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ORNL Computational Resources, Experts Support Cancer Moonshot Initiative

Aug 1, 2016 |

Aug. 1 — The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory will add its computational know-how to the battle against cancer through several new projects recently announced at the White House Cancer Moonshot Summit. The goal of the Cancer Moonshot is to double the rate of progress toward a cure – to make a decade Read more…

NSF Awards $15M to Create Science Gateways Community Institute

Jul 29, 2016 |

July 29 — The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a five-year $15 million grant to establish a Science Gateways Community Institute to accelerate the development and application of highly functional, sustainable science gateways that address the needs of researchers across the full spectrum of NSF directorates. The Institute’s goal is to increase the number, Read more…

2016 ACM SIGHPC/Intel Computational and Data Science Fellowship Winners Announced

Jul 29, 2016 |

July 29 — ACM’s Special Interest Group on High Performance Computing (SIGHPC), in collaboration with Intel, today announced the 14 first-ever recipients of the ACM SIGHPC/Intel Computational and Data Science Fellowship. The fellowship is funded by Intel and was announced at the high performance computing community’s SC conference in November of last year. It was Read more…

XSEDE Helps Researchers Scale Up Simulations to Better Understand Effects of Cancer Drugs

Jul 29, 2016 |

July 29 — There are myriad examples throughout history where an error led to a discovery, a new invention, or a cure. Even on a biological level, errors are important — take DNA for example. DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) contains all of the genetic information for a living organization and is involved in many fundamental biological Read more…

“Stream”-lining the Scientific Process at XSEDE

Jul 28, 2016 |

Indiana University and the National Science Foundation (NSF) have announced that Jetstream, the first-ever NSF-supported cloud resource for science and engineering research, will go into full operations as of September 1. But Jetstream is not your typical HPC supercomputer. “NSF, the IU Pervasive Technology Institute (PTI), and our many partners are embarking on a journey to operate a system that is both a production cloud and a first of a kind pilot project,” said IU’s Craig Stewart.

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Jul 28, 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. All 52 cabinets of @NERSC Cori #HPC (phase-2) arrive Read more…

Seventh International HPC Summer School Concludes

Jul 28, 2016 |

July 28 — A total of 79 graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from 18 countries from institutions in Canada, Europe, Japan and the United States gathered in the European Green Capital 2016, in Ljubljana, Slovenia, in the last week of June 2016. These students were selected from among the best in theirs fields through a rigorous Read more…

Light Summer Reading: Crowd-sourcing Algorithms to Beat Wall Street

Jul 27, 2016 |

Looking to cash in on your algorithm expertise? Join the crowd. A three-year-old hedge fund investment company, Quantopian, that crowd-sources algorithms to guide its investing has just received a new infusion of $250M to play with and continues scanning the crowd for mathematical keys to success. When an algorithm is used by the company and Read more…

Titan Simulation Reveals New Details of Fissioning Plutonium

Jul 26, 2016 |

In a first study of its kind, a team led by the University of Washington’s Aurel Bulgac captured the real-time dynamics of a fissioning plutonium-240 nucleus by simulating the process on the Titan supercomputer at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), a US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facility. To create Read more…

New File System from PSC Tackles Image Processing on the Fly

Jul 25, 2016 |

Processing the high-volume datasets, particularly image data, generated by modern scientific instruments is a huge challenge. Last week, a team of researchers from the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center reported a novel approach to coping with the data flood – the Virtual Volume File System (VVFS) – which they say significantly reduces storage capacity requirements and facilitates Read more…

UPR, PSC Minority STEM Outreach Work Wins Best Workforce Diversity Paper at XSEDE16

Jul 25, 2016 |

July 25 — A peer-reviewed report by researchers from the University of Puerto Rico and PSC surveying students at PSC’s MARC Summer Internship has won the Best Workforce Development and Diversity Paper at the XSEDE16 supercomputing conference. The investigators offer suggestions on how minority-serving institutions and high-performance computing centers can better help improve the preparation Read more…

Inria Joins the OpenMP ARB

Jul 25, 2016 |

July 25 — Inria has joined the OpenMP ARB, a group of leading hardware and software vendors and research organizations creating the standard for the most popular shared-memory parallel programming model in use today. Inria, the French National Institute for computer science and applied mathematics, promotes “scientific excellence for technology transfer and society”. Graduates from Read more…

DANCES with Big Data: Progress Update from XSEDE Meeting

Jul 22, 2016 |

Moving large datasets around HPC networks such as those of XSEDE is often challenging. While Internet2, the most commonly used backbone, is fast at 100GBS, local traffic to campuses often slows to 10GBS. At this week’s XSEDE meeting the DANCES (Developing Applications with Networking Capabilities via End-to-End SDN) project leaders reported first successful testing of Read more…

Report Addresses the Perils of Dark Silicon

Jul 21, 2016 |

Dark silicon refers to the processing potential that’s lost when thermal constraints disallow full CPU utilization. The gap between transistor scaling and voltage scaling combined with tighter integration of components (multicore, SoCs) has power density ramifications that are of particular concern for embedded computing, but high-performance computing faces similar “dark power” challenges. Bringing attention to this issue and exploring common solutions was the goal of the Dagstuhl Seminar 16052, “Dark Silicon: From Embedded to HPC Systems.”

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Jul 21, 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. Mendenhall: As a non-#HPC expert, #XSEDE and #ECSS was Read more…

MIT’s Multicore Swarm Architecture Advances Ordered Parallelism

Jul 21, 2016 |

A relatively new architecture explicitly designed for parallelism – Swarm – based on work at MIT has shown promise for substantially speeding up classes of applications (graphs, for example) and decreasing the programming burden to achieve parallelism. The work, recounted in a recent paper, Unlocking Ordered Parallelism with the Swarm Architecture, bucks conventional wisdom and Read more…

Los Alamos Researcher Honored for HPC Storage Leadership

Jul 21, 2016 |

Gary Grider, deputy division leader of the High Performance Computing (HPC) Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory, was awarded 2015 Richard P. Feynman Innovation Prize at a ceremony last week for his national leadership in developing cutting-edge HPC strategies and his innovative business partnerships. Grider is a leader in the HPC storage community and holds Read more…

University of Tokyo Selects Mellanox EDR InfiniBand to Accelerate Newest Supercomputer

Jul 21, 2016 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. and YOKNEAM, Israel, July 21 — Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX), a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, announced today its Switch-IB 2 EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand Switch systems and ConnectX-4 adapters have been chosen by the Information Technology Center at the University of Tokyo to accelerate its new supercomputer for computational science, engineering by Read more…

The Scripps Research Institute Leverages DDN Storage

Jul 21, 2016 |

July 21 — DataDirect Networks (DDN) today announced that The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), one of the world’s largest independent organizations focusing on biomedical research, has deployed DDN’s end-to-end data management solutions, including high performance SFA7700X file storage automatically tiered to WOS object storage archive, to support fast analysis and cost-effective retention of research data produced by cryo-electron microscopy Read more…

MeerKAT Telescope Reveals New Details of Universe

Jul 20, 2016 |

This week, the world saw the first images captured by the MeerKat array, which made its debut as one of the most powerful telescopes of its kind. Using 16 out of a planned 64 dishes, the telescope array recorded the radio signals coming from a small area of sky comprising less than .01 percent of Read more…