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New Hikari Supercomputer Starts Solar HVDC

Sep 19, 2016 |

Sept. 19 — The roar can be deafening. Cooling fans and power supplies whoosh and whine from rows and rows of supercomputers at the main data center of the Texas Advanced Computing Center in Austin. The power bill at TACC can reach over a million dollars a year to keep the machines humming. But there’s Read more…

Loyola Faculty Members Awarded NSF Grant to Build HPC Cluster

Sep 16, 2016 |

Sept. 16 — Four Loyola University Maryland faculty members have been awarded a $280,120 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to build a high-performance computing (HPC) cluster that will exponentially expand research opportunities for faculty and students across disciplines. Once in place, the HPC cluster will make essential computing power immediately available for research Read more…

NCSA and University of Illinois Researchers to Present at GODAN Summit in NYC

Sep 15, 2016 |

Sept. 15 — The first ever Godan summit taking place in New York this week has one major goal—to craft open data-driven solutions in the face of rising world hunger. The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s plant biology department are two of 340 groups involved in the meeting. They are bringing three presenters to Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup (Sept. 15, 2016)

Sep 15, 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. The Tweet of the Week goes to @StefanHabel for Read more…

MIT Programmers Attack Big Data Memory Gap

Sep 15, 2016 |

Among the computing challenges presented by big data is the scattering of unstructured items across huge datasets. Pulling together that data from arbitrary locations in main memory is therefore emerging as a major performance bottleneck in CPUs. Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have proposed a solution to the memory “locality” problem Read more…

Blue Waters Supercomputer Used to Develop a Standard for Partisan Gerrymandering

Sep 15, 2016 |

Sept. 15 — University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers, Professor Wendy K. Tam Cho and Yan Y. Liu recently won 1st place in the Common Cause 2016 First Amendment Gerrymander Standard Writing Competition with their proposal of a novel method for identifying partisan gerrymandering, which they created using the Blue Waters supercomputer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University Read more…

In Search of the Next Circuit Building Method – ORNL has Ideas

Sep 14, 2016 |

No one knows what the next, best way to build electronic circuits will be. That said there’s no shortage of efforts to invent something beyond current lithography. Oak Ridge National Laboratory, perhaps not surprisingly, is in the thick of the race and two recent studies from ORNL researchers showcase promising but very different approaches. One Read more…

Ohio Supercomputer Center Launches OnDemand 3.0

Sep 14, 2016 |

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Sept. 14 — The Ohio Supercomputer Center has launched OnDemand 3.0, a vastly upgraded version of its “one-stop shop” for access to its High Performance Computing services. This latest version of OSC’s custom-built OnDemand web portal is the first to be based on Open OnDemand, an NSF-funded OSC project to develop an open-source web Read more…

Larry Smarr’s “50 Years of Supercomputing” Talk to be Live Streamed

Sep 14, 2016 |

Sept. 14 — Larry Smarr, Founding Director of NCSA, will give a talk titled “50 Years of Supercomputing: From Colliding Black Holes to Dynamic Microbiomes to the Exascale” at 10 a.m. in the NCSA Auditorium on September 16. The talk, which will stream live and is open to the public, is part of NCSA’s 30th Anniversary Celebration. Smarr is a Read more…

Using Blue Waters Supercomputer to Better Understand Ebola Transmission

Sep 14, 2016 |

The following is a blog post by Hannah Remmert. Sept. 14 — Most of us in the United States likely feel safe from Ebola—West Africa feels like it’s worlds away. We’re located very far geographically from the countries with the highest frequency of infections, like Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, and many of us aren’t likely Read more…

Newly Funded Project Sets Stage for Next Generation of Supercomputers

Sep 13, 2016 |

Sept. 13 — Georgia Tech is leading a $2.4 million project to develop new computer algorithms for solving linear and nonlinear equations that will ultimately help pave the way for the next generation of supercomputers. School of Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) Associate Professor Edmond Chow leads the project, funded by the U. S. Department of Energy Read more…

Latest DDN Launch Fills out its WOS Object Storage Line

Sep 13, 2016 |

DataDirect Networks (DDN) today introduced a third member to its WOS object storage product line, the WOS 8460, aimed at active archive and collaboration use cases. Object storage, once mainly restricted to ‘cold’ archives for large quantities of unstructured data – think content delivery networks (CDN) used in conjunction with the web – has been slowly expanding its footprint into other application areas. The new DDN product fills out the company’s object storage portfolio and is positioned between DDN’s WOS 9660 offering, intended more for traditional ‘cold’ archives, and WOS 7000, which is well suited for embedded applications such as use with S3.

Seidel Named Interim Vice President for Research for University of Illinois System

Sep 13, 2016 |

Sept. 13 — H. Edward Seidel, director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the Urbana-Champaign campus since 2013, was named interim vice president for research for the University of Illinois system. Seidel, a leading researcher in high-performance computing and relativity and astrophysics, assumed his new role Sept. 1. He succeeds Lawrence B. Schook, Read more…

SDSC Supercomputer Modeling Reveals Acrobatics of CRISPR-Cas9 Technology

Sep 13, 2016 |

Sept. 13 — A team led by researchers at the University of California San Diego has captured in step-by-step atomic detail the surgical editing of DNA strands by CRISPR-Cas9, the innovative gene-splicing technology that in recent years has transformed the field of genetic engineering. Simulations performed by the Comet supercomputer at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) Read more…

PRACE 13th Call for Proposals Includes New Marconi System

Sep 12, 2016 |

Sept. 12 — The 13th PRACE Regular Call for Proposals yielded 85 eligible proposals of which 30 were awarded a total of 787.7 million core hours. This brings the total awarded projects to 465 and the total awarded core hours to 12.2 thousand million. The 30 awarded projects are led by principal investigators from 9 different Read more…

BSC Researcher to Receive European Research Council Starting Grant

Sep 9, 2016 |

Sept. 9 — BSC researcher Xevi Roca will receive a European Research Council Starting Grant, one of the European Union’s most prestigious research grants, for a project to create new simulation methods to respond to the aviation industry’s most pressing challenges.  Roca, who has been working on geometry for aeronautical simulation since 2004, is proposing Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup (Sept. 8, 2016)

Sep 8, 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. The Tweet of the Week goes to @hpcnotes for Read more…

Japan’s Post-K Computer Hits 1-2 Year Speed Bump

Sep 8, 2016 |

At the HPC User Forum in Austin, Texas, Dr. Yutaka Ishikawa, project lead for RIKEN AICS, confirmed that Japan’s next-generation supercomputer, the Post-K computer, has been delayed by one-to-two years, slipping from its original 2020 target to either 2021 or 2022. The additional time is needed to ensure sufficient processor volume, sources report. With the adjusted Read more…

UM and Yottabyte Partner to Accelerate Data-Intensive Research

Sep 8, 2016 |

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Sept. 8 — A strategic partnership between the University of Michigan and software company Yottabyte promises to unleash a new wave of data-intensive research by providing a flexible computing cloud for complex computational analyses of sensitive and restricted data. The Yottabyte Research Cloud will provide scientists high-performance, secure and flexible computing environments Read more…

University of Queensland Deploys DDN Storage Solutions

Sep 7, 2016 |

Sept. 7 — DataDirect Networks (DDN) today announced that the University of Queensland has deployed DDN high-performance storage solutions to improve data access between its main campus and its off-site data center. Leveraging DDN GRIDScaler parallel file system appliances integrated with IBM Spectrum Scale (built upon GPFS), the Australian research university has rolled out an innovative new data storage Read more…