The Greek Research and Technology Network (GRNET) has signed a contract for the development of a high-performance computing system (HPC) to support large-scale scientific applications. The new system, which is expected to be up and running by the end of the year, marks a return to supercomputing for the country which hasn’t had a TOP500-level system since 2000. Read more…
Astrophysicists at the CEA (the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission) and CNRS (the French National Center for Scientific Research) have achieved a major breakthrough. Thanks to a set of highly precise supercomputer simulations, the scientists have a much keener understanding of the turbulence that is generated when two galaxies collide. The study used Read more…
PRACE is working directly with EU institutions, academia and industry to usher in the next frontier for HPC in Europe, to extend and leverage the benefits of advanced computing technology.
<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.
Thomas Eickermann of the JülichSupercomputing Center described the parallels between Europe’s PRACE organization and the US XSEDE program and highlighted the potential for the two groups to collaborate.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/Europe_map.png” alt=”” width=”70″ height=”72″ />In what is increasingly seen as a global competition for supercomputing capability, the European Commission this week put forth a plan to double its investment in high performance computing and deploy exascale machines before the end of the decade. The plan would increase Europe’s public HPC spend from €630 million to €1.2 billion and pump a greater share of the money into development, training, and creating “new centres of excellence.”
The Weekly Top Five features the five biggest HPC stories of the week, condensed for your reading pleasure. This week, we cover NERSC’s acceptance of its first petascale supercomputer, the potential for magnets to revolutionize computing; NCSA’s private sector supercomputer; the official debut of Australia’s MASSIVE supercomputer; and PRACE’s biggest supercomputing allocation yet.
The Weekly Top Five features the five biggest HPC stories of the week, condensed for your reading pleasure. This week, we cover TACC’s agreement with Intel to develop the company’s MIC processor line; SGI’s Japanese gigs; the High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart’s new Cray systems; the mapping of red blood cells in the brain; and the creation of better fusion models using the Jaguar supercomputer.
This week, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) announced its third petascale supercomputer for the organization’s Tier 0 research infrastructure. The upcoming machine, known as SuperMUC, will be built by IBM and is estimated to deliver 3 peak petaflops when it is deployed in 2012 at the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) in Garching, Germany.
Brits will only offer “resources and expertise” for PRACE’s supercomputing initiative.