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Dongarra Honored with Pair of Prestigious Supercomputing Awards

Jun 16, 2016 |

Jack Dongarra, one of today’s most distinguished HPC leaders, is adding two awards to his long list. The Association for Computer Machinery (ACM) recently honored Dongarra with the High Performance Parallel and Distributed Computing Achievement Award at the annual High Performance and Distributed Computing Conference in Kyoto, Japan, while the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) will bestow him with the Super Computing (SC) 2016 Test of Time Award at its conference in November.

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Jun 16, 2016 |

Here at HPCwire, we aim to keep the HPC community apprised of the most relevant and interesting news items that get tweeted throughout the week. The tweets that caught our eye this past week are presented below. Check back in next Thursday for an entirely updated list. Jim Kurose discussing @NSF_CISE's vision for research #cyberinfrastructure. #bluewaters @XSEDEscience pic.twitter.com/S7msWMPZjO — NCSAatIllinois (@NCSAatIllinois) June 13, 2016 Read more…

Heading into ISC16, OpenHPC Releases Latest Stack with 60-plus Packages

Jun 16, 2016 |

SC15 was sort of a muted launch party for OpenHPC – the nascent effort to develop a ‘plug-and-play’ software framework for HPC. There seemed to be widespread agreement the idea had merit, not a lot of knowledge of details, and some wariness because Intel was a founding member and vocal advocate. Next week, ISC16 will mark the next milestone for OpenHPC, which has since grown into a full-fledged Linux Foundation Collaborative Project and today released version 1.0.1 of OpenHPC (build and test tools).

E4 Computer Engineering to Showcase Newest Accelerated OpenPOWER Systems at ISC16

Jun 16, 2016 |

June 16 — E4 Computer Engineering today announced a very interesting showcase for ISC16 (Exhibition hall, booth #914) that consists of five unique solutions devised for high-performance computing (HPC), big data and analytics and large numbers of other compute-intensive applications. E4’s mission to exploit innovation by implementing and integrating cutting-edge solutions with the best performance Read more…

Blue Waters Supercomputer Changing Genetic Medicine in Africa

Jun 14, 2016 |

June 14 — The National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is helping change the way genetic medicine is researched and practiced in Africa. Members of the Blue Waters team recently made it possible to discover genomic variants in over 300 deeply sequenced human samples to help construct a genotyping chip specific for African populations. NCSA’s Read more…

Paul Messina Shares Deep Dive Into US Exascale Roadmap

Jun 14, 2016 |

Ahead of ISC 2016, taking place in Frankfurt, Germany, next week, HPCwire reached out to Paul Messina to get an update on the deliverables and timeline for the United States’ Exascale Computing Project. The ten-year project has been charged with standing up at least two capable exascale supercomputers in 2023 as part of the larger National Strategic Computing Initiative launched by the Obama Administration in July 2015.

CoolIT Systems Returns to ISC With Next Generation Liquid Cooling Innovations

Jun 14, 2016 |

June 14 — CoolIT Systems, Inc. (CoolIT), world leader in energy efficient liquid cooling technologies for HPC, Cloud and Enterprise markets, is returning to the International Supercomputing Conference – High Performance (ISC) in Frankfurt, Germany for the fifth consecutive year as a Bronze Sponsor, Exhibitor and Forum Presenter. During June 20-22, ISC will be home to CoolIT’s most extensive Read more…

OpenACC Adds Support for OpenPOWER; Touts Growing Traction

Jun 13, 2016 |

In a show of strength leading up to ISC the OpenACC standards group today announced its first OpenPOWER implementation, the addition of three new members – University of Illinois, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and Stony Brook University – and details of its expanding 2016 training schedule. Michael Wolfe, technical director of OpenACC, also talked with HPCwire about thorny compiler challenges still remaining as…

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Jun 10, 2016 |

June 10 — On June 9, 2016, the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) celebrated its 30th anniversary. The beginning of PSC’s fourth decade will see the center with two new supercomputers—the National Science Foundation-funded Bridges system, already operational and due for completion this fall, and an Anton 2 molecular dynamics simulation system, provided at no charge Read more…

MSU Celebrates Arrival of New Supercomputer

Jun 10, 2016 |

EAST LANSING, Mich., June 10 — Michigan State University’s Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research (iCER) is set to introduce its newest supercomputing resource for campus use at a Cluster Ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Friday, June 10. At the event, iCER will celebrate the launch of three new hybrid clusters in the High Performance Computing Center (HPCC)’s supercomputing Read more…

How Lawrence Livermore Is Facing Exascale Power Demands

Jun 9, 2016 |

The old adage “you cannot improve what you do not measure” is fresh again in the age of ubiquitous data. When considering the challenges of exascale computing, power is right at the top of the list and the major leadership-class centers want to make sure they’re doing everything they can to manage the demands of power today – which can run as high as 10 MW at peak for the largest machines – and in the coming exascale era, when the number could be three times that high. At loads of this magnitude, the largest HPC facilities need to have all the relevant power data within arm’s reach.

Alces Tries Flight on AWS and Life as an HPC SaaS Provider

Jun 9, 2016 |

Today, the community of HPC-in-the cloud solution providers is fairly limited. Giant hyperscalers – notably Amazon (AWS), Google (GCP) and Microsoft (Azure) – remain at the core and keep expanding their HPC resources. Circling around them are HPC ‘services specialists’ plugging clients into cloud providers and striving to ease delivery of HPC-in-the cloud to make good on the promise of improved efficiencies and cost reductions. Last week a new HPC Software as a Service (SaaS) player popped up on AWS marketplace – Alces Flight, a UK-based company with roots as an HPC integrator.

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Jun 9, 2016 |

Here at HPCwire, we aim to keep the HPC community apprised of the most relevant and interesting news items that get tweeted throughout the week. The tweets that caught our eye this past week are presented below. Check back in next Thursday for an entirely updated list. Great scene today as pieces of the Owens Cluster are brought in, meanwhile the retired Glenn Cluster Read more…

Bright Computing Partners With ProfitBricks to Offer Customers an Elastic HPC Solution

Jun 9, 2016 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 9 — Today, Bright Computing, the leading provider of hardware-agnostic cluster and cloud management software, announced a partnership with ProfitBricks, the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) company based in Germany. ProfitBricks provides virtual data centers that enable corporate customers to combine the advantages of cloud computing with the established look and feel of a Read more…

HPC Community Gears Up for ISC 2016

Jun 8, 2016 |

FRANKFURT, Germany, June 8 — In less than 11 days, HPC enthusiasts will be converging on the city of Frankfurt to attend the annual ISC High Performance conference, which is set to bring together people from over 46 countries. Thanks to its global reach, ISC 2016 will be the most significant HPC forum so far this year. The Read more…

Work on Blue Waters Earns Illinois Professors Editor’s Choice Pick

Jun 8, 2016 |

June 8 — The blazing fast processing speed of the Blue Waters supercomputer yielded frigid results and a hot honor for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign chemistry professor So Hirata. Selected by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications last year as a Blue Waters Professor, Hirata was able to take advantage of the computing time set aside for these Read more…

NITRD Proposed $4.5B Budget In the Spotlight

Jun 7, 2016 |

Two weeks ago Rep. Darin LaHood, (R-Illinois), sponsor of the 2017 NITRD funding bill – The Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Program – issued a formal statement championing the proposed budget. NITRD, of course, is the nation’s primary source of federally funded work on advanced information technologies (IT) in computing, networking, and software…

Cray Named Strong Performer in Big Data Hadoop Optimized Systems by Forrester Research

Jun 7, 2016 |

SEATTLE, Wash., June 7 — Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (Nasdaq: CRAY) today announced that Forrester Research has named Cray a “strong performer” in The Forrester Wave: Big Data Hadoop Optimized Systems, Q2 2016 report. The independent research firm used a 26-point criteria evaluation system that covered current offering, strategy, and market presence in the evaluation of seven leading Read more…

South African CHPC Unveils Lengau Supercomputer

Jun 7, 2016 |

June 7 — The Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has unveiled the fastest computer on the continent, a petaflops (PFLOPs) machine. This is a super computer with processing speed capable of a thousand-trillion floating point operations per second. Floating point operations or flops are used in computing Read more…

One Stop Systems Introduces GPUltima With Bright Computing’s HPC Cluster Manager

Jun 7, 2016 |

June 7 — One Stop Systems, Inc. (OSS), a leading provider of next-generation GPU-based clusters for high performance computing applications announces the GPUltima product line to employ Bright Computing’s HPC Cluster Manager software. Bright Computing is a provider of comprehensive software solutions for provisioning and managing HPC clusters. OSS’ GPUltima is a scalable cluster that Read more…