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Coursera Offers HPC Techniques to Scientific Computing

Apr 10, 2013 |

Randall J. Leveque, Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Washington in Seattle, will be conducting a free course that brings the principles of parallelism in high performance computers to those in scientific computing.

When Time Is of the Egress: Optimizing Your Transfers

Jul 31, 2012 |

Traditionally running scientific workloads in AWS provides a diverse toolkit that allows researchers to easily sling data around different time zones, regions, or even globally once the data is inside of the infrastructure sandbox. However, getting data in and out of AWS has historically been more of a challenge. Cycle Computing’s Andrew Kaczorek and Dan Harris offer some helpful tips on optimizing ingress and egress transfers.

Software Carpentry Revisited

Jul 18, 2011 |

Software engineering is still something that gets too little attention from the technical computing community, much to the detriment of the scientists and engineers writing the applications. Greg Wilson has been on a mission to remedy that, mainly through his efforts at Software Carpentry, where he is the project lead. HPCwire asked Wilson about the progress he’s seen over the last several years and what remains to be done.

Cloud-Driven Tools from Microsoft Research Target Earth, Life Sciences

Oct 19, 2010 |

Last week at their eScience Workshop at the University of California, Berkeley Microsoft Research announced two key technological progress points related to their Azure cloud. The advancements are currently serving researchers in ecological studies as well as biology and further demonstrate the potential of their cloud offering in further scientific computing projects.

Amazon Adds HPC Capability to EC2

Jul 13, 2010 |

The announcement this morning that Amazon is offering Cluster Compute Instances for EC2 specifically for the needs of HPC users might just be that long-awaited game-changer when it comes to the viability of scientific computing in the public cloud. While it is fresh from a private beta and the results are promising, only time will tell to what degree users will snatch up this opportunity to have supercomputing power on demand.

Supernova Factory Employs EC2, Puts Cloud to the Test

Jul 9, 2010 |

Researchers from Berkeley Lab are looking at different options available for scientific computing users to move beyond physical infrastructure, including the possibility of deploying public clouds. A recently-published study of Amazon EC2’s handling of data from the Nearby Supernova Factory sheds light on putting large-scale scientific computing into the cloud in practice and in theory.

Will Public Clouds Ever Be Suitable for HPC?

Jun 27, 2010 |

Since the primary consideration in HPC is performance, it stands to reason that it’s no easy task to convince the scientific computing community that the public cloud is a viable option. Accordingly, a handful of traditional HPC vendors are refining their solutions to bridge the cloud performance chasm that exists in EC2, making the cloud more hospitable for HPC.

Pico Computing Takes Scale-Up Approach to FPGAs

Feb 17, 2010 |

As high performance computing vendors polish their server and workstation portfolios with the latest multicore CPU and GPGPU wonders, Pico Computing is quietly making inroads into the HPC application space with its FPGA-based platforms. By picking the spots where reconfigurable computing makes the most sense, the company is looking to leverage its scalable FPGA technology to greatest effect.

No Flash in the Pan

Feb 3, 2010 |

In 2009, a number of early adopters in HPC got behind flash storage.

Are We Taking Supercomputing Code Seriously?

Jan 28, 2010 |

Striking a balance between science and software engineering.