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Russia, India Take Aim at China’s FLOPS Lead

Apr 9, 2014 |

The race to build the world’s fastest supercomputer – and possibly even the first exascale-class system – just got more interesting. Russia and India are considering an alliance that would enable them to more effectively compete with rival supercomputing powers, in particular China. Last month, Boris Shabanov of the Russian Academy of Sciences extended an Read more…

DOE Exascale Roadmap Highlights Big Data

Apr 7, 2014 |

If you’ve been following the US exascale roadmap, then chances are you’ve been following the work of William (“Bill”) J. Harrod, Division Director for the Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR), Office of Science with the US Department of Energy (DOE). In January, Harrod asserted that the DOE’s mission to push the frontiers of science and Read more…

Instrument Science Preps for Exascale Era

Apr 3, 2014 |

The Big Data and Extreme-scale Computing (BDEC) workshop that took place in February in Fukuoka, Japan, brought together luminaries from industry, academia and government to discuss today’s big data challenges in the context of extreme-scale computing. Attendees to this invitation-only event include some of the world’s foremost experts on algorithms, computer system architecture, operating systems, Read more…

Peek into China’s Plans for Top Supercomputer Shows No Slowdown

Mar 20, 2014 |

This week we learned more about Japan’s exascale plans for the 2020 timeframe, but also on the contender list to be among the first to reach exascale-class computing levels is China. For now, however, the country has its sights set on continuing to dominate the list in 2015 and beyond. To put this and the Read more…

Details Emerging on Japan’s Future Exascale System

Mar 18, 2014 |

The Big Data and Extreme Computing meeting in Fukuoka, Japan concluded recently, pushing a great deal of information about international progress toward exascale initiatives into the global community. As the host country, Japan had ample opportunity to gather many of the researchers building out the next incarnation of the K Computer, which is expected to Read more…

Accurate Forecasts Tied to Supercomputer Spending

Feb 12, 2014 |

As large swaths of the country are hit by snowstorm after snowstorm and western states battle a decade’s long dry spell with California declaring a drought emergency, weather is on nearly everyone’s mind. For many years now, the populace has relied on powerful supercomputers to forecast the weather, so it may be surprising to learn Read more…

Advancing Applications Toward Exascale Target

Feb 11, 2014 |

Exascale computers will employ tens of thousands of many-core nodes, leaving programmers with the challenging task of developing applications that can leverage tens of millions of threads. Over at the Cray blog, Dr. Jason Beech-Brandt, Manager Exascale Research for Cray Europe, writes about how the supercomputer maker is helping lay the groundwork for exascale applications Read more…

Report from the HPC Advisory Council Exascale Workshop

Feb 3, 2014 |

The HPC Advisory Council, in conjunction with Stanford University, is hosting their conference and exascale workshop event this week. On the agenda are several themes that are tied to the next level of computing—from best practices to exploration of novel architectural features that will land us in the exascale era. We spoke with a couple Read more…

China Prepares for Quantum Age

Jan 24, 2014 |

Exascale isn’t the only international computing race currently underway. Around the world national interests are also scrambling to build quantum computers capable of making and breaking amazingly-complex codes. Take China for example. Already home to the most powerful supercomputer in the world, Tianhe-2, researchers in China have set their sites on the holy grail of Read more…

Ten Year US Exascale Roadmap Crystalizes

Jan 17, 2014 |

At the tail end of 2013, Congress passed a law directing the Department of Energy to develop exascale computing capability within the next decade in order to meet the objectives of the nuclear stockpile stewardship program. The directive is part of the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act, which President Obama signed into law on December Read more…