In 2011, South Carolina-based BMI Corp. worked with researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to develop a technology that improves the aerodynamics of long haul tractor trailers, thereby boosting fuel efficiency. Two years later, the company and the partnership are still going strong.
Anybody who drives one of Ford’s recent vehicles spends a little less money on gasoline thanks to HPC work the carmaker undertook with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where more than one million processor hours were spent getting a handle on the complex fluid dynamics governing airflow under the hood.
When the Jaguar supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory morphed into Titan in 2012, it delivered a huge increase in computational power. Recently, the ORNL’s parallel file system, called Spider, received a similar overhaul, and is in the process of emerging as Spider II.
Researchers are licking their chops with the potential to speed the execution of parallel applications on the largest supercomputers using Vampir, a performance tool that traces events and identifies problems in HPC applications.
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 …
<p>The impact of using supercomputers to solve complex calculations and simulate atomic structure behavior is tremendous, reducing some scientific research (such as this Germanium-72 experiment) from months to less than a week. In a short period of time scientists can now perform many more experiments and advance discovery in real-time.</p>
The Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) has been providing a diverse array of researchers with the ability to run petascale simulations on some of the world’s top systems. The group behind the effort released a report recently that highlighted some of the successes, offering a case for the power of simulation to advance science, industry and social goals like shifting to clean energy.
Researchers harnessed the Jaguar supercomputer to explore link between copper and a chronic degenerative disease.
The Weekly Top Five features the five biggest HPC stories of the week, condensed for your reading pleasure. This week, we cover Argonne’s new 10-petaflop supercomputer, big rig aerodynamics, Austria’s new 150-teraflop supercomputer, Whamcloud’s partnership with Bull, and Bright Computing’s deal with Dell.
A researcher at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory thinks he can save $50 billion per year in fraud, waste and abuse in the nation’s public health care system. And that’s just for starters.