Tag: supercomputing

Gravitational Waves Detected! Historic LIGO Success Strikes Chord with Larry Smarr

Feb 12, 2016 |

By now you’ve likely heard that scientists reported detecting the long-sought gravitational waves; this is roughly a 100 years since their prediction by Einstein’s theory of general relativity and more than 20 years since first funding for the LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) project to find them. You can safely assume the National Science Read more…

Getting ready for KNL? Take a Lesson from NERSC on Optimizing

Feb 10, 2016 |

NERSC is beginning to tell the world how to optimize applications to run on the new Intel Xeon Phi processors, code name Knights Landing (KNL), that will boot in self-hosted mode to power over 9,300 nodes of the Cori supercomputer by the summer of 2016. Indeed, general availability of KNL is expected before the end Read more…

Final Obama Budget Lauds Innovation, Unlocks NSCI Funding

Feb 10, 2016 |

On Tuesday, President Obama released his fiscal year 2017 budget, the final budget of his administration. Broadly focused on America’s economic prosperity and national security goals, the $4.1 trillion spending plan for fiscal year 2017 emphasizes a great number of grand challenges that require robust investments in research and development (R&D); innovation; and STEM education. The science, Read more…

Biomedical Simulation at PSC Gets Major Performance Boost with Anton 2

Feb 5, 2016 |

Simulating even small biological systems has long proven computationally difficult. Practically speaking, data-driven bioinformatics such as DNA sequence analysis has progressed more rapidly. Development of Anton 1, the ASIC-based supercomputer specifically designed for simulating molecular dynamics by D. E. Shaw Research (DESRES) in 2008, was a major advance. In 2010 DESRES provided an Anton machine Read more…

HZDR Researchers Use Titan to Simulate Tumor Targeting

Jan 26, 2016 |

Efforts to attack tumors with a wide variety of particles – protons and various ions, for example – has a long history. The benefit is these particles typically damage only the target tissue and not surrounding tissue. Unfortunately, these beams come from bulky particle accelerators, which make the treatment cost prohibitive for many patients. An Read more…

Argonne Paves the Way for Future Systems

Jan 14, 2016 |

Last April, the third and final piece of the CORAL acquisition program clicked into place when the U.S. Department of Energy signed a $200 million supercomputing contract with Intel to supply Argonne National Laboratory with two next-generation Cray supercomputers: an 8.5-petaflop “Theta” system based on Knights Landing (KNL) and a much larger 180-petaflop “Aurora” supercomputer. The staff Read more…

Deep Learning, Ocean Modeling, and HPCG Come to ASC16 Student Supercomputer Challenge

Jan 14, 2016 |

ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge 2016 (ASC16) announced details of the Preliminary Contest last week. College students from around the world are being asked to design a high performance computer (HPC) system that optimizes with both HPCG and MASNUM_WAM applications under 3000W as well as to conduct a DNN performance optimization on a standalone hybrid CPU+MIC Read more…

DDN’s Alex Bouzari on Beating Moore’s Law

Jan 13, 2016 |

As 2015 was in its home stretch, DataDirect Networks (DDN) refreshed its high performance SFA block storage line with the launch of SFA14K and SFA14KE, formerly codenamed “Wolfcreek.” DDN also took the wraps off its Infinite Memory Engine (IME14K), which leverages solid state and nonvolatile memory technologies to create a data caching tier between processor and Read more…

SGI and DDN Notch Big Wins at National Center for Atmospheric Research

Jan 11, 2016 |

The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) will install a new 5.34 petaflops supercomputer – Cheyenne – from SGI and a 20PB high performance storage system from DataDirect Networks, both companies announced today. Cheyenne, an SGI ICE XA system, is expected to be operational in early 2017 and will be powered by more than 7000 Read more…

Cray’s Barry Bolding on 2016 Trends Including Big Data and the HPC Productivity Imperative

Jan 4, 2016 |

Cray doesn’t do Top500 press releases says Barry Bolding, Cray SVP and Chief Strategy Officer. Not a bad strategy when you don’t have to: five Crays are in the Top Ten of the latest Top500 list (Nov. 2015) including the two newest machines (Trinity (DOE) and Hazel-Hen (HLRS)). Media coverage and market notice are inevitable. Read more…