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SpaceX Leverages HPC to Reach Orbit

Jan 2, 2015 |

The commercial revolution in spaceflight is predicated on bringing computing power and Web 2.0 practices to bear in the quest to reduce the cost of lofting payloads to space. All this must be accomplished while demonstrating safety and reliability for the day when commercial space companies begin carrying crews to Earth’s orbit and beyond. Among Read more…

Workstations, Servers, Clouds: Making the Call for HPC

Dec 17, 2014 |

A recent survey in 25 HPC and CAE LinkedIn groups regarding engineers’ concerns about cloud computing was conducted by UberCloud and revealed that many engineers tend to compare the benefits of workstations versus servers versus clouds in a somewhat misinformed way. In fact, most of them compare the positive aspects of their workstation with the (apparent) roadblocks of Read more…

How the US Could Achieve Superconducting Supercomputing in Five Years

Dec 9, 2014 |

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) has officially commenced a multi-year research effort to develop a superconducting computer as a long-term solution to the power, cooling and space constraints that afflict modern high-performance computing. First revealed in February 2013, when the agency put out a call for proposals, the Cryogenic Computer Complexity (C3) program Read more…

Jysoo Lee Rates Progress on Korea’s National Supercomputing Plan

Dec 8, 2014 |

Korea plans to be in the top seven nations of supercomputing by 2017, and Dr. Jysoo Lee, as director general of the recently established National Institute of Supercomputing and Networking (NISN) within KISTI (the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information), is one of the key figures advancing this goal. Dr. Lee also serves as chief Read more…

Roll Your Own Lustre — Are You On Your Own?

Dec 4, 2014 |

Lustre is a popular open source parallel file system with many years of development behind it. People trying to roll their own HPC scratch storage with Lustre may find a number of inherent problems. If there isn’t in-house Lustre expertise to deploy and keep it optimally running, the work may need to be outsourced. But Read more…

Short Takes

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Dec 19, 2014 |

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.   HPC for the holidays! We’re installing Read more…

SGI Scores Second DoD Deal in Two Months

Dec 18, 2014 |

SGI was awarded a contract worth $30,750,000 to supply the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) with a 3.9 petaflops SGI ICE X supercomputer. This is the second time in the last two months that SGI has inked a major deal with the Department of Defense (DoD) for its ICE product. Both awards were allocated through Read more…

Tulane Accelerates Discovery with Hybrid Supercomputer

Dec 16, 2014 |

The rich culture and distinctive charm of the city of New Orleans served as the backdrop for this year’s annual Supercomputing Conference (SC14). If you haven’t been before, residents of the Big Easy will urge you to visit the uptown campus of Tulane University. Renowned for its beautiful trees and landscaping, the university is also a prominent Read more…

‘Piz Dora’ Piggybacks Swiss Supercomputer ‘Piz Daint’

Dec 11, 2014 |

Already the world’s most energy-efficient petascale supercomputer, “Piz Daint” – the Cray XC30 system installed at the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) – is even more powerful, thanks to multicore Cray XC40 extension called “Piz Dora.” Following a local naming convention, the monikers were inspired by mountains of the Swiss Ortler Alps with Piz Daint as the “inner Read more…

IBM, Jülich Explore Brain-Inspired Computing

Dec 10, 2014 |

In a recent blog entry, IBM’s Thorsten Mühge discusses the emerging field of “brain inspired computing” in the context of its potential to revolutionize the computer industry. The research area is taking off as an alternative to the current “Von Neumann” architecture, which extends back to 1945. Writes Mühge: “This design is extremely powerful for Read more…

Off the Wire

BSC and Intel Extend Research Collaboration

Jan 23, 2015 |

Jan. 23 — Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) and Intel have renewed their collaboration research agreement at the Intel and BSC Exascale Laboratory in Barcelona until September 2017. The Intel and BSC Exascale Lab is located at the BSC and focuses on software and extraordinary levels of parallelism which will be needed to utilize future Intel-architecture Read more…

Seagate Expands Collaboration Efforts with Supermicro

Jan 22, 2015 |

CUPERTINO, Calif., Jan. 22 — Seagate Technology plc, a worldwide leader in storage solutions, today announced, in conjunction with Supermicro, the tested and preconfigured SQL server reference architecture for data warehouse deployments, as part of Microsoft’s SQL Server 2014 Fast Track program. The reference design addresses the need to quickly convert data into actionable information while Read more…

TOP500 Sites Relying on DDN Storage

Jan 21, 2015 |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 21 — For the sixth consecutive year, DataDirect Networks (DDN) continues its proven leadership of the TOP500.org global supercomputer rankings with more than two-thirds of identifiable sites among the world’s 500 fastest computers relying on DDN storage infrastructure solutions, according to the most recent TOP500 rankings list. As the premier global list Read more…

SDSC Supercomputers to Assist UC San Diego Center

Jan 20, 2015 |

Jan. 20 — A new center at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, focused on developing new ways to protect buildings and infrastructure as well as the human body from extreme events such as blasts from terrorist attacks or high-impact collisions, is joining forces with the university’s San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), to Read more…

Applications Being Accepted for Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences

Jan 20, 2015 |

Jan. 20 — Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from institutions in Canada, Europe, Japan and the United States are invited to apply for the sixth International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences, to be held from June 21-26, 2015, in Toronto, Canada. Applications are due March 11, 2015. The summer school is sponsored by Compute/Calcul Read more…

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