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Gazing into Computational Biology’s Crystal Ball

Sorting out computational biology’s future is tricky. It likely won’t be singular. First-principle, mechanistic simulation has so far proven challenging but could eventually become game changing. Meanwhile pattern recognition and matching in massive ‘omics’ datasets have been extremely productive and likely to remain dominant at present. Read more…

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Weekly Twitter Roundup

Here at HPCwire, we aim to keep the HPC community apprised of the most relevant and interesting news items that get tweeted throughout the week. The tweets that caught our eye this past week are presented below. Read more…

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Container Testing Reveals ‘Memory Pressure’ on Apps

With early adopters of application container technology completing early testing in multi-tenant settings, potential performance issues are beginning to surface. Among them, according to hyper-scaler LinkedIn, is a Linux kernel feature called “control groups” used with most containers to assign resources. Read more…

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Why Cross-Accelerator Performance Profiling is a Challenge

High performance computing (HPC) systems are comprised of multiple compute nodes interconnected by a network. Previously these nodes were composed solely of multi-core processors, but nowadays they also include many-core processors, which are called accelerators. Read more…

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NOAA Upgrades River Flow Forecasting on New Crays

The flooding now occurring in Louisiana and Mississippi is a stark reminder of how disruptive and potentially dangerous floods can be. Today the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) launched a new simulation tool – the National Water Model (NMW) – running on NOAA’s new Cray XC40 supercomputers that greatly extends and enhances NOAA’s ability to forecast river flooding. Read more…

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Micron, Intel Prepare to Launch 3D XPoint Memory

Micron Technology Inc. used last week’s Flash Memory Summit to roll out its new line of 3D XPoint memory technology jointly developed with Intel Corp. while demonstrating the technology in solid-state drives.

Micron claimed its Quantx line delivers PCI Express (PCIe) SSD performance with read latencies at less than 10 microseconds and writes at less than 20 microseconds. Read more…

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DOE Invests $16M in Supercomputer-based Materials Design

Materials science got a boost today when the Department of Energy announced it would invest $16 million over the next four years to accelerate the design of new materials “through use of supercomputers.” The program will focus on software development with an eye towards being able to eventually run on exascale machines. Read more…

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China to Launch ‘Quantum’ Satellite; Is U.S. Falling Behind?

Within the next few days China will launch a ‘quantum’ communications satellite heralding yet another major technology achievement for the world’s largest and most populous country, according to a report today in The Wall Street Journal. Read more…

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Think Fast – Is Neuromorphic Computing Set to Leap Forward?

Steadily advancing neuromorphic computing technology has created high expectations for this fundamentally different approach to computing. Its strengths – like the human brain it attempts to mimic – are pattern recognition (space and time) and inference reasoning. Read more…

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HPE Gobbles SGI for Larger Slice of $11B HPC Pie

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced today that it will acquire rival HPC server maker SGI for $7.75 per share, or about $275 million, inclusive of cash and debt. The deal ends the seven-year reprieve that kept the SGI banner flying after Rackable Systems purchased the bankrupt Silicon Graphics Inc. for $25 million in 2009 and assumed the SGI brand. Bringing SGI into its fold bolsters HPE's high-performance computing and data analytics capabilities and expands its position... Read more…
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Weekly Twitter Roundup

Here at HPCwire, we aim to keep the HPC community apprised of the most relevant and interesting news items that get tweeted throughout the week. The tweets that caught our eye this past week are presented below. Read more…

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Intel to Acquire AI Startup Nervana Systems

If we needed another sign that Intel is serious about mining AI market opportunities, it came today when the chip company announced it had inked a “definitive agreement” to acquire artificial intelligence and deep learning company Nervana Systems. Read more…

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K Computer Runs First Accurate Model of Abrupt Torrential Rain

Supercomputers have long been used in weather forecasting but not for abrupt, highly localized events. Now for the first time, a group of researchers using the K computer used the powerful K computer and advanced radar observational data to accurately predict the occurrence of torrential rains in localized areas. Read more…

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The Convergence of HPC and Big Data for Enterprise

7/14/16 |  Bright Computing | 

The combined power of clustered servers, advanced networking and massive datasets are merging, and a new Big Data reality is on the rise. Read more…

Meeting HPC Challenges in Manufacturing

6/21/16 |  SGI | 

Manufacturing is on the upswing, but with more competition than ever, the pressure to trim product lifecycles and increase productivity is greater than ever. Read more…

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Do-It-Yourself HPC: How the Cloud Democratizes HPC and Public Data for Researchers

Creating the right technology environment is a time-consuming task for researchers who want to focus on science (not servers or long wait times at supercomputing centers). Read more…

Silicon Mechanics and Van Andel Institute partner to deliver an OpenStack HPC solution

The Van Andel Institute (VAI) worked with Silicon Mechanics to not only provide its users a more powerful platform, but a hybrid OpenStack HPC solution with the flexibility to support VAI’s commitment to improve the health and change the lives of current and future generations. Read more…