2016 HPCwire Awards – Readers’ & Editors’ Choice

Nominations for the 2017 HPCwire Readers’ Choice Awards are open! Click here to view this year’s categories and submit your picks for 2017’s best in HPC!


Every year, HPCwire conducts our annual Readers’ Choice Awards to recognize the best and the brightest developments that happened in HPC over the last 12 months. These awards, which are nominated and voted on by the global HPC community are announced and presented during the annual Supercomputing Conference, this year being held in Salt Lake City, Utah.

These annual awards are highly coveted as prestigious recognition of achievement by the HPC community, and are given in the form of both “Readers’ Choice” and “Editors’ Choice.” We’d like to extend our congratulations to this year’s winners.

Check out our gallery of award winners on Twitter and be sure to follow @HPCwire for real-time SC’16 updates

Best Use of HPC Application in Life Sciences

Readers’ Choice
Seagate and Hudson Alpha
Seagate collaborates to provide Hudson Alpha with a high performance, high density storage solution to manage large amounts of data generated from Illumina next-gen sequencers.
Editors’ Choice
Earlham Institute (previously TGAC) and SGI
Earlham Institute (previously TGAC) uses SGI UV 300 for analysing highly-complex wheat genome – SGI’s largest instance for life sciences.

Best Use of HPC Application in Manufacturing

Readers’ Choice
MIT’s The Trout Group and Nor-Tech
MIT’s The Trout Group, a molecular engineering laboratory, works with Nor-Tech to develop new technologies to advance continuous pharmaceutical manufacturing.
Editors’ Choice
Stanley Black & Decker and Altair
Stanley Black & Decker has optimized CAE capabilities using Altair’s HyperWorks Unlimited private cloud, resulting in improved cycle times and accelerated decision-making.

Best Use of HPC Application in the Energy Industry

Readers’ Choice
GE and Oak Ridge National Laboratory
GE and Oak Ridge National Laboratory achieve breakthrough combustion simulation for power generation to save more than $11 billion in fuel for US gas turbines over the next 20 years.
Editors’ Choice
Zeco, CINECA, and Fortissimo
Italian SME Zeco used 450k CPU hours on CINECA’s Galileo cluster through the Fortissimo HPC Cloud interface to develop a new type of Kaplan turbine.

Best Use of HPC in Automotive

Readers’ Choice
The NVIDIA DRIVE PX 2 in-car artificial intelligence system delivers a 360 degree environment via sensing, localizing, reasoning and planning.
Editors’ Choice
Dana Holding Corp. and Bright
Dana Holding Corp., supplier of automotive subsystems, upgrades five clusters to Cray technology and adopts Bright Cluster Manager to enhance and speed CAE.

Best Use of HPC in Financial Services

Readers’ Choice
Geico uses HPC to precalculate insurance quotes for every eligible U.S. household and individual.
Editors’ Choice
Quantopian collaborators create 400,000 trading algorithms on the company’s free web-based platform.

Best Use of HPC in Entertainment

Readers’ Choice
DreamWorks Animation and HPE
DreamWorks Animation utilizes HPE-enabled “scalable multi-core processing” for producing lifelike imagined environments that detail muscle, fur, feathers and cloth in animated films.
Editors’ Choice
DataDirect Networks and MLB Network
With the adoption of DataDirect Networks’ MEDIAScaler, MLB Network has simplified the management of its live and archived video assets and sped up content access times.

Best Use of HPC in the Cloud

Readers’ Choice
Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides access to Cluster Compute and Cluster GPU servers with 10Gb connections and tools to help users create an HPC cluster on-demand.
Editors’ Choice
San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), Mellanox, and Nimbix
The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) and Mellanox have collaborated to create a virtual off-loading computing processor used by SDSC Comet to optimize the processing of partner workloads.Nimbix pioneered the use of computational accelerators, including GPUs, FPGAs, DSPs and Intel Xeon Phis in cloud computing and has enabled the adoption of cloud for HPC workloads.

Best Use of High Performance Data Analytics

Readers’ Choice
Harvard, Allen Institute for Brain Science and Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center
Harvard, Allen Institute for Brain Science and Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center identified brain cells that respond to visual elements through image alignment of large-scale EM datasets.
Editors’ Choice
UNC-Chapel Hill (IMS and CRC), RENCI, and Dell EMC
UNC-Chapel Hill (IMS and CRC) work with the RENCI Hatteras Supercomputer from Dell EMC to predict dangerous coastal storm surges, including Hurricane Matthew.

Best Application of Energy-Efficient HPC

Readers’ Choice
German Climate Computing Center (DKRZ) and Seagate
German Climate Computing Center (DKRZ) increased performance 5x and capacity 4x with Seagate ClusterStor 9000, while reducing energy consumption per petabyte 5x over the previous system.
Editors’ Choice
Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) and NEDO
The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) collaborated with Japanese government agency NEDO to explore improved energy efficiency using an HPE Apollo 8000 system (Hikari)

Best HPC Server Product or Technology

Readers’ Choice
Editors’ Choice
SGI UV 300

Best HPC Storage Product or Technology

Readers’ Choice
Seagate ClusterStor L300 with Intel Enterprise Edition Lustre
Editors’ Choice
DataDirect Networks SFA14K
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