Tag: supercomputing

Podcast: Industry Leaders on the Promise & Peril of NSCI

Aug 27, 2015 |

Five senior executives from Cray, HP, IBM, Intel and SGI weigh in on the new National Strategic Computing Initiative’s (NSCI) prospects in this exclusive HPCwire podcast. Discussion ranged widely from the need for long-term funding for leading edge technology, to the software industry’s past slowness to get involved with advancing hardware technology development, to fostering Read more…

Tianhe-1A Shuts Down After Deadly Double Blast

Aug 13, 2015 |

Citing safety and security concerns following an industrial accident that killed more than 50 people and injured hundreds more in northeast China on Wednesday night, officials have shut down Tianhe-1A, the supercomputer that heralded China’s rise into the elite fold of supercomputing in 2010. The machine is housed inside the National Supercomputing Center of Tianjin, on the Read more…

XSEDE15 Wrapup Emphasizes Strong Student Focus

Aug 10, 2015 |

The XSEDE15 Conference was held in St. Louis, Mo., from July 26-30. The fourth annual conference showcased the discoveries, innovations, challenges and achievements of those who use and support XSEDE resources and services, as well as other digital resources and services throughout the world, like supercomputers and help services. The host hotel, the Renaissance St. Read more…

New National HPC Strategy Is Bold, Important and More Daunting than US Moonshot

Aug 6, 2015 |

“In order to maximize the benefits of HPC for economic competitiveness and scientific discovery, the United States Government must create a coordinated Federal strategy in HPC research, development, and deployment.” With these words, the President of the United States established the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI) through Executive Order to implement this whole-of-government strategy in Read more…

Japan Takes Top Three Spots on Green500 List

Aug 4, 2015 |

Japan, the island nation renowned for its energy and space-saving design prowess, just nabbed the top three spots on the latest Green500 list and claimed eight of the 20 top spots. The Shoubu supercomputer from RIKEN took top honors on the 17th edition of the twice-yearly listing, becoming the first TOP500-level supercomputer to surpass the Read more…

White House Launches National HPC Strategy

Jul 30, 2015 |

Yesterday’s executive order by President Barack Obama creating a National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI) is not only powerful acknowledgment of the vital role HPC plays in modern society but is also indicative of government’s mounting worry that failure to coordinate and nourish HPC development on a broader scale would put the nation at risk. Not Read more…

Gearing Up for the Cluster of Tomorrow

Jul 23, 2015 |

While the shifting architectural landscape of elite supercomputing gets a lot of the spotlight especially around TOP500 time, cluster computing has grown to comprise more than three-quarters of the HPC market. At a joint Cray-IDC webinar held earlier today, the partners discussed how clusters, and specifically scale-out “cluster supercomputers,” are evolving in ways that can benefit from supercomputing technology. Steve Conway, Read more…

Filippo Mantovani on What’s Next for Mont-Blanc and ARM

Jul 6, 2015 |

Firing up the Mont-Blanc prototype in mid-June at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) was a significant milestone in the European effort to base HPC systems on energy efficient architecture. Mont-Blanc program coordinator Filippo Mantovani was quoted in the release announcing the prototype saying, “Now the challenge starts because with this platform we can foresee how Read more…

Dell Aims PowerEdge C-Series Platform for HPC and Beyond

Jun 30, 2015 |

Dell has positioned its latest PowerEdge C-series platform to meet the needs of both traditional HPC and the hyperscale market. The recently hatched PowerEdge C6320 is outfitted with the latest generation Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors, providing up to 18 cores per socket (144 cores per 2U chassis), up to 512GB of DDR4 memory and Read more…

New Sandia Director Jill Hruby Transcends Glass Ceiling

Jun 24, 2015 |

Sandia National Laboratories has named Jill Hruby to its highest post. When Hruby officially take the reins of the nation’s largest laboratory on July 17, she becomes Sandia’s 14th director in its 60-plus year history as well as the first woman to lead one of the three National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) laboratories. As director of Read more…

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