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DOE Supercomputing Aims for 100-200 PFLOPS in 2017

Jan 16, 2014 |

In a recent post on Atomic City Underground, Frank Munger examines the progress made by the CORAL project, which HPCwire detailed last year. CORAL – which stands for Collaboration of Oak Ridge, Argonne and Livermore – formed so that Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Argonne (ANL) and Lawrence Livermore (LLNL) – could combine forces when Read more…

Supercomputing Fundamental to SKA Project

Dec 12, 2013 |

First proposed in 1991, the Square-Kilometer Array (SKA) project seeks to build and operate the largest radio telescope in the world to peer into the deepest recesses of the cosmos. Instead of seeing light waves, the SKA telescope will turn radio waves into images. The array will be 50 times more sensitive than any other Read more…

SC13 Talk Pushes HPC in New Educational Directions

Nov 19, 2013 |

According to Dr. Thom Dunning from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, science and engineering research has been revolutionized by computation but, to date computing has largely been used to organize, prepare for and disseminate courses. Dunning says that “The potential of using these technologies to teach students the fundamental principles of a subject through authentic Read more…

SC13 Research Highlight: Extreme Scale Plasma Turbulence Simulation

Nov 16, 2013 |

As the global energy economy makes the transition from fossil fuels toward cleaner alternatives, fusion becomes an attractive potential solution for satisfying the growing needs. Fusion energy, which is the power source for the sun, can be generated on earth, for example, in magnetically-confined laboratory plasma experiments (called “tokamaks”) when the isotopes of hydrogen (e.g., Read more…

SC13 Research Highlight: Petascale DNS of Turbulent Channel Flow

Nov 15, 2013 |

Whether a car on the highway, a plane flying through the air, or a ship in the ocean, all of these transport systems move through fluids. And in nearly all cases, the fluid flowing around these vehicles will be turbulent. With over 20% of global energy consumption expended on transportation, the large fraction of the Read more…

Hurricane Force Supercomputing: Petascale Simulations of Sandy

Nov 14, 2013 |

The devastation incurred by the landfall of Hurricane Sandy on the northeast coast of the United States just over one year ago exemplifies the need for further advances in accuracy and reliability in numerical weather prediction. High resolution numerical weather simulations carried out on hundreds of thousands of processors on the largest supercomputers, Blue Waters in this case, are providing these very insights.

NASA Earth Science Data Now Available on AWS

Nov 12, 2013 |

NASA and Amazon Web Services have joined forces to provide an easier and more efficient way for researchers to access and process earth science data. A large collection of climate and earth science satellite data produced by the NASA Earth Exchange (NEX) will now be freely available to research and educational users as well as citizen Read more…

Software Pinpoints Disease-Causing Genes

Oct 28, 2013 |

In what’s being heralded as a breakthrough in bioinformatics research, European researchers have developed a new software suite, called eXtasy, that automatically generates the most likely cause of a given genetic disorder. A team of scientists from iMinds, STADIUS, and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven) built the new tool using advanced artificial intelligence techniques that Read more…

The Coming Age of Browser-based Research

Oct 28, 2013 |

Will Web-based solutions comprise the future of academia? The benefits of a unified, sharable, scalable dataset make for a compelling case. A recent article from Mark Hahnel, the founder of Figshare, notes that the cloud “is becoming more and more attractive as a place where all products of academia should live.” Writes Hahnel: The cloud, with its Read more…

Biomedicine Soars on HPC’s Wings

Sep 30, 2013 |

Computing and simulation methods have had a transformative effect on science and research. At a recent conference, prominent experts in biomedicine gathered to discuss HPC’s role in transforming the field.