Short Takes

Dongarra Honored with Pair of Prestigious Supercomputing Awards

Jun 16, 2016 | Jack Dongarra, one of today’s most distinguished HPC leaders, is adding two awards to his long list. The Association for Computer Machinery (ACM) recently honored Dongarra with the High Performance Parallel and Distributed Computing Achievement Award at the annual High Performance and Distributed Computing Conference in Kyoto, Japan, while the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) will bestow him with the Super Computing (SC) 2016 Test of Time Award at its conference in November. Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Jun 16, 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 Researchers Uncover New Way to Turn Electricity into Light

Jun 15, 2016 |

Work by MIT researchers reported in Nature Communications this week suggests a potentially new way to turn electricity into light using the carbon compound graphene. The key is actually ‘slowing down light’.

“In a conceptual breakthrough over 80 years old, Cerenkov showed how charged particles emit shockwaves of light when moving faster than the phase velocity of light in a medium. To modern eyes, the Cerenkov effect offers a direct and ultrafast energy conversion scheme from charge particles to photons. Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Jun 9, 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.

IBM Launches Apache Spark Development Environment

Jun 8, 2016 |

IBM, which has bet big on Apache Spark as a kind of analytics operating system ($300 million investment), yesterday announced the first cloud-based development environment for near real-time, high performance analytics using Apache Spark and a variety of tools from IBM and others. According to IBM the new set of capabilities, available on IBM Bluemix cloud platform, permits data scientists to access and ingest data and deliver insight-driven models to developers. Read more…

Intel Xeon E7 Balloons In-memory Capacity, Targets Real-Time Analytics

Jun 8, 2016 |

Who crunches more data faster, wins. It’s this drive that cuts through and clarifies the essence of the evolutionary spirit in the computer industry, the dual desire to get to real time with bigger and bigger chunks of data. The locomotive: HPC technologies adapted to enterprise mission-critical data analytics.

With its memory capacity of up to 24TB in an eight-socket system, the largest capacity in the industry according to Intel, the new Xeon processor E7-8800/4800 v4 allows massive datasets to be stored in memory in support of real-time data analytics applications. Read more…

All-Girls NERSC Supercomputing Team Heads to ISC

Jun 8, 2016 |

NERSC receives many high school and college students as interns, which is a great source of talent, especially if one is thinking of building a team for a competition. And that’s exactly what computational scientist Rebecca Hartman-Baker did. She pulled together six capable and accomplished high school and university students and built the NERSC Team for the 2016 ISC Student Cluster Competition.

This collaboration is unique from a couple of different perspectives. Read more…

GLC Announces Awards for Time on Blue Waters Supercomputer

Jun 7, 2016 |

Eleven projects have been recently awarded time on the Blue Waters supercomputer through the Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation. Over a twelve-month period, research teams will have a combined total of more than 4.3 million node hours on Blue Waters.

The projects vary widely in scope and computational requirements. They tackle questions such as how the flu virus enters a cell in the body and improved understanding of the dynamics and physics of atomic matter during galaxy cluster formation. Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Jun 2, 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 HPC SaaS, Alces Flight, Offered on Amazon Web Services

Jun 2, 2016 |

Options for HPC use on Amazon Web Services continue to grow. An AWS post yesterday noted Alces Flight – an HPC cluster provisioning and Software as a Service company (SaaS) with a library of 750 scientific applications – is now available for AWS users.

Jeff Barr, AWS’s Chief Evangelist, noted in his related post, “Today we are making Alces Flight available in AWS Marketplace. Read more…