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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…

Expanding enCORE with CFD

Jul 19, 2013 |

Britain HPC systems integrator OCF has made noise with regard to high performance applications in the cloud, bringing online an 8,000-node HPC cluster called enCORE last year. This week, they announced an expansion of enCORE’s capabilities. Specifically, they brought in the XFlow Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software to expand their HPC capabilities.

Cycle Computing and the HPC Experiment

Jul 15, 2013 |

In a presentation done with Wolfgang Gentzsch and Burak Yenier in association with the HPC Experiment, Stowe went more into detail about the additional use cases in which Cycle Computing has facilitated HPC experimentation in the cloud. Gentzsch and Yenier also went on to update the HPC experiment, the fourth round of which kicks off this week.

A Different Approach to HPC Cloud Servicing

Jul 11, 2013 |

A company called Third Wave Systems (TWS) developed a new algorithm and high performance computing paradigm to solve machining simulation problems. In the same paper in which they introduced that method, they also outlined a plan to make such simulation capability available to those without the access to dedicated HPC resources.

Short Takes

Is the City of the Future Finally Here?

Oct 21, 2014 |

Grid computing pioneer and big data visionary Charlie Catlett recently delivered a presentation on “Big Data and the Future of Cities” as part of the Argonne OutLoud series, hosted by Argonne National Laboratory. Catlett explores how emerging technologies in high-performance computing, embedded systems and data analytics can help mitigate some of the challenges associated with Read more…

Autotune Software Promotes Greener Buildings

Sep 23, 2014 |

A new software effort underway at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) aims to make it quicker, easier and cheaper to model energy use of buildings. ORNL building researchers are developing software that will automatically calibrate models for simulating building energy use, thereby promoting greener design of residential and commercial buildings. The new “Autotune” calibration software Read more…

Myths and Misconceptions about HPC for Engineering

Sep 11, 2014 |

In a recent blog post, Wim Slagter, lead product manager for High Performance Computing at ANSYS, Inc., tackles a set of six myths of high performance computing gleaned from conversations at various ANSYS Convergence Conferences. These six myths or misconceptions deal with HPC as it relates to engineering simulation: + HPC is available on supercomputers Read more…

Aerospace Explores the Compute Horizon

Sep 4, 2014 |

For much of the history of aviation, designers and engineers ran their calculations and experiments without the benefit of computers. But as the price of computation dropped, the competitive advantage conferred by digital engineering became clear. The aerospace industry has reached a turning point where the complexity of the simulation work is necessitating an increase in the Read more…

MIT Spinoff Speeds 3D Engineering Simulations

Aug 28, 2014 |

Even the most powerful supercomputers cannot be productive without suitable operating software and applications. In engineering, finite element analysis (FEA) is used to create 3D digital models of large structures to simulate how they perform under different real-world conditions (stress, vibration, heat, etc.). The challenge of modeling large-scale structures, such as mining equipment, buildings, and oil Read more…

Off the Wire

Altair Unveils HyperWorks 13.0

Sep 16, 2014 |

TROY, Mich., Sept. 16 – Altair today announced a new release of HyperWorks, the most comprehensive version to date of its computer-aided engineering (CAE) software platform, which has set the global standard for enabling its users to create more durable and efficient products. HyperWorks 13.0 increases engineering productivity in four distinct areas: Performance optimization. Through a wide array of solvers and multiphysics Read more…

DDN Reports Results for First Half of 2014

Aug 19, 2014 |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 19 — DataDirect Networks (DDN) today announced impressive revenue traction for the first six months of 2014, demonstrating a strong trajectory of profitable growth for the company heading into the second half of the year. The company added more than 20 net new petabyte-class customers including one of world’s largest banks, a leader Read more…

IBM Announces $3 Billion Research Initiative

Jul 10, 2014 |

ARMONK, N.Y., July 10 — IBM today announced it is investing $3 billion over the next 5 years in two broad research and early stage development programs to push the limits of chip technology needed to meet the emerging demands of cloud computing and Big Data systems. These investments will push IBM’s semiconductor innovations from today’s breakthroughs Read more…

NAG and Red Oak Announce Strategic Partnership

Jun 5, 2014 |

June 5 — The Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG) Ltd and Red Oak Consulting LLP have announced a strategic partnership to deliver comprehensive results-focused HPC consulting and professional services to commercial and public sector clients across a range of global markets. Today’s announcement formalizes and substantially extends the longstanding collaborations between NAG and Red Oak Consulting, Read more…

Altair Announces Global ATC and ATCx Series

Jun 4, 2014 |

TROY, Mich., June 4 — Altair announced its 2014 Global Altair Technology Conference (ATC) and ATCx Series today.  ATC events will continue to cover a wide array of topics, industries, and computer-aided engineering domain areas, and last for two to three days.  The new ATCx designation has been created for smaller, focused one-day events that offer more depth Read more…