Tag: supercomputing

SC14 Hits a High Note in New Orleans

Nov 24, 2014 |

The 26th annual Supercomputing Conference (SC14) was a show to remember. The six day event brought together more than 10,000 attendees to the expansive Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, La., last week, breaking a few records and establishing several firsts for the high-profile conference series. If you were one of the 10,198 registered attendees at the Read more…

Why HPC Matters

Nov 19, 2014 |

When the SC14 show floor opened in New Orleans Monday night, signage everywhere proclaimed this year’s theme: HPC Matters. The new program, first announced at last year’s show in Denver, is all about broader engagement. It’s about getting the word out to the public – to policymakers, educators and regular people – about the role HPC Read more…

The Countdown to the Next Gordon Bell Prize

Nov 17, 2014 |

With so much on the menu at SC with its exceptional program of technical papers, tutorials, research posters, and Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) sessions, it’s difficult to choose the best part, but it’s safe to say that the Gordon Bell Prize is not just a highlight of SC, it’s one of the highest honors in HPC. Every year Read more…

CORAL Signals New Dawn for Exascale Ambitions

Nov 14, 2014 |

Just when it started to look as though the architectural course had been set for the next wave of large-scale supercomputers, today offered quite a shakeup to the standard. And it’s not just the amount spent to turn a novel architecture into a pre-exascale reality, although to be fair, it’s rare indeed to see a Read more…

UK Project Tackles Bike Helmet Safety

Nov 13, 2014 |

There are certain HPC projects that stand out for their ability to help humankind in practical ways. One recent example of such a project combines state-of-the-art 3D printing and supercomputing technology to develop next generation bicycle helmets that can reduce the risk of serious brain injury. Cardiff University colleagues Dr. Peter Theobald and Dr. Philip Read more…

Climate Modeling Approaches ‘Golden Age’

Nov 12, 2014 |

High-performance computing is facing some of its toughest challenges yet, but supercomputing is also yielding better results than ever before. When it comes to climate science, for example, researchers are reporting higher resolutions and truer simulations. According to one Berkeley Lab researcher, climate science is on the verge of a golden age. As described in Read more…

LANL Showcases Supercomputing History

Nov 12, 2014 |

Los Alamos National Laboratory is celebrating 100. Not 100 years, but 100 supercomputers. The center that is best known for its role supporting national security for the last seven decades is also widely hailed as a premier supercomputing site. “Computing power for our Laboratory’s national security mission is a huge part of our proud legacy, and Read more…

DOE HPC: A Change Is Coming

Nov 10, 2014 |

On June 18-19, representatives from six DOE HPC centers met in Oakland, Calif., for the DOE High Performance Operational Review (HPCOR) to discuss the best way to support large-scale data-driven scientific discovery at the DOE national laboratories. Attendees were asked for their feedback on current and future requirements as well as challenges, opportunities and best practices Read more…

Poland Steps Up Supercomputing Game

Oct 30, 2014 |

Earlier this month, Gdańsk University of Technology declared plans to build the fastest supercomputer in Poland, a $9 million project developed via a partnership with companies Megatel and Action. The contract marks the first time Poland will have a computing cluster in excess of a petaflops. The consortium expects the 1.2 petaflops system will be Read more…

Northern Ireland Welcomes First HPC Service

Oct 16, 2014 |

Northern Ireland’s first high performance computing service was revealed today, bringing significant competitive advantage to local businesses and researchers that can benefit from the application of high performance computing. Representatives from Fujitsu and the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister celebrated the unveiling of the £1.1 million High Performance Computing service at Read more…