Short Takes

On-Chip Device Accelerates Core-to-Core Communication

Sep 13, 2016 |

A team of engineers from North Carolina State University and Intel have joined forces to address on-chip communications bottlenecks that hamper performance scaling for workloads that share data frequently. Their paper, “CAF: Core to Core Communication Acceleration Framework,” describes a novel core-to-core Communication Acceleration Framework (CAF).

The technique could provide relief for many HPC applications and other communications-depending workloads such as pipelined packet processing, widely used in software-based networking. Read more…

New Approach to Computationally Designing Drugs for GPCRs

Sep 8, 2016 | Modeling protein interactions with drugs has long been computationally challenging. One obstacle is these interactions often take relatively long to occur and conventional molecular dynamics simulation is insufficient. This week a group of researchers, using several EXSEDE supercomputers, report a hybrid in silico-experimental approach that shows promise as a drug design tool for use with G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup (Sept. 8, 2016)

Sep 8, 2016 |

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. Check back in next Thursday for an entirely updated list.

The Tweet of the Week goes to @hpcnotes for his HPC User Forum Twitter coverage. Read more…

The Exascale Computing Project Awards $39.8M to 22 Projects

Sep 7, 2016 |

The Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project (ECP) hit an important milestone today with the announcement of its first round of funding, moving the nation closer to its goal of reaching capable exascale computing by 2023. As part of a $39.8 million award round, the ECP will provide full funding to 15 application development proposals and seed funding for seven more proposals, impacting 22 total projects and 45 research and academic organizations. Read more…

SAVE Project to Improve HSA Energy Use Wraps Up

Sep 6, 2016 |

The three-year European SAVE project, which wraps up this week, has produced tools and technologies that can help reduce heterogeneous system architecture (HSA) energy costs by 20 percent say its organizers. SAVE is the somewhat abbreviated acronym for Self-Adaptive Virtualization-Aware High-Performance/Low-Energy Heterogeneous System Architectures, a EU collaborative research project, funded by the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).

SAVE was comprised of seven academic and industrial partners working on both software and hardware approaches to better monitor and manage HSA resources. Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup (Sept. 1, 2016)

Sep 1, 2016 |

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. Check back in next Thursday for an entirely updated list.

New to our Twitter Roundup is the Tweet of the Week. This honor will go to the tweet that we think deserves special recognition. Read more…

HPC Career Notes (Sept. 2016)

Sep 1, 2016 |

In this monthly feature, we’ll keep you up-to-date on the latest career developments for individuals in the high performance computing community. Whether it’s a promotion, new company hire, or even an accolade, we’ve got the details. Check in each month for an updated list and you may even come across someone you know, or better yet, yourself!

Bill Gropp 

Bill GroppBill Gropp has been named Acting Director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). Read more…

HPC On Common Ground @ SC16

Aug 31, 2016 | 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…

DOE’s Year-old HPC4Mfg Program Announces 13 New Projects

Aug 31, 2016 |

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.

Among the 13 new projects are: Read more…

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

Aug 31, 2016 |

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. would place 28th in a Coding Olympics while China, Russia, and Poland would take gold, silver, and bronze. Read more…