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HPC Appliance Aims to Boost Engineering Productivity

Mar 31, 2015 |

ANSYS, Lenovo and OCF have joined forces to put a turnkey HPC appliance into the hands of the UK engineering community. The plug-and-play appliance, designed to run computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations, is the result of a unique partnership between engineering simulation software specialist ANSYS, hardware vendor Lenovo and high performance cluster integrator OCF. The Read more…

Seismic Supercomputer Balloons to Five Petaflops — This One’s a Cray

Mar 25, 2015 |

When it comes to oil and gas supercomputers, the ante has been upped once again. In the past couple years, energy giants BP, Total and Eni have rolled out mega supercomputing centers, and now Norwegian oil and gas company Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) has outdone them all with a 5-petaflops Cray XC40 supercomputer and a Cray Read more…

IBM’s First OpenPOWER Server Targets HPC Workloads

Mar 19, 2015 |

The first annual OpenPOWER Summit, held this week in San Jose, Calif., in tandem with NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC), launched a raft of hardware and other announcements intended to cede market share from Intel. On Wednesday, foundation members showed off more than a dozen hardware solutions, an assortment of systems, boards, and cards, and even a new microprocessor Read more…

FPGA-Accelerated Search Heads for Mainstream

Mar 10, 2015 |

With data volumes now outpacing Moore’s Law, there is a move to look beyond conventional hardware and software tools. Accelerators like GPUs and the Intel MIC architecture have extended performance goals for many HPC-class workloads. Although field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) have not seen the same level of adoption for traditional HPC workloads, a subset of big data Read more…

Catching Up with Baseball’s Mystery Cray Owner

Mar 3, 2015 |

If you’re a sports fan and an HPC-watcher than you know that supercomputing has hit the major leagues, Major League Baseball (MLB) that is. Last year, a MLB team purchased a Cray Urika supercomputer with the aim of transforming enormous volumes of disparate data into game-winning intelligence. The technology and implications of this early-adoption trend are interesting, Read more…

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Weekly Twitter Roundup

Mar 26, 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. #GTC15 @cray_inc is by far the #HPC Read more…

Making the Case for HPC Just Got Easier

Mar 24, 2015 |

A new study highlights the importance of locally available supercomputers to university research. Authored by a cross-disciplinary team of experts from Clemson University, the report provides compelling evidence connecting TOP500-level computing power with technical efficiency of research output. HPC users are well aware of the advantages that leadership computing confers in terms of competitiveness, innovation and other societal benefits, but policy makers require Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Mar 19, 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. RT @KAUST_News After much anticipation KAUST’s @cray_inc Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Mar 12, 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 'Gigabyte Gals': Women played integral Read more…

Mira Supercomputer Propels High-Intensity Beam Science

Mar 6, 2015 |

As CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) prepares to restart this March, a team of Fermilab physicists are using powerful Department of Energy supercomputing resources to reduce the risks and costs associated with producing these high intensity particle beams. Led by Fermilab physicist James Amundson, the team is working with the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) Read more…

Off the Wire

Dell Expands Server Portfolio

Apr 28, 2015 |

April 28 — Dell today announced an expansion of its 13th generation PowerEdge servers including the PowerEdge R930, Dell’s most powerful server specifically designed for the most demanding enterprise applications such as in-memory databases, customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP). Once the domain of UNIX systems, these enterprise applications are increasingly shifting to x86 platforms for increased innovation, Read more…

Penguin Computing and Cumulus Networks Collaborate

Apr 27, 2015 |

LAS VEGAS, Nev., April 27 — Penguin Computing, provider of high performance computing, enterprise data center and cloud solutions, today announced the Arctica 4804ip switch and a collaboration with Cumulus Networks to extend open networking to the full rack through the new Cumulus Rack Management Platform (RMP) OS. “This extension of our partnership with Cumulus Networks Read more…

CSCS and Allinea Software Work Together to Help Scientists Exploit Supercomputer

Apr 23, 2015 |

WARWICK, U.K., April 23 — Allinea Software, the leaders in software tools for High Performance Computing and CSCS, the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre, revealed insight into a working relationship that is helping scientists in research and industry to exploit Piz Daint – Europe’s most powerful supercomputer. Piz Daint is a 5,272-node Cray XC30 supercomputer with Intel Sandybridge Read more…

SGI Japan to Assist University of Tokyo With Seismological and Volcanological Research

Apr 23, 2015 |

MILPITAS, Calif. and TOKYO, Japan, April 23 — SGI Japan, Ltd. part of SGI, a global leader in high-performance solutions for compute, data analytics and data management, announced today that the Earthquake and Volcano Information Center of the Earthquake Research Institute (ERI) at the University of Tokyo, has deployed a large-scale parallel computing solution from Read more…

TACC’s Wrangler Opens to Scientists

Apr 22, 2015 |

AUSTIN, Tex., April 22 — The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin, Indiana University, and the University of Chicago today announced that Wrangler, a groundbreaking data analysis and management system, is now in early operations for the open science community. The system is supported by a grant from the National Science Read more…