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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…

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…

New Genomics Pipeline Combines AWS, Local HPC, and Supercomputing

Sep 22, 2016 |

Declining DNA sequencing costs and the rush to do whole genome sequencing (WGS) of large cohort populations – think 5000 subjects now, but many more thousands soon – presents a formidable computational challenge to researchers attempting to make sense of large cohort datasets. No single architecture is best. This month researchers report developing a hybrid Read more…

Energy Giant Vestas Harnesses HPC and Analytics for Renewables

Sep 21, 2016 |

The energy industry was an early adopter of supercomputing; in fact, energy companies have the most powerful supercomputers in the commercial world. And although HPC in the energy sector is almost exclusively associated with seismic workloads, it also plays a critical role with renewables as well, reflecting the growing maturity of that vertical. The largest 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.

Deep Learning Paves Way for Better Diagnostics

Sep 19, 2016 |

Stanford researchers are leveraging GPU-based machines in the Amazon EC2 cloud to run deep learning workloads with the goal of improving diagnostics for a chronic eye disease, called diabetic retinopathy. The disease is a complication of diabetes that can lead to blindness if blood sugar is poorly controlled. It affects about 45 percent of diabetics and 100 million people worldwide, many in developing nations.

Nvidia Launches Pascal GPUs for Deep Learning Inferencing

Sep 12, 2016 |

Already entrenched in the deep learning community for neural net training, Nvidia wants to secure its place as the go-to chipmaker for datacenter inferencing. At the GPU Technology Conference (GTC) in Beijing Tuesday, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang unveiled the latest additions to the Tesla line, Pascal-based P4 and P40 GPU accelerators, as well as new software all aimed at improving performance for inferencing workloads that undergird applications like voice-activated assistants, spam filters, and recommendation engines.

HPC4Mfg Issues Call for Proposals to Advance Energy Technology

Sep 8, 2016 |

LIVERMORE, Calif., Sept. 8 — The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) High Performance Computing for Manufacturing program, designed to spur the use of national lab supercomputing resources and expertise to advance innovation in energy efficient manufacturing, is seeking a new round of proposals from industry to compete for $3 million. The High Performance Computing for Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg) Read more…

New Approach to Computationally Designing Drugs for GPCRs

Sep 8, 2016 |

Modeling protein interactions with drugs has long been computationally challenging. One obstacle is these interactions often take relatively long to occur and conventional molecular dynamics simulation is insufficient. This week a group of researchers, using several EXSEDE supercomputers, report a hybrid in silico-experimental approach that shows promise as a drug design tool for use with G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs)

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…

DOE’s Year-old HPC4Mfg Program Announces 13 New Projects

Aug 31, 2016 |

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) High Performance Computing for Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg) program, roughly a year old, continues to gather momentum with the recent award of $3.8M for 13 new industry projects. More effective collaboration with and transfer of HPC knowledge to industry is a growing imperative at DOE and aligned with the National Strategic Computing Read more…

How Would U.S. Perform in Coding Olympics? Not Great Says Study

Aug 31, 2016 |

China’s impressive standing up of the 93 petaflops Sunway TaihuLight atop the Top500 list in June ruffled more than a few feathers in the west. Here’s yet more fodder for stirring up geo-computational acumen nervousness – a report by HackerRank, a blog that posts coding challenges, indicates the U.S. would place 28th in a Coding Olympics 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…

NVIDIA Adds ‘Parker’ CPU to ‘Brain of Autonomous Vehicles’

Aug 25, 2016 |

NVIDIA’s autonomous vehicle strategy took a step forward this week with the announcement of a new mobile CPU, called “Parker,” offered to automakers as a single unit or integrated into the company’s DRIVE PX 2 platform, announced at CES earlier this year. Along with two Parker chips, DRIVE PX 2 will include two Pascal GPUs 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…

Gazing into Computational Biology’s Crystal Ball

Aug 23, 2016 |

Sorting out computational biology’s future is tricky. It likely won’t be singular. First-principle, mechanistic simulation has so far proven challenging but could eventually become game changing. Meanwhile pattern recognition and matching in massive ‘omics’ datasets have been extremely productive and likely to remain dominant at present. Now, an MIT professor and colleagues write that two Read more…

ARM Unveils Scalable Vector Extension for HPC at Hot Chips

Aug 22, 2016 |

ARM and Fujitsu today announced a scalable vector extension (SVE) to the ARMv8-A architecture intended to enhance ARM capabilities in HPC workloads. Fujitsu is the lead silicon partner in the effort (so far) and will use ARM with SVE technology in its post K computer, Japan’s next flagship supercomputer planned for the 2020 timeframe. This is an important incremental step for ARM, which seeks to push more aggressively into mainstream and HPC server markets.

Intel Launches Silicon Photonics Chip, Previews Next-Gen Phi for AI

Aug 18, 2016 |

At the Intel Developer Forum, held in San Francisco this week, Intel Senior Vice President and General Manager Diane Bryant announced the launch of Intel’s Silicon Photonics product line and teased a brand-new Phi product, codenamed “Knights Mill,” aimed at machine learning workloads.

Container Testing Reveals ‘Memory Pressure’ on Apps

Aug 18, 2016 |

With early adopters of application container technology completing early testing in multi-tenant settings, potential performance issues are beginning to surface. Among them, according to hyper-scaler LinkedIn, is a Linux kernel feature called “control groups” used with most containers to assign resources. In an analysis based on several months of “pressure testing,” Zhenyun Zhuang, a software Read more…