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Boosting HPC Access in SME Community

Apr 18, 2014 |

If you don’t reside within France or European borders you may not have heard of HPC-SME (or HPC-PME in French), yet this initiative – supported by GENCI, INRIA and French bank BPIFrance – has made significant inroads to increasing access to high-performance computing among French small-to-medium sized enterprises (SMEs). While the project is centered on Read more…

3D Tsunami Simulator Boosts Japan’s Emergency Preparedness

Apr 17, 2014 |

A partnership between Fujitsu and Tohoku University has paid off in the form of a precise tsunami forecasting system that will help make Japan more resilient to disasters, such as the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011, and the resulting tsunami that devastated the island nation. A collaboration between Fujitsu Limited and Tohoku Read more…

Earthquake Simulation Hits Petascale Milestone

Apr 15, 2014 |

German researchers are helping to push back the goalposts on large-scale simulation. Using the the IBM “SuperMUC” high performance computer at the Leibniz Supercomputing Center (LRZ), a cross-disciplinary team of computer scientists, mathematicians and geophysicists successfully scaled an earthquake simulation to more than one petaflop/s, i.e., one quadrillion floating point operations per second. The collaboration included participants Read more…

Workflow as a Service Expanding Beyond HPC

Mar 17, 2014 |

At the height of the first wave of the commercial cloud computing boom, around 2008, two HPC industry figures, Brian Schott and Robert Graybill, put their heads together to see how clouds might support high performance computing workloads. Their efforts led them to develop a “clearinghouse” for cloud-based HPC platforms and applications, which in turn Read more…

Product Design Strengthens HPC Ties

Jan 28, 2014 |

Increasingly, advanced computing technologies are embraced for their ability to bolster economic competitiveness. The advantages owed to a well-thought out and well-funded HPC strategy are embodied in the adage: to outcompute is to outcompete. One realm where the benefits of going digital have been especially prominent is product design. Over the last decade or so, Read more…

Crash Testing at Scale

Jan 14, 2014 |

Over on Cray’s blog site, the company’s manufacturing segment manager, Greg Clifford, writes about the performance of explicit structural applications at scale as a follow-up post to a blog on extreme scaling in CAE applications,” which shows such applications successfully scaling to over 10,000 cores. The new entry is concerned with the scaling performance of Read more…

Gordon Bell Prize Bubbles from Sequoia

Nov 22, 2013 |

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 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…

Titan Runs 15 Petaflop Superconductor Simulation

Nov 15, 2013 |

A research feature at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing website explores how sheer computing speed and algorithm improvements have put an international team of scientists in the running for this year’s Gordon Bell Prize. The team from ETH Zurich in Switzerland and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have performed simulations of high-temperature superconductors topping 15 Read more…