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Wrangler and Comet Reflect Changing NSF Priorities

May 4, 2015 |

“Early operations mode” describes the status of two NSF-funded systems that are on track to support a wider range of user than is traditionally served by elite-level supercomputing. Wrangler is the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) system that we reported on last week, so now we turn our attention to Comet, the petascale supercomputer readying for launch at San Diego Read more…

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…

Short Takes

HPC for Advanced Analytics at the USPS

May 5, 2015 |

Today, the United States Postal Service is on its third generation of supercomputers, with each generation more capable than its predecessor. IDC believes the USPS embrace of HPC exemplifies an important, accelerating IT trend: Leading organizations in the private and public sectors are increasingly turning to high-performance computing to tackle challenging big data analytics workloads Read more…

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…

Off the Wire

QLogic Ethernet Adapters Deliver Enhanced Features for OpenStack Kilo Release

May 18, 2015 |

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 18, 2015 – QLogic Corp. (Nasdaq:QLGC), a leading supplier of high performance network infrastructure solutions, today announced that QLogic(R) FastLinQ(TM) 10Gb Ethernet (10GbE) adapters have been verified to support OpenStack Kilo, the 11th release of OpenStack. QLogic FastLinQ adapters support Single Root I/O Virtualization (SR-IOV) and Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN) offload Read more…

CUG2015 Highlights Trends in HPC

May 15, 2015 |

May 15 — The 2015 Cray User Group meeting was held in downtown Chicago April 26-30. Around 200 attendees, both Cray customers and users, enjoyed a range of presentations and discussion sessions from tutorials to discussions. NCSA and the Blue Waters project were the local hosts for this year’s event. NCSA Director Ed Seidel gave the keynote Read more…

Altair PBS Professional to Manage Workload for Met Office Supercomputer

May 12, 2015 |

TROY, Mich., May 12 — Altair today announced that its industry-leading workload management product for high-performance computing (HPC), PBS Professional, has been selected to manage workload for the Cray supercomputing system being installed by the Met Office, the British government’s national weather service. The selection of PBS Professional occurred as part of a Cray contract to provide the Met Read more…

Cray Installs India’s First Petaflop Supercomputer at the Indian Institute of Science

May 11, 2015 |

SEATTLE, Wash., May 11 — Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. today announced that the Supercomputing Education and Research Center (SERC) at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore, India has put a new Cray XC40 supercomputer into production. With more than 1.4 petaflops of compute performance, the Cray supercomputer nick-named “SahasraT” at SERC is the first petaflop system in India. Located at Read more…

IBM Unveils New Servers and Software Designed for Cloud Computing

May 11, 2015 |

May 11 — In a move to help more clients create hybrid cloud computing environments, IBM today announced new servers and storage software and solutions designed for cloud computing. IBM also revealed flexible software licensing of its industry-leading middleware to help clients speed up their adoption of hybrid cloud environments. Businesses are increasingly adopting hybrid cloud environments to integrate existing Read more…