Tag: supercomputing

First Use of HPC to Pick Vendors in Army Procurement Program

Apr 29, 2015 |

Over the next 25 to 40 years, the U.S. Army plans to replace its entire fleet of vertical lift helicopters, a project costing billions of taxpayer dollars. For the first time, HPC modeling was decisive in reducing the number of hopeful competing vendors – AVX Aircraft, Bell Helicopter, Karem Aircraft, and Sikorsky/Boeing – from four Read more…

25th New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge Winners Announced

Apr 23, 2015 |

This week more than 200 New Mexico students and their teachers gathered together at Los Alamos National Laboratory for the 25th annual New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge expo and awards ceremony. The project-based event, open to high school, middle school and elementary school students in New Mexico, is geared to teaching a wide range of skills, Read more…

Application Readiness at the DOE, Part I: Oak Ridge Advances Toward Summit

Apr 16, 2015 |

At the 56th HPC User Forum, hosted by IDC in Norfolk, Va., this week, three panelists from major government labs discussed how they are getting science applications ready for the coming crop of Department of Energy (DOE) supercomputers, which in addition to being five-to-seven times faster than today’s fastest big iron machines, constitute significant architectural changes. Titled “The Who-What-When of Getting Applications Ready to Read more…

Supercomputing Impacts Deep Water Oil Rig Safety

Apr 13, 2015 |

As even a casual newswatcher knows, offshore drilling can be a dangerous enterprise. Among the safety hazards is the ocean itself with its unpredictable and sometimes intense currents exerting forces on the floating platform. Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory used advanced simulation software to help improve the safety of ultra-deep floating oil rigs by studying how the surrounding currents Read more…

Last But Not Least: Argonne’s $200 Million Supercomputing Award

Apr 9, 2015 |

A supercomputer named Aurora is on track to become the fastest system in the United States and possibly the world. Just a few hours ago, DOE Undersecretary Franklin “Lynn” Orr, announced that Intel Corp. and Cray Inc. had been selected to supply Argonne National Laboratory with a 180 petaflops system, Aurora, and a secondary system of about Read more…

Four Chinese Supercomputing Orgs Named on US Blacklist

Apr 8, 2015 |

HPCwire has uncovered that four Chinese organizations, including the National University of Defense Technology, which used US-manufactured parts to produce the current fastest supercomputer, Tianhe-2, were placed on the United States’ Entity List on February 18, 2015, meaning that found to be acting contrary to the interests of the US.

Supercomputing Sheds Light on Party Polarization

Apr 7, 2015 |

What can supercomputers tell us about the way that government operates, or in some cases doesn’t operate? Quite a bit, actually. In a new feature piece on the Texas Advanced Computing Center website, science writer Makeda Easter shares how one TACC researcher is using the center’s Stampede supercomputer to analyze the link between federal spending priorities Read more…

India Greenlights $730 Million Supercomputing Grid

Mar 26, 2015 |

The Indian government has approved a seven-year supercomputing program worth $730 million (Rs. 4,500-crore) intended to restore the nation’s status as a world-class computing power. The prime mandate of the National Supercomputing Mission, first revealed last October, is the construction of a vast supercomputing grid connecting academic and R&D institutions and select departments and ministries. The Read more…

Seismic Supercomputer Balloons to Five Petaflops — This One’s a Cray

Mar 25, 2015 |

When it comes to oil and gas supercomputers, the ante has been upped once again. In the past couple years, energy giants BP, Total and Eni have rolled out mega supercomputing centers, and now Norwegian oil and gas company Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) has outdone them all with a 5-petaflops Cray XC40 supercomputer and a Cray Read more…

Making the Case for HPC Just Got Easier

Mar 24, 2015 |

A new study highlights the importance of locally available supercomputers to university research. Authored by a cross-disciplinary team of experts from Clemson University, the report provides compelling evidence connecting TOP500-level computing power with technical efficiency of research output. HPC users are well aware of the advantages that leadership computing confers in terms of competitiveness, innovation and other societal benefits, but policy makers require Read more…