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Fortissimo 2 Consortium Launches Second Open Call for Proposals

Sep 28, 2016 |

Sept. 28 — The Fortissimo 2 consortium announced the launch of its Second Open Call for proposals.

The Fortissimo 2 project (Horizon 2020 contract 6804811) is funding a set of experiments (sub-projects) to extend and demonstrate the business potential of an ecosystem for HPC-Cloud services, specifically for applications involving simulation of coupled physical processes or high-performance data analytics. Read more…

SC15 Paper Authors Transform Experiment Into Application Challenge for SC16 SCC

Sep 28, 2016 |

Sept. 28 — Authors of a paper judged at SC15 in Austin, Texas, have transformed a portion of their experiment into an application challenge for the SC16 Student Cluster Competition (SCC) as part of a larger effort to raise the bar for experimental research in computing.

SC is responding to the growing need for scientific repeatability, replicability and reproducibility (the three Rs) of work in scientific papers to safeguard the integrity of the research ecosystem. Read more…

NCSA Releases Profile on Blue Waters Graduate Fellow Paul Hime

Sep 28, 2016 |

Sept. 28 — The Blue Waters Graduate Fellowship was awarded to ten outstanding Ph.D. students in computational science. In this series we’re featuring brief introductions to who they are and what they’re trying to accomplish. This program serves to prepare the next generation of science researchers to solve the world’s problems. Read more…

Mellanox Introduces New Innova IPsec Ethernet Adapter

Sep 28, 2016 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. & YOKNEAM, Israel, Sept. 28 — Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX), a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, has announced today the availability of its new Innova IPsec Ethernet adapter. The Innova IPsec network adapters offload and accelerate security protocols and advanced network functions, enabling the ubiquitous use of encryption across the data center with low CPU utilization and without compromising application performance. Read more…

Computer Out-Plays Humans in “Doom”

Sep 28, 2016 |

PITTSBURGH, Penn., Sept. 28 — Kill or be killed is the essence of the classic video game Doom, and an artificial intelligence agent developed by two Carnegie Mellon University computer science students has proven to be the game’s ultimate survivor — outplaying both the game’s built-in AI agents and human players. Read more…

Researchers Using Blue Waters Make Strides in Researching Treatment for Ebola

Sep 28, 2016 |

Sept. 28 — Who would have thought that a method that enabled the automatic firing of anti-aircraft guns in World War II would be applicable over 70 years later? This time, though, instead of protecting London’s citizens from German warplanes, it’s creating antibodies to protect humans from infectious viruses. Even the method of viral infection is similarly violent to warplanes—viruses like Ebola punch a hole in the surface of a cell to inject genetic material. Read more…

SC16 Releases Latest Invited Talk Spotlight: Dr. Thomas Sterling

Sep 27, 2016 |

Sept. 27 — This presentation will provide a comprehensive review of driving challenges, strategies, examples of existing runtime systems, and experiences. One important consideration is the possible future role of advances in computer architecture to accelerate the likely mechanisms embodied within typical runtimes. The talk will conclude with suggestions of future paths and work to advance this possible strategy. Read more…

ARM Releases New Interconnect Technology

Sep 27, 2016 |

CAMBRIDGE, U.K., Sept. 27 — ARM has released new on-chip interconnect technology delivering the scalability, performance and efficiency demanded across multiple markets including 5G networks, data center infrastructure, HPC, automotive and industrial systems. The ARM CoreLink CMN-600 Coherent Mesh Network interconnect and CoreLink DMC-620 Dynamic Memory Controller enable the latest ARM-based SoCs to offer unmatched data throughput and the lowest edge to cloud latency in the market. Read more…

Seagate Showcases Latest Enterprise SSD and HDD Portfolios at Open Data Center Summit 2016

Sep 27, 2016 |

BEIJING, China, Sept. 27 — Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ: STX), a world leader in storage solutions, today showcased its latest and most advanced enterprise solid state drives at the Open Data Center Summit 2016 which is being held at the Beijing International Convention Center on September 27, 2016. The full range of products displayed includes the recently launched SSD solutions like 8TB Nytro XP7200 NVMe SSD, 60TB SAS SSD, 2TB Nytro XM1440 M.2 NVMe SSD, and Seagate enterprise HDD solutions including 8TB Archive HDD, Enterprise Performance HDD, and 10TB helium-based Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD. Read more…

Internet2 Seeks Community Input on Next Generation R&E Network

Sep 27, 2016 |

MIAMI, Fla., Sept. 27 — Today, at the 2016 Technology Exchange event, Internet2 announced an official call for papers (CFP) from its members and partners to help envision the next Internet2 network. Internet2 is planning a potential major reinvestment in its infrastructure in 2018 and beyond which this planning process will support. Read more…