This year at SC13 we counted over 100 HPC-specific announcements that hit the wires over the course of the week, many of which were from vendors, organizations and users that we were within a short walk across the show floor in Denver. We wanted to point to some of the key newsmakers during the show,
Each year at SC, the ACM hands out one of the most coveted awards, the Gordon Bell Prize. The award, which became a regular feature of SC, began in 1987 and now carries a $10,000 prize sponsored by parallel computing luminary, Gordon Bell. Winners demonstrate high peak performance figures on real world applications or demonstrate
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.,
Chalk up another win for Sequoia and high-performance computing. The IBM Blue Gene breaks two more records.
LLNL researchers have successfully harnessed all 1,572,864 of Sequoia’s cores for one impressive simulation.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/Stanford_jet_noise_simulation_150x.jpg” alt=”” width=”95″ height=”54″ />The 20 petaflop, third-generation IBM BlueGene system, Sequoia, may be the number two supercomputer according to the latest TOP500 rankings, but when it comes to max core usage, Sequoia has apparently set a new record. A team of Stanford engineers harnessed one million of Sequoia’s nearly 1.6 CPUs in parallel to solve a sophisticated fluid dynamics problem.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/Cardioid_code_image_LLNL_IBM_180x.jpg” alt=”” width=”92″ height=”90″ />The world’s fastest computer has created the fastest computer simulation of the human heart. The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Sequoia supercomputer, a TOP500 chart topper, was built to handle top secret nuclear weapons simulations, but before it goes behind the classified curtain, it is generating sophisticated cardiac simulations.
Big Blue sees green in mainstream high performance computing market.
Speeds reached by supercomputers are increasing ever more rapidly. “Sequoia,” the name of one such American project, looks set to overshadow all previous such systems.
Roadrunner and Jaguar, the DOE supercomputers that launched the petaflop era last year, will soon be eclipsed by new machines more than ten times as powerful. IBM and the US National Nuclear Security Administration announced on Tuesday that in 2011 Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will install a 20 petaflop system to provide computational support for the country’s aging nuclear weapons.