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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

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…

HPC Task Force Publishes Recommendations

Aug 27, 2014 |

The Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB) Task Force on Next Generation High Performance Computing (HPC), established in December by the Secretary of Energy to review the mission and national capabilities related to next generation high performance computing, has released a “final version” draft report. The Task Force was asked to examine the problems and opportunities Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Aug 21, 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

Emulex Introduces New Offerings for HP ProLiant Gen9 Platforms

Oct 13, 2014 |

COSTA MESA, Calif., Oct. 13 — Emulex Corporation, a leader in network connectivity, monitoring and management, announced a broad range of I/O connectivity solutions for the new HP ProLiant Gen9 rack and blade servers designed to support next generation workloads such as virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), big data analytics, and emerging compute architectures such as network Read more…

OPTIMA and SHAPE Collaborate on New Project

Oct 10, 2014 |

Oct. 10 — OPTIMA pharma GmbH, the pharma division of OPTIMA packaging group GmbH, produces and develops filling and packaging machines for pharmaceutical products – sterile and non-sterile liquids – and pharmaceutical freeze drying systems as well as isolator (clean room) and containment technology. Their project supported by SHAPE simulated the airflow in clean rooms Read more…

Linux Foundation Expands International Membership

Oct 9, 2014 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Oct. 9 — The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux and collaborative development, today announced that Altera, Chelsio Communications, DataCentred, Imagination Technologies and Travelping are joining the organization. These companies illustrate that Linux continues to rapidly grow its footprint globally across a wide range of industries Read more…

QLogic Joins the OpenPower Foundation

Oct 8, 2014 |

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Oct. 8 — QLogic Corp., a leading supplier of high performance network infrastructure solutions, today announced that it has joined the OpenPOWER Foundation, an open development community based on the POWER microprocessor architecture. QLogic joins a growing roster of technology organizations working collaboratively to build advanced server, networking, storage and acceleration technology Read more…

VT Utilizing Terascala Storage Appliance

Oct 6, 2014 |

BOSTON, Mass., Oct. 6 — Terascala, the industry leader in High Performance Computing (HPC) storage management software, today announced that a high-performance storage appliance managed by Terascala is simplifying Lustre file system management at Virginia Tech’s Advanced Research Computing (ARC) facility. Available to the Virginia Tech research community, ARC’s mission is to advance computational science, engineering, and technology. Read more…