Tag: NCSA

Securing the National Power Grid

Sep 4, 2013 |

Before we connect the dots on national smart power grid strategy, we need to be able to ensure its safety from malevolent cyber attacks. A new NSF-funded endeavor aims to do just that…

Blue Waters: Security at Scale

May 3, 2013 |

For the largest computer systems in the world, keeping IT assets safe presents a unique set of challenges.

Assembling Blue Waters

Mar 20, 2013 |

As NCSA’s Blue Waters supercomputer approaches full service status, we thought it would be appropriate to see how the machine was built.

How to Explain Your Job to Your Kids

Feb 27, 2013 |

On the lighter side of HPC, here’s a video explaining what supercomputers do.

Blue Waters Opts Out of TOP500

Nov 16, 2012 |

<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/Blue_Waters_NCSA.jpg” alt=”” width=”110″ height=”53″ />NCSA’s Blue Waters system is one of the fastest supercomputers in the world, but it won’t be appearing on the TOP500 list, nor will it be taking part in the HPC Challenge awards. HPCwire spoke with Project Director Bill Kramer to get the full story on this important decision.

Promoting Hemispheric Advancement Through Collaborative Research

Oct 23, 2012 |

The Organization of American States (OAS) has been called the UN of the Americas and it is involved in everything from food security to supercomputing. It is the prime political forum of the western hemisphere and the world’s oldest regional organization.

Promoting Hemispheric Advancement Through Collaborative Research

Oct 23, 2012 |

<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/OAS_logo_150x.jpg” alt=”” width=”92″ height=”91″ />The Organization of American States (OAS) has been called the UN of the Americas and it is involved in everything from food security to supercomputing. It is the prime political forum of the western hemisphere and the world’s oldest regional organization.

NSF-NCSA Study Probes Relationship between Industrial Applications and Underlying Science

Oct 3, 2012 |

<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/NCSA_NSF_small.jpg” alt=”” width=”85″ height=”85″ />NSF and NCSA recently commissioned a study to see whether improvements in the science inside applications and other factors could help industrial HPC users. Merle Giles, director of NCSA’s Private Sector Program, discusses the findings with HPCwire.

Researchers Squeeze GPU Performance from 11 Big Science Apps

Jul 18, 2012 |

<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/Earth_ocean_simulation.bmp” alt=”” width=”128″ height=”86″ />In a report published this week, researchers documented that GPU-equipped supercomputers enabled application speedups between 1.4x and 6.1x across a range of well-known science codes. While those results aren’t the order of magnitude performance increases that were being bandied about in the early days of GPU computing, the researchers were encouraged that the technology is producing consistently good results with some of the most popular HPC science applications in the world.

Cray Expands Narrative on Blue Waters Supercomputer and Company’s New Storage Business

Jun 12, 2012 |

<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/Cray_XE6_small.jpg” alt=”” width=”107″ height=”52″ />Two of Cray’s more notable achievements in 2011 — the contract win of the “Blue Waters” supercomputer re-bid and the addition of a high-performance storage line — are reaping dividends in 2012. In this interview with Barry Bolding, Cray’s vice president of storage and data management, HPCwire takes a behind-the-scenes look at that unusual procurement and the company’s subsequent move into the storage business.