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3D Simulations Raise Bar for Astrophysics

Jul 3, 2014 |

For those outside the HPC/science realm who question why there need to be ever-more powerful supercomputers, one need only look at the amazing breakthroughs that the petascale age has facilitated. Astrophysics research out of Caltech is the latest example. Because of leadership-class systems like Stampede and Blue Waters and their experienced support staff, researchers from Read more…

Engineering Codes to Meet the Exascale Era

May 8, 2014 |

As we look to the future applications for exascale-class computers, the grand science challenges are often first on the list. From modeling the climate to the underpinnings of the universe, the problems most often associated with exascale computing are epic in scope. However, the range of complex, multidisciplinary engineering problems that can be solved with Read more…

Researchers Tap Cray Super to Decode HIV-I Interior

Jun 3, 2013 |

Researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have successfully modeled the interior of the HIV-1 virus using the new Blue Waters supercomputer at that university. The work has the potential to open the door to new antiretroviral drugs that target HIV-1, the virus that causes AIDS.

NSF Forges Further Beyond FLOPs

May 22, 2013 |

In a recent solicitation, the NSF laid out needs for furthering its scientific and engineering infrastructure with new tools to go beyond top performance, Having already delivered systems like Stampede and Blue Waters, they’re turning an eye to solving data-intensive challenges. We spoke with the agency’s Irene Qualters and Barry Schneider about..

Xyratex Targets Missing Middle with Scaled-Down ClusterStor 1500

May 9, 2013 |

In what has become a week of news around bringing HPC technology to the midrange market, Lustre file system gatekeeper, Xyratex, hashed out new boxes to bring down some parallel file system barriers and put higher performance on x86 cluster within closer reach for simulation and….

Exterminating at Extreme Scale

May 7, 2013 |

Since the first bug was eradicated from a Mark II system at Harvard in 1940s (an actual moth wedged in a relay, which drove the machine to a standstill) system exterminators have faced a constant spray of challenges. We talk with Allinea co-founder David Lecomber about challenges on Titan and Blue Waters–and the future of debugging exascale …

Blue Waters: Security at Scale

May 3, 2013 |

For the largest computer systems in the world, keeping IT assets safe presents a unique set of challenges.

NSF Official On New Supers, Data-Intensive Future

Mar 28, 2013 |

This week we spoke with Alan Blatecky who directs the NSF’s Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastrcture about two of supercomputing’s biggest announcements of the year-both of which came out in nearly in tandem this week. The introduction of TACC’s Dell-Intel powered Stampede and the storied Blue Waters system Cray retailored caused Blatecky to reflect on the balance of data-intensive and….

Assembling Blue Waters

Mar 20, 2013 |

As NCSA’s Blue Waters supercomputer approaches full service status, we thought it would be appropriate to see how the machine was built.

Blue Waters Opts Out of TOP500

Nov 16, 2012 |

<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/Blue_Waters_NCSA.jpg” alt=”” width=”110″ height=”53″ />NCSA’s Blue Waters system is one of the fastest supercomputers in the world, but it won’t be appearing on the TOP500 list, nor will it be taking part in the HPC Challenge awards. HPCwire spoke with Project Director Bill Kramer to get the full story on this important decision.

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