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The Exascale Revolution

Oct 23, 2014 |

The post-petascale era is marked by systems with far greater parallelism and architectural complexity. Failing some game-changing innovation, crossing the next 1000x performance barrier will be more challenging than previous efforts. At the 2014 Argonne National Laboratory Training Program on Extreme Scale Computing (ATPESC), held in August, Professor Pete Beckman delivered a talk on “Exascale Architecture Trends” and their impact on the programming and executing of computational Read more…

Army Wins Major Supercomputing Award

Oct 7, 2014 |

The US Army Research Laboratory is getting $500,000 and one billion hours of supercomputing time to study the inner workings of internal combustion engines. The award was granted by the Department of Defense’s High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP) Frontier Project, now in its second year. The Army Research Lab will receive $100,000 per year Read more…

PayPal Finds Order from Chaos with HPC

Sep 24, 2014 |

At the 2014 HPC User Forum in Seattle, Ryan Quick and Arno Kolster from PayPal describe how the company is using HPC to transform its chaotic real-time server data into intelligent, actionable insight. The unique “Systems Intelligence” approach uses HP’s Moonshot server powered by TI processors to aggregate, analyze and act on transaction data in real time. Read more…

NERSC Launches Exascale Readiness Program with Intel, Cray

Aug 11, 2014 |

The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) is collaborating with supercomputing vendors Intel and Cray to prepare for Cori, the Cray XC supercomputer scheduled to be deployed at NERSC in 2016. Named in honor of American biochemist Gerty Cori, the next-generation supercomputer will have a sustained performance that is at least ten times that Read more…

Cloud Gives DNA Compiler Wings

Aug 5, 2014 |

Imagine being able to turn bacteria into molecular factories, capable of producing everything from earth-friendly biofuels to personalized medicines? This is the promise of synthetic biology, which has made remarkable advances over the last decade, taking tools and concepts from physics, engineering and computer science to design new biological systems. One of the foremost researchers Read more…

Short Takes

The Impact of Cyberinfrastructure

Oct 22, 2014 |

Rich Knepper’s talk as part of the International Conference on Infrastructures and Cooperation in E-science and E-humanities, in Leipzig, Germany, tackles the subject of “Living cyberinfrastructures and their impact on scientific research.” Knepper, who is Manager of Campus Bridging and Research Infrastructure at Indiana University, says he started thinking about the idea for the presentation Read more…

Is the City of the Future Finally Here?

Oct 21, 2014 |

Grid computing pioneer and big data visionary Charlie Catlett recently delivered a presentation on “Big Data and the Future of Cities” as part of the Argonne OutLoud series, hosted by Argonne National Laboratory. Catlett explores how emerging technologies in high-performance computing, embedded systems and data analytics can help mitigate some of the challenges associated with Read more…

Minimizing Drug Side Effects with HPC

Oct 20, 2014 |

It’s an unfortunate side effect of the drug development process that unsafe drugs sometimes slip through the extensive vetting period. So far no magic bullet drug has been developed that is completely without risk, but scientists are working hard to root out dangerous side effects, which according to the journal Nature, kill at least 100,000 patients Read more…

Better Software Means Better Research

Oct 20, 2014 |

The Software Sustainability Institute started a petition at Change.org to raise awareness for the critical role that software plays in enabling world-class research. “We must accept that software is fundamental to research, or we will lose our ability to make groundbreaking discoveries,” reads the opening paragraph. “We have become accustomed to technological advances that would Read more…

ARL Researchers Win Software Design Contest

Oct 16, 2014 |

Researchers from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory’s Computational and Information Sciences Directorate (CISD) – David Richie and James Ross – won first place in an international software contest for their work on emulators. Their submission, Cycle-Accurate 8080 Emulation Using an ARM11 Processor with Dynamic Binary Translation, addresses some of the programming challenges of next generation Read more…

Off the Wire

NSC Sweden and Meteo France Select Mellanox InfiniBand Offerings for HPC Applications

Oct 21, 2014 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. & YOKNEAM, Israel, Oct. 21 — Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced that the National Supercomputer Centre at Linköping University (NSC Sweden) and Meteo France have selected Mellanox’s FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand solutions for mission critical, high-performance computing applications. Deployments by these two leading organizations Read more…

SysFera and Kitware Partner to Integrate HPC Technologies

Oct 21, 2014 |

LYON, France, Oct. 21 — SysFera, a software innovator that simplifies management and accessibility of high performance computing (HPC) environments, and Kitware, a leading R&D software provider for scientific data analysis and visualization, announced today that they are integrating their two core products. Kitware’s ParaView application is now offered as part of the SysFera-DS software solution through the remote visualization Read more…

Racklive Introduces New Low Latency Server Line

Sep 22, 2014 |

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Sept. 22 — Racklive, a leading provider of made-to-order datacenter solutions for companies worldwide, announces the immediate availability of their new Low Latency Server line. The Low Latency Line is architected for High Frequency Trading (HFT) and High Performance Computing (HPC) applications. The new RL-1210BR-HFT, a 1U server, and the RL-2210BR-HFT, a Read more…

Intersect360 Research Releases New Report on HPC Applications

Sep 19, 2014 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Sept. 19 — Newly segmented market research reveals a stable and mature technical computing segment with opportunities to expand, as well as a plethora of new HPC opportunities in business computing, according to Intersect360 Research’s 2014 HPC User Site Census: Applications. The research firm segmented their research into High Performance Business Computing (HPBC) Read more…

ZIH Becomes Intel Parallel Computing Center

Sep 19, 2014 |

Sept. 19 — The Center for Information Services and High Performance Computing (ZIH) has been established as an Intel Parallel Computing Center (IPCC). The collaboration between ZIH and Intel focuses on increasing the parallelism of existing scientific applications on future supercomputers consisting of many-core processors. Led by ZIH scientists, the new IPCC carries out two Read more…