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Weekly Twitter Roundup

Aug 4, 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.

Sub-Sahara Tree Survey Finds Success with AWS, Hybrid Cloud

Aug 4, 2016 | Vegetation is such an important part of climate health that scientists are working to perfect biomass measurement techniques. A region of particular interest is a coast-to-coast band of sub-Sahara Africa that is home to an estimated one billion trees and shrubs. Scientists from the University of Minnesota and the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) were able to arrive at this figure using a combination of NASA resources and commercial cloud technologies to process satellite image data. Read more…

DARPA Ramps Up Spectrum Challenge with Information Days

Aug 4, 2016 |

Next week, the DARPA-sponsored Spectrum Collaboration Challenge (SC2) to invent a better way to dynamically carve up and use of electromagnetic spectrum will hold its first information days. The information sessions are among the first concrete steps in what will be a long haul for teams – the winning designs aren’t expected until lat 2019. The team whose radio design most reliably achieves successful communication in the presence of other competing radios could win as much as $3,500,000. Read more…

HPC Career Notes

Aug 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!

Anwar Osseyran and Sergi Girona 

Anwar Osseyran has been elected Chair of the PRACE Council. Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Jul 28, 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.

Light Summer Reading: Crowd-sourcing Algorithms to Beat Wall Street

Jul 27, 2016 |

Looking to cash in on your algorithm expertise? Join the crowd. A three-year-old hedge fund investment company, Quantopian, that crowd-sources algorithms to guide its investing has just received a new infusion of $250M to play with and continues scanning the crowd for mathematical keys to success. When an algorithm is used by the company and succeeds, the algorithm developer gets a share of the profits. Read more…

Titan Simulation Reveals New Details of Fissioning Plutonium

Jul 26, 2016 |

In a first study of its kind, a team led by the University of Washington’s Aurel Bulgac captured the real-time dynamics of a fissioning plutonium-240 nucleus by simulating the process on the Titan supercomputer at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), a US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facility.

To create feasible nuclear fission models for current supercomputers, nuclear physicists had to devise shortcuts that often rely on approximations and constraints. Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Jul 21, 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.

MIT’s Multicore Swarm Architecture Advances Ordered Parallelism

Jul 21, 2016 |

A relatively new architecture explicitly designed for parallelism – Swarm – based on work at MIT has shown promise for substantially speeding up classes of applications (graphs, for example) and decreasing the programming burden to achieve parallelism. The work, recounted in a recent paper, Unlocking Ordered Parallelism with the Swarm Architecture, bucks conventional wisdom and adopts the ‘ordered’ program execution model.

“Multicore systems are really hard to program. Read more…

Los Alamos Researcher Honored for HPC Storage Leadership

Jul 21, 2016 |

Gary Grider, deputy division leader of the High Performance Computing (HPC) Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory, was awarded 2015 Richard P. Feynman Innovation Prize at a ceremony last week for his national leadership in developing cutting-edge HPC strategies and his innovative business partnerships. Grider is a leader in the HPC storage community and holds 12 patents and over 30 active patent applications in the area. Read more…