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Gordon Bell Prize Bubbles from Sequoia

Nov 22, 2013 |

Each year at SC, the ACM hands out one of the most coveted awards, the Gordon Bell Prize. The award, which became a regular feature of SC, began in 1987 and now carries a $10,000 prize sponsored by parallel computing luminary, Gordon Bell. Winners demonstrate high peak performance figures on real world applications or demonstrate Read more…

Extreme Computational Biology at SC13: An Interview with Dr. Klaus Schulten

Nov 18, 2013 |

According to Dr. Klaus Schulten from the University of Illinois, the molecular dynamics and visualization programs NAMD and VMD, which serve over 300,000 registered users in many fields of biology and medicine, are pushing the limits of extreme scale computational biology. Schulten says these programs can operate on a wide variety of hardware and offer Read more…

SC13 Research Highlight: Large Graph Processing Without the Overhead

Nov 16, 2013 |

Many real world information networks consist of millions or billions of vertices representing heterogeneous entities and billions or trillions of edges representing heterogeneous types of relationships among entities. For example, the crawled Web graph is estimated to have more than 20 billions of pages (vertices) with 160 billions hyperlinks (edges). Facebook user community exceeds 1 Read more…

SC13 Research Highlight: Extreme Scale Plasma Turbulence Simulation

Nov 16, 2013 |

As the global energy economy makes the transition from fossil fuels toward cleaner alternatives, fusion becomes an attractive potential solution for satisfying the growing needs. Fusion energy, which is the power source for the sun, can be generated on earth, for example, in magnetically-confined laboratory plasma experiments (called “tokamaks”) when the isotopes of hydrogen (e.g., Read more…

SC13 Research Highlight: Petascale DNS of Turbulent Channel Flow

Nov 15, 2013 |

Whether a car on the highway, a plane flying through the air, or a ship in the ocean, all of these transport systems move through fluids. And in nearly all cases, the fluid flowing around these vehicles will be turbulent. With over 20% of global energy consumption expended on transportation, the large fraction of the Read more…

Short Takes

Advancing Applications Toward Exascale Target

Feb 11, 2014 |

Exascale computers will employ tens of thousands of many-core nodes, leaving programmers with the challenging task of developing applications that can leverage tens of millions of threads. Over at the Cray blog, Dr. Jason Beech-Brandt, Manager Exascale Research for Cray Europe, writes about how the supercomputer maker is helping lay the groundwork for exascale applications Read more…

NVIDIA Tesla K40 GPU Speeds Three Diverse Apps

Jan 22, 2014 |

During the week of SC13, NVIDIA launched its highest-performance graphics processor yet, the Tesla K40 GPU accelerator. Compared to the chipmaker’s previous high-end Kepler, the K20X, the Tesla K40 sports more memory, higher clock rates, and a greater number of CUDA cores. Now that a couple month have passed since the debut, we’ll examine the Read more…

GPUs Speed Early Science Apps

Jan 6, 2014 |

Researchers working with the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility’s (OLCF’s) Titan supercomputer are making the most of the system’s hybrid design, which pairs traditional CPUs with highly-parallel GPUs. As the fastest computer in the United States, Titan has a max theoretical speed of 27 petaflops, but as a recent OLCF article points out, “Titan is Read more…

Supercomputing Raises Materials Science to New Heights

Dec 5, 2013 |

Materials science, also called materials engineering, is on the cusp of a new era, emboldened by advances in computational power and quantum mechanics. For some time now, manufacturers have used supercomputers to design better airplanes, cars and other equipment, but now scientists are using similar techniques to develop new materials from scratch. A recent article Read more…

NERSC Supercomputer Boosts Energy Research

Dec 4, 2013 |

Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are using DOE supercomputers and a neutron scanning technique to develop more efficient methods of extracting gas and oil from shale. Using the systems at the Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Supercomputing Center (NERSC) – supercomputing resources include Hopper and Edison – the researchers are studying the Read more…

Off the Wire

University of Luxembourg Boosts Research Capabilities with Allinea MAP

Jan 30, 2014 |

Luxembourg, Jan. 30 — The University of Luxembourg is harnessing the power of Allinea MAP in its quest to speed up research and to be among the world’s top universities. Over 250 system users compete for time on the University’s powerful 4,110 core high performance computing platform. They all have a common aim – to get more results from Read more…

Molex Releases 100-Ohm Backplane Connector

Jan 8, 2014 |

LISLE, Ill., Jan. 8 — Molex Incorporated recently released the Impact 100-Ohm backplane connector, which combines speed and density in a modular package designed for high speed applications. The scalable Impact connector technology provides data rates up to 25 Gbps with excellent signal density up to 80 differential pairs per linear inch when using a Read more…

Renewable Energy Project Plugs Into HPC Wales

Dec 20, 2013 |

Dec. 20 — The UK’s largest distributed supercomputing network, HPC Wales, has secured a lucrative contract to provide its services to an international research project, seeking to expand the lifetime of batteries powered by renewable energy. The contract, worth £100,000 and creating two new jobs, will see HPC Wales supporting a research project examining stationary batteries, Read more…

OpenSPL Consortium Unveils New Programming Standard for Spatial Computing

Dec 10, 2013 |

LONDON, U.K., Dec. 10 — The Open Spatial Programming Language (OpenSPL) consortium today announced a new programming standard known as OpenSPL to enable the next generation of high performance parallel spatial computers. In a spatial computer, programs execute in space rather than in time sequence. Application dataflow is laid out in space on a chip Read more…

Woodside Selects Acceleware’s High Performance Seismic Modeling Software

Dec 2, 2013 |

CALGARY, Alberta, Dec. 2 — Acceleware Ltd. today announced that Woodside Petroleum Ltd., Australia’s largest independent oil and gas company has selected AxWave, Acceleware’s high performance seismic modeling software, to simulate data acquisition in complex geological areas. “AxWave is an efficient, cost effective solution for generating large scale synthetic seismic datasets used for survey design Read more…