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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…

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…

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…

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…

China to Launch ‘Quantum’ Satellite; Is U.S. Falling Behind?

Aug 15, 2016 |

Within the next few days China will launch a ‘quantum’ communications satellite heralding yet another major technology achievement for the world’s largest and most populous country, according to a report today in The Wall Street Journal. It’s part of China’s drive to build a hack-proof communications. This is impressive show of science and technology strength Read more…

Think Fast – Is Neuromorphic Computing Set to Leap Forward?

Aug 15, 2016 |

Steadily advancing neuromorphic computing technology has created high expectations for this fundamentally different approach to computing. Its strengths – like the human brain it attempts to mimic – are pattern recognition (space and time) and inference reasoning. Advocates say it will also be possible to compute at much lower power than current paradigms. At ISC Read more…

HPE Gobbles SGI for Larger Slice of $11B HPC Pie

Aug 11, 2016 |

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced today that it will acquire rival HPC server maker SGI for $7.75 per share, or about $275 million, inclusive of cash and debt. The deal ends the seven-year reprieve that kept the SGI banner flying after Rackable Systems purchased the bankrupt Silicon Graphics Inc. for $25 million in 2009 and assumed the SGI brand. Bringing SGI into its fold bolsters HPE’s high-performance computing and data analytics capabilities and expands its position…

Nanotech Grand Challenge & Federal Vision for Future Computing

Aug 8, 2016 |

What will computing look like in the post Moore’s Law era? There’s no shortage of ideas. A new federal white paper – A Federal Vision for Future Computing: A Nanotechnology-Inspired Grand Challenge – tackles the ‘what’s next’ question and spells out seven specific research and development priorities and identifies the federal entities responsible.

Sub-Sahara Tree Survey Finds Success with AWS, Hybrid Cloud

Aug 4, 2016 |

Vegetation is such an important part of climate health that scientists are working to perfect biomass measurement techniques. A region of particular interest is a coast-to-coast band of sub-Sahara Africa that is home to an estimated one billion trees and shrubs. Scientists from the University of Minnesota and the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) were able to arrive at this figure using a combination of NASA resources and commercial cloud technologies to process satellite image data.