Tag: supercomputing

US Leadership Steps Up Supercomputing Commitment

Dec 3, 2014 |

On November 14, US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz announced two new high performance computing (HPC) awards, the first program to set a solid stake in the ground for the attainment of US exascale computing. A video of that presentation is now available for public viewing. As we covered previously, Secretary Moniz revealed that the Read more…

Supercomputing Project Floats Higher-Res Climate Model

Dec 2, 2014 |

The ability to predict regional sea level changes over the next few decades takes on greater urgency as global carbon emissions continue to rise. The situation is especially dire in the Netherlands, which has large land masses below sea level. Understanding how regional sea level in the eastern North Atlantic will be affected by changes Read more…

NASA Debuts Stunning CO2 Visualization

Nov 25, 2014 |

In keeping with the SC spirit of HPC matters, we wanted to share another amazing example of supercomputing in action. Last week, NASA officials released the first ever ultra-high-resolution computer model of global atmospheric carbon dioxide. The simulation, which can be seen below, depicts the puffs and swirls of carbon dioxide as it circumnavigates the globe. While we wrote about Read more…

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…