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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…

Tech Giants Battle for Image Recognition Supremacy

May 13, 2015 |

The race to exascale isn’t the only rivalry stirring up the advanced computing space. Artificial intelligence sub-fields, like deep learning, are also inspiring heated competition from tech conglomerates around the globe. When it comes to image recognition, computers have already passed the threshold of average human competency, leaving tech titans, like Baidu, Google and Microsoft, vying to Read more…

Purdue Lights Up Eighth Cluster in Eight Years

May 12, 2015 |

At Purdue, installing cluster computers is a tradition that inspires teamwork. The university’s central computing organization, Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP),  just built its eighth cluster in as many years – seven of these are TOP500-level machines – with help from more than 100 staff and volunteers. On Friday morning, the crew got to work unboxing and assembling Read more…

Short Takes

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…

Oil and Gas Workloads Drive Supercomputing in Brazil

Jun 1, 2015 |

International exploration and production firm BG Brasil is raising the supercomputing profile of Latin America with the launch of an SGI supercomputer that is expected to “revolutionize seismic data processing” in the region. Last week BG Brasil and Senai CIMATEC officially welcomed the new machine, named “CIMATEC Yemoja” after a local Afro-Brazilian deity, and debuted their new world-class Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

May 28, 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. Congratulations #ASC15 Champions China's Read more…

SGI ERI Installation Illustrates Multi-use HPC

May 20, 2015 |

Traditional research and Big Data apps are increasingly run on the same HPC system as lines between their computational requirements blur and demand for dual-use capability grows, said Bob Braham, SGI CMO. He pointed to last month’s ramp up of the latest SGI supercomputer at the Earthquake and Volcano Information Center at the University of Tokyo’s Earthquake Read more…

Sumit Gupta Leaves NVIDIA to Join IBM

May 19, 2015 |

Long-time industry executive Sumit Gupta has left GPU-pioneer NVIDIA, were he was GM, GPU Accelerated Data Center Computing, to join IBM as VP, HPC & OpenPOWER Operations. Executive changes in the HPC world are common but changes at this executive level are rare. Few details are known but IBM provided the background answers below to Read more…

Off the Wire

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…

Innovative Architecture Brings Mont-Blanc One Step Further to Exascale

Jun 16, 2015 |

BARCELONA, Spain, June 16 — Early in February, Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) successfully deployed the Mont-Blanc prototype. After three years of intensive research effort, the team installed a two-rack prototype which is now available to the Mont-Blanc consortium partners. This has been a formidable challenge as this is the first time that a large HPC Read more…