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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

SURFsara Recognized as NVIDIA CUDA Research Center

Dec 4, 2014 |

Dec. 4 — NVIDIA, the world leader in the field of computer graphics technology, has recognized SURFsara as a CUDA Research Center. SURFsara was recognized for its advanced research and expertise in the field of HPC technology and visualization using Graphics Processing Units (GPUs). SURFsara offers amenities like the ‘Elvis’ cluster for remote visualization, the national ‘LISA’ cluster for Read more…

Penguin Computing Unveils Scyld Cloud Workstation

Nov 18, 2014 |

NEW ORLEANS, La., Nov. 18 – Penguin Computing, provider of high performance computing, enterprise data center and cloud solutions, today announced a unique remote 3D visualization capability featuring graphics accelerated, client-less remote supercomputing through a standard Wi-Fi connection and browser, essentially giving customers universal access to their high performance computing needs in the cloud. Scyld Cloud Read more…

Kitware Teams with NVIDIA to Develop Enhancements for HPC Visualization

Nov 18, 2014 |

CLIFTON PARK, N.Y., Nov. 18 — Kitware, Inc., a leader in the creation and support of open-source software and state-of-the-art technology, today announced it is working with NVIDIA to develop several powerful enhancements for the field of high performance computing (HPC) visualization. Among these is a new Visualization Toolkit (VTK) rendering backend, which targets graphics processing units (GPUs) and takes Read more…

Kitware to Collaborate with Leaders in HPC and Visualization

Nov 13, 2014 |

CLIFTON PARK, N.Y., Nov. 13 — Kitware, Inc., a leader in the creation and support of open-source software and state-of-the-art technology, is pleased to announce its collaboration on three Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) awards from the Department of Energy (DOE). The awards are part of the ASCR Computer Science program, which supports research that enables computing at extreme Read more…

SGI Japan Delivers Visualization System to Nagoya University

Nov 12, 2014 |

Nov. 12 — SGI Japan, Ltd., part of SGI, a global leader in high performance solutions for compute, data analytics and data management, announced Nagoya University has deployed a major visualization system based on the SGI UV 2000 in-memory computing system. This new solution enables Nagoya University to create high-resolution 3D images that will drive Read more…

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