Illinois Senator Dick Durbin likes supercomputers, or more to the point he likes what they can do to boost innovation and competitiveness. At the July 1st dedication ceremony for Mira, the IBM BlueGene/Q supercomputer installed last year at the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois, Senator Durbin said: “They know the cost [of supercomputers] but they Read more…
Stanford University will receive $16 million over the next five years from the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to use supercomputers to find ways to increase the efficiency of solar energy concentrators. The research project involves developing new models that will help solve vexing engineering challenges on the next generation of exascale supercomputers.
Chief executive of the NSW (University of New South Wales) university consortium Intersect makes the case for a holistic funding strategy.
<img src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/argonne_crop.jpg” alt=”” width=”94″ height=”72″ />Prominent figures in government, national labs, universities and other research organizations are worried about the effect that sequestration and budget cuts may have on federally-funded R&D in general, and on HPC research in particular. They have been defending the concept in hearings and in editorial pages across the country. It may be a tough argument to sell.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/Compete_logo_2012.jpg” alt=”” width=”92″ height=”92″ />The Council on Competitiveness has been awarded a $914,000 grant from the Department of Energy to explore the implications of the emerging post-petaflop era and the challenges associated with extreme computing. HPCwire talks to Council on Competitiveness Senior Vice President Cynthia R. McIntyre to learn more about the project.
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Portland-based CPUsage operates kind of like the volunteer computing grids, except the startup pays users for their “extra” compute power.
University researchers look for more effective ways of extracting value from an ever-growing deluge of data.
IDC figures show China investing just over one billion dollars for cloud infrastructure in the year 2016.
To build exascale systems, power is probably the biggest technical hurdle on the hardware side. In terms of getting to exascale computing, demonstrating the value of supercomputing to funders and the public is a more urgent challenge. But the top roadblock for realizing the potential benefits from exascale is software.