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Weekly Twitter Roundup

Jul 21, 2016 |

Here at HPCwire, we aim to keep the HPC community apprised of the most relevant and interesting news items that get tweeted throughout the week. The tweets that caught our eye this past week are presented below. Check back in next Thursday for an entirely updated list. Mendenhall: As a non-#HPC expert, #XSEDE and #ECSS was Read more…

University of Tokyo Selects Mellanox EDR InfiniBand to Accelerate Newest Supercomputer

Jul 21, 2016 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. and YOKNEAM, Israel, July 21 — Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX), a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, announced today its Switch-IB 2 EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand Switch systems and ConnectX-4 adapters have been chosen by the Information Technology Center at the University of Tokyo to accelerate its new supercomputer for computational science, engineering by 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…

Deloitte Advisory Cyber Risk Services and Cray Introduce Cyber Reconnaissance and Analytics

Jul 20, 2016 |

NEW YORK, N.Y., July 20 — Deloitte Advisory Cyber Risk Services and Cray Inc. (Nasdaq: CRAY), the global supercomputing leader, introduced today the first commercially available high-speed, supercomputing threat analytics service, Cyber Reconnaissance and Analytics. The subscription-based offering is designed to help organizations effectively discover, understand and take action to defend against cyber adversaries. The threat intelligence reports generated Read more…

Nor-Tech Partners With ESI and OpenFOAM for Affordable HPC Clusters

Jul 20, 2016 |

July 20 — Nor-Tech (Northern Computer Technologies) just brought HPC clusters within the reach of most scientific and research organizations. The smartly designed, scalable clusters are the first HPC devices with an affordable price point and no software licensing fees. Nor-Tech President and CEO David Bollig said, “We saw a disconnect in the industry between 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.

GIGABYTE Announces Release of Production-Ready Cavium ThunderX-Based Servers

Jul 19, 2016 |

SHANGHAI, China, July 19 — GIGABYTE Technology, a leading manufacturer of motherboards and barebones for server applications, and Cavium Inc. (NASDAQ: CAVM), a leading provider of semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing for enterprise, cloud, and data center, today announced a line-up of products built on the industry-leading ThunderX family of workload-optimized ARM server SoCs. At a joint event in Read more…

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…

LBNL Researchers Report Method to Make “Atomically Thin” Circuits

Jul 14, 2016 |

This week researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have reported a new method to create transistors and circuits that are only a few atoms thick. Their report, Large-scale chemical assembly of atomically thin transistors and circuits, published in Nature Nanotechnology, is another reminder that novel materials and approaches may indeed contribute to extending Moore’s law. Read more…

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…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Jul 14, 2016 |

Here at HPCwire, we aim to keep the HPC community apprised of the most relevant and interesting news items that get tweeted throughout the week. The tweets that caught our eye this past week are presented below. Check back in next Thursday for an entirely updated list. Special delivery from Chippewa Falls! Cori Phase II Read more…

PSC Staff to Present on Big Data Resources, Education and Technology at XSEDE16

Jul 13, 2016 |

July 13 — Experts from the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) and their collaborators will present a number of topics at XSEDE16, the fifth annual conference of the NSF-funded Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE). XSEDE16 will take place at the Intercontinental Miami Hotel on July 17 through 21. The theme for XSEDE 16 is Read more…

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).

Supercomputers Help Discover Gamma Ray Creation From Lasers

Jul 12, 2016 |

July 12 — Ever play with a magnifying lens as a kid? Imagine a lens as big as the Earth. Now focus sunlight down to a pencil tip. That still wouldn’t be good enough for what some Texas scientists have in mind. They want to make light even 500 times more intense. And they say Read more…

Huaxintong Semiconductor Licenses ARMv8-A Architecture

Jul 12, 2016 |

SHANGHAI, China, July 12 — Huaxintong Semiconductor Technology Co., ltd of China has licensed ARMv8-A architecture to accelerate advanced server chipset technologies in the rapidly expanding Chinese server market, the second largest data center market in the world. The multiyear license will enable Chinese companies to deliver ARM-based server technologies in their home market, enabling large Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Jul 7, 2016 |

Here at HPCwire, we aim to keep the HPC community apprised of the most relevant and interesting news items that get tweeted throughout the week. The tweets that caught our eye this past week are presented below. Check back in next Thursday for an entirely updated list. Peering @NERSC underground (home to cables, cooling & Read more…

Linvision Joins the Bright Computing Partner Community

Jul 7, 2016 |

July 7 — Today, Bright Computing, leading provider of high performance clustered infrastructure management software, announced that Linvision has become the latest company to join the Bright Computing partner network, to serve customers across Benelux, France and Germany. Based in the Netherlands, Linvision HPC BV is a leader in the design, build, integration and support of High Performance Read more…

PNNL’s CENATE Quickly Winning Industry Support and Collaboration

Jul 6, 2016 |

Getting to the root of how things work has informed and progressed all aspects of scientific discovery. As computers and applications grow in complexity, seemingly poised to enter a new phase beyond the limits of Moore’s Law and CMOS technology, enlightening how they work best is paramount. With new resources from a growing list of industry partners, the Center for Advanced Technology Evaluation – known as CENATE – a computing proving ground at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research, is rapidly expanding its capabilities to assist the high-performance computing community.

Trinity Wrestles with Knights Landing Programming Challenge with COE

Jul 5, 2016 |

Seventy-one years ago, on July 16, 1945, an incredible explosion lit up the New Mexico night sky. This was the Trinity Test, the world’s first nuclear detonation, and it marked the beginning of the Nuclear Age. It also ushered in the age of supercomputers, which essentially began with weapons science at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Now a new Trinity, a next generation Cray XC supercomputer is about to take center stage to help the national security labs achieve their primary mission – to provide the nation with a safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent.

Genomic Sequencing at Children’s Mercy: Saving Time to Save Lives

Jul 1, 2016 |

Genomic sequencing – that is, rapid sequencing – is instrumental to diagnosing and treating critically ill patients, and managing the high data volumes involved in genomics is essential to the process. Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO, (354 beds, not-for-profit, treating children from birth through the age of 21) operates what it says is the world’s first whole genome sequencing center in a pediatric setting, where physicians, clinical laboratory scientists, molecular geneticists, bioinformaticians and software engineers work to sequence and analyze rare inherited diseases.