Scientists at GE Global Research are using the multi-petaflop Titan supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to study the way that ice forms as water droplets come in contact with cold surfaces. They are working to develop “icephobic” materials that prevent ice formation and accumulation.
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.
Getting scientific applications to scale across Titan’s 300,000 compute cores means there will be bugs. Finding those bugs is where Allinea DDT comes in.
<img src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/argonne_crop.jpg” 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.
When it comes to Titan’s final acceptance testing, ONRL says not so fast.
<img src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/puzzle.jpg” alt=”” width=”95″ height=”95″ />The TOP500 list provides a valuable source of information to the HPC community. But every year, some of the data requested by the organizers is missing. And wouldn’t it be a good idea to add some new data points to the list?
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/doe-logo-small.png” alt=”” width=”96″ height=”96″ />The national labs at Oak Ridge, Argonne and Lawrence Livermore are banding together for their next refresh of supercomputers. In late 2016 or early 2017, all three Department of Energy (DOE) centers are looking to deploy their first 100-plus petaflop systems, which will serve as precursors to their exascale machine further down the line. The labs will issue a request for proposal (RFP) later this year with the goal of awarding the work to two prime subcontractors.