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Is U.S. Falling Behind in Supercomputing and Exascale?

Jan 29, 2015 |

Few dispute the importance of supercomputing to U.S. competitiveness. The argument is around whether current government efforts – primarily through the Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) program within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) – are effective and sufficient or wasteful and excessive. Yesterday, a panel of HPC experts testifying at a U.S. House of Read more…

IBM Advances Self-Assembly in 3D Transistors

Jan 28, 2015 |

The key to Moore’s law is the ability to incorporate ever-smaller feature sizes into each new chip generation. While the exponential progress ensconced in the “law” has slowed down in the last decade, the payoff is still compelling enough that chip engineers will go to great lengths to forestall its long-predicted demise. One of these Read more…

The Best of HPC in 2014

Jan 27, 2015 |

As we turn the page to 2015, we’re taking a look back at the top stories from 2014 to reflect on just how far the fastest machines in the world (and the people who run them) have come within only 12 months. From the blending of big data and HPC to hardware breakthroughs, 2014 points Read more…

Utah University Turns to HPC for Safer Explosives Transport

Jan 8, 2015 |

In 2005, a semi-truck caught the nation’s attention when it crashed and caught fire, igniting 35,000 pounds of explosives it was carrying through Utah’s Spanish Fork Canyon. Thanks to a brief delay between the truck’s crash and the subsequent explosion, there were no fatalities. But, as evidenced by a number of injuries and a 30-by-70-foot Read more…

US Weather Forecasting Finally Gets Its FLOPS

Jan 6, 2015 |

The US National Weather Service will be getting a 10X boost in supercomputing power, thanks to $44.5 million contract with IBM for two new Cray systems. The upgrade will increase the throughput of the agency’s combined supercomputing resources from about .5 petaflops to five petaflops when the project is completed later this year, enabling it to provide Read more…

Watson Commandeered in Fight Against PTSD

Jan 5, 2015 |

The Veterans Health Administration wants to improve efficiency and patient care and it’s counting on IBM Watson analytics technology to help it achieve these goals. Last month, the department began a pilot project to determine if Watson is up to the challenge as part of a $7 million contract with IBM. Over the next two Read more…

IBM, Jülich Explore Brain-Inspired Computing

Dec 10, 2014 |

In a recent blog entry, IBM’s Thorsten Mühge discusses the emerging field of “brain inspired computing” in the context of its potential to revolutionize the computer industry. The research area is taking off as an alternative to the current “Von Neumann” architecture, which extends back to 1945. Writes Mühge: “This design is extremely powerful for Read more…

Volunteers Contribute Spare Cycles to Ebola Research

Dec 4, 2014 |

IBM announced that its World Community Grid, now “powered by its SoftLayer cloud,” will provide free virtual supercomputing power to The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) to accelerate the screening of chemical compounds critical to stopping the deadly Ebola virus. Some treatments have been shown effective against Ebola, but scientists have not yet discovered its ultimate achilles Read more…

New Code Paradigms Cooking for CORAL

Dec 2, 2014 |

News of the massive CORAL procurement for the next generation pre-exascale systems stole headlines in November, but now that the excitement is simmering, many are beginning to ask critical questions about the architecture—and what it will mean for programmers trying to take advantage of the massive amount of memory, compute, and options to blend the Read more…

The Promise of Data-Centric Computing

Nov 10, 2014 |

Sick of big data? Not so fast. The age of the data-centric system has just begun. Tackling this subject in a recent blog is Tilak Agerwala, Vice President of Data Centric Systems at IBM Research. Agerwala observes: “Since the 1950s, the models studied by HPC systems have increased both in scale and in detail with Read more…