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The HPCAC-ISC Student Cluster Competition is an opportunity to showcase the world’s brightest computer science students’ expertise in a friendly, yet spirited competition.

University Teams for HPCAC-ISC 2015 Student Cluster Competition Announced

December 10, 2014 3:45 pm | by ISC | News | Comments

In a real-time challenge, the 11 teams of undergraduate students will build a small cluster of their own design on the ISC 2015 exhibit floor and race to demonstrate the greatest performance across a series of benchmarks and applications. It all concludes with a ceremony on the main conference keynote stage to award and recognize all student participants in front of thousands of HPC luminaries.

Green500: German Supercomputer a World Champion in Saving Energy

November 26, 2014 10:51 am | by Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main | News | Comments

The new L-CSC supercomputer at the GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research is ranked as the...

Showcasing Student Expertise

November 25, 2014 2:55 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Blogs | Comments

After 48-hours of real-time, spirited competition, two triumphant winners emerged in this year’s...

Clusterstor Engineered Solution for Lustre

November 25, 2014 11:28 am | by Seagate Technology | Product Releases | Comments

ClusterStor Engineered Solution for Lustre offers improved metadata performance and scalability...

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The L-CSC cluster was the first and only supercomputer on the list to surpass 5 gigaflops/watt.

L-CSC Cluster Awarded Top Spot on Green500 List

November 24, 2014 1:39 pm | by Green500 | News | Comments

A new supercomputer, L-CSC from the GSI Helmholtz Center, emerged as the most energy-efficient supercomputer in the world, according to the 16th edition of the twice-yearly Green500 list of the world’s most energy-efficient supercomputers. The cluster was the first and only supercomputer on the list to surpass 5 gigaflops/watt. It was powered by Intel Ivy Bridge CPUs and a FDR Infiniband network and accelerated by AMD FirePro S9150 GPUs.

The company will award two complete high performance compute clusters to two institutions of higher education and research.

Silicon Mechanics Announces Research Cluster Grant Program Expansion

November 21, 2014 4:17 pm | by Silicon Mechanics | News | Comments

Silicon Mechanics has announced that it is launching the 4th Annual Research Cluster Grant program, in which the company will award two complete high performance compute clusters to two institutions of higher education and research. 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.

SGI has recently upgraded NASA's flagship supercomputer, Pleiades, with new, more powerful hardware in order to help meet the agency's increasing demand for high-end computing (HEC) resources.

SGI Enhances NASA's Research Supercomputers

November 18, 2014 4:33 pm | Sgi | News | Comments

SGI has recently upgraded NASA's flagship supercomputer, Pleiades, with new, more powerful hardware in order to help meet the agency's increasing demand for high-end computing (HEC) resources.                 

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The HPCAC-ISC Student Cluster Competition is designed to introduce the next generation to the international high performance computing (HPC) community. This is an excellent educational opportunity for students around the world to showcase their knowledge

HPCAC-ISC 2015 Student Cluster Competition Accepting Undergraduate Applications

October 20, 2014 11:11 am | by ISC | News | Comments

The HPC Advisory Council and ISC High Performance call on undergraduate students from around the world to submit their application for partaking in the 2015 Student Cluster Competition (SCC). The 11 teams selected will receive the opportunity to build a small cluster of their design and run a series of benchmarks and applications in real time for four days, on the ISC 2015 exhibition floor.

Storage Server 3 is an open software-defined storage solution

Red Hat Storage Server 3

October 6, 2014 3:09 pm | Red Hat | Product Releases | Comments

Red Hat Storage Server 3 is an open software-defined storage solution for scale-out file storage that is designed for data-intensive enterprise workloads including big data, operational analytics and enterprise file sharing and collaboration. It is based on the open source GlusterFS 3.6 file system and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.

In a real-time competition, 11 teams of undergraduate students from around the world will build a small cluster of their own design on the ISC 2015 exhibit floor and race to demonstrate the greatest performance across a series of benchmarks and applicatio

HPC Advisory Council, ISC Call for 2015 Student Cluster Competition Submissions

September 23, 2014 3:10 pm | News | Comments

The HPC Advisory Council, an organization for HPC research, outreach and education, and the ISC High Performance Conference, formerly known as the International Supercomputing Conference, have announced the return of the HPCAC-ISC Student Cluster Competition in next year’s ISC program of events. In a real-time competition, 11 teams of undergraduate students from around the world will build a small cluster of their own design.

The ISC Cloud Conference will be offering attendees an Amazon Web Services tutorial on launching high performance computing clusters in the AWS Cloud.

Amazon Tutorial at ISC Cloud

September 19, 2014 3:10 pm | by ISC | News | Comments

For the first time, the ISC Cloud Conference is offering attendees an Amazon Web Services tutorial on launching high performance computing clusters in the AWS Cloud. The presenter, Dougal Ballantyne, is a HPC solutions architect at Amazon Web Services. This workshop is free-of-charge for attendees and will provide an introduction to cfncluster, a framework for launching HPC clusters on AWS.

Cray CS-Storm High Density Cluster

Cray CS-Storm High Density Cluster

August 26, 2014 3:11 pm | Cray Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Cray CS-Storm is a high-density accelerator compute system based on the Cray CS300 cluster supercomputer. Featuring up to eight NVIDIA Tesla GPU accelerators and a peak performance of more than 11 teraflops per node, the Cray CS-Storm system is a powerful single-node cluster.

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In the competition, teams of six students partner with vendors to design and build a cutting-edge cluster from commercially available components that does not exceed a 3120-watt power limit, and work with application experts to tune and run the competitio

12 Teams Set to Compete in SC14 Student Cluster Competition

August 20, 2014 10:50 am | by SC14 | News | Comments

As university students around the world prepare to head back to school this fall, 12 groups are already looking ahead to November when they will converge at SC14 in New Orleans for the Student Cluster Competition. In this real-time, non-stop, 48-hour challenge, teams students assemble a small cluster on the SC14 exhibit floor and race to demonstrate the greatest sustained performance across a series of applications.

On Tuesday, August 12, through Thursday, August 14, the University of Tennessee team performed a "mock run" for the SC14 Student Cluster Competition in which they compiled, optimized and ran test cases for applications using the supercomputing cluster the

SC14 Student Cluster Competition Mock Run Allows for Self-assessment

August 18, 2014 11:46 am | by University of Tennessee | News | Comments

A team of students from the University of Tennessee has been preparing since June 2014 at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the Student Cluster Competition, which will last for 48 continuous hours during the SC14 supercomputing conference on November 16 to 21, 2014, in New Orleans.

Techniques known as dimensionality reduction can help find patterns in the recorded activity of thousands of neurons. Rather than look at all responses at once, these methods find a smaller set of dimensions — in this case three — that capture as much str

New Platform Enables Large-Scale Neuroscience

July 28, 2014 2:23 pm | by Howard Hughes Medical Institute | News | Comments

In an age of “big data,” a single computer cannot always find the solution a user wants. Computational tasks must instead be distributed across a cluster of computers that analyze a massive data set together. It's how Facebook and Google mine your Web history to present you with targeted ads, and how Amazon and Netflix recommend your next favorite book or movie. But big data is about more than just marketing.

Jeffrey Potoff is a professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, and Loren Schwiebert is an associate professor of Computer Science at Wayne State University.

Using Powerful GPU-Based Monte Carlo Simulation Engine to Model Larger Systems, Reduce Data Errors, Improve System Prototyping

July 22, 2014 8:33 am | by Jeffrey Potoff and Loren Schwiebert | Blogs | Comments

Recently, our research work got a shot in the arm because Wayne State University was the recipient of a complete high-performance compute cluster donated by Silicon Mechanics as part of its 3rd Annual Research Cluster Grant competition. The new HPC cluster gives us some state-of-the-art hardware, which will enhance the development of what we’ve been working on — a novel GPU-Optimized Monte Carlo simulation engine for molecular systems.

IBM introduces Storage as a Service on SoftLayer for High Performance Data Management in Cloud

July 15, 2014 11:38 am | by IBM | News | Comments

IBM is announcing a new software defined storage-as-a-service on IBM SoftLayer, code named Elastic Storage on Cloud,  that gives organizations access to a fully-supported, ready-to-run storage environment, which includes SoftLayer bare metal resources and high performance data management and allows organizations to move data between their on-premise infrastructure and the cloud.

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EPCC Student Team Wins Top Spot in ISC'14 HPC Student Cluster Challenge

July 2, 2014 10:22 am | by CoolIT Systems | News | Comments

Boston Limited and CoolIT Systems, Inc., congratulates the student team from EPCC at The University of Edinburgh for their 1st place ranking for the Highest LINPACK in the ISC14 Student Cluster Challenge.             

RSC Demonstrates Petasteam Computing Power at ISC'14

July 1, 2014 9:16 am | by RSC Group | News | Comments

RSC Group, developer and integrator of innovative high performance computing (HPC) and data center solutions, made several technology demonstrations and announcements at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC’14).       

Computational techniques developed by a team from NIST and IU could enable precise computation of atomic properties that are important for nuclear medicine, as well as astrophysics and other fields of atomic research.

New Math Technique Improves Atomic Property Predictions to Historic Accuracy

June 30, 2014 3:56 pm | by NIST | News | Comments

By combining advanced mathematics with high-performance computing, scientists have developed a tool that allowed them to calculate a fundamental property of most atoms on the periodic table to historic accuracy — reducing error by a factor of a thousand in many cases. 

Integration between Moab HPC Suite and Bright Cluster Manager provides enhanced functionality that enables users to dynamically provision HPC clusters based on both resource and workload monitoring.

Cluster Manager

June 30, 2014 9:04 am | Adaptive Computing, Bright Computing | Product Releases | Comments

Integration between Moab HPC Suite and Bright Cluster Manager provides enhanced functionality that enables users to dynamically provision HPC clusters based on both resource and workload monitoring. Combined capabilities also create a more optimal solution to managing technical computing and Big Workflow requirements.

Altair has announced that the National Supercomputing Center for Energy and the Environment (NSCEE) at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, (UNLV) has chosen PBS Professional to replace its previous high-performance computing (HPC) workload management imp

UNLV's Supercomputing Center Switches to Altair PBS Professional

June 27, 2014 10:40 am | Altair Engineering | News | Comments

Altair has announced that the National Supercomputing Center for Energy and the Environment (NSCEE) at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, (UNLV) has chosen PBS Professional to replace its previous high-performance computing (HPC) workload management implementation.

Intel's New Omni Scale Fabric Platform: Taking on I/O Interconnect Challenges for Extreme-Scale HPC

June 27, 2014 9:42 am | by Doug Black | Intel Corp | Blogs | Comments

Even as CPU power and memory bandwidth march forward, a major bottleneck hampering overall supercomputing performance has presented a significant challenge over the past decade: I/O interconnectivity. The vision behind Intel’s new Omni Scale Fabric is to deliver a platform for the next generation of HPC systems.

ThinkParQ and Q-Leap Networks have announced a close partnership to deliver scalable storage solutions to their customers that are easy to deploy and operate. Based on the parallel filesystem BeeGFS and the cluster OS Qlustar

ThinkParQ and Q-Leap Cooperate on BeeGFS/FhGFS

June 25, 2014 9:40 am | by ThinkParQ and Q-Leap | News | Comments

ThinkParQ and Q-Leap Networks have announced a close partnership to deliver scalable storage solutions to their customers that are easy to deploy and operate. Based on the parallel filesystem BeeGFS and the cluster OS Qlustar, this will enable customers to build extremely fast storage for a wide range of workloads.

Pak Lui, HPC Advisory Council HPC|Works Special Interest Group Chair and Cluster Center Manager

Real-time SCC Challenge to Demonstrate Incredible Capabilities

May 8, 2014 3:20 pm | by Pak Lui, HPC Advisory Council HPC|Works Special Interest Group Chair and Cluster Center Manager | Blogs | Comments

The third annual HPCAC-ISC Student Cluster Competition (SCC) is a joint event hosted by the HPC Advisory Council (HPCAC) and the organizers if the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC). It is an excellent opportunity to showcase students’ HPC expertise in a friendly yet spirited competition. The SCC event will be held during the ISC’14 Conference and Exhibition in Leipzig, Germany.

Silicon Mechanics 2014 Research Cluster Grant Awarded to Wayne State University

April 30, 2014 10:02 am | by Silicon Mechanics | News | Comments

Silicon Mechanics has announced that Wayne State University (WSU) is the recipient of the company’s 3rd Annual Research Cluster Grant, a program in which the company and its partners are donating a complete high-performance compute cluster. The university, located in midtown Detroit, is one of the nation’s 50 largest public universities

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DecisionHPC 14.1 Analytics Software for HPC and Big Data Clusters

April 29, 2014 9:37 am | by X-ISS Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

DecisionHPC 14.1 business analytics software is a platform-neutral SaaS solution which gives insight into the value HPC is providing to the business in a “Single Pane of Glass” and provides complete HPC cluster management. Features include comprehensive cluster Scheduler Reports and an innovative Attribute Heat Map visualization capability.

2014 IEEE International Conference on Cluster Computing

April 14, 2014 2:55 pm | by Cluster 2014 | Events

The evolution of cluster technologies is expected to substantially impact emerging research areas, such as the increasingly important Data Science field. Therefore, we have chosen this year to highlight research topics expected to bring substantial progress in the way clusters can help in addressing Big Data challenges. Specific topics are dedicated to this direction within all conference tracks alongside more traditional topics. In addition, special tutorials and workshops will focus on cluster technologies for Big Data storage and processing.

11 University Teams to Compete in HPCAC-ISC 2014 Student Cluster Competition

April 1, 2014 3:59 pm | by ISC | News | Comments

The HPC Advisory Council (HPCAC), an organization for high-performance computing research, outreach and education, and the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) have announces 11 university teams from around the world for the HPCAC-ISC 2014 Student Cluster Competition during the ISC’14 Conference and Exhibition held from June 22 to 26, 2014.

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