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Container App ‘Singularity’ Eases Scientific Computing

Oct 20, 2016 |

HPC container platform Singularity is just six months out from its 1.0 release but already is making inroads across the HPC research landscape. It’s in use at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), where Singularity founder Gregory Kurtzer has worked in the High Performance Computing Services (HPCS) group for 16 years, and it’s going into other Read more…

NSF Awards $21.6M for Energy-Efficient Computing Projects

Oct 20, 2016 |

Developing energy efficient computing is a high priority worldwide, particularly as the race towards exascale computing heats up. As is often noted, the human brain does with 10-20 watts what supercomputers require megawatts to accomplish. This week the National Science Foundation and Semiconductor Research Corporation funded nine projects aimed at developing more energy efficient computers. Read more…

Intersect360: HPC Market to Approach $37B by 2020

Oct 19, 2016 |

Continued jostling among big HPC suppliers, ascent of the industrial segment as a market driver, and a projected total HPC market growth (CAGR) of around 5.2 percent pushing revenues to $36.9 billion by 2020 are a few highlights from the most recent Intersect360 Research report. One item of interest is Intersect360’s decision to break out Read more…

ORNL’s Future Technologies Group Tackles Memory and More

Oct 13, 2016 |

“Imagine if you’ve got a Titan-size computer (27 PFlops) and it has main memory that’s partially non-volatile memory and you could just leave your data in that memory between executions then just come back and start computing on that data as it sits in memory,” says Jeffrey Vetter, group leader of the Future Technologies Group at Oak Ridge National Labs.

Presidential Report Explores Best Way to Harness AI

Oct 13, 2016 |

A new report from the Office of Science Technology Policy (OSTP) addresses the fast-growing field of artificial intelligence (AI), which is increasingly poised to reshape the way we live and work. Titled “Preparing for the Future of Artificial Intelligence,” the report makes 23 policy recommendations on a number of topics concerned with the best way to harness the power of machine learning and algorithm-driven intelligence for the benefit of society.

RENCI/Dell Supercomputer Charts Hurricane Matthew’s Storm Surge

Oct 6, 2016 |

Hurricane Matthew, now headed into Florida having already hammered Haiti and other parts of the Caribbean, is a stark reminder of the importance of computer modeling not only in predicting the storm strength and path but also in predicting and plotting the storm surge which is often its most destructive component. Right now, the Hatteras supercomputer Read more…

SAIC Awarded $575M Contract to Provide Support Services to the HPCMP

Oct 6, 2016 |

MCLEAN, Va., Oct. 6 — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville (CEHNC) awarded Science Applications International Corp. (NYSE: SAIC) the High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP) Integrated Technical Services (HITS) task order to provide program management and technical support necessary to advance the services, capabilities, infrastructure, and technologies in the HPCMP Read more…

BSC Presents Plan to Energize Europe’s Big Data Efforts

Oct 5, 2016 |

Researchers from the Barcelona Supercomputer Center today presented the big data roadmap commissioned by the EU as part of the RETHINK big project intended to identify technology goals, obstacles and actions for developing a more effective big data infrastructure and competitive position for the Europe over the next ten years. Not surprisingly, the leading position Read more…

Dell EMC Engineers Strategy to Democratize HPC

Sep 29, 2016 |

The freshly minted Dell EMC division of Dell Technologies is on a mission to take HPC mainstream with a strategy that hinges on engineered solutions, beginning with a focus on three industry verticals: manufacturing, research and life sciences. “Unlike traditional HPC where everybody bought parts, assembled parts and ran the workloads and did iterative engineering, we want folks to focus on time to innovation and let us worry about the infrastructure,” said Jim Ganthier, senior vice president, validated solutions organization at Dell EMC Converged Platforms Solution Division.

NSF Backs ‘Big Data Spokes’ with $10M in Grants

Sep 28, 2016 |

In recent years the Obama Administration and National Science Foundation have worked to spur growth of big data infrastructure to handle academic, government, and industrial data-intensive research. In 2012, the Big Data Research and Development Initiative was launched by OSTP and last year NSF announced BD Hubs. Today NSF continued adding muscle to the growing Read more…

CCC Weighs in on Need for Industry-Academic Collaboration

Sep 22, 2016 |

How best to foster academic-industry collaboration is a hot topic. The National Strategic Computing Initiative calls it out as one of five imperatives. The Department of Energy’s HPC4Mfg program has been liberally doling project grants. Now, Community Computing Consortium has issued a report, The Future of Computing Research: Industry-Academic Collaborations, which likewise underscores the success Read more…

DOE Invests $16M in Supercomputer Technology to Advance Material Sciences

Sep 22, 2016 |

The Department of Energy (DOE) plans to invest $16 million over the next four years in supercomputer technology that will accelerate the design of new materials by combining “theoretical and experimental efforts to create new validated codes.” The new program will focus on software development that eventually may run on exascale machines. Luke Shulenburger of Sandia Read more…

Larry Smarr Helps NCSA Celebrate 30th Anniversary

Sep 20, 2016 |

Throughout the past year, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications has been celebrating its 30th anniversary. On Friday, Larry Smarr, whose unsolicited 1983 proposal to the National Science Foundation (NSF) begat NCSA in 1985 and helped spur NSF to create not one but five national centers for supercomputing, gave a celebratory talk at NCSA.

Aquila Debuts Warm Water Cooled OCP Server

Sep 15, 2016 |

New Mexico-based technology firm Aquila is announcing the first OCP-inspired server rack to use fixed cold plate liquid cooling technology. Based on the Facebook-initiated Open Compute Project (OCP) standard, the Aquarius rack integrates patented third-generation cooling technology designed by Clustered Systems. The platform supports up to 108 Xeon servers per rack and will target high density HPC and hyperscale computing applications.

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…

Blue Waters Supercomputer Used to Create 3D Elevation Models for White House Arctic Initiative

Sep 1, 2016 |

URBANA, Ill., Sept. 1 — The high-resolution topographic maps of Alaska released today—part of a White House Arctic initiative to inform better decision-making in the Arctic—were made possible by the Blue Waterssupercomputer at the University of Illinois’ National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). Blue Waters is the world’s largest computing and data analysis resource on an academic campus. Paul Morin, Read more…

Jetstream, the NSF-funded “Science” Cloud, Launches Tomorrow

Aug 31, 2016 |

Jetstream, the expansive NSF-funded cyberinfrastructure project intended in large measure to serve the long tail of science will officially launch tomorrow (9/1/16). A central idea is to make Jetstream attractive to communities who have not been users of traditional HPC systems, but who would benefit from advanced computational capabilities. Among those groups are researchers in Read more…

IBM Advances Against x86 with Power9

Aug 30, 2016 |

After offering OpenPower Summit attendees a limited preview in April, IBM is unveiling further details of its next-gen CPU, Power9, which the tech mainstay is counting on to regain market share ceded to rival Intel. Built on GlobalFoundries 14nm finFET process technology, Power9 will be the centerpiece in Power-based servers starting in the second half of Read more…

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…