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Chicago Becomes First City to Launch Array of Things

Aug 29, 2016 |

Aug. 29 — This week in Chicago, the Array of Things team begins the first phase of the groundbreaking urban sensing project, installing the first of an eventual 500 nodes on city streets. By measuring data on air quality, climate, traffic and other urban features, these pilot nodes kick off an innovative partnership between the 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 Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Aug 25, 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. Prof. Keyes, director of @KAUST_ECRC mentoring #KAUST #VSRP students 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 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. Rudi is recognized for his work 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 Read more…

XSEDE 2.0 Reorganizes into 5 Goal-Driven Areas

Aug 24, 2016 |

Earlier this week NSF recognized XSEDE’s positive impact on the science community with a new five-year charter and $110 million in NSF funding. Founded in 2011, XSEDE provides advanced cyberinfrastructure resources and services to the nation’s scientists and engineers. The award assures continuity of services. John Towns, XSEDE’s executive director, briefly described future plans in Read more…

NERSC is Busily Using Dungeons to Slay Code Dragons

Aug 24, 2016 |

Work to modernize codes for use on the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) Cori supercomputer and its Intel Xeon Phi Knight’s Landing manycore architecture is making steady progress, says NERSC, which has now held eight Dungeon code development sessions with Intel and Cray. The most recent was held earlier this month. These Dungeon 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. XSEDE accelerates open scientific discovery by enhancing Read more…

Finalists Compete for Prestigious ACM Gordon Bell Prize in HPC

Aug 23, 2016 |

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah., Aug. 23 — Six outstanding research efforts in high performance technical computing have been selected as finalists in supercomputing’s most prestigious competition, the ACM Gordon Bell Prize in High Performance Computing. The $10,000 prize will be presented to a single winner in November during SC16 in Salt Lake City, UT (USA). The Gordon Read more…

XSEDE 2.0 Earns $110M NSF Award to Expand Nation’s Cyberinfrastructure Ecosystem

Aug 23, 2016 |

URBANA, Ill., Aug. 23 — The Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), first established in 2011, has been awarded a $110 million, five-year National Science Foundation (NSF) award to continue expanding access of advanced cyberinfrastructure resources to the nation’s scientist and engineers. The award announced today provides a continuity of services valuable to its large user community, in particular the coordination Read more…

ARM Unveils Scalable Vector Extension for HPC at Hot Chips

Aug 22, 2016 |

ARM and Fujitsu today announced a scalable vector extension (SVE) to the ARMv8-A architecture intended to enhance ARM capabilities in HPC workloads. Fujitsu is the lead silicon partner in the effort (so far) and will use ARM with SVE technology in its post K computer, Japan’s next flagship supercomputer planned for the 2020 timeframe. This is an important incremental step for ARM, which seeks to push more aggressively into mainstream and HPC server markets.

XSEDE16 Brings Together Champions

Aug 19, 2016 |

Aug. 19 — At XSEDE 2016 in Miami in July, a group called Campus Champions held their annual meeting. The collection of academics and students—representing institutions and labs across the country—is financially independent from XSEDE. They help people interested in the program determine if their project needs XSEDE resources, or whether they can use something else. The Read more…

Intel Launches Silicon Photonics Chip, Previews Next-Gen Phi for AI

Aug 18, 2016 |

At the Intel Developer Forum, held in San Francisco this week, Intel Senior Vice President and General Manager Diane Bryant announced the launch of Intel’s Silicon Photonics product line and teased a brand-new Phi product, codenamed “Knights Mill,” aimed at machine learning workloads.

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Aug 18, 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. Innovative HVDC feeding system of #Hikari for energy saving Read more…

FM Global Researchers Say ‘ADIOS’ to Bottlenecks

Aug 16, 2016 |

Aug. 16 — Researchers from commercial and industrial property insurer FM Global want to improve fire protection standards across the country. The company, which insures one in three Fortune 1000 companies with a unique focus on helping clients prevent losses, is dedicated to understanding how fires spread and, conversely, how they can be contained. To Read more…

NOAA Upgrades River Flow Forecasting on New Crays

Aug 16, 2016 |

The flooding now occurring in Louisiana and Mississippi is a stark reminder of how disruptive and potentially dangerous floods can be. Today the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) launched a new simulation tool – the National Water Model (NMW) – running on NOAA’s new Cray XC40 supercomputers that greatly extends and enhances NOAA’s ability Read more…

Soybean Science Blooms with Supercomputers

Aug 16, 2016 |

Aug. 16 — Knowledge of the soybean in the U.S. has come a long way since its humble start, namely as seeds smuggled by ship from China in the 1700s. A sanction back then from emperor Qianlong prevented trade outside of Canton. Undeterred, a former seaman with the East India Trading Company named Samuel Bowen first brought Read more…

DOE Invests $16M in Supercomputer-based Materials Design

Aug 16, 2016 |

Materials science got a boost today when the Department of Energy announced it would invest $16 million over the next four years to accelerate the design of new materials “through use of supercomputers.” The program will focus on software development with an eye towards being able to eventually run on exascale machines. Two four-year projects Read more…

Cycle Computing Collaborates With NCCS and the University of Minnesota

Aug 16, 2016 |

NEW YORK, N.Y., Aug. 16 — Cycle Computing, the leader in cloud computing orchestration software for Big Compute and Big Data, today announced its continued involvement in optimizing research spearheaded by NASA’s Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) and the University of Minnesota. Currently, a biomass measurement effort is underway in a coast-to-coast band of Sub-Saharan Africa. Read more…