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Building the Universe Pixel by Pixel

Aug 20, 2014 |

Recently, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics unveiled an unprecedented simulation of the universe’s development. Called the Illustris project, the simulation depicts more than 13 billion years of cosmic evolution across a cube of the universe that’s 350-million-light-years on each side. The goal was to view the formation of galaxies and other large-scale structure we see Read more…

Byrd Emphasizes Value of Visualization at XSEDE14

Jul 31, 2014 |

Visualization expert Dr. Vetria Byrd closed out the XSEDE14 conference in Atlanta with a passionate talk about the value of visualization across all areas of research and scholarship, as well as a snapshot of some of her recent effort to bring more people into the visualization fold. Dr. Byrd, the director of advanced visualization at Read more…

SC13 Research Highlight: Petascale DNS of Turbulent Channel Flow

Nov 15, 2013 |

Whether a car on the highway, a plane flying through the air, or a ship in the ocean, all of these transport systems move through fluids. And in nearly all cases, the fluid flowing around these vehicles will be turbulent. With over 20% of global energy consumption expended on transportation, the large fraction of the Read more…

Saddling Phi for TACC’s Stampede

May 17, 2013 |

The Xeon Phi coprocessor might be the new kid on the high performance block, but out of all first-rate kickers of the Intel tires, the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) got the first real jab with its new top ten Stampede system.We talk with the center’s Karl Schultz about the challenges of programming for Phi–but more specifically, the optimization…

The Week in HPC Research

Feb 14, 2013 |

<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/research_globe_150x.jpg” alt=”” width=”95″ height=”89″ />The top research stories of the week have been hand-selected from major science centers, prominent journals and leading conference proceedings. Here’s another diverse set of items, including whole brain simulation; a look at High Performance Linpack; the coming GPGPU cloud paradigm; heterogenous GPU programming; and a comparison of accelerator-based servers.

Short Takes

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…

NICE Launches Remote Viz in the Cloud

Jun 30, 2014 |

For 17 years NICE has been delivering grid- and cloud-based solutions aimed at enhancing user productivity and optimizing computing resources. The company’s NICE Desktop Cloud Visualization (DCV) product provides remote access 2D/3D interactive applications over a standard network. Now through a partnership with Amazon Web Services, potential users can test drive DCV in the EC2 cloud. AWS Read more…

Titan Gets A Little Help

Nov 18, 2013 |

With the announcement of the 42nd TOP500 list at SC13 in Denver today, Titan, the 17.6 petaflop (Rmax) Cray XK7 system installed at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory, held onto its number-two spot for another year, but in this era of big data, even the largest supercomputer in the United States Read more…

Why We Remember Some Visualizations and Forget Others

Nov 1, 2013 |

Researchers from Harvard and MIT have teamed up to address an important question: what makes a data visualization memorable? The conventional opinion is that it’s easy to identify “bad” data visualization: tacky renderings with too much text, excessive ornamentation, distracting colors, and kitschy clip art. Top twelve most memorable visualizations from the experiment (Image courtesy Read more…

GPU Database Speeds Big Data Visualization

Oct 21, 2013 |

Creating visualizations of enormous datasets used to be a strictly HPC endeavor, but that’s starting to change. A new massively parallel database, called MapD, developed by MIT researchers Todd Mostak and Samuel Madden, uses off-the-shelf GPUs to crunch complex spatial and GIS data in real time. The approach is significantly faster than conventional CPU-based systems. Read more…

Off the Wire

SysFera and Kitware Partner to Integrate HPC Technologies

Oct 21, 2014 |

LYON, France, Oct. 21 — SysFera, a software innovator that simplifies management and accessibility of high performance computing (HPC) environments, and Kitware, a leading R&D software provider for scientific data analysis and visualization, announced today that they are integrating their two core products. Kitware’s ParaView application is now offered as part of the SysFera-DS software solution through the remote visualization Read more…

Blue Waters Project to Offer Graduate Visualization Course in Spring 2015

Aug 18, 2014 |

Aug. 18 — NCSA’s Blue Waters project will offer a graduate course on High Performance Visualization for Large-Scale Scientific Data Analytics in Spring 2015 and is seeking university partners who are interested in offering the course for credit to their students. This semester-long online course will include video lectures, quizzes and homework assignments and will provide students Read more…

NVIDIA VCA Now Shipping

Aug 13, 2014 |

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 13 – NVIDIA today announced that its Visual Computing Appliance, known as the NVIDIA VCA, is now shipping. NVIDIA VCA dramatically accelerates ray tracing, enabling users to interact with computer models of such high visual fidelity that it can eliminate the need for 3D physical prototypes. Engineered and built by NVIDIA, the appliance was Read more…

Blue Waters Project to Offer Graduate Course on Visualization

Jul 7, 2014 |

July 7 — The Blue Waters project at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will offer a graduate course on High Performance Visualization for Large-Scale Scientific Data Analytics in Spring 2015. This semester-long online course will provide students with free access to Blue Waters, one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers. Blue Waters performs quadrillions Read more…

SDSC Assists Researchers in Wildlife Tracking Project

Jul 3, 2014 |

July 3 — A team including researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the San Diego Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Research has developed a novel methodology that for the first time combines 3D and advanced range estimator technologies to provide highly detailed data on the range and movements of terrestrial, aquatic, and avian wildlife Read more…