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HPC On Common Ground @ SC16

Norman Borlaug was one of the most important scientists of all time and the only person to have been credited for saving one billion people from starvation. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970, a Presidential Medal of Freedom, a Congressional Gold Medal, and became known around the world as the Father of The Green Revolution. Read more…
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DOE’s Year-old HPC4Mfg Program Announces 13 New Projects

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) High Performance Computing for Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg) program, roughly a year old, continues to gather momentum with the recent award of $3.8M for 13 new industry projects. More effective collaboration with and transfer of HPC knowledge to industry is a growing imperative at DOE and aligned with the National Strategic Computing Initiative, also a year old. Read more…

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How Would U.S. Perform in Coding Olympics? Not Great Says Study

China’s impressive standing up of the 93 petaflops Sunway TaihuLight atop the Top500 list in June ruffled more than a few feathers in the west. Here’s yet more fodder for stirring up geo-computational acumen nervousness – a report by HackerRank, a blog that posts coding challenges, indicates the U.S. Read more…

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Jetstream, the NSF-funded “Science” Cloud, Launches Tomorrow

Jetstream, the expansive NSF-funded cyberinfrastructure project intended in large measure to serve the long tail of science will officially launch tomorrow (9/1/16). A central idea is to make Jetstream attractive to communities who have not been users of traditional HPC systems, but who would benefit from advanced computational capabilities. Read more…

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NVIDIA Adds ‘Parker’ CPU to ‘Brain of Autonomous Vehicles’

NVIDIA’s autonomous vehicle strategy took a step forward this week with the announcement of a new mobile CPU, called “Parker,” offered to automakers as a single unit or integrated into the company’s DRIVE PX 2 platform, announced at CES earlier this year. 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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XSEDE 2.0 Reorganizes into 5 Goal-Driven Areas

Earlier this week NSF recognized XSEDE’s positive impact on the science community with a new five-year charter and $110 million in NSF funding. Founded in 2011, XSEDE provides advanced cyberinfrastructure resources and services to the nation’s scientists and engineers. Read more…

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NERSC is Busily Using Dungeons to Slay Code Dragons

Work to modernize codes for use on the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) Cori supercomputer and its Intel Xeon Phi Knight’s Landing manycore architecture is making steady progress, says NERSC, which has now held eight Dungeon code development sessions with Intel and Cray. Read more…

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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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ARM Unveils Scalable Vector Extension for HPC at Hot Chips

ARM and Fujitsu today announced a scalable vector extension (SVE) to the ARMv8-A architecture intended to enhance ARM capabilities in HPC workloads. Fujitsu is the lead silicon partner in the effort (so far) and will use ARM with SVE technology in its post K computer, Japan’s next flagship supercomputer planned for the 2020 timeframe. This is an important incremental step for ARM, which seeks to push more aggressively into mainstream and HPC server markets. Read more…
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Intel Launches Silicon Photonics Chip, Previews Next-Gen Phi for AI

At the Intel Developer Forum, held in San Francisco this week, Intel Senior Vice President and General Manager Diane Bryant announced the launch of Intel's Silicon Photonics product line and teased a brand-new Phi product, codenamed "Knights Mill," aimed at machine learning workloads. 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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Advanced Scale Computing – Making the Case

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Today’s leading organizations are dealing with larger data sets, higher volume and disparate data sources, and the need for faster insights. Read more…

The Convergence of HPC and Big Data for Enterprise

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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…

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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…