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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.

Big Data Rains Down on Seattle

Oct 20, 2011 |

At SC11 in Seattle, the stage is set for data-intensive computing to steal the show. This year’s theme correlates directly to the “big data” trend that is reshaping enterprise and scientific computing. We give an insider’s view of some of the top sessions for the big data crowd and a broader sense of how this year’s conference is shaping up overall.

Nautilus Harnessed for Humanities Research, Future Prediction

Sep 9, 2011 |

The power of the large shared memory machine, Nautilus has been captured to aid in a research endeavor that uses deep analytics to develop connections between the tone and location of news and the course of future events. We talked to the project’s lead, Kalev H. Leetaru about big data analytics at the global scale–and how shared memory systems enable new possibilities for researchers.

SGI Folds In CFD Business

Aug 16, 2011 |

If you are a user of computational fluid dynamics and thought the CFD world begins with ANSYS Fluent and ends with CEI EnSight, that could soon change. SGI has acquired OpenCFD Ltd, a UK-based company that offers an open source CFD package with the name of OpenFOAM. The idea is to bring CFD software to a much wider audience while generating extra revenue with value-added products and services.

Short Takes

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.

Preparing for Solar Storms

Aug 26, 2013 |

It may not be possible to prevent devastating space-weather events like solar storms from reaching the earth’s surface, but with enough warning, we can prepare for them. Scientists believe that mapping the earth’s magnetosphere – the magnetic shield that stops most but not all of these storms – is the first step.

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…