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NASA Debuts Stunning CO2 Visualization

Nov 25, 2014 |

In keeping with the SC spirit of HPC matters, we wanted to share another amazing example of supercomputing in action. Last week, NASA officials released the first ever ultra-high-resolution computer model of global atmospheric carbon dioxide. The simulation, which can be seen below, depicts the puffs and swirls of carbon dioxide as it circumnavigates the globe. While we wrote about Read more…

Why HPC Matters

Nov 19, 2014 |

When the SC14 show floor opened in New Orleans Monday night, signage everywhere proclaimed this year’s theme: HPC Matters. The new program, first announced at last year’s show in Denver, is all about broader engagement. It’s about getting the word out to the public – to policymakers, educators and regular people – about the role HPC Read more…

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…

Short Takes

Tulane Accelerates Discovery with Hybrid Supercomputer

Dec 16, 2014 |

The rich culture and distinctive charm of the city of New Orleans served as the backdrop for this year’s annual Supercomputing Conference (SC14). If you haven’t been before, residents of the Big Easy will urge you to visit the uptown campus of Tulane University. Renowned for its beautiful trees and landscaping, the university is also a prominent Read more…

Supercomputing Project Floats Higher-Res Climate Model

Dec 2, 2014 |

The ability to predict regional sea level changes over the next few decades takes on greater urgency as global carbon emissions continue to rise. The situation is especially dire in the Netherlands, which has large land masses below sea level. Understanding how regional sea level in the eastern North Atlantic will be affected by changes Read more…

Astronomical Supercomputer Crosses Petascale Divide

Dec 2, 2014 |

One of the biggest benefits of the inexorable push toward exascale computing is a coming age of more affordable petascale systems. This trend can already be seen as science centers around the world crest this important barrier. One of the latest to do so is the Center for Computational Astrophysics (CfCA) of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), which Read more…

UChicago Life Science Cluster Gets $2M Makeover

Nov 26, 2014 |

Beagle, the Cray XE6 supercomputer that has served University of Chicago biology and medical researchers for the last three years, is about to get an overhaul thanks to a $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. Already an integral high-performance computing resource for UChicago’s biomedical research community, the upgrade will set the stage Read more…

New Intelligence Test Asks What It Means to Be Human

Nov 24, 2014 |

The primary definition of artificial intelligence (AI), specifically strong AI, is the power of a machine to exhibit intelligence indistinguishable from that of a human. But researchers have long been divided on the best way to measure this quality. For several decades, they have resorted to some version of the Turing Test, named after the famed Read more…

Off the Wire

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…

ARM HPC Ecosystem Builds Momentum with Introduction of PathScale EKOPath Compiler

Nov 17, 2014 |

CAMBRIDGE, U.K., Nov. 17 — ARM ecosystem partner PathScale today announced the upcoming availability of its EKOPath Compiler for ARM-based servers in high-performance computing (HPC) applications. EKOPath compiler supports SIMD and AES instructions in addition to C99, C++ 2003, C++11, Fortran 90/95 and partial support for Fortran 2003 and 2008. The BLAS libraries have also been Read more…

Mellanox Demonstrates Record Performance for ANSYS HPC Application with Dell

Nov 10, 2014 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. & YOKNEAM, Israel, Nov. 10 — Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced it has achieved, through collaboration with Dell, world-record performance for ANSYS Fluent 15.0.7, exceeding previous results submitted by more than 25 percent. By connecting Dell HPC Solutions’ Read more…

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…

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