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Podcast: Industry Leaders on the Promise & Peril of NSCI

Aug 27, 2015 |

Five senior executives from Cray, HP, IBM, Intel and SGI weigh in on the new National Strategic Computing Initiative’s (NSCI) prospects in this exclusive HPCwire podcast. Discussion ranged widely from the need for long-term funding for leading edge technology, to the software industry’s past slowness to get involved with advancing hardware technology development, to fostering Read more…

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COSMOS Team Achieves 100x Speedup on Cosmology Code

Aug 24, 2015 |

One of the most popular sessions at the Intel Developer Forum last week in San Francisco, and certainly one of the most exciting from an HPC perspective, brought together two of the world’s foremost experts in parallel programming to discuss current state-of-the-art methods for leveraging parallelism on processors and coprocessors. The speakers, Intel’s Jim Jeffers and Read more…

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Moving Down the Path Toward Code Modernization

Aug 19, 2015 |

“Code modernization” is a hot topic. While it is widely understood that applications need to evolve with hardware, there is lot of attention to evaluating how to do that well. Savvy customers ask about both portability and performance portability. Because the time and expertise to do the work is scarce and the willingness to do Read more…

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Making Sense of Cyberinfrastructure

Aug 17, 2015 |

Cyberinfrastructure. If there’s one word that’s likely to create confusion both within the scientific research community and among the public at large, this may be it. Yet the concept of cyberinfrastructure is at the very core of the nation’s top scientific research priorities, and the National Science Foundation is firmly committed to continuing to make cyberinfrastructure resources available to researchers across the nation.

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HPC User Forum Panel will Dig into NSCI’s Promise and Peril

Aug 17, 2015 |

What’s next for the National Strategic Computing Initiative? The HPC User Forum will start the process of answering that question by presenting the first public panel of speakers from NSCI lead agencies at its September meeting in Denver. Budgets, technology goals, industry collaboration, governance are all likely to be fair game at this meeting of Read more…

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Short Takes

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Aug 27, 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. #TBT '10: When Louisiana Gov Read more…

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Weekly Twitter Roundup

Aug 20, 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. #Supercomputers are changing history. pic.twitter.com/ESVGNVYUzk Read more…

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Intel Adds HPC Specialty to Technology Partner Program

Aug 19, 2015 |

Last week Intel announced a new certification specialty designation for partners targeting high-performance computing. The HPC Data Center Specialty designation is the latest in a line of vertical market partner designations rolled out by Intel in April of this year, designed to help Intel technology provider partners expand their customer base and resources. The new Read more…

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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…

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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…

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Off the Wire

Blue Waters and Titan Help SCEC Gain Insights About Earthquakes

Aug 27, 2015 |

Aug. 27 — Earthquakes occur on a massive scale and often originate deep below the surface of the Earth, making them notoriously difficult to predict. The Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) and its lead scientist, Thomas Jordan, use massive computing power made possible by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to improve our understanding of earthquakes. In doing Read more…

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SDSC Awarded One-Year Extension for Gordon Supercomputer

Aug 26, 2015 |

Aug. 26 — The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, a one-year extension to continue operating its Gordon supercomputer, providing continued access to the cluster for a wide range of researchers with data-intensive projects. The result of a five-year, $20 million NSF grant awarded Read more…

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Gartner Says Worldwide Server Shipment Market Grew Eight Percent in Second Quarter of 2015

Aug 26, 2015 |

STAMFORD, Conn., Aug. 26 — In the second quarter of 2015, worldwide server shipments grew 8.0 percent year over year, while revenue increased 7.2 percent from the second quarter of 2014, according to Gartner, Inc. “The second quarter year-over-year growth for 2015 slowed compared with the annual growth of the first quarter of the year,” said Jeffrey Hewitt, Read more…

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TACC Supercomputers Assist With Heart Valve Research

Aug 20, 2015 |

Aug. 20 — New supercomputer models have come closer than ever to capturing the behavior of normal human heart valves and their replacements, according to recent studies by groups including scientists at the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) at The University of Texas at Austin and the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University.The studies focused on Read more…

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D-Wave Systems Announces General Availability of the 2X Quantum Computer

Aug 20, 2015 |

PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 20 —  D-Wave Systems Inc., the world’s first quantum computing company, today announced the general availability of the D-Wave 2X quantum computing system. The D-Wave 2X features a 1000+ qubit quantum processor and numerous design improvements that result in faster performance, higher precision and the ability to solve much larger problems. At 1000+ qubits, the Read more…

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