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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

Linear Solver Library Grows Up

May 16, 2014 |

NVIDIA’s AmgX is a linear solver library for large-scale industrial applications that entered beta production in January. Since then the software has matured, and Joe Eaton, lead for the AmgX product team at NVIDIA, wrote all about it in a recent blog. Eaton explains that V1.0 comes with classical AMG multi-GPU support and greatly improved Read more…

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…

Off the Wire

Gartner Names UberCloud a Cool Vendor in Oil & Gas

May 8, 2015 |

May 8 — UberCloud Inc., a leading online community and marketplace platform for engineers and scientists, announced today that it has been listed in Gartner’s Cool Vendors in Oil & Gas 2015 report, published by Gartner analysts Rich McAvey, Leif Eriksen, Morgan Eldred, on April 21, 2015. The UberCloud community and marketplace has been established Read more…

Dedicated Computing Launches Explorer HPC for Oil & Gas Industry

May 6, 2015 |

May 6 — Global technology company Dedicated Computing announced today the launch of its Explorer HPC – Liquid-Cooled High Performance Compute Cluster for the oil and gas industry. This modular, go-anywhere, high performance, high reliability compute solution helps overcome oil and gas industry operating challenges as it improves reliability and productivity. Designed specifically for remote drilling environments, jointly Read more…

Four Cray Customers to Implement Seagate HPC Storage Technology

Apr 20, 2015 |

CUPERTINO, Calif., April 20 — Seagate Technology plc, a world leader in storage solutions, today announced four Cray Inc. customers will be among the first to implement Seagate’s latest high performance computing storage technology. Combined, the implementations of these four customers in the government, weather, oil and gas, and university sectors will consume more than 120 petabytes Read more…

DNV GL to Present Nimbix-Based Cloud Offering at HPC User Forum

Apr 7, 2015 |

DALLAS, Tex., April 7 — Nimbix, a leader in cloud computing for Big Data and Computation, today announced that its customer, DNV GL, has been selected to present their Nimbix-based, High-Performance Cloud (HPC) strategy and benefits at IDC 56th HPC User Forum, Wednesday, April 15 at 11:30 a.m., Marriott Norfolk, Virginia. “The mission of the Read more…

SGI Selected by Total to Upgrade Pangea Supercomputer

Mar 31, 2015 |

MILPITAS, Calif., March 31 — SGI, a global leader in high-performance solutions for compute, data analytics and data management, announced today that energy company Total has chosen SGI to upgrade its supercomputer “Pangea”. Total is one of the largest integrated oil and gas companies in the world, with activities in more than 130 countries. Its 100,000 Read more…