For the largest computer systems in the world, keeping IT assets safe presents a unique set of challenges.
As NCSA’s Blue Waters supercomputer approaches full service status, we thought it would be appropriate to see how the machine was built.
On the lighter side of HPC, here’s a video explaining what supercomputers do.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/Blue_Waters_NCSA.jpg” alt=”” width=”110″ height=”53″ />NCSA’s Blue Waters system is one of the fastest supercomputers in the world, but it won’t be appearing on the TOP500 list, nor will it be taking part in the HPC Challenge awards. HPCwire spoke with Project Director Bill Kramer to get the full story on this important decision.
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/OAS_logo_150x.jpg” alt=”” width=”92″ height=”91″ />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.