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ISC General Chair Hans Werner Meuer Passes Away at 77

Jan 21, 2014 |

ISC General Chair Hans Werner Meuer passed away yesterday at the age of 77. A treasured member of the international supercomputing community, Meuer died peacefully at his home in Daisbach, Southern Germany, after a brief battle with cancer. Meuer is survived by his wife, Ursula, his sons, Andreas, Martin and Thomas, daughter-in-laws, his grandchildren, his Read more…

Focus Sharpens on New HPC Benchmark

Jan 6, 2014 |

Over the last few years in particular, discussions about the limitations of the current measurement for the Top500, the LINPACK benchmark, have echoed louder. The result of these lines of questioning have led to a new benchmarking possibility–one that takes real world application needs and current architectural and system design trends into greater account. LINPACK Read more…

HPC and Science & Technology Policy

Nov 26, 2013 |

Policies, like sausages, cease to inspire respect in proportion as we know how they are made. This is a loose paraphrase of a common analogy. Is it apt when applied to science and technology policy? In particular, how – and where – is HPC policy made? Is it currently being made at all? Given the Read more…

Intel Brings Knights to the Roundtable at SC13

Nov 23, 2013 |

This week during SC13, Intel hosted a roundtable session to discuss the future of its upcoming Knights Landing product, hitting on where the key benefits are expected for technical computing users and how Knight’s Landing might influence the shape of next generation systems and applications. As Intel turns its focus on the Xeon front to Read more…

SC13 Talk Pushes HPC in New Educational Directions

Nov 19, 2013 |

According to Dr. Thom Dunning from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, science and engineering research has been revolutionized by computation but, to date computing has largely been used to organize, prepare for and disseminate courses. Dunning says that “The potential of using these technologies to teach students the fundamental principles of a subject through authentic Read more…

Short Takes

Theoretical Physicist Talks Quantum Computing Future

Sep 30, 2013 |

Theoretical physicist Dr. John Preskill, who is one of the leading researchers in the areas of quantum information, quantum computing and quantum error correction, presented some of his ideas in a recent Google Tech Talk.

The Math-Supercomputing Connection

Sep 17, 2013 |

David Brown, the director of the Computational Research Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, explores the deep connection between mathematics and modern computer science.

India Preps for Ubiquitous HPC

Sep 3, 2013 |

HPC is reaching into new markets to boost competitiveness around the world, and India is gearing up for the shift. Among the top 500 fastest systems in the world, 11 are from India – up from eight systems on the previous list.

Computing the Physics of Bubbles

May 15, 2013 |

Supercomputers at the Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) have worked on important computational problems such as collapse of the atomic state, the optimization of chemical catalysts, and now modeling popping bubbles.

New Tome Tells Modern History of Supercomputing

May 6, 2013 |

A new book for the shelves of supercomputing aficionados has emerged, which covers a rather impressive swath of topic areas—from analyses of current top systems like Sequoia and…

Off the Wire

ORNL Researchers Named Corporate Fellows

Jun 24, 2014 |

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., June 24 – Michael L. Simpson, Lance L. Snead and Gerald A. Tuskan have been named Corporate Fellows of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Among the lab’s highest honors, the corporate fellow designation recognizes the researchers’ significant accomplishments and continuing leadership in their scientific, engineering and technological fields. With their addition, Read more…

Sandia’s Hendrickson and Leland Win SC14’s Second Test of Time Award

Jun 12, 2014 |

NEW ORLEANS, June 12 – The Supercomputing Conference (SC14) awards committee today announced that “A Multi-level Algorithm for Partitioning Graphs,” co-authored by Bruce Hendrickson and Rob Leland of Sandia National Laboratories, has won the prestigious Test of Time Award. The award recognizes the most transformative and inspiring research published at the SC conference and will be Read more…

David Watters Joins AMD Professional Graphics Business Unit

Jun 12, 2014 |

June 12 — Industry veteran David Watters has joined AMD as Head of Industry Alliances, Professional Graphics. David brings a wealth of experience in the Professional Graphics market. He joins AMD from Immersion Graphics Inc. where he was VP of Business Development. Prior to IGI, David worked at Nvidia for 10 years, holding a number Read more…

XSEDE14 Speakers Finalized

May 30, 2014 |

May 30 — Six experts in various fields of science, technology, education, and cyberinfrastructure have been finalized as speakers for the XSEDE14 Conference. This year’s conference schedule is available through Sched, which allows attendees to explore the detailed agenda, create a personalized itinerary, and discovery other attendees, speakers, and exhibitors. XSEDE14 speakers are as follows: Farnam Jahanian, Read more…

DOE Looks to Dongarra for Input on Computing Advances

May 21, 2014 |

May 21 — The US Department of Energy recently released a report through its Office of Science detailing the top ten research challenges in reaching the level of exascale computing, once again calling on the UT’s Jack Dongarra for input. Dongarra, a Distinguished Professor in the College of Engineering‘s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, director Read more…