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The Top Supercomputing Led Discoveries of 2013

Jan 2, 2014 |

2013 has been an incredible year for the entire ecosystem around supercomputing; from vendors pushing new technologies to boost performance, capacity, and programmability to researchers turning over new insights with fresh techniques. While exascale has taken more of a backseat than we might have predicted at the year’s end of 2010, there are plenty of Read more…

Adding MUSCLE to Multiscale Simulations

Dec 11, 2013 |

Multiscale models help understand phenomena with a wider scope or an increased level of detail. These models allow us to take the best from multiple worlds, for example by combining models with a fine-grained time or space resolution with models that capture systems over a large baseline. Classical examples of multiscale modeling include coupling atomistic Read more…

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…

Short Takes

Supercomputing Facilitates Breakthrough Cancer Treatment

Aug 25, 2014 |

MD Anderson Cancer Center researchers are relying on a powerful supercomputer to develop a dosing protocol for an MRI-guided radiation therapy for cancer care, called MRI-linac. The Lonestar system at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) is helping researchers fine-tune the radiation dosing mechanism so that just the right amount of radiation is delivered to the Read more…

NVIDIA Boasts ‘Compelling HPC Solution’

Aug 20, 2014 |

Today marks the official release of the NVIDIA CUDA Toolkit version 6.5, which had previously been only available in its pre-release form. In a company blog post, NVIDIA’s Chief Technologist for GPU Computing Software Mark Harris covers the toolkit’s new features and improvements, including “support for CUDA Fortran in developer tools, user-defined callback functions in Read more…

Supercomputing Makes for Smarter Chinese Cities

Aug 19, 2014 |

Home to some of the world’s fastest supercomputers, China is looking to apply that computing power to solve issues that are important to its populace. On Monday, a Chinese researcher revealed a plan to use China’s Tianhe-1A system toward the construction of new “smart cities.” Taking an interdisciplinary approach to the challenges of urban planning, Read more…

Earthquake Simulation Scales to 8.6 Petaflops

Aug 14, 2014 |

Intel Labs Vision Stategist Divya Kolar explores how supercomputing is helping society prepare for earthquakes. Current earthquake early warning systems are very limited, and basically only sound the alarm after the earthquake has begun. In a typical scenario, the affected population may have tens of seconds of lead time up to a minute or so depending on Read more…

Jellyfish Use Novel Search Strategy

Aug 14, 2014 |

As computers become more human-like, researchers are finding evidence of computing-like behavior in the animal kingdom. A UK scientist discovered that certain species of jellyfish employ a supercomputing algorithm to locate food. According to the new study, published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, the barrel jellyfish demonstrates movement patterns that are consistent with a type of supercomputing Read more…

Off the Wire

eInfochips to Develop NVIDIA GPU-Powered Products for HPC

Jul 30, 2014 |

July 30 — eInfochips, a leading engineering R&D services company, today announced professional services offered to clients to develop NVIDIA GPU-powered solutions for aerospace and defense, medical imaging, high-performance computing (HPC), industrial, and visual computing applications. Powered by NVIDIA Tesla, NVIDIA Quadro and NVIDIA Tegra GPUs, the next generation of systems designed by eInfochips will Read more…

Newest Version of SysFera-DS Released

Jul 1, 2014 |

PARIS, France, July 1 – SysFera has introduced a new version of its SysFera-DS software that simplifies management of hybrid high performance computing (HPC) environments. The more lightweight architecture of this latest version, SysFera-DS v4.5, can be fully installed without downtime and ready for production in less than two hours. SysFera-DS v4.5 enables administrators to continue to provide best quality of Read more…

Finisar to Display Optical Interconnect Portfolio for HPC Applications at ISC14

Jun 23, 2014 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. and LEIPZIG, Germany, June 23 — Finisar Corporation today announced that it will display its market-leading product portfolio of optical interconnects, optimized for demanding High-Performance Computing (HPC) applications, at the International Supercomputing Conference 2014 (ISC’14). These optical interconnects, based on 10G, 14G, and 25G per channel solutions, leverage Finisar’s patented fiber optic technology for the Read more…

AMD Launches FirePro W8100 Professional Graphics Card

Jun 23, 2014 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 23 — AMD today launched the AMD FirePro W8100 professional graphics card, enabling new levels of workstation performance delivered by the company’s second generation, industry-leading AMD Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture. With nearly 38 times the performance of the closest competing product based on double precision testing, and powered by OpenCL, the AMD FirePro Read more…

Cirrascale Releases ARM64 Development Platform for HPC and Cloud Applications

Jun 23, 2014 |

SAN DIEGO, Calif., June 23 — Cirrascale Corporation, a premier developer of build-to-order, independent blade-based and rackmount computing and storage infrastructure for conventional and modular data centers, today launched its high density, two-in-one ARM64 development platform, the RM1905D. The platform is powered by the Applied Micro Circuits Corporation X-Gene 64-bit ARM Server-on-a-Chip and NVIDIA Tesla K20 GPU accelerators. Read more…