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China’s Supercomputing Strategy Called Out

Jul 17, 2014 |

Since China’s Tianhe-2 supercomputer has successfully held on to its number one position for three iterations of the TOP500 list, there has been a lot of attention focused on just how useful this nearly 34-petaflops (LINPACK) beast actually is. In fact for many years the consensus on supercomputing in China has centered on a dearth of application Read more…

Compilers and More: MPI+X

Jul 16, 2014 |

At ISC’14, there was intense and continuing interest in the choice of a standard approach for programming the next generation HPC systems. While not guaranteed, many of these systems are likely to be large clusters of nodes with multicore CPUs and some sort of attached accelerators. A standard programming approach is necessary to convince developers, and Read more…

Solving Simulation Complexity

Jul 15, 2014 |

Although HPC has helped solve important problems in nuclear physics, earth sciences, meteorology, etc. since the 1960s, HPC has traditionally existed only for specialists. But, with the democratization of x86 servers, large storage systems, and high-end networking technologies, companies and research facilities can now buy clusters at a reasonable ratio (power/cost) with very powerful, complex Read more…

HPC2014: From Clouds and Big Data to Exascale and Beyond

Jul 14, 2014 |

The International Advanced Research Workshop has become leading reference after being celebrated for more than 20 years. You can blame Lucio Grandinetti (Full Professor at University of Calabria) and his team, who started all of this and managed to put together, year after year, the best in the computing think tank. This edition’s motto was Read more…

Los Alamos Lead Shares ‘Trinity’ Feeds and Speeds

Jul 10, 2014 |

We’ve been anticipating news around the Trinity supercomputer for some time now and today were graced with the news that Cray will be supplying the machine in two phases with the final phase being complete in 2016. For the original background, the first run of the story can be found here. Since that time this Read more…

Short Takes

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Sep 4, 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. Click here to view the top tweets Read more…

Google Expands Quantum Computing Program

Sep 3, 2014 |

Google and the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) are partnering on a super-fast “quantum” computer chip with the potential to dramatically alter the supercomputing landscape with its power and speed. The search giant announced Tuesday that renowned researcher John Martinis and his team at the University of California, Santa Barbara, would become the newest members of Read more…

NERSC Reveals 44 NESAP Code Teams

Sep 3, 2014 |

Last month the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) announced a collaboration with supercomputing vendors Intel and Cray to prepare for Cori, the Cray XC supercomputer slated to be deployed at NERSC in 2016. To ensure that the highly diverse workloads of the DOE science community continue to be supported as over 5,000 users Read more…

Deconstructing the Hummingbird’s Hover

Sep 2, 2014 |

Ever wonder how a hummingbird is able to hover in mid-air, appearing for a moment to defy the laws of gravity? You’re not alone. Vanderbilt University mechanical engineer Haoxiang Luo accessed the XSEDE’s Lonestar supercomputer to run 3D simulations of a hummingbird flight in an attempt to deconstruct its mysterious powers. Science Writer Jorge Salazar details Luo’s Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Aug 28, 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. Click here to view the top tweets Read more…

Off the Wire

Supermicro Announces First Quarter 2015 Financial Results

Oct 22, 2014 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 22 — Super Micro Computer, Inc., a leader in application optimized, high performance server solutions, announced first quarter fiscal 2015 financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2014. Fiscal 1st Quarter Highlights Quarterly net sales of $443.3 million, up 3.6% from the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2014 and up 43.5% from Read more…

DUG to Purchase HPC Hardware from SGI

Oct 21, 2014 |

MILPITAS, Calif. and PERTH, Australia, Oct. 21 — DownUnder GeoSolutions (DUG), a global geosciences company offering seismic processing and interpretation solutions to the oil and gas industry, has announced the purchase of high performance computing (HPC) hardware from SGI, a global leader in high performance solutions for compute, data analytics, and data management, significantly improving the Read more…

NSC Sweden and Meteo France Select Mellanox InfiniBand Offerings for HPC Applications

Oct 21, 2014 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. & YOKNEAM, Israel, Oct. 21 — Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced that the National Supercomputer Centre at Linköping University (NSC Sweden) and Meteo France have selected Mellanox’s FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand solutions for mission critical, high-performance computing applications. Deployments by these two leading organizations Read more…

New Project Hosted on IBM’s World Community Grid Debuts Today

Oct 21, 2014 |

ARMONK, N.Y., Oct. 21 — What do the DNA in Australian seaweed, Amazon River water, tropical plants, and forest soil all have in common? Lots, say scientists. And understanding the genetic similarities of disparate life forms could enable researchers to produce compounds for new medicines, eco-friendly materials, more resilient crops, and cleaner air, water, and Read more…

HPCAC-ISC 2015 Student Cluster Competition Applications Now Being Accepted

Oct 20, 2014 |

FRANKFURT, Germany, Oct. 20 — The HPC Advisory Council (HPCAC), and ISC High Performance (ISC 2015), call on undergraduate students from around the world to submit their application for partaking in the 2015 Student Cluster Competition (SCC). Applications should be submitted no later than November 14. The announcement of the accepted teams will be made at SC14 in Read more…