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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…

Intel to Acquire AI Startup Nervana Systems

Aug 9, 2016 |

If we needed another sign that Intel is serious about mining AI market opportunities, it came today when the chip company announced it had inked a “definitive agreement” to acquire artificial intelligence and deep learning company Nervana Systems. Financial terms haven’t been disclosed yet, but a source familiar with the deal told Recode it’s worth more Read more…

K Computer Runs First Accurate Model of Abrupt Torrential Rain

Aug 9, 2016 |

Supercomputers have long been used in weather forecasting but not for abrupt, highly localized events. Now for the first time, a group of researchers using the K computer used the powerful K computer and advanced radar observational data to accurately predict the occurrence of torrential rains in localized areas. These latter events can arise in Read more…

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.

MPI Is Not Perfect … Yet

Aug 3, 2016 |

The Message Passing Interface (MPI) is the standard definition of a communication API that has underpinned traditional HPC for decades. The message passing programming represents distributed-memory hardware architectures using processes that send messages to each other. When first standardised in 1993-4, MPI was a major step forward from the many proprietary, system-dependent, and semantically different message-passing libraries that came before it.

“Stream”-lining the Scientific Process at XSEDE

Jul 28, 2016 |

Indiana University and the National Science Foundation (NSF) have announced that Jetstream, the first-ever NSF-supported cloud resource for science and engineering research, will go into full operations as of September 1. But Jetstream is not your typical HPC supercomputer. “NSF, the IU Pervasive Technology Institute (PTI), and our many partners are embarking on a journey to operate a system that is both a production cloud and a first of a kind pilot project,” said IU’s Craig Stewart.

FlyElephant 2.0 Is Now Available

Jul 28, 2016 |

July 28 — The FlyElephant team is happy to announce the release of the platform FlyElephant 2.0, with following updates: internal expert community, collaboration on projects, public tasks, Docker and Jupyter support, a new file storage system and work with HPC clusters. FlyElephant is a platform for data scientists, engineers and scientists, which provides a ready-computing infrastructure for Read more…

Light Summer Reading: Crowd-sourcing Algorithms to Beat Wall Street

Jul 27, 2016 |

Looking to cash in on your algorithm expertise? Join the crowd. A three-year-old hedge fund investment company, Quantopian, that crowd-sources algorithms to guide its investing has just received a new infusion of $250M to play with and continues scanning the crowd for mathematical keys to success. When an algorithm is used by the company and Read more…

Diversity Shines at XSEDE16 Conference

Jul 25, 2016 |

The first five years of the NSF-funded XSEDE project culminated in an exciting and enlightening week’s worth of technical talks and presentations about high-performance computing (HPC) services and resources. The conference where these were showcased also gave underrepresented groups an opportunity to be exposed to HPC and a plethora of experts in nearly every field Read more…

MeerKAT Telescope Reveals New Details of Universe

Jul 20, 2016 |

This week, the world saw the first images captured by the MeerKat array, which made its debut as one of the most powerful telescopes of its kind. Using 16 out of a planned 64 dishes, the telescope array recorded the radio signals coming from a small area of sky comprising less than .01 percent of Read more…

Lengau: Global Grand Challenges Through an African Lens

Jul 19, 2016 |

South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Program Director Kagiso Chikane recently welcomed 100 guests to the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) in Cape Town for the dedication of the fastest computer on the African continent. “Lengau,” which means “Cheetah” in the African Setswana language, ranked 121 on the June TOP500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers.

Alternative Supercomputing or How to Misuse a Computer

Jul 14, 2016 |

In 2008, the IBM Roadrunner supercomputer broke the petaflops barrier using the power of the heterogeneous Sony Cell Broadband Engine (BE) processor. A year prior, the Cell BE had already made its way into the consumer market as the engine inside the SonyPlaystation 3. The PS3’s accelerated design, Linux-capability and low price point…

Life in a Drop: Ohio Supercomputer Helps Prove Hydration’s Role in Protein Folding

Jul 14, 2016 |

It’s perhaps fitting that in the middle of the summer, when water management is a common challenge, that a paper in the Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) offers more proof that life as we know it can’t occur without water. Using Ohio Supercomputing Center resources, researchers have shown the critical role water plays in actively guiding protein folding and movement. “For a long time, scientists have been trying to figure out how water interacts with proteins…

ISC Workshop Tackles the Co-development Challenge

Jul 12, 2016 |

The long percolating discussion over ‘co-development’ and how best it should be undertaken has gained new urgency in the race towards exascale computing. At a workshop held at ISC2016 last month – Form Follows Function: Do algorithms and applications challenge or drag behind the hardware evolution? – several distinguished panelists offered varying viewpoints. Yesterday, session organizer Tobias Weinzierl posted a summary synopsis of the workshop discussion on arXiv.org. Weinzierl (Durham University) and co-organizer Michael Bader (Technische Universität München) are active participants in the ExaHyPE project (An Exascale Hyperbolic PDE (partial differential equation) Engine, funded by EU’s Horizon 2020 program).

Obama, NIH Announce Big Data Gathering Push for Precision Medicine

Jul 7, 2016 |

One could be forgiven for experiencing a bit of hopeful, skepticism in response to U.S. President Barack Obama Administration’s statement in May regarding re-energizing the “War Against Cancer.” The war against cancer is a many-decades old effort with mixed results – great progress in many areas but matched with disappointment in others. Winning the war Read more…

OLCF Researchers Scale R to Tackle Big Science Data Sets

Jul 6, 2016 |

Sometimes lost in the discussion around big data is the fact that big science has long generated huge data sets. “In fact, large-scale simulations that run on leadership-class supercomputers work at such high speeds and resolution that they generate unprecedented amounts of data. The size of these datasets—ranging from a few gigabytes to hundreds of Read more…