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Canada’s Fastest Supercomputer Joins Ebola Fight

Nov 5, 2014 |

Canadian researchers have turned the country’s fastest supercomputer into an Ebola-fighting machine. There are no approved vaccines for Ebola yet, but Chematria, a startup supported by the University of Toronto, is hot on the trail of a drug that will put a stop to the deadly epidemic. Through a partnership with the University of Toronto Read more…

Air Force Stocks Its Supercomputing Arsenal

Oct 8, 2014 |

The Air Force Research Laboratory recently welcomed its newest supercomputer, a 1.28 petaflops Cray XC30 machine dubbed “Lightning,” nearly doubling its supercomputing power. Funded through the Department of Defense’s High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP), the $20.8 million supercomputer will push the boundaries on hypersonic flight, rocket propulsion and space situational awareness. Lightning joins “Spirit,” a Read more…

Deconstructing the Hummingbird’s Hover

Sep 2, 2014 |

Ever wonder how a hummingbird is able to hover in mid-air, appearing for a moment to defy the laws of gravity? You’re not alone. Vanderbilt University mechanical engineer Haoxiang Luo accessed the XSEDE’s Lonestar supercomputer to run 3D simulations of a hummingbird flight in an attempt to deconstruct its mysterious powers. Science Writer Jorge Salazar details Luo’s Read more…

Austrian Unis Stand Up Paraffin-Cooled Supercomputer

Jul 15, 2014 |

Despite stagnation at the upper echelon of supercomputing, countries around the world are continuing to invest in supercomputing as a tool for science and innovation. In Austria, several universities have joined forces to purchase an energy-efficient supercomputer that relies on oil immersion to keep cool. Eight Austrian universities are participating in the project and will share the supercomputing resource, Read more…

Greece to Deploy Supercomputer by Year End

Jul 8, 2014 |

The Greek Research and Technology Network (GRNET) has signed a contract for the development of a high-performance computing system (HPC) to support large-scale scientific applications. The new system, which is expected to be up and running by the end of the year, marks a return to supercomputing for the country which hasn’t had a TOP500-level system since 2000. Read more…

University of Arizona Welcomes ‘El Gato’ Supercomputer

Jun 2, 2014 |

Researchers at the University of Arizona now have a world-class supercomputing system to help them unlock the secrets of the universe. “El Gato” – which is short for the Extremely LarGe AdvancedTechnOlogy system – was acquired via a $1.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The 145-teraflops system achieved a 336 ranking on the Read more…

Fastest Supercomputer Runs Ubuntu, OpenStack

May 27, 2014 |

Although cloud is still widely considered a technology for the masses, the proliferation of cloud within HPC now goes all the way to the highest echelons of supercomputing. China’s National University of Defense Technology (NUDT), which oversees reining TOP500 chart-topper, Tianhe-2, and Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, have entered into a partnership to support both Ubuntu Read more…

New Zealand Research Supercomputer Hacked

May 27, 2014 |

Representatives of New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) revealed that the organization’s IBM Power 575 supercomputer, known as FitzRoy, is back online after being switched off following a cyber attack late last week. The 18-tonne, $12.7 million IBM supercomputer was taken offline as a precautionary measure after hackers made several attempts to access the Read more…

35,000-Core Aussie Supercomputer to Feature ‘Haswell’ Chips

May 13, 2014 |

Western Australian research organization iVEC has revealed that its latest-generation Cray XC30 will be decked out with 35,000 Intel cores when a scheduled upgrade is completed later this year. According to the 2012 plan, Magnus, the phase 2 system installed at the Pawsey Centre in Perth, Western Australia, will employ a combination of Intel Ivy Bridge, Read more…

Researchers Create 3D Map of Czech Cities

Apr 29, 2014 |

Researchers at the IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Centre in the Czech Republic are working with Czech Internet portal Seznam.cz to create textured 3D city maps for the Mapy.cz portal. Making all this possible is the center’s new supercomputer, named Anselm after a legendary local industrialist from the city of Ostrava, where the system is located. The Read more…