy manufacturing. The High Performance Computing for Manufacturing Program (HPC4Mfg), announced this week during Read more…

U of Michigan Project Combines Modeling and Machine Learning

Sep 10, 2015 |

Although we’ve yet to settle on a term for it, the convergence of HPC and a new generation of big data technologies is set to transform science. The compute-plus-data mantra reaches all the way to the White House with President Obama’s National Strategic Computing Initiative calling for useful exascale computing and sophisticated data capabilities that serve the Read more…

Knowm Snaps in Final Piece of Memristor Puzzle

Sep 9, 2015 |

Adaptive computing company Knowm Inc. says it has cleared a major technological hurdle in the pursuit of practical artificial neural network (ANN) chips that has stymied deeper-pocketed competitors, including IBM and HP. As the first to develop memristors capable of bi-directional incremental learning capability, the Santa Fe, NM-based startup can move forward with its ANN chip architecture, the intended substrate Read more…

New Pilot Helps Small Businesses Tap ORNL Expertise

Jul 17, 2015 |

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. July 17 — Small companies in the advanced manufacturing, transportation and building sectors have a new opportunity to partner with the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. ORNL was among five national laboratories selected to participate in a new DOE small business voucher pilot that aims to connect small clean energy businesses Read more…

Panasas Rolls Out ActiveStor 18

Jul 9, 2015 |

Hybrid scale-out NAS specialist Panasas today introduced ActiveStor 18, the latest in its ActiveStor appliance line. According to the company, the new appliance features a 33 percent increase in density, is available in 4TB and 8TB hard drive configurations, and delivers 20PB and 200GB/s scalability. The product will ship in September. “We’re now using Western Read more…

IDC Says Lenovo Strengthens, IBM Stumbles in Q1 Ranking

Jul 7, 2015 |

IDC reported the worldwide technical server market grew more than 10 percent on a year-over-year basis to more than $2.5B for Q1 2015 versus Q1 2014. There was good news for Lenovo, which bumped up to third place behind HP and Dell, while IBM fell from second to a distant fourth. Not surprisingly, the ripples Read more…