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Weekly Twitter Roundup

Aug 4, 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. A theoretical laboratory – you have supercomputers, equations and Read more…

IBM Phase Change Device Shows Promise for Emerging AI Apps

Aug 3, 2016 |

IBM Research today announced a significant advance in phase-change memristive technology – based on chalcogenide-based phase-change materials – that IBM says has the potential to achieve much higher neuronal circuit densities and lower power in neuromorphic computing. Also, for the first time, researchers demonstrated randomly spiking neurons based on the technology and were able to Read more…

Penguin Computing Provides HPC Cluster to University of Alaska Fairbanks

Aug 2, 2016 |

FREMONT, Calif., Aug. 2 — Penguin Computing, a provider of high performance, enterprise data center and cloud solutions, announced that it is delivering an energy-efficient, high-performance computing cluster to the University of Alaska Fairbanks. “This community, condo model project launches a significant change in how high-performance computing resources are offered to the UA community,” said Gwendolyn Read more…

UMD and ARL Partner to Provide HPC Resources for Higher Education and Research Communities

Aug 1, 2016 |

COLLEGE PARK, Md., Aug. 1 — The University of Maryland (UMD) and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL), the central laboratory that provides world-class research for the Army, today announced a strategic partnership to provide high-performance computing (HPC) resources for use in higher education and research communities. As a result of this synergistic partnership, students, Read more…

Transistors Won’t Shrink Beyond 2021, Says Final ITRS Report

Jul 28, 2016 |

The final International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) is now out. The highly-detailed multi-part report, collaboratively published by a group of international semiconductor experts, offers guidance on the technological challenges and opportunities for the semiconductor industry through 2030. One of the major takeaways is the insistence that Moore’s law will continue for some time even though traditional transistor scaling (through smaller feature sizes) is expected to hit an economic wall in 2021.

“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.

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Jul 28, 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. All 52 cabinets of @NERSC Cori #HPC (phase-2) arrive Read more…

Supermicro Shipping Latest Intel Xeon Phi Processor Server Solutions With Omni-Path Fabric

Jul 27, 2016 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., July 27 — Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI), a global leader in compute, storage, and networking technologies and green computing has announced volume shipments of SuperServer solutions based on the new Intel Xeon Phi processor (formerly code named Knights Landing) with integrated or external Intel Omni-Path Architecture (Intel OPA) next generation fabric as options. Supermicro’s SuperServer 5028TK-HTR is a Read more…

Titan Simulation Reveals New Details of Fissioning Plutonium

Jul 26, 2016 |

In a first study of its kind, a team led by the University of Washington’s Aurel Bulgac captured the real-time dynamics of a fissioning plutonium-240 nucleus by simulating the process on the Titan supercomputer at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), a US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facility. To create Read more…

vCompute Partners With R Systems to Provide Additional Supercomputing and Cloud Resources

Jul 26, 2016 |

HOUSTON, Tex., July 26 — vCompute announced today that it has completed a partnership agreement with R Systems NA Inc. to host additional HPC and Cloud infrastructure in the Houston vCompute data center facility. This high density, non-blocking infiniband configuration allows vCompute clients to immediately benefit from the power of our high performance computing services and deliver reliable and Read more…

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…