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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…

China Means Business with Supercomputing Push

Jun 20, 2013 |

China is making significant strides towards its goals to use supercomputing as the next big platform to spur economic growth. The country now makes up 13% of the Top 500 (with 51% from the United States). We talk with Inspur’s Chief Scientist of HPC Applications about how the system will be used to forward the goals of the national…

Intel Carves Mainstream Highway for Lustre

Jun 12, 2013 |

Today Intel announced some new pitches to push Lustre in front of enterprise eyeballs with usability features for Lustre and a total rip and replace for the native Hadoop file system designed to appeal to the HPC-oriented Hadoop set. We talked with Brent Gorda, former CEO and founder of Whamcloud, which Intel acquired just a tick under a year ago about how….

Research Roundup: Toward a More Efficient Cloud

May 10, 2013 |

In this week’s hand-picked assortment, researchers explore the path to more energy-efficient cloud datacenters, investigate new frameworks and runtime environments that are compatible with Windows Azure, and design a unified programming model for diverse data-intensive cloud computing paradigms.

Moonshot Highlights HPC’s Longshot

Apr 11, 2013 |

While Moonshot might be wooing the mobile and hosting camp, there is something more compelling here for HPC. This concept presents high-density, low-power servers with the ability to swap in accelerators, DSPs, GPUs, FPGAs to create an efficient heterogeneous platform that is tailored around specific workloads.

Short Takes

Centaurus Energy Donates IBM Supercomputer to NSU

Mar 5, 2014 |

Centaurus Energy has donated an IBM supercomputer nicknamed “Megalodon” to Nova Southeastern University. Megalodon is an IBM P6 supercomputing cluster composed of 32 nodes that each have 16 POWER CPU’s with 256 GB of RAM. Each CPU contains two processor units and has about 790 million transistors as well. Megalodon is also water-cooled and uses Read more…

NERSC Supercomputer Boosts Energy Research

Dec 4, 2013 |

Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are using DOE supercomputers and a neutron scanning technique to develop more efficient methods of extracting gas and oil from shale. Using the systems at the Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Supercomputing Center (NERSC) – supercomputing resources include Hopper and Edison – the researchers are studying the Read more…

Eni Joins Oil and Gas Petaflop Club

Nov 20, 2013 |

Italian energy company, Eni, launched a new petaflop class supercomputer this week. Not to be outdone by BP or Total Group, which recently announced 2.2 and 2.3 petaflops systems respectively, Eni’s high-performance number-cruncher touts “in excess of 3 petaflops.” (And don’t forget Woodside Energy, Australia’s largest independent oil and gas firm, which earlier this month declared its Read more…

Australia’s Largest Oil and Gas Firm Mines HPC Well

Nov 13, 2013 |

Supercomputing for oil and gas is heating up, as giant energy firms race to exploit the advantages of HPC for their seismic imaging workloads. Energy goliath BP recently revealed a new datacenter in Houston that will house what BP is calling the “world’s largest supercomputer for commercial research,” clocking in at more than 2.2 petaflops. Read more…

BP Opens New HPC Facility at Houston Headquarters

Oct 22, 2013 |

BP announced that it has opened a new facility in Houston, Texas, to house what it claims is the “world’s largest supercomputer for commercial research.” The Center for High-Performance Computing is part of BP’s five-year, $100 million investment in computing. The facility occupies a three-story, 110,000 square foot building at BP’s Westlake campus. Located at Read more…

Off the Wire

Digital Realty Partners with Nimbix to Deliver Cloud-Based Solution for Oil & Gas

Apr 8, 2014 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., April 8 – Digital Realty Trust, Inc., the global data center and colocation company, announced today that its Dallas and Houston facilities are housing and enabling an enterprise high-performance computing (HPC) cloud solution from Nimbix. The two companies have established this alliance to offer specialized HPC solutions to clients in the oil and gas industry. HPC cloud Read more…

OpenACC Sessions to be Offered at GPU Technology Conference

Mar 20, 2014 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 20 – The OpenACC standards group announced today that over 20 OpenACC-related sessions will be offered at the upcoming GPU Technology Conference (GTC), on March 24-27, including talks from leading institutions like the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and ETH Zurich from Switzerland. “OpenACC is gaining momentum and adoption,” said Duncan Poole, President Read more…

Dot Hill Storage Products to Support Oil & Gas Applications

Mar 19, 2014 |

LONGMONT, Colo., March 19 — Dot Hill Systems Corp., a leading provider of SAN storage solutions, today announced it has developed a reference platform, in conjunction with Intel and Mellanox, to better support the industry-specific needs of geologists and geophysicists for exploration and production applications. Combining Dot Hill AssuredSAN 4524 and 4534 storage systems with Read more…

Dataflow Computing Highlights Great Britain’s Tech Prowess

Mar 13, 2014 |

March 13 — As the UK Technology sector cements its leading position in tech innovation worldwide, British firm Maxeler credits its growing success to the innovation of its dataflow engine technology. Dataflow is a highly novel compute concept where applications gain massive performance improvements and power efficiency by exploiting the inherent benefits of spatial programming. Read more…

IHPC and SMMI Launch Joint Lab

Mar 5, 2014 |

Singapore, March 5 – Building on the fruitful past decade of UK-Singapore cooperation in scientific research and development, A*STAR’s Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC) and the Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute (SMMI) officially launched a joint laboratory in Maritime and Offshore Engineering R&D today, to develop innovative technological solutions through modelling and simulation using high performance Read more…