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New Sandia Director Jill Hruby Transcends Glass Ceiling

Jun 24, 2015 |

Sandia National Laboratories has named Jill Hruby to its highest post. When Hruby officially take the reins of the nation’s largest laboratory on July 17, she becomes Sandia’s 14th director in its 60-plus year history as well as the first woman to lead one of the three National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) laboratories. As director of Read more…

Four Challenges Facing Exascale Application Prep

Jun 22, 2015 |

Worry over readying HPC applications for exascale computing isn’t new and various efforts are underway. Whether they are sufficient is a matter of debate. A major stumbling block, of course, is no one knows precisely what exascale architecture will look like. A recent paper (June 9) on arXiv.org from IBM Research and several European academic Read more…

Japan Preps for HPC-Big Data Convergence

Jun 18, 2015 |

The task of drawing discrete boundaries around the tech spheres known as HPC and big data is getting more complicated with each passing year. Many are anticipating convergence between these camps. One prominent HPCer waving the convergence flag is Satoshi Matsuoka, a professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology’s Global Scientific Information and Computing Center. In his Read more…

HP Removes Memristors from Its ‘Machine’ Roadmap Until Further Notice

Jun 11, 2015 |

One year after Hewlett-Packard launched its ambitious “this will change everything” project called “The Machine,” the company is making some concessions to its initial vision, something it says is necessary in order to deliver a working prototype by next year. Announced with great fanfare at last year’s HP Discovery event, the Machine was to be Read more…

IBM Power8 Outperforms x86 on Financial Benchmarks

Jun 9, 2015 |

If you’ve been waiting for a formal evaluation of the IBM Power8 architecture on common financial workloads, then look no further. According to results shared at the STAC Summit on June 4, an IBM Power8-based system server delivered more than twice the performance of the best-in-class x86 counterpart when running a set of standard financial industry benchmarks. Sumit Read more…

Short Takes

Altair’s Bill Nitzberg Sums Up Four Decades of HPC

Jun 25, 2015 |

In a recent blog post, HPC community member and CTO of PBS Works at Altair Engineering, Inc. Dr. Bill Nitzberg, traces the recent history of computing from 1980 through the end of the present decade, to illustrate the trends that best characterize the coming exascale era. The four decades are depicted in a slide broken Read more…

Texas Supercomputers Contribute to Cancer Hotspot Discovery

Jun 22, 2015 |

Powerful supercomputers around the country continue to push advances in critical areas, such as cancer research. One of the latest such success stories comes out of The University of Texas at Austin, where Texas Advanced Computing Center machines revealed a connection between cross-shaped (cruciform) DNA segments and human cancers. By shedding light on the pathways involved in Read more…

Unlocking the Mysteries of Space

Jun 16, 2015 |

Some of the most powerful supercomputers in the world are helping NASA scientists reveal the mysteries of the universe. The intensive discovery process would not be possible without the modeling and simulation capabilities of high-performance computers, like Pleiades, which is located at the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) facility at Ames Research Center, and Titan, the fastest Read more…

First HPC Service at University of Sydney Tackles Big Science Problems

Jun 15, 2015 |

A Dell cluster called Artemis is on track to solve problems important to Australia and the world. Commissioned by the University of Sydney, the new cluster is the university’s first high-performance computer (HPC) service. Like research institutions everywhere, the University of Sydney is seeking to accommodate increasingly data-centric workflows. This new HPC service, established via a partnership Read more…

Sizing Up Earth’s Biosphere Supercomputer

Jun 12, 2015 |

If you’ve ever wondered how much DNA data there is on earth, you’re not alone. But a trio of UK researchers did more than wonder. They set to calculating the total information content in the biosphere and published their results and methodology in a recent issue of PLOS Biology. In this first ever accounting of Read more…

Off the Wire

PRACE Women in HPC Magazine Debuts

May 22, 2015 |

May 22, 2015 – The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) today published the first edition of PRACE Women in HPC Magazine 2015, part of PRACE’s ongoing effort to advance gender and diversity issues within the HPC community. The opening editorial by Dr Sylvie Joussaume, the Chair of the PRACE Scientific Steering Committee, perfectly captures Read more…

Rescale Launches ScaleX Enterprise for Cloud HPC and Simulation

May 21, 2015 |

SAN FRANCISCO, May 21, 2015 – Rescale, an industry leader in computer aided engineering (CAE) simulation and high performance computing (HPC), announced availability this week of the innovative cloud HPC and simulation solution ScaleX​Enterprise. ScaleX Enterprise is Rescale’s secure and flexible solution for enterprise companies, combining its award-winning engineering simulation platform with a powerful administrative Read more…

UK Sponsors Academia-Industry Effort to Bring AI to Analytics

May 20, 2015 |

LONDON, UK – May 20, 2015 – Massive Analytic, a start-up specialising in innovative precognitive enterprise analytics, and the Department of Computer Science at University College London (UCL) have secured a 12 month Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) to collaborate on the patented technology artificial precognition that drives the Oscar AP data analytics platform. The initiative Read more…

EIA Launches Redesigned International Energy Portal

May 18, 2015 |

May 18, 2015 – Today, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) launched a redesigned International Energy Portal to improve access to international energy data and trends in global energy markets. You can view the portal at: http://www.eia.gov/beta/international/ “With most of the future growth in energy consumption expected to occur outside of the United States and Read more…

SGI Receives Honors in HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards

Nov 18, 2014 |

MILPITAS, Calif., Nov. 18 — SGI, a global leader in high performance solutions for compute, data analytics and data management, has been recognized in the annual HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards, presented at the 2014 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC14), in New Orleans, Louisiana. The list of winners were Read more…