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Tianhe-2, The Arena for ASC14 Student Supercomputer Challenge

Mar 27, 2014 |

A few days ago, 2014 ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge (hereafter ASC14) announced that the 16 ASC14 finalists will compete an application scalability on the Tianhe-2 supercomputer, which is moved to the Sun Yat-Sen University very recently. While, it is the first time that Tianhe 2, or any other giant supercomputer, will be used in a Read more…

‘Edison’ Lights Up Research at NERSC

Jan 31, 2014 |

The National Energy Research Scientific Computing (NERSC) Center, located at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, has taken acceptance of “Edison,” a Cray XC30 supercomputer named in honor of famed American inventor Thomas Alva Edison. The important milestone occurs just as NERSC is commemorating 40 years of scientific advances, prompting NERSC Director Sudip Dosanjh to comment: “As Read more…

Hobbyists Recreate Lost Cray Supercomputer

Jan 17, 2014 |

Nearly four decades ago, the pioneering computer architect Seymour Cray created one of the most successful and iconic supercomputers ever made, the Cray-1. This 5.5-ton C-shaped tower was a popular sight in laboratories since its release in 1976 throughout the 1980s, but eventually advances in supercomputing gave way to more powerful number crunchers. While all Read more…

Window in Time Opens to CERN’s Supercomputing History

Jan 14, 2014 |

Yesterday, we brought you a story about the iconic CDC 6500 supercomputer, which is currently undergoing restoration at the Living Computer Museum in Seattle. The CDC 6500 system, built by Control Data Corporation in 1967, was part of the CDC 6000 line, designed by Seymour Cray in the 1960s. The most famous of these was Read more…

Museum to Resurrect First-Gen Supercomputer

Jan 13, 2014 |

The Living Computer Museum in downtown Seattle recently welcomed a supercomputing classic to its collection. Arriving at the museum in three separate bays, tipping the scales at 4,000 lbs each, was a blast from supercomputing’s past: the CDC 6500 system, a first-generation supercomputer built by Control Data Corporation in 1967. The CDC 6000 series machines Read more…

GPUs Speed Early Science Apps

Jan 6, 2014 |

Researchers working with the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility’s (OLCF’s) Titan supercomputer are making the most of the system’s hybrid design, which pairs traditional CPUs with highly-parallel GPUs. As the fastest computer in the United States, Titan has a max theoretical speed of 27 petaflops, but as a recent OLCF article points out, “Titan is Read more…

Met Office Maps Storm Days in Advance

Oct 29, 2013 |

The MET Office, the UK’s National Weather Service, relies on more than 10 million weather observations from sites around the world, a sophisticated atmospheric model and a £30 million IBM supercomputer to generate 3,000 tailored forecasts every day. Thanks to this advanced forecasting system, climate scientists were able to predict the size and path of Read more…

Theoretical Physicists Still Unraveling Big Bang

Oct 1, 2013 |

It’s one of the most essential questions, which speaks to the very fact of our existence: why is the universe made of matter?

NREL Debuts Peregrine Supercomputer

Sep 16, 2013 |

Energy Secretary Dr. Ernest Moniz and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Director Arvizu have unveiled the DOE’s newest supercomputer, Peregrine. This innovative liquid-cooled supercomputer is housed at NREL’s Energy Systems Integration Facility in Golden, Colorado.

DOE Sets Exascale Pricetag

Sep 16, 2013 |

The United States Department of Energy has announced a plan to field an exascale system by 2022, but says in order to meet this objective it will require an investment of $1 billion to $1.4 billion for targeted research and development.