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XSEDE Panel Highlights Diversity of NSF Computing Resources

Jul 31, 2015 |

A plenary panel at the XSEDE15 conference, which took place this week in St. Louis, Mo., highlighted the broad spectrum of computing resources provided by the National Science Foundation, including several new and testbed projects and an effort to help more people use cyberinfrastructure to advance their research. “I don’t think there has been a Read more…

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White House Launches National HPC Strategy

Jul 30, 2015 |

Yesterday’s executive order by President Barack Obama creating a National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI) is not only powerful acknowledgment of the vital role HPC plays in modern society but is also indicative of government’s mounting worry that failure to coordinate and nourish HPC development on a broader scale would put the nation at risk. Not Read more…

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AMD’s Exascale Strategy Hinges on Heterogeneity

Jul 29, 2015 |

In a recent IEEE Micro article, a team of engineers and computers scientists from chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) detail AMD’s vision for exascale computing, which in its most essential form combines CPU-GPU integration with hardware and software support to facilitate the running of scientific workloads on exascale-class systems.

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Cray Details Its Cluster Supercomputing Strategy

Jul 28, 2015 |

When iconic American supercomputer maker Cray purchased 20-year-old HPC cluster vendor Appro in late 2012, Cray CEO Peter Ungaro referred to Appro’s principal IP as “one of the most advanced industry clusters in the world.” At the time HPCwire reported that Cray would benefit from the product line and a bigger sales team from Appro, Read more…

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Gearing Up for the Cluster of Tomorrow

Jul 23, 2015 |

While the shifting architectural landscape of elite supercomputing gets a lot of the spotlight especially around TOP500 time, cluster computing has grown to comprise more than three-quarters of the HPC market. At a joint Cray-IDC webinar held earlier today, the partners discussed how clusters, and specifically scale-out “cluster supercomputers,” are evolving in ways that can benefit from supercomputing technology. Steve Conway, Read more…

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Short Takes

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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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…

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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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