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IARPA Seeks Partners in Brain-Inspired AI Initiative

Jan 22, 2015 |

US intelligence officials have set in motion a five-year project to spark progress in machine learning by reverse-engineering the algorithms of the human brain. The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA) recently put out a call for innovative solutions with the greatest potential to advance theories of neural computation as part of the Machine Intelligence Read more…

How to Deploy and Validate Your Cluster

Jan 13, 2015 |

In the previous Cluster Lifecycle Management column, I discussed best practices for choosing the right vendor to build the cluster that meets your needs. Once your team has selected a vendor and finalized the purchase of your new system, the next crucial step is deploying and validating the HPC cluster. As part of the vendor Read more…

US Weather Forecasting Finally Gets Its FLOPS

Jan 6, 2015 |

The US National Weather Service will be getting a 10X boost in supercomputing power, thanks to $44.5 million contract with IBM for two new Cray systems. The upgrade will increase the throughput of the agency’s combined supercomputing resources from about .5 petaflops to five petaflops when the project is completed later this year, enabling it to provide Read more…

SpaceX Leverages HPC to Reach Orbit

Jan 2, 2015 |

The commercial revolution in spaceflight is predicated on bringing computing power and Web 2.0 practices to bear in the quest to reduce the cost of lofting payloads to space. All this must be accomplished while demonstrating safety and reliability for the day when commercial space companies begin carrying crews to Earth’s orbit and beyond. Among Read more…

Workstations, Servers, Clouds: Making the Call for HPC

Dec 17, 2014 |

A recent survey in 25 HPC and CAE LinkedIn groups regarding engineers’ concerns about cloud computing was conducted by UberCloud and revealed that many engineers tend to compare the benefits of workstations versus servers versus clouds in a somewhat misinformed way. In fact, most of them compare the positive aspects of their workstation with the (apparent) roadblocks of Read more…

Short Takes

A New Purpose for Old Smartphones: Cluster Computing

Jan 27, 2015 |

There are now more mobile devices than people in the world, and the average person upgrades their phone every 18 months. This raises the question of what happens to all the old models. Some of the materials used in these ubiquitous devices do get recycled, but all too often, the phones, tablets and other outdated Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Jan 22, 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.   Prof. David Keyes presented his vision Read more…

Wind Farm Simulation Reveals Important Design Clues

Jan 14, 2015 |

With renewable energy sources like solar and wind power set to become much more cost-effective over the next ten years according to recent studies out of Finland and the EU, interest in the space is building. As experts and pundits address the respective merits of the renewables, scientists continue to study and advance the enabling Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Jan 8, 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.   Great examples of why #HPC matters, Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Dec 19, 2014 |

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.   HPC for the holidays! We’re installing Read more…

Off the Wire

DataDirect Networks Joins the OpenPOWER Foundation

Feb 12, 2015 |

SANTA CLARA, Calif,. Feb. 12 — DDN took another step in its relentless commitment to delivering market-leading HPC and big data storage innovation by today announcing it has joined the OpenPOWER Foundation, which seeks to create an open ecosystem, using the IBM POWER architecture, to serve the evolving needs of customers. HPC technologies are being adopted throughout Read more…

UK Met Office Uses Allinea DDT to Debug Codes on New Crays

Feb 11, 2015 |

EXETER, England, Feb. 11 – One of the world’s leading weather forecasting and research organizations, the UK Met Office, is rolling out the Allinea DDT debugger on its newest supercomputers. The debugging tool will be used to help the scientists and developers to develop their widely used forecasting software for the new Cray XC40 systems. Read more…

Asetek Signs $3.5M Liquid Cooling Contract with California Energy Commission

Feb 10, 2015 |

Feb. 10, 2015 — Asetek announced today that it has been selected by the California Energy Commission (CEC) to perform a $3,552,678 project to install RackCDU D2C (Direct-to-Chip) liquid-cooling in two large scale, super computing data centers in California. The project will include installation of RackCDU in approximately 90 racks of servers and the addition of Read more…

PRACE Opens 11th Call for Proposals

Feb 9, 2015 |

Feb. 9 — Today at 13:30 CET, PRACE will open its 11th Call for Proposals. This Call includes Multi-year Access as well as a Data Storage Service Pilot. The Call will close on 18 March 2015 at 12:00 (noon) CET. The PRACE 11th Call for Proposals is open to Project Access: Proposals can be based on a 12-months Read more…

Arkansas HPC Center Passes 1 Million Jobs

Feb 9, 2015 |

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark., Feb. 9 — The Arkansas High Performing Computer Center has surpassed 1 million jobs performed by researchers on the University of Arkansas campus and beyond. “This is a significant milestone,” said Jeff Pummill, co-interim director of the center. “A million is a very substantial number, one that reflects all of the times our Read more…