Tag: supercomputing

Is US Falling Behind in Supercomputing and Exascale?

Jan 29, 2015 |

Few dispute the importance of supercomputing to U.S. competitiveness. The argument is around whether current government efforts – primarily through the Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) program within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) – are effective and sufficient or wasteful and excessive. Yesterday, a panel of HPC experts testifying at a U.S. House of Read more…

Simulated Universe Sheds Light on Dark Matter

Jan 6, 2015 |

While philosophers debate whether our universe, and all of us in it, may exist solely within a giant computer simulation, scientists at Durham University turned the idea of a virtual universe into reality. Hoping to gain a better understanding of the mechanisms that give rise to stars, galaxies and even dark matter, astronomers from Durham Read more…

SGI Scores Second DoD Deal in Two Months

Dec 18, 2014 |

SGI was awarded a contract worth $30,750,000 to supply the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) with a 3.9 petaflops SGI ICE X supercomputer. This is the second time in the last two months that SGI has inked a major deal with the Department of Defense (DoD) for its ICE product. Both awards were allocated through Read more…

IBM, Jülich Explore Brain-Inspired Computing

Dec 10, 2014 |

In a recent blog entry, IBM’s Thorsten Mühge discusses the emerging field of “brain inspired computing” in the context of its potential to revolutionize the computer industry. The research area is taking off as an alternative to the current “Von Neumann” architecture, which extends back to 1945. Writes Mühge: “This design is extremely powerful for Read more…

How the US Could Achieve Superconducting Supercomputing in Five Years

Dec 9, 2014 |

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) has officially commenced a multi-year research effort to develop a superconducting computer as a long-term solution to the power, cooling and space constraints that afflict modern high-performance computing. First revealed in February 2013, when the agency put out a call for proposals, the Cryogenic Computer Complexity (C3) program Read more…

Jysoo Lee Rates Progress on Korea’s National Supercomputing Plan

Dec 8, 2014 |

Korea plans to be in the top seven nations of supercomputing by 2017, and Dr. Jysoo Lee, as director general of the recently established National Institute of Supercomputing and Networking (NISN) within KISTI (the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information), is one of the key figures advancing this goal. Dr. Lee also serves as chief Read more…

Japan Concludes Exascale Feasibility Study

Dec 3, 2014 |

One of the leading contenders in the race to establish an exascale supercomputer has published the results of a feasibility study began in 2012, exploring ways to achieve high-bandwidth sufficient for coming memory-intensive applications. Japan’s Feasibility Study of Future HPCI (High Performance Computing Infrastructure) systems, launched by MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology), set out with Read more…

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…