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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

University of Arizona Welcomes ‘El Gato’ Supercomputer

Jun 2, 2014 |

Researchers at the University of Arizona now have a world-class supercomputing system to help them unlock the secrets of the universe. “El Gato” – which is short for the Extremely LarGe AdvancedTechnOlogy system – was acquired via a $1.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The 145-teraflops system achieved a 336 ranking on the Read more…

Mega-Simulations Resolve Starburst Puzzle

May 19, 2014 |

Astrophysicists at the CEA (the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission) and CNRS (the French National Center for Scientific Research) have achieved a major breakthrough. Thanks to a set of highly precise supercomputer simulations, the scientists have a much keener understanding of the turbulence that is generated when two galaxies collide. The study used Read more…

Virtual Human Program Aims to Transform Healthcare

May 19, 2014 |

Based on the number of prominent research projects currently in the works, 2014 could be a tipping point for the field of personalized medicine and in silico research. Last week, the Insigneo Institute at the University of Sheffield spotlighted its Virtual Physiological Human (VHP) program, which the project’s backers describe as “transcending sci fi and Read more…

Linear Solver Library Grows Up

May 16, 2014 |

NVIDIA’s AmgX is a linear solver library for large-scale industrial applications that entered beta production in January. Since then the software has matured, and Joe Eaton, lead for the AmgX product team at NVIDIA, wrote all about it in a recent blog. Eaton explains that V1.0 comes with classical AMG multi-GPU support and greatly improved Read more…

Supercomputing for Super-Plastics

May 15, 2014 |

IBM scientists have invented a new class of experimental polymers that are exceptionally lightweight, remarkably strong, and even self-healing, which they say could transform manufacturing and fabrication in the transportation, aerospace, and microelectronics industries. IBM’s research division published their findings on the novel polymers in the journal Science on Thursday with collaborators UC Berkeley, Eindhoven University Read more…

Off the Wire

Dot Hill Storage Products to Support Oil & Gas Applications

Mar 19, 2014 |

LONGMONT, Colo., March 19 — Dot Hill Systems Corp., a leading provider of SAN storage solutions, today announced it has developed a reference platform, in conjunction with Intel and Mellanox, to better support the industry-specific needs of geologists and geophysicists for exploration and production applications. Combining Dot Hill AssuredSAN 4524 and 4534 storage systems with Read more…

Cardiff University Utilizing Allinea Performance Reports

Mar 18, 2014 |

WARWICK, U.K., March 18 — A new tool from Allinea Software is allowing users and supercomputer owners to see clearly what is happening within their HPC system – and ensure optimum performance from their applications. System owners, developers and users are all interested to see what is going on ‘inside’ after they set a job Read more…

Convergent Science Adopts Allinea DDT

Mar 12, 2014 |

MIDDLETON, Wis., March 12 – Convergent Science, Inc. (CSI) is a world leader in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software. Their development teams focus on speed, precision and simplifying their workflows to get to market before competitors and keep customers happy – Allinea DDT plays a big role in achieving this. “Adopting Allinea Software’s debugging tool, Allinea DDT, has transformed Read more…

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…