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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.

AMD Hatches FLOP-Monster GPU Card

Nov 12, 2012 |

<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/FirePro_S10000_Angle_black_180.jpg” alt=”” width=”98″ height=”85″ />AMD is launching its most powerful graphics card yet: the dual-GPU FirePro S10000 promises 5.91 teraflops of peak single precision and 1.48 teraflops of peak double precision floating point performance. And with AMD’s “Graphics Core Next” (GCN) architecture under the hood, the S10000 can deliver compute and graphics processing simultaneously.

NASA Builds Supercomputing Lab for Earth Scientists

Jul 25, 2012 |

<a href=”http://www.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/2012-07-25/nasa_builds_supercomputing_lab_for_earth_scientists.html” target=”_blank”><img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/NEX_logo.jpg” alt=”” width=”96″ height=”96″ /></a>This week, NASA announced it would soon be launching a new HPC and data facility that will give Earth scientists access to four decades of satellite imagery and other datasets. Known as the NASA Earth Exchange (NEX), the facility is being promoted as a “virtual laboratory” for researchers interested in applying supercomputing resources to studying areas like climate change, soil and vegetation patterns, and other environmental topics.

Short Takes

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…

LSU Launches Interactive Supercomputer

Sep 10, 2013 |

Researchers at Louisiana State University’s Center for Computation & Technology have deployed an interaction-oriented compute cluster, named Melete after the Greek muse of practice.

Off the Wire

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…

SysFera to Demonstrate Latest Release of SysFera-DS at TERATEC Forum 2014

Jun 17, 2014 |

VILLEURBANNE, France, June 17 – SysFera, a software innovator that simplifies management and accessibility of high performance computing (HPC) environments, is a Silver Sponsor of TERATEC Forum 2014 scheduled for July 1-2 at the École Polytechnique campus at Palaiseau near Paris. SysFera will host a booth and demonstrate its latest software release of SysFera-DS with new visualisation and infrastructure management Read more…

NCSA Visualizations Featured at Adler Planetarium

May 15, 2014 |

May 15 — Data-driven visualizations created by NCSA’s Advanced Visualization Laboratory (AVL) will be featured in the Adler Planetarium’s new live show “Destination Solar System.” Opening May 16, the show takes visitors on a tour “from sizzling solar flares on the Sun to liquid methane lakes on Saturn’s moon.” “We didn’t just want to visit the planets, we Read more…

ArrayFire v2.0 Released

Dec 17, 2013 |

ATLANTA, Ga. Dec. 17 — Today we announce the release of ArrayFire v2.0, adding full commercial support for OpenCL devices including all AMD APUs and AMD FirePro graphics, Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors, CUDA GPUs from NVIDIA, and other OpenCL devices from Imagination, Freescale, ARM, Altera, and Apple. A complete list ArrayFire v2.0 updates and new Read more…