The Organization of American States (OAS) has been called the UN of the Americas and it is involved in everything from food security to supercomputing. It is the prime political forum of the western hemisphere and the world’s oldest regional organization.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/NCSA_NSF_small.jpg” alt=”” width=”85″ height=”85″ />NSF and NCSA recently commissioned a study to see whether improvements in the science inside applications and other factors could help industrial HPC users. Merle Giles, director of NCSA’s Private Sector Program, discusses the findings with HPCwire.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/Earth_ocean_simulation.bmp” alt=”” width=”128″ height=”86″ />In a report published this week, researchers documented that GPU-equipped supercomputers enabled application speedups between 1.4x and 6.1x across a range of well-known science codes. While those results aren’t the order of magnitude performance increases that were being bandied about in the early days of GPU computing, the researchers were encouraged that the technology is producing consistently good results with some of the most popular HPC science applications in the world.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/Cray_XE6_small.jpg” alt=”” width=”107″ height=”52″ />Two of Cray’s more notable achievements in 2011 — the contract win of the “Blue Waters” supercomputer re-bid and the addition of a high-performance storage line — are reaping dividends in 2012. In this interview with Barry Bolding, Cray’s vice president of storage and data management, HPCwire takes a behind-the-scenes look at that unusual procurement and the company’s subsequent move into the storage business.
Adaptive Computing recently released a new version of Moab 7.0, both the HPC Suite (basic and enterprise editions) and also the Cloud Suite. While the workload management vendor has made important enhancements to its portfolio, what’s even more interesting is how these offerings fit into an increasingly cloud-based IT environment. This in-depth interview with Adaptive Computing CEO Robert Clyde and Chad Harrington, Adaptive’s vice president of marketing, shows how the company has leveraged its HPC roots to strengthen its cloud offerings.
NCSA chooses Globus Online as big data mover.
When Blue Waters comes online this year, scientists will be able to spend more time on actual research, thanks in part to Globus Online, a cloud-based managed file transfer service. The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) selected Globus Online for its ability to move and synchronize files reliably between multiple locations without the need to install complex software.
The supercomputing biz seems to have shaken off most of the after-effects of the global recession, with scads of new deployments large and small around the world. China, in particular, continued its big push into HPC, notching its first home-grown super. And Japan ushered in the era of 10-petaflop supercomputing this year with its world-beating K Computer. But, as always, not all the HPC news was rosy. Here are the top hits and misses for the year.
Wanted: 10-petaflop supercomputer. Willing to offer $300 million. Firm.
IBM has pulled the plug on Blue Waters, the 10-petaflop supercomputer that was to be delivered to NCSA. According to a joint statement issued by IBM and NCSA over the weekend, the contract was officially terminated on August 6, citing “increased financial and technical support by IBM beyond its original expectations.”