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Titan Helps Researchers Explore Explosive Star Scenarios

Dec 8, 2015 |

A team led by Michael Zingale of Stony Brook University is exploring the physics of Type Ia supernovas using the Titan supercomputer at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Titan is the flagship machine of the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), a DOE Office of Science User Facility located at Read more…

OpenPOWER Academic Discussion Group Holds First Workshop

Dec 7, 2015 |

Since its founding in 2013, OpenPOWER Foundation membership has grown to more than 170 including roughly 40 academic members; the latter have formed an Academic Discussion Group and held their first workshop in Austin coinciding with SC15 last month. During a packed 1.5-day agenda, presenters from academia and industry examined progress and opportunities to leverage Read more…

Cray Lays Out Vision for HPC-Big Data Convergence

Dec 3, 2015 |

Messaging around HPC-big data convergence which had been ramping up all year reached new heights at SC15 — and you’d be hard-pressed to find a bigger champion of the unified platform strategy than American supercomputer-maker Cray. HPCwire met with Cray’s Barry Bolding at the show in Austin last month to discuss the company’s latest customer wins, its take on Read more…

TACC Talks with Gordon Bell Prize Winners Johann Rudi and Omar Ghattas

Nov 25, 2015 |

One of the undisputed highlights of SC each November is the acclaimed ACM Gordon Bell Prize in High Performance Computing, which since 1987 has recognized the most innovative applications of parallel computing to challenges in science, engineering, and large-scale data analytics. This year, five outstanding research efforts competed for the honor, which comes with a $10,000 prize, Read more…

TOP500 Reanalysis Shows ‘Nothing Wrong with Moore’s Law’

Nov 20, 2015 |

In Tuesday night’s TOP500 session, list co-creator and co-author Erich Strohmaier brought perspective to what could at first appear to be a land grab of unprecedented scale by China, when he shared that many of these new entrants were mid-lifecycle systems that were just now being benchmarked. But what is likely to be even more Read more…

China’s Team Diablo Turns Up the Heat to Win SC15 Student Cluster Competition

Nov 18, 2015 |

Team Diablo, a team of undergraduate students from Tsinghua University in China, won the top prize in the Student Cluster Competition at the SC15 conference in Austin, Texas. A team from Germany, Team TUMuch Phun from the Technical University of Munich, won the award for achieving highest performance for the Linpack benchmark. For the Tsinghua Read more…

HPCwire Debuts Outstanding Leadership Awards at SC15

Nov 16, 2015 |

This year HPCwire has established a new category within its Annual Readers and Editors Choice Awards program to recognize Outstanding Leadership in HPC. We realize there is no single preeminent leader in HPC and that’s a good thing. The diversity of opinion and expertise is a major driver of progress. There are many individuals whose Read more…

OpenACC Reviews Latest Developments and Future Plans

Nov 11, 2015 |

This week during the lead up to SC15 the OpenACC standards group announced several new developments including the release and ratification of the 2.5 version of the OpenACC API specification, member support for multiple new OpenACC targets, and other progress with the standard. “The 2.5 specification addresses an essential challenge of profiling code where a Read more…

Accelerating HPC in Formula One

Nov 3, 2015 |

The Formula One racing community has embraced HPC as an essential part of its workflow to build ever-speedier race cars, but suggestions that CFD should obviate the need for wind tunnel testing continue to draw heated commentary. One of the aerodynamics software vendors that supports this move is Exa Corporation. The Burlington, Mass.-headquartered company serves the Read more…

TGAC Unleashes DRAGEN to Accelerate Genomics Workflows

Oct 28, 2015 |

Accelerating genomics analysis remains one of the toughest challenges in life science research. All manner of optimizations are in use – disk streaming, optimized parallel files systems, algorithm tweaks, faster processors, and hardware accelerators, to name a few – all with varying results. Today, TGAC reported implementation of the first processor specifically designed to accelerate Read more…

New Storage Options Coming to Globus Users

Oct 27, 2015 |

At the SpectraSummit event in Boulder, Colorado, earlier this month, HPCwire learned of a developing partnership between storage vendor Spectra Logic and research software-as-a-service provider Globus to integrate Spectra’s BlackPearl Gateway storage into the Globus Cloud, creating an endpoint for BlackPearl that opens up new storage tiers to the Globus community. Spectra Logic’s BlackPearl Deep Storage Gateway, introduced Read more…

The Case for Mixed-Precision Arithmetic

Oct 22, 2015 |

Everyone knows that 64-bit floating point arithmetic dominates in HPC. When a new Xeon or high-end GPU comes out, the most interesting spec to an HPCer is probably its peak double-precision flops performance, and yet… Along with the democratization of HPC and the rise of accelerators, so have new use cases for sub-FP64 and mixed precision arithmetic. One Read more…

TACC Drug Discovery Portal Empowers Researchers Worldwide

Oct 22, 2015 |

Where do you turn if you are a researcher who needs to quickly identify drug candidates for diseases ranging from obesity to tuberculosis to leishmaniasis, a tropical disease caused by the bite of a sand fly? You turn to the DrugDiscovery@TACC portal, which is currently helping more than 100 researchers worldwide model, simulate and generate Read more…

NNSA Taps Penguin Computing for 7-9 Petaflops ‘Open’ HPC Cluster

Oct 21, 2015 |

Per a newly-inked contract with Penguin Computing, the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) is set to receive its third joint procurement of a commodity supercomputing environment to replace its 2011-2012 era systems. The new installation, called the Tri-Laboratory Commodity Technology System 1, or CTS-1, replaces the the Tri-Lab Linux Capacity Cluster 2 Read more…

‘ASCI’ Turns 20; David Turek Offers IBM Retrospective

Oct 21, 2015 |

Twenty years ago President Bill Clinton announced that the United States would maintain its U.S. nuclear arsenal without nuclear explosive testing. The challenge, of course, was how to actually carry out such a daunting task. The instruments were the tremendously successful Stockpile Stewardship Program (SSP) and Accelerated Strategic Computing Initiative which together drove much of Read more…

Formula One Contemplates CFD-Only Future

Oct 7, 2015 |

Digital design has become central to Formula 1 racing, but don’t rule out wind tunnels just yet. That is the message coming out of a recent F1 Strategy Group meeting. The group comprises the sport’s governing body FIA, the sport’s commercial arm run by Bernie Ecclestone and the top six teams. The stakeholders responsible for Read more…

Stepping Up to the Life Science Storage System Challenge

Oct 5, 2015 |

Storage and data management have become the perhaps the most challenging computational bottlenecks in life sciences (LS) research. The volume and diversity of data generated by modern life science lab instruments and the varying requirements of analysis applications make creating effective solutions far from trivial. What’s more, where LS was once adequately served by conventional Read more…

The Revolution in the Lab is Overwhelming IT

Oct 5, 2015 |

Sifting through the vast treasure trove of data spilling from modern life science instruments is perhaps the defining challenge for biomedical research today. NIH, for example, generates about 1.5PB of data a month, and that excludes NIH-funded external research. Not only have DNA sequencers become extraordinarily powerful, but also they have proliferated in size and Read more…

CMU and Boeing Establish Aerospace Data Analytics Lab

Oct 1, 2015 |

Carnegie Mellon University and The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) announced plans today to establish the Boeing/Carnegie Mellon Aerospace Data Analytics Lab, a new academic research initiative that will leverage the university’s leadership in machine learning, language technologies and data analytics. This is more evidence of the collision between big data and HPC spurring academic-industry collaboration. Read more…

Microsoft Puts GPU Boosters on Azure Cloud

Sep 29, 2015 |

Today at its AzureCon, Microsoft expanded the capabilities of its public cloud, Azure, with the addition of N-series GPU-enabled virtual machines available over a fast RDMA network. The company also announced that it is reducing prices on its high-end instances, A8-A11. Jazon Zander, corporate vice president at Microsoft Azure, began by presenting a view of Azure Read more…