HPCwire Announces 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards Winners

November 12, 2012

SALT LAKE CITY, UT. November 12, 2012 – HPCwire, the leading publication for news and information from the high performance computing industry today announced the winners of the 2012 HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards during the 24th annual Supercomputing Conference (SC12) taking place this week in Salt Lake City, Utah. Jeff Hyman, President and Group Publisher of Tabor Communications Inc., parent company of HPCwire, revealed the list of winners from the HPCwire booth during the opening gala reception on Monday evening.

“The awards have come to represent the highest level of honor and recognition given to the thought leaders in the HPC community by their own during the most important supercomputing event of the year,” said Jeff Hyman, President and Group Publisher of Tabor Communications Inc. “This year showed a distinct trend towards collaborative efforts, with allies and competitors united in working towards common goals in developing new technologies that will ultimately benefit mankind. Thank you to each and every one of you for your hard work and dedication, and heartfelt congratulations to those honored with receiving an award this year.”

HPCwire has designated two categories of Awards: (1) Readers’ Choice, where winners have been determined through election by HPCwire readers, and (2) Editors’ Choice, where winners have been selected by a panel of editorial and executive staff, recognized HPC luminaries, and contributing editors from industry. These awards are widely recognized as the most prestigious recognition given by the HPC community to its own each year.

The 2012 HPCwire Readers’ and Editor’s Choice Award Recipients

Best use of HPC application in manufacturing

Readers’ Choice: NVIDIA Quadro and Tesla GPUs with Dassault Systemes SIMULIA Abaqus Finite Element Analysis

Editor’s Choice: Airbus using HPC-as-a-service provided by Hewlett Packard

Best use of HPC in life sciences

Readers’ Choice: Julich Supercomputing Center using NVIDIA Tesla GPUs to uncover causes of/treatments for autism, Alzheimer’s, other neurological diseases

Editor’s Choice: IBM Watson expert system for WellPoint Inc.

Best use of HPC in automotive

Readers’ Choice: NVIDIA Tesla GPUs and Dassault Systemes SIMULIA Abaqus Finite Element Analysis solution

Editor’s Choice: Caterham F1 Racing using Dell systems for Formula 1 racing design

Best use of HPC in financial services

Readers’ Choice: Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC) on NVIDIA Fermi GPUs using CUDA

Editor’s Choice: (two winners)
– NYSE Technologies “Community Cloud” in collaboration with EMC, Intel, and VMware
– Xcelerit for Quant Toolkit, SDK

Best use of HPC in the oil and gas industry

Readers’ Choice: Petrobas Reverse Time Migration (RTM)

Editor’s Choice: Schlumberger WesternGeco

Best use of HPC in the entertainment industry

Readers’ Choice: Dreamworks Animation SKG and the US Council on Competitiveness for “Dreamworks Presents the Power of Supercomputing”

Editor’s Choice: Dreamworks Animation SKG and the US Council on Competitiveness for “Dreamworks Presents the Power of Supercomputing”

Best use of HPC in “edge HPC” application

Readers’ Choice: CURIE (powered by bullx) supercomputer, owned by GENCI for the first full universe simulation, Observatoire de Paris

Editor’s Choice: Kalev H. Leetaru, University of Illinois Fellow, Graduate School of Library and Information Science with contributions from SGI and SGI UV 2000 for the historical mapping and exploration of Wikipedia

Best use of HPC in the cloud

Readers’ Choice: Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2)

Editor’s Choice: Schrödinger and Cycle Computing on Amazon EC2 cluster for drug discovery

Best application of “green computing” in HPC

Readers’ Choice: Oak Ridge National Laboratories’ Titan supercomputer, powered by Cray XK6

Editor’s Choice: IBM Blue Gene/Q

Best application of Big Data in HPC

Readers’ Choice: The Apache Software Foundation for Apache Hadoop

Editor’s Choice: DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) for its XDATA Program

Best HPC server product or technology

Readers’ Choice: Cray XE6 supercomputer

Editor’s Choice: Intel “Sandy Bridge” Xeon CPUs

Best HPC storage product or technology

Readers’ Choice: DataDirect Networks SFA 12K

Editor’s Choice: The San Diego Supercomputer Center Data Oasis Storage System with contributions from Appro, Aeon Computing, Arista Networks, Globus Online, and Intel Whamcloud

Best HPC software product or technology

Readers’ Choice: Adaptive Computing Moab HPC Suite 7.2

Editor’s Choice: NVIDIA CUDA Toolkit 5.0

Best HPC visualization product or technology

Readers’ Choice: Adaptive Computing Moab HPC Suite and NICE Desktop Cloud Visualization (NICE DCV)

Editor’s Choice: Kitware ParaView

Best HPC interconnect product or technology

Readers’ Choice: Mellanox FDR Infiniband Solution and Connect-IB FDR Infiniband Adapter

Editor’s Choice: Mellanox FDR Infiniband Solution and Connect-IB FDR Infiniband Adapter

Best HPC cluster solution or technology

Readers’ Choice: DataDirect Networks SFA 12K

Editor’s Choice: Appro Xtreme-X Supercomputer

Top supercomputing achievement

Readers’ Choice: NASA Ames Pleiades supercomputer for the NASA Kepler Mission discovery of new planets in the Milky Way (with contributions from Intel and SGI)

Editor’s Choice: The deployment of IBM Blue Gene/Q Sequoia supercomputer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Best HPC collaboration between government and industry

Readers’ Choice: Oak Ridge National Laboratories (ORNL) Titan supercomputer in collaboration with the US Department of Energy, Cray, AMD, and NVIDIA

Editor’s Choice: The National Digital Engineering and Manufacturing Consortium (NDMEC) in collaboration with the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, (NCMS) National Center for Supercomputer Applications, (NCSA) NASA, and the National Science Foundation, (NSF) US Department of Commerce, Departments of Defense and Energy, (DOD & DOE) US Council on Competitiveness, (COC) Ohio Supercomputer Center, Purdue University, Lockheed Martin, General Electric, John Deere, Rosenboom, and Procter & Gamble

Top 5 new products or technologies to watch

Readers’ Choice:

1. Name: NVIDIA
2. Name: Intel
3. Name: Mellanox
4. Name: Cray
5. Name: DataDirect Networks

Editor’s Choice:

1. NVIDIA
2. Intel
3. pNFS

4. OpenACC Directives (NVIDIA, Cray, PGI, CAPS enterprise)

5. Solid-state Drives/Flash memory

Top 5 vendors to watch

Readers’ Choice:

1. NVIDIA
2. Intel
3. Mellanox
4. IBM
5. Cray

Editor’s Choice:

1. NVIDIA
2. Intel
3. AMD
4. Cray
5. Mellanox

About HPCwire
HPCwire is the #1 news and information portal covering the fastest computers in the world and the people who run them. With a legacy dating back to 1986, HPCwire continues to be the publication of choice globally by business and technology professionals from academia, government, science, and industry who are interested in high performance and computationally intensive computing. For topics ranging from the latest developments in systems, software, tools and applications, to middleware, networking and storage technologies, HPCwire delivers it all and remains the HPC communities’ most reliable and trusted resource.

About Tabor Communications, Inc.
Tabor Communications, Inc. is a leading international media, advertising, and communications company that provides solutions, news and information to the high performance computing (HPC), cloud, big data, green IT, and digital manufacturing communities. Publisher of a complete advanced computing portfolio that includes HPCwire, Datanami, Green Computing Report, Digital Manufacturing Report, and HPC in the Cloud, other Tabor Communications companies include Tabor Advertising and Tabor Publications & Events. View the corporate video presentation.

About the International Conference for High Performance Computing (SC12)
For 24 years, SC has been at the forefront in gathering the best and brightest minds in supercomputing together, with our unparalleled technical papers, tutorials, posters and speakers. SC12 will take a major step forward not only in supercomputing, but in super-conferencing, with everything designed to make the 2012 conference the most ‘you’ friendly conference in the world. We’re streamlining conference information and moving to a virtually real-time method of determining technical program thrusts. No more pre-determined technical themes picked far in advance. Through social media, data mining, and active polling, we’ll see which technical interests and issues emerge throughout the year, and focus on the ones that interest you the most.

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