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PGS Adds Second Cray Super to Houston Mega Center

Oct 17, 2016 |

“We’re gonna need a bigger supercomputer” is what Norwegian oil and gas company Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) must have said to Cray ahead of working with the iconic supercomputer maker to expand its seismic processing capability by a full 50 percent. And it’s not like PGS didn’t already have a big supercomputer. The energy giant, which specializes in marine exploration, took delivery of a 4-petaflops (5.3 petaflops peak) Cray system last year.

PGS Enhances Supercomputing Capabilities With New Cray XC Supercomputer

Oct 17, 2016 |

SEATTLE, Wash. and DALLAS, Tex., Oct. 17 — At the 2016 Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) International Exposition in Dallas, Texas, global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) today announced that PGS has significantly enhanced its supercomputing capabilities with the purchase of a new 12-cabinet Cray XC supercomputer. PGS, a worldwide oil-and-gas company and a leader in marine seismology, also added an Read more…

Nor-Tech Introduces Portable HPC Clusters for the Oil & Gas Industry

Oct 11, 2016 |

Oct. 11 — Nor-Tech (Northern Computer Technologies), the leading provider of HPC clusters and high performance workstations, just introduced the first portable HPC cluster for the oil and gas industry with a price point starting at $20,000. Nor-Tech designed the cluster with the understanding that the oil and gas industry is looking for providers: With Read more…

SGI, ANSYS Set New Record for Scaling Commercial CAE Code

Sep 27, 2016 |

SGI, the supercomputing vendor recently acquired by HPE, has teamed with ANSYS, the product engineering and simulation software company, to set a new world record for scaling commercial CAE code. According to SGI, the two companies broke a record set last year by running ANSYS Fluent combustion modeling software across 145,000 CPU cores, exceeding by Read more…

Why 2016 Is the Most Important Year in HPC in Over Two Decades

Aug 23, 2016 |

In 1994, two NASA employees connected 16 commodity workstations together using a standard Ethernet LAN and installed open-source message passing software that allowed their number-crunching scientific application to run on the whole “cluster” of machines as if it were a single entity. Their do-it-yourself, McGyver-like efforts were motivated by a frustration with the pricing, availability Read more…

Briefing Alert: SoftBank will Purchase ARM Ltd for $32B

Jul 18, 2016 |

ARM Ltd has agreed to be bought by Japanese technology company SoftBank for $32B according to both companies. ARM-based chips are already dominant players in the mobile computing market and recently efforts to push ARM processors into servers, including HPC, have gained momentum. For example, Japan’s next flagship supercomputer, the post K Computer, will be Read more…

NVIDIA Debuts PCIe-based P100; Broadens Aim at CPU Dominance

Jun 19, 2016 |

NVIDIA seems to be mounting a vigorous effort to dethrone the CPU as the leader of the processor pack for HPC and demanding datacenter workloads. That’s a tall order. Introduction at ISC 2016 of a PCIe-based version of is new Tesla P100 card is one element in the strategy. It should ease the upgrade path Read more…

Heading into ISC16, OpenHPC Releases Latest Stack with 60-plus Packages

Jun 16, 2016 |

SC15 was sort of a muted launch party for OpenHPC – the nascent effort to develop a ‘plug-and-play’ software framework for HPC. There seemed to be widespread agreement the idea had merit, not a lot of knowledge of details, and some wariness because Intel was a founding member and vocal advocate. Next week, ISC16 will mark the next milestone for OpenHPC, which has since grown into a full-fledged Linux Foundation Collaborative Project and today released version 1.0.1 of OpenHPC (build and test tools).

Technology Test Drive: PNNL Offers Exploratory Licenses

May 10, 2016 |

Signing a two-page agreement and paying just $1,000 can get U.S. companies an opportunity to test drive promising technologies through a new, user-friendly commercialization option being offered at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. PNNL is the only DOE lab to offer this option, called an exploratory license, which gives companies six months Read more…

IBM Expands All-Flash Storage; Takes Aim at Cognitive Computing and Cloud

Apr 27, 2016 |

Calling it the foundation of its cloud and cognitive computing strategy, IBM has significantly expanded its all-flash storage platform portfolio with the announcement today of three new array products aimed at managing massive amounts of data associated with cloud-based, high-performance workloads. Targeting hyperscale, cloud data centers and cloud service providers (CSP), the systems utilize IBM’s Read more…

Total’s Pangea Is Now the Largest Industrial Supercomputer

Mar 29, 2016 |

Energy giant Total, long a prominent user of high-performance computing, now has the largest supercomputer used by industry says the company. Total’s upgraded Pangea supercomputer from SGI delivers 6.7 peak petaflops, up from 2.3 peak petaflops with expanded storage of 26 petabytes. LINPACK results haven’t been released yet, but the the system would likely crack Read more…

DU GeoSolutions Leverages Xeon Phi for Improved Seismic Processing

Mar 23, 2016 |

It’s a given that modern oil and gas exploration couldn’t exist without increasingly powerful supercomputers. Today’s machines enable new capabilities, improve image resolutions, lower costs, and decrease risk. Indeed, many wells, some costing tens of millions of dollars, have missed their targets due to inadequate or incorrect data analysis. This article explores the impact of Read more…

Seagate Sets Sights on Broader HPC Market

Mar 15, 2016 |

In a relatively short time, storage giant Seagate Technology has amped up its push into HPC. Today, four of the top ten supercomputer sites in the world run on Seagate, including all of the newcomers to the top ten, says Seagate[i]. It leads the SAGE project, a Horizon 2020 storage technology program in support of Read more…

AMD GPUOpen Fuels Seismic Supercomputing Efforts for Geoscience Leader CGG

Mar 2, 2016 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 2 — AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today announced that CGG, a pioneering global geophysical services and equipment company, has deployed AMD FirePro S9150 server GPUs to accelerate its geoscience oil and gas research efforts, harnessing more than 1 PetaFLOPS of GPU processing power. Employing AMD’s HPC GPU Computing software tools available on, CGG rapidly converted Read more…

Registration Now Open for the NCSA 2016 Private Sector Partner Annual Meeting

Feb 24, 2016 |

Feb. 24 — NCSA’s Private Sector Program brings together private, university, and government organizations with the shared goal of increasing competitiveness and economic impact through high-performance computing and data analytics. When:  May 3-5, 2016 (Tuesday – Thursday) Where: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, NCSA Building, 1205 W. Clark Street, Urbana IL, 61801 Agenda Summary May 2, Monday evening: PSP partner-only dinner (by specific Read more…

Rice’s Ken Kennedy Institute to Host Oil and Gas HPC Conference

Feb 22, 2016 |

HOUSTON, Tex., Feb. 22 — Rice University’s Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology will host its ninth annual Oil and Gas High-Performance Computing Conference March 2-3 at Rice’s BioScience Research Collaborative, 6500 Main St. “The conference brings together the energy industry’s computational scientists, operators of supercomputing facilities, and data center and algorithm development professionals, along Read more…

Create Mixed HPC/Big Data Clusters Today Says Bright Computing

Feb 3, 2016 |

The latest version of convergence – blending traditional HPC and big data computing into a ‘single’ environment – dominates much of the conversation in the HPC today, including within HPCwire. Elegant unified solutions, certainly at the very high end, are still in the making. That said, Bright Computing is in the thick of efforts to Read more…

Allinea Forge Helps Reservoir Simulation Software Push the Boundaries

Jan 13, 2016 |

Jan. 13 — Developers of Roxar Software Solutions at Emerson Process Management have increased the performance of their code whilst simultaneously greatly reducing the time spent in development of their next-generation reservoir simulator, Tempest MORE, thanks to the latest debugging and profiling tools from Allinea. Tempest MORE is a high-resolution and high-performance full field black Read more…

Cray’s Barry Bolding on 2016 Trends Including Big Data and the HPC Productivity Imperative

Jan 4, 2016 |

Cray doesn’t do Top500 press releases says Barry Bolding, Cray SVP and Chief Strategy Officer. Not a bad strategy when you don’t have to: five Crays are in the Top Ten of the latest Top500 list (Nov. 2015) including the two newest machines (Trinity (DOE) and Hazel-Hen (HLRS)). Media coverage and market notice are inevitable. Read more…

Cray Lays Out Vision for HPC-Big Data Convergence

Dec 3, 2015 |

Messaging around HPC-big data convergence which had been ramping up all year reached new heights at SC15 — and you’d be hard-pressed to find a bigger champion of the unified platform strategy than American supercomputer-maker Cray. HPCwire met with Cray’s Barry Bolding at the show in Austin last month to discuss the company’s latest customer wins, its take on Read more…