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COSMOS Team Achieves 100x Speedup on Cosmology Code

Aug 24, 2015 |

One of the most popular sessions at the Intel Developer Forum last week in San Francisco, and certainly one of the most exciting from an HPC perspective, brought together two of the world’s foremost experts in parallel programming to discuss current state-of-the-art methods for leveraging parallelism on processors and coprocessors. The speakers, Intel’s Jim Jeffers and Read more…

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XSEDE Resources Fuel Investigation of Model Human Origins

Aug 20, 2015 |

A mix of data- and computation-intensive XSEDE resources are enabling researchers to scale up their climate, vegetation and agent-based human behavior models to tackle fundamental questions of how Homo sapiens came to dominate the planet, according to archeologist Colin Wren of Arizona State University (ASU). The international collaboration, led by Curtis Marean of ASU, will Read more…

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Amazon Web Services Spotlights HPC Options

Aug 11, 2015 |

Despite high initial interest, HPC in the cloud never achieved significant adoption levels, mainly being relegated to low-hanging “pleasingly parallel” fruit and testing or experimental use, however, there are signs of growth on the horizon, according to HPC analysts. “As public clouds acquire stronger HPC capabilities and perform better on a larger set of HPC workloads, they Read more…

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NERSC’s ‘Shifter’ Makes Container-based HPC a Breeze

Aug 7, 2015 |

The explosive growth in data coming out of experiments in cosmology, particle physics, bioinformatics and nuclear physics is pushing computational scientists to design novel software tools that will help users better access, manage and analyze that data on current and next-generation HPC architectures. One increasingly popular approach is container-based computing, designed to support flexible, scalable Read more…

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New National HPC Strategy Is Bold, Important and More Daunting than US Moonshot

Aug 6, 2015 |

“In order to maximize the benefits of HPC for economic competitiveness and scientific discovery, the United States Government must create a coordinated Federal strategy in HPC research, development, and deployment.” With these words, the President of the United States established the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI) through Executive Order to implement this whole-of-government strategy in Read more…

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Short Takes

Reading List: Fault Tolerance Techniques for HPC

Aug 6, 2015 |

Among the chief challenges of deploying useful exascale machines, resilience looms large. Today’s error rates combined with tomorrow’s node counts cannot sustain a productive workflow without intervention. The significance of this issue has not gone unnoticed. A comprehensive collection of fault tolerance techniques are presented in one volume, called “Fault Tolerance Techniques for High-Performance Computing,” by editors Thomas Herault and Yves Read more…

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Script for Bioinformatics App Nixes HPC File-System Tangle

Jul 31, 2015 |

Staff in NSF’s XSEDE network have created a script that avoids file-system tangles seen when scaling some common scientific applications for use on HPC systems, according to Antonio Gomez Iglesias of the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC). The fix can be useful to many users employing similar applications, he said Tuesday in a presentation at Read more…

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White House Prioritizes HPC Investment

Jul 22, 2015 |

A memorandum released by the White House earlier this month cites high-performance computing and big data as essential technology areas for 21st century governance. Building on the administration’s past budget priorities, the memo calls for federal agencies to prioritize a set of nine science and technology areas when making coordinated FY 2017 Budget submissions to the Office of Read more…

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Tackling Power and Resilience at Exascale

Jul 21, 2015 |

Although the utility of FLOPS-driven benchmarks can make for interesting debate, the fact remains that major supercomputing milestones, like 1,000X performance advances, are integral to scientific discovery and also serve to drive interest and investment in the HPC ecosystem at large. The boon of accelerators helped propel HPC past the petascale marker in 2008, but fielding an Read more…

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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…

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Off the Wire

President Obama’s Executive Order ‘Creating a National Strategic Computing Initiative’

Jul 30, 2015 |

Editor’s Note: The full text of the White House Executive order creating a National Strategic Computing Initiative is posted here. Aside from the obvious recognition of the importance of HPC, there are many questions still to be sorted out. How will the new initiative relate to DOE’s ongoing Exascale Computing Initiative? Will there be new funding? Read more…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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