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Tracking the Trajectory to Exascale and Beyond

Jun 8, 2015 |

The future of high performance computing is now being defined both in how it will be achieved and in the ways in which it will impact diverse fields in science and technology, industry and commerce, and security and society. At this time there is great expectation but much uncertainty creating a climate of opportunity, challenge, Read more…

HP Launches HPC & Big Data Global Business Unit

Jun 4, 2015 |

When HP finally divides into two pieces – HP Inc. (PCs and printers) and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (servers and services) – how will the HPC portfolio fare? Views vary of course. The split is meant to let the ‘new’ companies shed distraction and sharpen focus. HPC will live within HP Enterprise, but perhaps surprisingly not Read more…

Shining a Light on SKA’s Massive Data Processing Requirements

Jun 4, 2015 |

One of the many highlights of the fourth annual Asia Student Supercomputer Challenge (ASC15) was the MIC optimization test, which this year required students to optimize a gridding algorithm used in the world’s largest international astronomy effort, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project. Gridding is one of the most time-consuming steps in radio telescope data processing. Read more…

SRC Debuts Defense-Hardened FPGA Server

May 28, 2015 |

The SRC Saturn 1 server debuted today, built by reconfigurable computing specialists SRC Computers and positioned as an x86 alternative for high-volume workloads in hyperscale computing and big data analytics. While we have seen several FPGA-based server solutions come to market in the past year, the Saturn-1 is distinguished by its pedigree and insulation from Read more…

Jetstream: Targeting the Long Tail of Science

May 21, 2015 |

Improving HPC access to the so-called long tail of science is an ongoing NSF priority. Several initiatives, funded at least in part by NSF, are underway and one – Jetstream – is the first NSF-funded HPC Cloud targeted directly at domain scientists and engineers who typically have limited access to HPC resources and limited expertise. Read more…

Short Takes

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Jun 18, 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.   #ISC16 is already taking Read more…

Unlocking the Mysteries of Space

Jun 16, 2015 |

Some of the most powerful supercomputers in the world are helping NASA scientists reveal the mysteries of the universe. The intensive discovery process would not be possible without the modeling and simulation capabilities of high-performance computers, like Pleiades, which is located at the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) facility at Ames Research Center, and Titan, the fastest Read more…

Sizing Up Earth’s Biosphere Supercomputer

Jun 12, 2015 |

If you’ve ever wondered how much DNA data there is on earth, you’re not alone. But a trio of UK researchers did more than wonder. They set to calculating the total information content in the biosphere and published their results and methodology in a recent issue of PLOS Biology. In this first ever accounting of Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Jun 11, 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.   .@NERSC's Francesca Verdier to Read more…

Saudi Arabia Aims to Enrich Society with Bespoke Supercomputer

Jun 1, 2015 |

Another successful high-performance computing deployment has come to fruition at King Abdulaziz University (KAU). The Fujitsu-built machine, called Aziz, was officially switched on by His Royal Highness Prince Mishaal bin Majed bin Abdul Aziz. The ceremony was attended by Akira Kabemoto, head of Fujitsu’s service platform business, and some 250 researchers, academics and students. The event also Read more…

Off the Wire

Blue Waters Simulations Help Unravel Graphene Heat-Transfer Riddle

Jun 24, 2015 |

June 24 — Researchers have solved the long-standing conundrum of how the boundary between grains of graphene affects heat conductivity in thin films of the miracle substance – bringing developers a step closer to being able to engineer films at a scale useful for cooling microelectronic devices and hundreds of other nano-tech applications. The study, Read more…

Dell Unveils the PowerEdge C6320

Jun 23, 2015 |

ROUND ROCK, Tex., June 23 — Dell today announced it continues to push the boundaries of high-performance computing (HPC) and big data by unveiling the PowerEdge C6320, the latest addition in its 13th generation Dell PowerEdge server portfolio. The PowerEdge C6320 delivers up to two times performance improvement on the leading HPC performance benchmark, and has the right Read more…

XSEDE15 to Offer Wide Range of Tutorials

Jun 22, 2015 |

June 22 — The XSEDE15 conference—to be held July 26-30 in St. Louis—will provide a full day of hands-on tutorials, spanning topics from secure coding practices and CUDA programming to scientific visualization and “supercomputing in plain English.” Participation in the tutorials is just $125 when you register by June 25—just $80 for students. Conference registration Read more…

University of Tokyo’s ISSP Receives SGI Supercomputer

Jun 19, 2015 |

MILPITAS, Calif. and TOKYO, Japan, June 19 — SGI Japan, Ltd. part of SGI, a global leader in high performance solutions for compute, data analytics and data management, announced that it shipped an order to The Institute for Solid State Physics (ISSP) of the University of Tokyo, for its next supercomputer system. The new system Read more…

CBS at DTU Installs Liquid-Cooled Solution From CoolIT Systems

Jun 18, 2015 |

June 18 – CoolIT Systems, Inc., the world leader in Direct Contact Liquid Cooling technology, announced today it has successfully deployed its Rack DCLC liquid cooling solution at the Center for Biological Sequence Analysis (CBS) at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). The installation addresses DTU’s need to be CO2 neutral in the university’s High Performance Computing (HPC) facility by replacing traditional air Read more…