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Practical Advice for Knights Landing Coders

Feb 5, 2015 |

The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) is on track to get its next supercomputer system, Cori, by mid-2016. While that’s more than a year away, it’s not too soon to start preparing for the new 30+ petaflops Cray machine, which will feature Intel’s next-generation Knights Landing architecture. So says Richard Gerber, Senior Science Read more…

Obama’s 2016 Budget Boosts R&D, Exascale Funding

Feb 4, 2015 |

On Monday, the Obama administration sent its FY 2016 budget request to Congress for the new fiscal year starting October 1. A chapter on Research and Development prepared by the Office of Management and Budget states that the Administration is seeking an increase of 5.5 percent for all federal R&D over current levels for a total Read more…

Trans-Continental InfiniBand Charts Exascale Course

Feb 3, 2015 |

Many nations are racing to cross the exascale computing finish line by roughly 2020. Yet the challenges are such that establishing useful exascale computers some 50-100 times faster than today’s leadership machines requires the coordinated efforts of a vast array of stakeholders. At Supercomputing 2014 (SC14), an industry collaboration called InfiniCortex launched with the goal Read more…

Is U.S. Falling Behind in Supercomputing and Exascale?

Jan 29, 2015 |

Few dispute the importance of supercomputing to U.S. competitiveness. The argument is around whether current government efforts – primarily through the Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) program within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) – are effective and sufficient or wasteful and excessive. Yesterday, a panel of HPC experts testifying at a U.S. House of Read more…

Team Wits-A reigned over 2014 CHPC Student Cluster Competition

Jan 28, 2015 |

At the Dec. 1-5, 2014, South African Center for High Performance Computing’s (CHPC) Ninth National Meeting, student-participants of their third annual student cluster challenge worked diligently under the leadership of CHPC Supervisors David Macleod and Nicholas Thorne. South Africa hopes for a three-peat victory in July at the HPC Advisory Council’s International Supercomputing Conference (HPCAC-ISC) Read more…

Short Takes

Exploring Datacenter/HPC Energy Challenges

Feb 18, 2015 |

Writing for the Personal Views on Research eInfrastructures blog, Fabio Gallo of Eurotech calls attention to the energy challenges facing IT and HPC. He notes that despite IT being a heavy user of energy, the average person doesn’t think of this space in that way. In fact, IT’s carbon footprint sits at about 2 percent Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Feb 13, 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.   Next-gen #supercomputing scientists? #OaklandTech students touring Read more…

NASA Supercomputer Intensifies Exomoon Search

Feb 11, 2015 |

Aliens – they aren’t just the cornerstone of science fiction; they’re at the center of a key question for astronomers and philosophers alike: “Are we alone in the universe?” Recently, NASA has made strides toward answering this question through its search for potentially habitable planets beyond our solar system. Not only could finding such a Read more…

LANL’s Ulam Super Finds New Job at University of New Mexico

Feb 10, 2015 |

After its tenure at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), the Ulam supercomputer hit its retirement age in early 2014. But rather than simply decommissioning the system, the New Mexico Consortium opted to let it live out the rest of its days serving another community: the University of New Mexico (UNM). Now housed in what was Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Feb 5, 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.   Team South Africa of @ISChpc 2015 Read more…

Off the Wire

PRACE Completes First Phase of Pre-Commercial Procurement

Mar 16, 2015 |

March 16 — PRACE is pleased to announce that Phase I of its Pre-commercial Procurement (PCP) was completed on March 9, 2015. PRACE started this pre-commercial procurement (PCP) to obtain R&D services which should result in future PRACE HPC systems to become more energy efficient. The process is highly competitive, and during Phase I the Read more…

Research Teams Awarded Resources on Blue Waters Supercomputer

Mar 13, 2015 |

March 13 — Nine research teams from a wide range of disciplines have been awarded computational and data resources on the Blue Waters supercomputer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Blue Waters is one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers, capable of performing quadrillions of calculations Read more…

Penguin Computing Announces OCP-Driven Tundra Cluster Ecosystem

Mar 10, 2015 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 10 — Penguin Computing, a provider of high performance, enterprise data center and cloud solutions, today gave customers a peek at the future of increased customization and choice in high performance computing at the Open Compute Project Summit. “Facebook had the forethought to create the Open Compute Foundation and share IP from Read more…

One Platform Introduced by AMAX

Mar 10, 2015 |

FREMONT, Calif., March 10 — AMAX, a global OCP solutions provider of application-tailored data center solutions, today announced the release of One Platform—an OCP-based modular data center solution designed to achieve unprecedented agility and efficiency for managing application-driven hardware resources. One Platform will be showcased at OCP Summit 2015 March 10-11th at the San Jose Convention Center. Read more…

Hyve and Cavium Collaborate to Deliver ARM-Based Server Offerings

Mar 10, 2015 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 10 — Hyve Solutions Corporation today announced its strategic relationship with Cavium, Inc. to bring 64-bit ARM-based volume server solutions to market via its AmbientSeries, addressing the hyper-scale cloud and datacenter market as well as one of the industry’s first dual-socket ARMv8 Open Compute platform. Inspired by OCP, the Hyve Solutions AmbientSeries is a versatile Read more…