2017 HPCwire Awards – Readers’ & Editors’ Choice


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 Denver, Colorado.

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’17 updates

Best Use of HPC Application in Life Sciences

Readers’ Choice
A team from Cardiff, Swansea, Warwick and Birmingham Universities conduct real-time analysis of Zika genomes using CLIMB cloud computing, supported by Lenovo, OpenStack, IBM, Red Hat and Dell EMC.
Editors’ Choice
UCSD Department of Pharmacology, SDSC & PSC identified structural changes activating the gene-splicing technology, CRISPR-Cas9.

Best Use of HPC in Physical Sciences

Readers’ Choice
NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) with Ames Research Center performed first-ever simulations using StellarBox to simulate surface dynamics.
Editors’ Choice
SEAS team at Univ. of Illinois using NCSA’s Blue Waters produced the first accurate high-resolution digital elevation data/maps for entire Arctic.

Best Use of HPC in Manufacturing

Readers’ Choice
National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) with RIKEN AICS clarify long-standing issues and advance development of next-generation batteries.
Editors’ Choice
HPC4Mfg project by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s NERSC helps paper companies cut costs by 10-20% through simulations.

Best Use of HPC in Energy

Readers’ Choice
PSC and Texas A&M use OpenFOAM on PSC Bridges & TACC’s Stampede to better understand coolant & heat transfer in high temperature jet reactors.
Editors’ Choice
Carnegie Clean Energy & Univ. of Western Australia with Pawsey Supercomputing Center and Cray capture & convert ocean wave energy.

Best Use of HPC in Automotive

Readers’ Choice
Exa PowerFLOW 5.4 ensures vehicle performace by helping engineers understand effects of variable road conditions on vehicle performace, fuel efficiency & range.
Editors’ Choice
Sauber Formula One using HPE HPC solutions to lower overall IT operating expenses while improving business.

Best Use of HPC in Entertainment

Readers’ Choice
Disney uses of Intel Xeon-based servers & Red Hat Linux EL7 to produce Zootopia.
Editors’ Choice
LucasFilm & Industrial Light Magic developed MaterialX library for computer graphics & used MaterialX when making ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ and ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’.

Best Use of HPC in Financial Services

Readers’ Choice
Solarflare cuts electronic trading latency by 10X to 20-30 nanoseconds using its proprietary TCPDirect zero-copy API.
Editors’ Choice
Large financial services company significantly improves and modernizes analytics environment using a DDN solution for SAS Grid.

Best Use of High Performance Data Analytics

Readers’ Choice
Vestas optimized wind turbines using Lenovo NextScale and TIBCO Spotfire to reduce its “Loss Prevention Factor”.
Editors’ Choice
PSC’s Bridges facilitates assembly and analysis of large-scale genomics data.

Best Use of AI

Readers’ Choice
Using SDSC’s Comet supercomputer, SUNY Downstate researchers lead the development of realistic “biomimetic neuroprosthetics”.

CMU School of Computer Science “Libratus” AI on PSC’s “Bridges” wins Brains vs. AI competition.

Editors’ Choice
CANcer Distributed Learning Environment (CANDLE) leverages the Cray “Theta” XC40 system to develop and use deep learning tools to accelerate cancer research (ANL, LANL, LLNL, NIH/NCI, ORNL).

Best Use of HPC in the Cloud

Readers’ Choice
Boom Supersonic uses Rescale’s ScaleX cloud HPC platform and NASA simulation tools to design supersonic passenger jet.
Editors’ Choice
UberCloud with representatives from Stanford University, Dassault/Simulia, Advania, HPE and Intel contributing to the Living Heart Project.

Best HPC in the Cloud Platform

Readers’ Choice
Microsoft Azure Big Compute Infrastructure
Editors’ Choice
Microsoft Azure Big Compute Infrastructure

Penguin Computing on Demand

Best HPC Server Product or Technology

Readers’ Choice
HPE Apollo 6000 Gen10 System

Lenovo SD530

Editors’ Choice
Cray XC50 Supercomputer

Best HPC Storage Product or Technology

Readers’ Choice
Lenovo Distributed Storage Solution for IBM Spectrum Scale (DSS-G)
Editors’ Choice
DDN’s Infinite Memory Engine (IME)
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