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MIT Spinoff Speeds 3D Engineering Simulations

Aug 28, 2014 |

Even the most powerful supercomputers cannot be productive without suitable operating software and applications. In engineering, finite element analysis (FEA) is used to create 3D digital models of large structures to simulate how they perform under different real-world conditions (stress, vibration, heat, etc.). The challenge of modeling large-scale structures, such as mining equipment, buildings, and oil Read more…

An Easier, Faster Programming Language?

Jun 18, 2014 |

The HPC community has turned out supercomputers surpassing tens of petaflops of computing power by stringing together thousands of multicore processors, often in tandem with accelerators like NVIDIA GPUs and Intel Phi coprocessors. Of course, these multi-million dollar systems are only as useful as the programs that run on them, and developing applications that can Read more…

Simulation Details 13.8 Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution

May 7, 2014 |

Astrophysicists and cosmologists have come up with a new time-lapse simulation of the universe’s evolution that is the most comprehensive and detailed yet. The Illustris simulation, as it’s called, spans 13.8 billion years of cosmic evolution and follows thousands of galaxies taking into account gravity, hydrodynamics, cooling, the course of stellar population and other complex Read more…

Research Advances on Key Quantum Computing Elements

Apr 11, 2014 |

Equal parts fascinating and confounding, the field of quantum computing keeps making headway. Two exciting developments are described in the current issue of Nature, one from a collaboration between Harvard University and MIT researchers and the other from the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Germany. Their work concerns the fundamental building blocks that Read more…

Managing Memory at Multicore

Sep 18, 2013 |

With the advance of multicore and manycore processors, managing caches becomes more difficult. Researchers at MIT suggest that it might make sense to let software, rather than hardware, manage these high-speed on-chip memory banks.

MIT Works toward Cloud Data Protection

Jul 7, 2013 |

Ensuring the security of one’s information in the cloud has proven to be problematic. Researchers at MIT sought to combat that security risk in proposing the building of Ascend, a hardware component that can be coupled with cloud servers and prevents two types of security risks on public information.

Intermolecular Lends Genomics Data to Materials Project

Jun 26, 2013 |

The hunt for new and useful materials got a big boost this week when Intermolecular agreed to lend its advanced combinational processing technology to the Materials Project, a materials-discovery computing project launched by Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

What Will the Sequester Mean to HPC (and Federal) Research?

Mar 20, 2013 |

<img src=”” 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.

The Week in HPC Research

Mar 14, 2013 |

<img src=”” alt=”” width=”93″ height=”61″ />The top research stories of the week include the 2012 Turing Prize winners; an examination of MIC acceleration in short-range molecular dynamics simulations; a new computer model to help predict the best HIV treatment; the role of atmospheric clouds in climate change models; and more reliable HPC cloud computing.

StarCluster 101

Mar 1, 2013 |

Create DIY HPC clusters in the Amazon cloud with the StarCluster toolkit. Here’s how.