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Helping Experimental Scientists Take Supercomputers to the Max

Dec 30, 2014 |

Doug Baxter is a capability lead for the Molecular Science Computing Facility in the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He and his team are responsible for the software side of the operation, and they help experimental scientists get the most out of EMSL’s supercomputing resources. The facility is the home Read more…

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…

Short Takes

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…

From Quantified Self to Personalized Medicine

Nov 6, 2014 |

The University of Washington Computer Science and Engineering Distinguished Lecture series recently welcomed Calit2 luminary Larry Smarr to speak on a very interesting topic, bringing wellness into the digital age. Smarr is the founding Director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), a UC San Diego/UC Irvine partnership. Smarr was also the Read more…

Off the Wire

Altera Showcasing FPGA-Based Products at IDF

Sep 9, 2014 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 9 — Altera Corporation is demonstrating several advanced reconfigurable logic technologies at the Intel Developers Forum (IDF) 2014 that showcase how its FPGA-based solutions are advancing the capabilities of software-defined data centers and high-performance computing applications. Altera’s FPGA-based solutions on display showcase the capabilities of its hardware and software solutions, including advanced optical Read more…

TORUS Cuts Trading Applications Latency by 95%

Sep 2, 2014 |

Sept. 2 — TORUS has recently reduced the latency of a financial application by up to 95% without changing either the target hardware nor a single line of code. By loading transparently TORUS Universal Fast Sockets, applications can exchange data in less than 300 nanoseconds, allowing financial applications (in this case a FIX Engine) achieve Read more…

PyHPC 2014 Issues Call for Papers

Aug 29, 2014 |

Aug. 29 — Python is an established, general-purpose, high-level programming language with a large following in research and industry for applications in fields including computational fluid dynamics, finance, biomolecular simulation, artificial intelligence, statistics, data analysis, scientific visualization, and systems management. The use of Python in scientific, high performance parallel, big data, and distributed computing roles Read more…

NSF Announces Two $10M Projects to Create Cloud Computing Testbeds

Aug 26, 2014 |

Aug. 26 — The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced two $10 million projects to create cloud computing testbeds–to be called “Chameleon” and “CloudLab“–that will enable the academic research community to develop and experiment with novel cloud architectures and pursue new, architecturally-enabled applications of cloud computing. Cloud computing refers to the practice of using a network Read more…

Acceleware Releases Results for the Second Quarter of Fiscal 2014

Aug 21, 2014 |

CALGARY, Alberta, Aug. 21 — Acceleware Ltd., a leading developer of high performance computing applications, today announced results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014 (all figures are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted). During the second quarter of 2014, the Company achieved a significant increase in software revenue while reducing its Read more…