NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is at Pluto. After a decade-long journey through our solar system, New Horizons made its closest approach to Pluto Tuesday, about 7,750 miles above the surface - roughly the same distance from New York to Mumbai, India - making it the first-ever space mission to explore a world so far from Earth.
The 3X image shows green lacewing eggs (Chrysopa perla). The photograph received an honorable mention in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. It was taken using a stereomicroscope and focus stack.
Who’s about to become the biggest beast in the Big Data forest? Math and computing experts have arrived at what they say is a clear answer. It’s not YouTube or Twitter, social media sites that gobble up awesome quantities of bandwidth. And it’s not astronomy or particle physics, two of the highest-tech sciences. No, the alpha beast in the Big Data forest, the experts say, turns out to be genomics.
AMD FirePro S9170 server GPU is a 32 GB single-GPU server card for DGEMM heavy double-precision workloads, with support for OpenCL 2.0. Based on the second-generation AMD Graphics Core Next (GCN) GPU architecture, it is capable of delivering up to 5.24 TFLOPS of peak single precision compute performance while enabling full throughput double precision performance, providing up to 2.62 TFLOPS of peak double precision performance.
Mellanox Technologies, a supplier of end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, announced that InfiniBand continues to take market share from Ethernet and proprietary interconnects, and is now connecting the majority of the TOP500 supercomputing list, with 51.4 percent of supercomputers. InfiniBand connected systems grew 15.8 percent year-over-year from June 2014 to July 2015.
Adaptive Computing announced Moab HPC Suite 9.0 in Beta version. The new features include a new job submission portal that gives ease of use to the end user for improved productivity and decreased administrator overhead for end-user-related issues. To improve job launch time of high throughput workloads, Adaptive has improved the performance of its Nitro product and has new benchmark testing that make performance rates easier to compare.
At the International Supercomputing Conference, HP announced a high performance computing alliance with Intel, created to advance innovation and help expand accessibility of HPC to enterprises of all sizes. To increase accessibility of HPC, the companies will launch a new Center of Excellence, designed to bring a community of experts from both companies to support customers in planning, developing, deploying and managing HPC solutions.
SGI announced it will extend the availability of the new Intel Xeon v3 processors across its SGI UV line of scale-up in-memory supercomputers, enabling users to solve complex problems at greater scale, reduce overhead costs, and accelerate time to results. The integration of the latest Intel Xeon product families will be incorporated into two principal products. SGI has increased the number of systems on the TOP 500 list by 30 percent.
The Open Compute Project (OCP)-compliant Tundra server family is based on Cavium's, 64-bit ARMv8 ThunderX workload optimized processors, enabling build-to-order server solutions for users with specialized hardware requirements in bioinformatics, federal government, enterprise, financial and Internet segments. The server platforms focus on highly-scalable Hyperscale and HPC-type workloads including big data, large-scale graph analytics, molecular...
At the 2015 International Supercomputing Conference in Frankfurt, Germany, global supercomputer leader Cray announced the company has been awarded a contract to provide a Cray XC40 supercomputer to the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC). This contract marks the first-ever Cray supercomputer to be installed at TACC. The system is expected to be deployed in 2015.
Seagate Technology announced it is integrating IBM Spectrum Scale software with its ClusterStor High Performance Computing (HPC) storage to deliver a new software defined storage appliance. The new appliance will help users manage the demands of data-intensive workloads, such as genomic research, computer aided design, digital media, data analytics, financial model analysis and electronic design simulations.
Pluto, reveal thyself, and Earthlings, enjoy the show. On July 14, 2015, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will sweep past Pluto and present the previously unexplored world in all its icy glory. It promises to be the biggest planetary unveiling in a quarter-century. The curtain hasn't been pulled back like this since NASA's Voyager 2 shed light on Neptune in 1989.
IBM along with NVIDIA and two U.S. National Laboratories announced a pair of Centers of Excellence for supercomputing — one at Lawrence Livermore and the other at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The collaborations are in support of IBM’s supercomputing contract with the DOE. They will enable advanced, large-scale scientific and engineering applications both for supporting DOE missions, and for the Summit and Sierra supercomputer systems
For the fifth consecutive time, Tianhe-2, a supercomputer developed by China’s National University of Defense Technology, has retained its position as the world’s No. 1 system, according to the 45th edition of the twice-yearly TOP500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers. Tianhe-2, which means Milky Way-2, led the list with a performance of 33.86 petaflop/s (quadrillions of calculations per second) on the Linpack benchmark.
As 2015 ISC High Performance kicks off, Scientific Computing is excited to present a sneak peak at two life sciences sessions taking place this year in Frankfurt. In our cover story, “Advanced Computation plays Key Role in Accelerating Life Sciences Research,” Manuel Peitsch and Thomas Lippert provide exclusive previews of the “Supercomputing and the Human Brain Project — a 10-year Quest” and “Understanding Health and...