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SDSC Researcher Awarded $1.4 Million NIH Structural Bioinformatics Grant

Aug 17, 2015 |

Aug. 17 — A bioinformatics researcher at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, has been awarded a three-year National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant worth almost $1.4 million to make biological structures more widely available to scientists, educators, and students. The NIH award, as part of the agency’s Read more…

SDSC Names Ilkay Altintas Chief Data Science Officer

Aug 14, 2015 |

Aug. 14 — Ilkay Altintas has been appointed Chief Data Science Officer of the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, effective immediately. Altintas, who joined SDSC in 2001, will lead the strategic coordination of all computational data science activities at SDSC while overseeing application-based solutions and their related technologies. Read more…

SC15’s Visualization and Data Analytics Showcase Program Deadline Extended

Aug 14, 2015 |

Aug. 14 — SC15’s Visualization and Data Analytics Showcase Program provides a forum for the year’s most instrumental movies in HPC.  Six finalists will compete for the Best Visualization Award, and each finalist will present his or her movie during a dedicated session at SC15 in a 15-minute presentation. Movies are judged based on how Read more…

SGI CEO Discusses National Strategic Computing Initiative

Aug 14, 2015 |

Aug. 14 — I wanted to share with you some extremely exciting news that relates to our industry and our country’s competitiveness. On July 29, President Obama signed an Executive Order creating a new National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI), with the goal of maximizing the benefits of HPC for the United States. This announcement outlines a concerted Read more…

PRACE Issues Call for Proposals for DECI-13

Aug 14, 2015 |

Aug. 14 — DECI provides cross-national access to European Tier-1 HPC resources (national systems). Access will be awarded for a period of 12 months, beginning January 18, 2016. Resources are available on the following architectures: Cray XC30/Cray XC40, IBM Blue Gene/Q, Intel clusters (various processor and memory configurations) and hybrid systems (clusters with GPGPU accelerators or Xeon Phi Co-processors) made available from Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands, UK. Applicants need Read more…

Tianhe-1A Shuts Down After Deadly Double Blast

Aug 13, 2015 |

Citing safety and security concerns following an industrial accident that killed more than 50 people and injured hundreds more in northeast China on Wednesday night, officials have shut down Tianhe-1A, the supercomputer that heralded China’s rise into the elite fold of supercomputing in 2010. The machine is housed inside the National Supercomputing Center of Tianjin, on the Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Aug 13, 2015 |

Here at HPCwire, we want to help keep the HPC community as up-to-date as possible on some of the most captivating news items that were tweeted throughout the week. The tweets that caught our eye this past week are listed below. Check back in next Thursday for an entirely updated list. Getting Cray, power supply for Read more…

Colfax Announces Free Online Training in Parallel Programming and Optimization for Intel Architecture

Aug 13, 2015 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Aug. 13 – Colfax International, a leading provider of High Performance Computing solutions, today announced free online workshops on parallel programming and optimization for Intel architecture, including Intel Xeon processors and Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors. The Hands-on Workshop (HOW) series will introduce best practices to researchers and developers to efficiently extract maximum performance out of Read more…

Tianhe-1A Shut Down After Nearby Explosion

Aug 13, 2015 |

Editor’s note: Updated coverage is available here. BEIJING, Aug. 13 — China has shut down supercomputer Tianhe-1A due to a deadly explosion that took place in the port city of Tianjin on Wednesday night. Tianhe-1A is housed at the National Supercomputing Center in Tianjin, about 75 miles southeast of Beijing. The building sustained broken windows and collapsed ceilings when a violent Read more…

TACC Software Helps Researchers Visualize Science With Greater Fidelity

Aug 13, 2015 |

Aug. 13 — When scientists run experiments–whether physically smashing atoms at the Large Hadron Collider or virtually simulating future weather–the output is often a huge set of numbers incomprehensible to the ordinary human brain. To tame the data and put it into a form that our minds can understand, researchers use scientific visualization. In its Read more…

Lenovo Reports First Quarter 2015 Financial Results

Aug 13, 2015 |

Aug. 13 — Lenovo Group has announced results for its first fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2015. Quarterly revenue was US$10.7 billion, a three percent increase year-over-year. First quarter pre-tax income decreased 80 percent year-over-year to US$52 million. Net income declined 51 percent year-over-year to US$105 million. Lenovo saw severe challenges in its main markets. Read more…

Technology Leaders Honored at California Technology Forum

Aug 13, 2015 |

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 13 — The Best of California Awards will be presented at the California Technology Forum today by e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government. Highlights from the 2015 Best of California Awards include: Alameda County’s Shuttle Mobile App increased public transit ridership by 29 percent between county buildings for both employees and the public. The new app provides schedules, routes, Read more…

Durbin Calls for Stronger Federal Investment in Scientific Research

Aug 12, 2015 |

Aug. 12 — U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) called for greater federal investment in scientific and biomedical research in a speech at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on Tuesday, Aug. 11. Durbin discussed two pieces of legislation, The American Cures Act and the American Innovation Act, which would create a mandatory fund to provide steady, predicable funding Read more…

UberCloud Publishes New Compendium of HPC Cloud Case Studies

Aug 12, 2015 |

LOS ALTOS, Calif., Aug. 12 — This is the third annual Compendium of case studies describing technical computing in the cloud. Like its predecessors in 2013 and 2014, this year’s edition draws from a select group of projects undertaken as part of the UberCloud Experiment. These case studies are about cancer genomics, aerodynamics optimizations, coronary artery Read more…

Blue Waters Helps Beckman Researchers Construct Atomic Model of an Immature Retrovirus

Aug 12, 2015 |

Aug. 12 — Using molecular modeling and large-scale molecular dynamic simulation, Beckman researchers have constructed an atomic model of an immature retrovirus. The researchers from the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group published their work in the journal Structure. Retroviruses, such as HIV, are tricky to treat. They go through a multistage process to produce infectious particles. Read more…

IU’s Brad Wheeler Honored as CTO of the Year

Aug 12, 2015 |

Aug. 12 — Brad Wheeler, Indiana University’s vice president for information technology and chief information officer, is a 2015 winner of the Indianapolis Business Journal and TechPoint’s CTO of the Year award, the IBJ announced Wednesday, August 12. Wheeler earned the honor in the not-for-profit/government (revenue above $100 million) category. The IBJ and TechPoint present the Read more…

Netlist Reports Second Quarter 2015 Financial Results

Aug 12, 2015 |

IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 12 — Netlist, Inc. a leading provider of high performance memory solutions for the cloud computing and storage markets, has reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 27, 2015. Revenues for the three months ended June 27, 2015, were $1.4 million, compared to revenues of $4.9 million for the second quarter ended June Read more…

Altera to Display FPGA Acceleration Solutions at IDF15

Aug 12, 2015 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 12 — Altera Corporation today announced it will showcase at the Intel Developers Forum (IDF) how FPGA accelerators are being used to enable networking, security and machine learning workloads in a power and cost efficient way. Altera’s participation at IDF15 includes in-booth demonstrations (booth #359) and technical presentations. IDF15 takes place in San Francisco, Calif., August Read more…

Amazon Web Services Spotlights HPC Options

Aug 11, 2015 |

Despite high initial interest, HPC in the cloud never achieved significant adoption levels, mainly being relegated to low-hanging “pleasingly parallel” fruit and testing or experimental use, however, there are signs of growth on the horizon, according to HPC analysts. “As public clouds acquire stronger HPC capabilities and perform better on a larger set of HPC workloads, they Read more…

DDN Data Depot Speeds Purdue Throughput

Aug 11, 2015 |

Purdue University, like most big research institutions, relies on a constantly evolving cyber infrastructure to support its large and diverse community of researchers. The diversity of workflows and exploding size of datasets have turned data storage and data management into major stumbling blocks in this environment. Recently, Purdue deployed a new 6.4 petabyte Data Depot, Read more…

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