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Better Software Means Better Research

Oct 20, 2014 |

The Software Sustainability Institute started a petition at Change.org to raise awareness for the critical role that software plays in enabling world-class research. “We must accept that software is fundamental to research, or we will lose our ability to make groundbreaking discoveries,” reads the opening paragraph. “We have become accustomed to technological advances that would Read more…

ARL Researchers Win Software Design Contest

Oct 16, 2014 |

Researchers from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory’s Computational and Information Sciences Directorate (CISD) – David Richie and James Ross – won first place in an international software contest for their work on emulators. Their submission, Cycle-Accurate 8080 Emulation Using an ARM11 Processor with Dynamic Binary Translation, addresses some of the programming challenges of next generation Read more…

Autotune Software Promotes Greener Buildings

Sep 23, 2014 |

A new software effort underway at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) aims to make it quicker, easier and cheaper to model energy use of buildings. ORNL building researchers are developing software that will automatically calibrate models for simulating building energy use, thereby promoting greener design of residential and commercial buildings. The new “Autotune” calibration software Read more…

Exascale Resilience Turns a Corner

Jul 21, 2014 |

While advancing the field of HPC into the exascale era is beset by many obstacles, resiliency might be the most thorny of all. As the number of cores proliferate so too do the number of incorrect behaviors, threatening not just the operation of the machine, but the validity of the results as well. When you Read more…

Diversity Divides the HPC Middleware Market

Jun 5, 2014 |

There’s nothing simple about defining middleware to begin with, but that process gets far more complex when the goal is to paint a broad picture of trends around such a nebulous set of tools. Despite the enormity of the task, HPC analyst group, Intersect360 Research, tied together a wealth of findings around a comprehensive definition Read more…

Tool Eases Application Performance Modeling

May 12, 2014 |

As extracting performance increases from hardware gets more difficult and expensive, the collective attention of the HPC industry turns to software. One of the many focal points on the road to extreme-scale computing is software that is more user-friendly. In line with this mandate, a team of computer scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have developed the Read more…

Programming for Unreliable Hardware

Nov 11, 2013 |

As transistors approach sub-atomic sizes, reliability is increasingly jeopardized. Chipmakers keep figuring out technical workarounds to the miniaturization problem; however, prevailing wisdom maintains that current manufacturing techniques will sooner or later run out of steam, and Moore’s Law – the prediction that has yielded huge increases in semiconductor performance for nearly five decades – will 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…

Controlling Soft Errors at Scale

Oct 2, 2013 |

There are many important issues when it comes to advancing the field of HPC toward the exascale era, but among all these variables, there are about five or so sticking points that really stand-out: one of these is controlling for soft errors. As the number of cores per machine increases, incorrect behaviors, known as soft Read more…

ADIOS Team Wins Award

Sep 4, 2013 |

In this fast-moving field, certain HPC software projects manage to both stand out and stand the test of time, and that’s the case with ADIOS, an open-source middleware developed to handle big data workloads…