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HPC Impact Showcase Applications Due August 31

Aug 26, 2016 |

Aug. 26 — The HPC Impact Showcase highlights real-world applications of high performance computing (HPC) at companies who are currently employing HPC to advance their competitiveness and innovation in the global marketplace.

The Showcase is designed to introduce attendees to the many ways that HPC matters in our world, through testimonials from companies large and small.  Read more…

SCinet Inventory: Untangling 89 Miles of Fiber

Aug 26, 2016 |

Aug. 26 — As with almost all aspects of the SC Conference, SCinet transcends the big/bigger/biggest paradigm.

The planning of each conference takes multiple years, with the work – for most involved – gradually picking up the pace as the previous year’s conference has yet to conclude. For SCinet, the planning revolves mainly around figuring out how to provide our (un)seen services and best “wire-up” the venue to meet the needs of attendees, exhibitors, presenters and other contributors. Read more…

UTA Physicists Get $1 Million to Upgrade Titan Software

Aug 25, 2016 |

Aug. 25 — Physicists at The University of Texas at Arlington have been awarded a new $1.06 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to upgrade the software that runs on the Titan supercomputer at Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility in Tennessee to support extremely data-heavy scientific applications such as advanced biology and materials science simulations. Read more…

RAND and LLNL Combine HPC and Public Policy Analysis for Demonstration of Water Resource Management

Aug 25, 2016 |

Aug. 25 — Researchers from the RAND Corporation and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have joined forces to combine high-performance computing with innovative public policy analysis to improve planning for particularly complex issues such as water resource management.

Building on previous work conducted by RAND on the Colorado River Basin in 2012, RAND and the High Performance Computing Innovation Center at Lawrence Livermore National Lab hosted a joint workshop to employ high-performance computer simulations to stress-test several water management strategies over a vast number of plausible future scenarios in near real time. Read more…

Two Students Named Recipients of 2016 ACM/IEEE-CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowships

Aug 25, 2016 |

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., Aug. 25 — IEEE Computer Society (IEEE-CS) announced today that Johann Rudi of The Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (The University of Texas at Austin) and Axel Huebl of Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (Technical University of Dresden) are the recipients of the 2016 ACM/IEEE George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowships. Read more…

Nor-Tech to Release Clusters Integrated With Intel’s HPC Orchestrator

Aug 25, 2016 |

Aug. 25 — Nor-Tech, one of the only designers and builders of affordable high performance computer clusters for business and research organizations, announced the imminent rollout of clusters integrated with Intel’s HPC Orchestrator. HPC Orchestrator is a licensed, value-add version of OpenHPC that will be supported by Intel and Nor-Tech. Read more…

Western Digital SanDisk InfiniFlash Platform Adopted by SoftBank

Aug 25, 2016 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 25 — Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC), a global storage technology and solutions leader, today announced that SoftBank Corp. (head office: Minato-ku, Tokyo) has adopted the SanDisk InfiniFlash all-flash storage platform for its software-defined storage solution.

Previously, SoftBank was running an in-house traditional storage system combining hard disk drives (HDD) and solid state drives (SSD) for some of its applications. Read more…

ACM Gordon Bell Prize Recognizes Top Accomplishments in Running Science Apps on HPC

Aug 25, 2016 |

Aug. 25 — For the first time, SC conference releases a comprehensive list of all Gordon Bell winners since 1987. Here is that historical perspective.

Each year at SC, two key indicators of HPC performance are highlighted. Both were created to provide a more accurate measure of overall performance than the theoretical peak performance levels sometimes touted by vendors. Read more…

NCSA to Lead $110M NSF Project to Expand Nation’s Cyberinfrastructure Ecosystem

Aug 24, 2016 |

Aug. 24 — The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced a $110 million, five-year award to the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and 18 partner institutions to continue, and expand, the activities undertaken through the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), a cornerstone of the nation’s cyberinfrastructure ecosystem. Read more…

Mellanox Expands Asia-Pacific Presence

Aug 24, 2016 |

Aug. 24 — Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX), a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data centre servers, cloud and storage networking solutions, has announced the opening of its new APAC headquarters and solutions centre in Singapore. The Company’s new APAC headquarters will feature a technology solution centre for showcasing the latest technologies from Mellanox, in addition to an executive briefing facility. Read more…