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Why TACC’s New Data ‘Wrangler’ Is a Big Deal

Apr 30, 2015 |

While there’s been a lot of activity around the coming crop of “exascale-relevant” supercomputers, the HPC landscape is also shifting to become more data-aware. Perhaps no system reflects this transition better than Wrangler, the I/O-optimized open science system from Dell and EMC that debuted earlier this month at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC). In a presentation Read more…

NASA’s Earth Science Supercomputer Balloons to 3.3 Petaflops

Apr 29, 2015 |

In what is being called an unprecedented upgrade, the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) is tripling the peak performance of its Discover supercomputer to more than 3.3 petaflops to power NASA’s Earth science modeling efforts. The open procurement process included the benchmarking of NCCS codes – notably the Goddard Earth Observing System Model, Version Read more…

NERSC Invites Haswell-Based Cray XC40 Into Cori Fold

Apr 22, 2015 |

Nearly one year after the Department of Energy inked a $70 million contract for the exascale-relevant Cori system, news of a second, smaller system has come to light. In an interesting turn of events, the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) revealed today that it will be acquiring a “Cori Phase 1” system, a 10-cabinet Cray XC40 machine Read more…

Application Readiness at the DOE, Part III: Argonne Ramps Up Early Science Program

Apr 20, 2015 |

In our third and final video from the HPC User Forum panel (The Who-What-When of Getting Applications Ready to Run On, And Across, Office of Science Next-Gen Leadership Computing Systems), Tim Williams dives into the Early Science Program (ESP) being ramped up at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF). Williams, the ESP manager, noted the current Read more…

Application Readiness at the DOE, Part II: NERSC Preps for Cori

Apr 17, 2015 |

In our second video feature from the HPC User Forum panel, “The Who-What-When of Getting Applications Ready to Run On, And Across, Office of Science Next-Gen Leadership Computing Systems,” we learn more about the goals and challenges associated with getting science applications ready for the coming crop of Department of Energy (DOE) supercomputers, which in addition to being five-to-seven times faster than Read more…

Short Takes

CMU’s Claudico Goes All-In Against World-Class Poker Pros

May 1, 2015 |

Last Friday (April 24), the “Brains Vs. Artificial Intelligence” competition kicked-off at the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Today, exactly halfway through the event, computer program “Claudico,” a joint effort between the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and Carnegie Mellon, has played over 40,000 hands of No-Limit Texas Hold’em poker against four of the game’s professionals. The Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Apr 30, 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 SC10: @FujitsuHPC staff intros 6D Mesh/Torus Read more…

Poland Unveils 1.7 Petaflops Supercomputer

Apr 28, 2015 |

The AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow held a ceremony on April 27 to welcome its much-heralded Prometheus supercomputer, named after the Greek god who gave fire to humankind. Packing 1.7 petaflops of peak computational performance, the HP-built machine is the most powerful supercomputer in the history of Poland and the world’s largest installation Read more…

Blacklisting Doesn’t Slow Intel Investment in China

Apr 28, 2015 |

Intel may be barred from selling leading edge technology to China’s top supercomputer sites but it is nonetheless ramping up its high-end collaboration with China. On April 21st, Intel launched the first Intel Parallel Computing Center in China, a joint effort with the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), with widely publicized ceremonies in China. “This Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Apr 23, 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. Seminar by Prof. Satoshi Matsuoka at #KAUST Read more…

Off the Wire

Brains Vs. Artificial Intelligence Poker Competition Reaches Halfway Point

May 1, 2015 |

PITTSBURGH, Penn., May 1 — Today marks the halfway point of an 80,000-hand journey in the “Brains Vs. Artificial Intelligence” poker competition. After 40,000 hands, the ‘humans’— four professional poker players — have taken a lead over Carnegie Mellon University’s artificial intelligence program, Claudico.    Hosted at Rivers Casino, this first-ever challenge began on Friday, April Read more…

Dynatem to Introduce BoldHPC 50-10

May 1, 2015 |

May 1 — Dynatem, a Eurotech subsidiary, will introduce the BoldHPC 50-10 at next week’s Unmanned Systems 2015 conference in Atlanta, GA. BoldHPC is a liquid cooled High Performance Embedded Computer server designed for maximum performance in rugged environments. Safe, reliable liquid cooling enables greater performance, 1000 times more effective than air-cooling and consumes less energy than fans. Read more…

14 Projects, 247M Core Supercomputing Hours Awarded Via 10th PRACE Call

Apr 29, 2015 |

BERLIN, Germany, April 29 – The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS), a hosting member of the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE), continues to significantly contribute to European large-scale scientific and engineering research activities. The 10th PRACE Regular Call for Proposals resulted in GCS supporting 14 outstanding scientific research projects from eight European countries Read more…

IBM Scientists Achieve Critical Steps to Building Practical Quantum Computer

Apr 29, 2015 |

YORKTOWN Heights, N.Y., April 29 — IBM scientists today unveiled two critical advances towards the realization of a practical quantum computer. For the first time, they showed the ability to detect and measure both kinds of quantum errors simultaneously, as well as demonstrated a new, square quantum bit circuit design that is the only physical architecture that Read more…

ASRock Rack Introduces Latest Mini-ITX Server Board

Apr 29, 2015 |

TAIPEI, Taiwan, April 29  — ASrock Rack, the innovative server technology provider focusing on high performance and high-efficiency server products such as HPC, cloud computing, and datacenters, has announced the latest mini-ITX server board EPC612D4I. Previously, ASRock Rack had showcased this mini-ITX board at CeBIT 2015 as a UP solution for intensive computing tasks and micro Read more…