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Getting ready for KNL? Take a Lesson from NERSC on Optimizing

Feb 10, 2016 |

NERSC is beginning to tell the world how to optimize applications to run on the new Intel Xeon Phi processors, code name Knights Landing (KNL), that will boot in self-hosted mode to power over 9,300 nodes of the Cori supercomputer by the summer of 2016. Indeed, general availability of KNL is expected before the end Read more…

Global HPC Market Report Released by ReportsnReports

Feb 10, 2016 |

PUNE, India, Feb. 10 — The global high performance computing market is projected to reach USD 36.62 Billion by 2020, at a CAGR of 5.45% with higher computational power driving the HPC market growth with Asia-Pacific (APAC) expected to witness the highest growth and HPC servers to gain maximum market share during the forecast period. Read more…

Energy-Aware MPI Communication Library for Power Management?

Feb 9, 2016 |

Can MPI communication runtimes be designed to be energy-aware? Can energy be saved during MPI calls without a loss in performance? These are two questions briefly examined by Dhabaleswar K. (DK) Panda, of The Ohio State University, in a blog post on the Top500 website today (Designing Energy-Aware MPI Communication Library: Opportunities and Challenges). Power, Read more…

SURFsara to Expand Capacity of Cartesius Supercomputer

Feb 9, 2016 |

Feb. 9 — SURFsara will expand the capacity of the Cartesius national supercomputer in the second half of 2016. The contract with the supplier, Atos, an international leader in digital services, was signed in December. The models that researchers are working on are becoming increasingly complex and the data sets ever larger, hence they need Read more…

April HPC User Forum to Tackle Deep Learning, HPC in the Cloud, and More

Feb 8, 2016 |

IDC released the preliminary agenda for this spring’s HPC User Forum, held April 11-13 in Tucson, AZ. Deep Learning, HPC in the Cloud, and NSCI are among the themes being tackled. There’s also a technology update from Intel and a look at HPC in Europe on the agenda. “HPC technologies and methods have been advancing Read more…

White Hat Hackers Press Attack on TACC’s Chameleon

Feb 8, 2016 |

An article in HPCwire’s sister publication, EnterpriseTech, reports on how a group of cybersecurity researchers is utilizing a cloud computing test bed, called Chameleon and funded by the National Science Foundation, at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin, and the Computational Institute at the University of Chicago to Read more…

Ellexus Unveils New Software for HPC

Feb 8, 2016 |

Feb. 8 — Ellexus is excited to announce the release of Mistral, our ground breaking product that will balance shared storage across a high performance computing cluster. Developed in collaboration with ARM’s IT department, 2015 was a year of intense production – 2016 is the year that Mistral will take HPC by storm. Mistral addresses Read more…

Biomedical Simulation at PSC Gets Major Performance Boost with Anton 2

Feb 5, 2016 |

Simulating even small biological systems has long proven computationally difficult. Practically speaking, data-driven bioinformatics such as DNA sequence analysis has progressed more rapidly. Development of Anton 1, the ASIC-based supercomputer specifically designed for simulating molecular dynamics by D. E. Shaw Research (DESRES) in 2008, was a major advance. In 2010 DESRES provided an Anton machine Read more…

Auburn University Unveils $1M Supercomputer

Feb 5, 2016 |

Feb. 5 — Auburn University today unveiled its new $1 million supercomputer that will enhance research across campus, from microscopic gene sequencing to huge engineering tasks. The university is also initiating a plan to purchase a new one every few years as research needs evolve and expand. “Many of our research projects require terabytes of Read more…

Allocation Requests Sought for Blue Waters Supercomputer

Feb 5, 2016 |

Feb. 5 — Blue Waters is one of the world’s most powerful computing systems. Each year that Blue Waters is in operation, about 3 to 4 million node-hours will be allocated to projects from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As each node has many powerful cores, this is significantly more computing power than most Read more…

New Report Says HPC Market to be Worth $36 Billion by 2020

Feb 5, 2016 |

PUNE, India, Feb. 5 — According to a new market research report, “High Performance Computing Market by Components Type (Servers, Storage, Networking Devices, & Software), Services, Deployment Type, Server Price Band, Vertical, & Region – Global Forecast to 2020”, published by MarketsandMarkets, the HPC market is estimated to grow from USD 28.08 Billion in 2015 and projected to be of USD 36.62 Billion by Read more…

James Reinders: Parallelism Has Crossed a Threshold

Feb 4, 2016 |

Is the parallel everything era here? What happens when you can assume parallel cores? In the second half of our in-depth interview, Intel’s James Reinders discusses the eclipsing of single-core machines by their multi- and manycore counterparts and the ramifications of the democratization of parallel computing, remarking “we don’t need to worry about single-core processors anymore Read more…

CCRT Boosts Industrial Innovation with Petascale Supercomputer from Bull

Feb 4, 2016 |

PARIS, France, Feb. 4 — Following a tender bid, the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, CEA, and its industrial partners at the Centre for Computing Research and Technology, CCRT, have invested in a new petaflop supercomputer of ~1.4 Pflops, designed by Bull, the Atos brand for technology products and software. Three times more powerful than the current Read more…

PSC Receives $1.8 Million NIH Grant

Feb 4, 2016 |

Feb. 4 — A $1.8-million National Institutes of Health grant to the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) will make a next-generation Anton 2 supercomputer developed by D. E. Shaw Research (DESRES) available to the biomedical research community. A specialized system for modeling the function and dynamics of biomolecules, the Anton 2 machine at PSC will be Read more…

CoolIT Systems Completes Deployment of Rack DCLC Liquid Cooling Solution at PSNC

Feb 3, 2016 |

Feb. 3 — CoolIT Systems, the world leader in Direct Contact Liquid Cooling (DCLC) technologies for data center, server and desktop markets, today announced that it has successfully completed the second deployment of its Rack DCLC liquid cooling solution at the Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC) in partnership with Huawei. The liquid cooled solution makes up part of the Read more…

Huawei and PSNC Inaugurate Innovation Center in Poland

Feb 3, 2016 |

Feb. 3 — Huawei and Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC) in Poland have officially inaugurated PSNC-Huawei Innovation Center where joint research in the area of high-performance computing (HPC), cloud storage, and big data will be carried out. The PSNC-Huawei Innovation Center is a remarkable step towards business and science collaboration, largely influencing development of Read more…

PPPL Team Wins 80 Million Processor Hours on Nation’s Fastest Supercomputer

Jan 27, 2016 |

Jan. 27 — The U.S Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded a total of 80 million processor hours on the fastest supercomputer in the nation to an astrophysical project based at the DOE’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). The grants will enable researchers led by Amitava Bhattacharjee, head of the Theory Department at PPPL, and Read more…

Next Steps for NSCI: Seeking to Ensure a Long and Lively Lifespan

Jan 27, 2016 |

It has been six months since the White House released the executive order establishing the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI), the broad interagency research effort seeking to maximize the benefits of high-performance computing (HPC) research, development and deployment across the U.S. public and private sectors. Since then, each of the participating U.S. agencies has prepared Read more…

ACCEL Program at ORNL Still Going Strong Says Suzy Tichenor

Jan 26, 2016 |

Last year the Accelerating Competitiveness through Computational Excellence (ACCEL) program at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) launched 24 new projects with industry. With national competitiveness garnering growing attention and the launch of the National Strategic Computing Initiative, programs such as ACCEL are poised for growth. ACCEL is an ORNL Read more…

Artificial Intelligence Pioneer Marvin Minsky Dies at 88

Jan 26, 2016 |

“Marvin Minsky, who combined a scientist’s thirst for knowledge with a philosopher’s quest for truth as a pioneering explorer of artificial intelligence, work that helped inspire the creation of the personal computer and the Internet, died on Sunday night in Boston,” reported the New York Times today. He was 88. The NYT obituary by Glenn Read more…