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ASC16 Kicks Off in Wuhan, China: 16 Teams, $40k in Prizes

Apr 18, 2016 |

The fifth annual Asia Student Supercomputer Challenge (ASC16) got off to an exciting start this morning at the Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, China.

Custom App Container Targets HPC Needs

Apr 15, 2016 |

Custom versions of application containers are emerging that meet stringent requirements. Among the first is an HPC specific container platform dubbed Singularity built around what its developers say is the concept of “mobility of compute.” Despite the fact that commercial and open source application containers are making steady headway in production settings, researchers overseeing HPC Read more…

GTC16: NVIDIA Updates SDK; Expands Support for Deep Learning

Apr 5, 2016 |

As always, there’s a flood of news coming out of NVIDIA’s annual GPU Technology Conference, being held this week in San Jose. In addition to the much-anticipated Pascal debut, CEO Jen-Hsun Huang revealed an expansive update to NVIDIA’s SDK…

Titan Helps Shed Light on Membrane Lipids’ Multiple Roles

Apr 4, 2016 |

Lipid molecules are schizophrenic. One end likes to hang out with a charged crowd (think water); the other prefers neutral neighbors (think fats). Most of us remember those funky illustrations of the bilayer lipid membrane structure that encloses animal cells from high school biology. Recently, Titan supercomputer was used to show cell membranes may be Read more…

HPE Expands HPC Lineup; Targets Deep Learning, Lustre, and FS

Apr 4, 2016 |

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) for the second straight week introduced new server products with today’s launches aimed at high performance computing. The centerpiece is a GPU-accelerated deep learning platform (Apollo 6500) whose announcement coincides with start of NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC) being held this week in San Jose. HPE also announced a Lustre storage Read more…

Swiss Weather Forecasting Achieves 1.1km Resolution on ‘Piz Kesch’

Apr 1, 2016 |

After six months of tweaking – producing a 20 percent reduction in time-to-solution for weather forecasting – MeteoSwiss, the Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology, today reported its next generation COSMO-1 forecasting system is now operational. COSMO-1 requires 20 times the computing power of COSMO-2 and runs on the hybrid CPU-GPU supercomputer, Piz Kesch, operated by Read more…

UberCloud Delivers Scalable HPC in the Cloud with OpenHPC Containers

Mar 31, 2016 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 31 – Today UberCloud announced that it has developed quick-to-roll-out and easy-to-use containers based on OpenHPC for use in high performance computing (HPC), whether they be on-premise, or in the public or a private cloud. Using popular Linux Container technology, UberCloud containers resolve the deployment challenges of traditional HPC environments with the Read more…

Total’s Pangea is now the Largest Industrial Supercomputer

Mar 29, 2016 |

Energy giant Total, long a prominent user of high performance computing, now has the largest supercomputer used by industry says the company. Total’s upgraded Pangea supercomputer from SGI delivers 6.7 petaflops, up from 2.3 petaflops, with expanded storage of 26 petabytes – enough to rank the system among the top ten of the Top500 list Read more…

NERSC Announces 4th Annual HPC Achievement Award Winners

Mar 23, 2016 |

Earlier this week the Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) announced the five winners of the 2016 High Performance Computing (HPC) Achievement Awards. The awards recognize NERSC users who have demonstrated an innovative use of HPC resources to solve a scientific problem or whose work has had an exceptional impact on Read more…

Thomas Sterling: ‘Why We Want to be Part of OpenHPC’

Mar 18, 2016 |

The Indiana University Center for Research in Extreme Scale Technologies (CREST) has been part of the OpenHPC community effort since it was launched November 12, 2015. In a recent Q&A with OpenHPC, Professor Thomas Sterling, associate director and chief scientist of CREST, explains the basis for the partnership. As the father of Beowulf clusters, developed in collaboration with Don Becker, Professor Sterling has Read more…

K Computer Simulates Global Seismic Wave Propagation

Mar 17, 2016 |

Researchers at the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) reported simulating global seismic wave propagation with a best-ever accuracy of 1.2 sec seismic period for a three-dimensional Earth model on Japan’s K supercomputer. Optimizing the code allowed them achieve sustained performance of 1.24 petaflops on the K computer, which is 11.84% of its Read more…

Simulating Combustion at Exascale: a Q&A with ISC Keynoter Jacqueline Chen

Mar 14, 2016 |

At the 2016 ISC High Performance conference this June, distinguished Sandia computational combustion scientist Jacqueline H. Chen will deliver a keynote highlighting the latest advances in combustion modeling and simulation. In this interesting and informative Q&A, Chen describes the challenges and opportunities involved in preparing combustion codes for exascale machines.

Sen. Lamar Alexander: ‘Supercomputing Is One Priority We Agree On’

Mar 10, 2016 |

Increasingly, stakeholders across the public and private spheres are recognizing high-performance computing’s role as an essential competitive tool for the 21st century. The launch of the National Strategic Computing Initiative was a significant auger of HPC’s wider embrace. Together with the proliferation of HPC, the rise of China as a competitive supercomputing power could do what decades of HPC ROI reports haven’t: Read more…

Making Sense of HPC in the Age of Democratization

Mar 8, 2016 |

These are exciting times for HPC. High-performance computing and its cousin high-productivity computing are expanding such that the previous definitions of HPC as a moving performance target or as the purview of modeling and simulation are breaking down. The democratization of HPC has spurred a lot of focus on the impact that HPC-hatched technologies are Read more…

Space Weather Forecasting Clears Another Hurdle

Mar 3, 2016 |

Space weather forecasting might not have a dedicated segment on the evening news, but the disruptive power looming above the Earth’s atmosphere cannot be underestimated. One form of space weather in particular, the coronal mass ejection (CME), has the potential to take down satellites and power grids on a national and even international scale. A coronal Read more…

‘Biomolecular Motor-based’ Computer Promises Speed and Reduced Power

Mar 2, 2016 |

Combinatorial tasks are among the hardest for traditional computers. A good example is finding the optimum path through a large complicated network. Every possible path must be evaluated and as datasets grow the computing time grows exponentially making some tasks unfeasible. One practical example is verification of VLSI (very large scale integrated) semiconductor circuit design. Read more…

New Dell Cluster Refreshes Rocky Mountain HPC

Feb 26, 2016 |

Researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder (CU-Boulder), Colorado State University (CSU) and the Rocky Mountain Advanced Computing Consortium will soon have access to a half-petaflop heterogeneous Dell PowerEdge C-series supercomputer.

Mapping Out a New Role for Cognitive Computing in Science

Feb 25, 2016 |

The avalanche of data being produced by experimental instruments and sensors isn’t just a big (data) problem – it’s perhaps the biggest bottleneck in science today. What’s needed, say the distinguished authors of a new white paper from the Computing Community Consortium, is a community-wide agenda to develop cognitive computing tools that can perform scientific Read more…

EU Projects Unite on Heterogeneous ARM-based Exascale Prototype

Feb 24, 2016 |

A trio of partner projects based in Europe – Exanest, Exanode and Ecoscale – are working in close collaboration to develop the building blocks for an exascale architecture prototype that will, as they describe, put the power of ten million computers into a single supercomputer. The effort is unique in seeking to advance the ARM64 + Read more…

$300K Supercomputing Grants up for Grabs for Manufacturers from DOE

Feb 19, 2016 |

Come early March, grants worth $300,000 are up for grabs for manufacturers giving year-long access to national lab supercomputing cycles and half the staff hours of computer scientists with domain expertise under a U.S. Department of Energy program called High Performance Computing for Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg). In Phase 1 of the program, manufacturers as large as Read more…