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25 Percent of Life Scientists Will Require HPC in 2015

May 18, 2015 |

Life science research has long been compute-intensive but requirements have largely been satisfied with traditional workstations and simple clusters. That’s changing: “Roughly 25 percent of life scientists, and this includes bench-level scientists, will require HPC capabilities in 2015, few of whom have ever used a command line,” said Ari Berman, GM of Government Services, the Read more…

Tech Giants Battle for Image Recognition Supremacy

May 13, 2015 |

The race to exascale isn’t the only rivalry stirring up the advanced computing space. Artificial intelligence sub-fields, like deep learning, are also inspiring heated competition from tech conglomerates around the globe. When it comes to image recognition, computers have already passed the threshold of average human competency, leaving tech titans, like Baidu, Google and Microsoft, vying to Read more…

Purdue Lights Up Eighth Cluster in Eight Years

May 12, 2015 |

At Purdue, installing cluster computers is a tradition that inspires teamwork. The university’s central computing organization, Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP),  just built its eighth cluster in as many years – seven of these are TOP500-level machines – with help from more than 100 staff and volunteers. On Friday morning, the crew got to work unboxing and assembling Read more…

Why TACC’s New Data ‘Wrangler’ Is a Big Deal

Apr 30, 2015 |

While there’s been a lot of activity around the coming crop of “exascale-relevant” supercomputers, the HPC landscape is also shifting to become more data-aware. Perhaps no system reflects this transition better than Wrangler, the I/O-optimized open science system from Dell and EMC that debuted earlier this month at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC). In a presentation Read more…

First Use of HPC to Pick Vendors in Army Procurement Program

Apr 29, 2015 |

Over the next 25 to 40 years, the U.S. Army plans to replace its entire fleet of vertical lift helicopters, a project costing billions of taxpayer dollars. For the first time, HPC modeling was decisive in reducing the number of hopeful competing vendors – AVX Aircraft, Bell Helicopter, Karem Aircraft, and Sikorsky/Boeing – from four Read more…

Short Takes

Oil and Gas Workloads Drive Supercomputing in Brazil

Jun 1, 2015 |

International exploration and production firm BG Brasil is raising the supercomputing profile of Latin America with the launch of an SGI supercomputer that is expected to “revolutionize seismic data processing” in the region. Last week BG Brasil and Senai CIMATEC officially welcomed the new machine, named “CIMATEC Yemoja” after a local Afro-Brazilian deity, and debuted their new world-class Read more…

SGI ERI Installation Illustrates Multi-use HPC

May 20, 2015 |

Traditional research and Big Data apps are increasingly run on the same HPC system as lines between their computational requirements blur and demand for dual-use capability grows, said Bob Braham, SGI CMO. He pointed to last month’s ramp up of the latest SGI supercomputer at the Earthquake and Volcano Information Center at the University of Tokyo’s Earthquake Read more…

Sumit Gupta Leaves NVIDIA to Join IBM

May 19, 2015 |

Long-time industry executive Sumit Gupta has left GPU-pioneer NVIDIA, were he was GM, GPU Accelerated Data Center Computing, to join IBM as VP, HPC & OpenPOWER Operations. Executive changes in the HPC world are common but changes at this executive level are rare. Few details are known but IBM provided the background answers below to Read more…

Glacier Researchers Apply 3D Models to Helping Nepal

May 5, 2015 |

US-based glacier researchers are redirecting their usual activities toward the Nepali earthquake relief effort. The research teams – one at The Ohio State University and another at the University of Minnesota – are using their software code, Surface Extraction for TIN-based Searchspace Minimization (SETSM), in tandem with powerful supercomputers at Ohio Supercomputer Center to generate Read more…

HPC for Advanced Analytics at the USPS

May 5, 2015 |

Today, the United States Postal Service is on its third generation of supercomputers, with each generation more capable than its predecessor. IDC believes the USPS embrace of HPC exemplifies an important, accelerating IT trend: Leading organizations in the private and public sectors are increasingly turning to high-performance computing to tackle challenging big data analytics workloads Read more…

Off the Wire

Intersect360 Research Releases New Report on HPC Applications

Sep 19, 2014 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Sept. 19 — Newly segmented market research reveals a stable and mature technical computing segment with opportunities to expand, as well as a plethora of new HPC opportunities in business computing, according to Intersect360 Research’s 2014 HPC User Site Census: Applications. The research firm segmented their research into High Performance Business Computing (HPBC) Read more…

ZIH Becomes Intel Parallel Computing Center

Sep 19, 2014 |

Sept. 19 — The Center for Information Services and High Performance Computing (ZIH) has been established as an Intel Parallel Computing Center (IPCC). The collaboration between ZIH and Intel focuses on increasing the parallelism of existing scientific applications on future supercomputers consisting of many-core processors. Led by ZIH scientists, the new IPCC carries out two Read more…

Altair Unveils HyperWorks 13.0

Sep 16, 2014 |

TROY, Mich., Sept. 16 – Altair today announced a new release of HyperWorks, the most comprehensive version to date of its computer-aided engineering (CAE) software platform, which has set the global standard for enabling its users to create more durable and efficient products. HyperWorks 13.0 increases engineering productivity in four distinct areas: Performance optimization. Through a wide array of solvers and multiphysics Read more…

Praesum Communications is Now Praesum Supercomputing

Sep 10, 2014 |

PETALUMA, Calif., Sept. 10 — Praesum Communications announced today that will now be doing business as Praesum Supercomputing and will provide advanced OpenCL-based computational acceleration products for a wide range of applications. This marks an important shift in the business direction of Praesum, which is known for being a leader in smart switching technologies in Read more…

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…