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Submissions for the 2016 RCG will be accepted December 15, 2015, through March 1, 2016. The grant recipients will be announced April 2016.

Silicon Mechanics Announces 5th Annual Research Cluster Grant

November 17, 2015 3:29 pm | by Silicon Mechanics | News | Comments

Silicon Mechanics announced the opening of its 5th Annual Research Cluster Grant program at SC15. Two institutions will be selected, and both will be awarded a complete high-performance computing (HPC) cluster. The competition is open to all U.S. and Canadian qualified post-secondary institutions, university-affiliated research institutions, non-profit research institutions, and researchers at federal labs with university affiliations.

President Barack Obama, right, pauses during a joint news conference with Chinese President Xi Jinping on September 25, 2015, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

US Advised to Examine Hack Back Options against China

November 17, 2015 2:57 pm | by Matthew Pennington, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. remains ill-prepared to combat state-backed cyber intrusions from China, and lawmakers should look at whether U.S.-based companies be allowed to 'hack back' to recover or wipe stolen data, a congressional advisory body said. That's the primary recommendation of this year's report by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission that examines national security implications of the relationship between the two world powers.

Pacific Wave, a joint project between CENIC and Pacific Northwest Gigapop (PNWGP), is a state-of-the-art international Internet exchange facility that interconnects the research and education community of the Pacific Rim with California's research univers

High-speed Infrastructure Enables World's First 100 Gbps Trans-Pacific Research and Education Network

November 17, 2015 2:25 pm | by Brocade | News | Comments

Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) has selected Brocade network solutions in the world's first 100 Gbps Research and Education network link between Asia and the U.S., as a part of Pacific Wave, a state-of-the-art international Internet exchange facility that interconnects the research and education community of the Pacific Rim with California research universities and 200 other institutions.

Influenza Virus Ultrastructure -- Courtesy of Dan Higgins – Click to enlarge

Influenza Virus Ultrastructure

November 17, 2015 1:56 pm | by Doug Jordan, M.A., CDC | News | Comments

This 3-D graphical representation of a generic influenza virion’s ultrastructure is not specific to a seasonal, avian or 2009 H1N1 virus. There are three types of influenza viruses: A, B and C. Human influenza A and B viruses cause seasonal epidemics of disease almost every winter in the United States. The emergence of a new and very different influenza virus to infect people can cause an influenza pandemic.

The "Boltzmann Initiative" leverages HSA's ability to harness both central processing units (CPU) and AMD FirePro graphics processing units (GPU) for maximum compute efficiency through software.

AMD Launches Boltzmann Initiative to Dramatically Reduce GPU Barriers on FirePro Graphics

November 17, 2015 1:47 pm | by AMD | News | Comments

Building on its strategic investments in heterogeneous system architecture (HSA), AMD announced a suite of tools designed to ease development of high-performance, energy efficient heterogeneous computing systems. The "Boltzmann Initiative" leverages HSA's ability to harness both central processing units (CPU) and AMD FirePro graphics processing units (GPU) for maximum compute efficiency through software.

Researchers pioneered a new approach to create photon pairs that fit on a computer chip. Courtesy of RMIT University

Ultra-secure Telecommunications: Photons on a Chip Set New Paths

November 17, 2015 12:28 pm | by RMIT University | News | Comments

Researchers have added a new twist to create photon pairs that fit on a tiny computer chip. The breakthrough heralds next-generation integrated quantum optical technology, being compatible with current technology and secure communications. The team pioneered the approach based on a micro-ring resonator — a tiny optical cavity — in which energy conservation constraints can be exploited to suppress classical effects and amplify quantum...

For SC15, SCinet has connected multiple 100 gigabit circuits, bringing an unprecedented 1.62 terabits per second of bandwidth to the Austin Convention Center.

World's Most Powerful Computer Network Live in Austin

November 17, 2015 12:15 pm | by SC15 | News | Comments

SCinet network, SC’s Supercomputing Internet, is now live. On November 14, the Austin Convention Center became home to the fastest and most innovative computer network in the world, delivering more than 1.6 terabits per second of network bandwidth to SC15. SCinet gives attendees a unique chance to showcase and discover the latest research in HPC. By building the fastest, most innovative operational network possible every year, SCinet...

; developing software that can represent remote sensor images, couple them with additional information and present them in a searchable form; and conducting fundamental research on visual cognition

Managing the Data Deluge for National Security

November 17, 2015 11:52 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Sandia Labs’ Pattern Analytics to Support High-Performance Exploitation and Reasoning team has made a number of breakthroughs. They’re developing solutions that will enable analysts to work smarter, faster and more effectively when looking at huge, complex amounts of data in real-time, stressful environments where the consequences might be life or death. Their accomplishments include rethinking how to compare motion and trajectories...

Supercomputer JURECA  Courtesy of Forschungszentrum Jülich

All-rounder among Supercomputers: JURECA goes into General Operation

November 17, 2015 11:41 am | by Jülich Supercomputing Centre | News | Comments

“Eureka!” is what Archimedes is supposed to have exclaimed after having made his extraordinary bath tub discovery. In reference to this event, the new supercomputer developed by Forschungszentrum Jülich, together with the Russian manufacturer T-Platforms and the HPC software and support company ParTec, is called JURECA. With enormous computing power of 2.2 quadrillion operations per second, it is hoped to provide numerous eureka moments

Graphical example of a probabilistic model used to classify stars from the Kepler Dataset. Different colors represent different types of stars projected into a 3-D feature space. Courtesy of Trilce Estrada, Deptartment of Computer Science, University of N

Learning from Distributed Data: Mathematical and Computational Methods to Analyze De-centralized Information

November 17, 2015 10:49 am | by NSF | News | Comments

Scientific advances typically produce massive amounts of data, which is, of course, a good thing. But when many of these datasets are at multiple locations, instead of all in one place, it becomes difficult and costly for researchers to extract meaningful information from them. So, the question becomes: "How do we learn from these datasets if they cannot be shared or placed in a central location?"

EMC is integrating new and expanded cloud capabilities across its entire storage and data protection portfolio including solutions to store and protect data to, from and within the cloud.

Hybrid Data Management Approach Automates Primary Storage and Data Protection to, from and in the Cloud

November 17, 2015 10:43 am | by EMC | News | Comments

EMC has announced the immediate availability of a broad range of products and solutions designed to seamlessly connect primary storage and data protection systems to private and public clouds. As a result, organizations will be better equipped to take advantage of both the agility and unlimited scalability of public cloud services and the control and security of a private cloud infrastructure.

The ninth round of recipients of the HPC Innovation Excellence Award come from around the globe: US-based Argonne National Laboratory, the Korean Institute of Science and Technology, and a recent start- up, Sardinia Systems from Estonia.

IDC Announces New Winners of HPC Innovation Excellence Awards

November 17, 2015 10:30 am | by IDC | News | Comments

International Data Corporation (IDC) has announced the ninth round of recipients of the HPC Innovation Excellence Award at the SC15 supercomputer industry conference in Austin, TX. This year’s winners come from around the globe: US-based Argonne National Laboratory, the Korean Institute of Science and Technology, and a recent start-up, Sardinia Systems from Estonia.

Stills from the Weather Research and Forecasting Model

Shrinking Bull’s-eye Algorithm Speeds Up Complex Modeling from Days to Hours

November 17, 2015 10:16 am | by Jennifer Chu, MIT | News | Comments

A new algorithm vastly reduces the computation of virtually any computational model. The algorithm may be thought of as a shrinking bull’s-eye that, over several runs of a model, and in combination with some relevant data points, incrementally narrows in on its target: a probability distribution of values for each unknown parameter. Researchers arrive at the same answer as classic computational approaches, but 200x faster.

Browser access offered by gateways allows researchers to focus on their scientific problem without having to learn the details of how supercomputers work and how to access and organize the data needed.

Comet Supercomputer Blazing Trails via Science Gateways

November 17, 2015 10:08 am | by San Diego Supercomputer Center | News | Comments

Just six months after coming online, Comet, the new petascale supercomputer at the San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California, San Diego, is already blazing new paths of discovery, thanks in part to its role as a primary resource for an assortment of science gateways that provide scientists across many research domains with easy access to its computing power.

Compared to the previous system, the new plasma simulator performs more than eight times better, and that performance is the twelfth best in the world and the second best in Japan (performance benchmark; HPCG benchmark (as of June 2015)). In conducting de

Accelerating Fusion Research through Cutting-edge Supercomputing

November 17, 2015 9:48 am | by National Institutes of Natural Sciences | News | Comments

For the first time, using the newly installed "Plasma Simulator," researchers have simulated deuterium plasma turbulence in the Large Helical Device (LHD) at the Inter-University Research Institute Corporation National Institutes of Natural Sciences National Institute for Fusion Science. From this result, they have clarified that the energy confinement in a deuterium plasma is improved in comparison to a hydrogen plasma.



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