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IARPA to Develop a Superconducting SuperComputer

December 5, 2014 4:24 pm | by IARPA | News | Comments

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), has embarked on a multi-year research effort to develop a superconducting computer. If successful, technology developed under the Cryogenic Computer Complexity (C3) program will pave the way to a new generation of superconducting supercomputers that are far more energy efficient.

Department of Energy Awards $425 Million in Next-gen Supercomputing Technologies

November 14, 2014 3:35 pm | by U.S. Department of Energy | News | Comments

U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz announced two new high performance computing (HPC) awards...

HPC Matters to our Quality of Life and Prosperity

November 11, 2014 2:22 pm | by Don Johnston | Articles | Comments

The complexity of high-end computing technology makes it largely invisible to the public. HPC...

A Q&A with Paul Messina, Director of Science for the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility

November 6, 2014 4:22 pm | by Brian Grabowski, Argonne National Laboratory | Articles | Comments

Highly motivated to organize the Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing, Paul...

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As the United States pursues the next generation of computing (exascale), new software-centered partnerships could be the key to maximizing economic benefits for Americans

Supporting America’s Economic Competitiveness: A Look at Federal Supercomputing Leadership

October 28, 2014 11:18 am | by Council on Competitiveness | News | Comments

The Council on Competitiveness has released a new report that explores the value of government leadership in supercomputing for industrial competitiveness, titled Solve. The Exascale Effect: the Benefits of Supercomputing Investment for U.S. Industry. As the federal government pursues exascale computing to achieve national security and science missions, Solve examines how U.S.-based companies also benefit from leading-edge computation

The Oil and Gas High Performance Computing (HPC) Workshop, hosted annually at Rice University, is the premier meeting place for discussion of challenges and opportunities around high performance computing, information technology, and computational science

2015 Rice Oil & Gas High Performance Computing Workshop

October 13, 2014 2:45 pm | by Rice University | Events

The Oil and Gas High Performance Computing (HPC) Workshop, hosted annually at Rice University, is the premier meeting place for discussion of challenges and opportunities around high performance computing, information technology, and computational science and engineering.

Rob Farber is an independent HPC expert to startups and Fortune 100 companies, as well as government and academic organizations.

High Performance Parallelism Pearls: A Teaching Juggernaut

October 13, 2014 9:52 am | by Rob Farber | Blogs | Comments

High Performance Parallelism Pearls, the latest book by James Reinders and Jim Jeffers, is a teaching juggernaut that packs the experience of 69 authors into 28 chapters designed to get readers running on the Intel Xeon Phi family of coprocessors, plus provide tools and techniques to adapt legacy codes, as well as increase application performance on Intel Xeon processors. 

Fusion research simulated with supercomputers. Courtesy of KTH PDC

Computationally Intensive Research to get Boost, Break Petaflop Barrier

September 26, 2014 10:21 am | by KTH Royal Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Computationally intensive research in Sweden will soon get a boost from the fastest academic supercomputer in the Nordic countries, to be installed in October 2014 at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. KTH is due to begin using the fastest academic supercomputer of any university in Scandinavia. A Cray XC30 with 1,676 nodes and a memory of 104.7 terabytes will be installed at KTH’s PDC Center for High Performance Computing.

Some two hundred scientists from more than 40 countries are researching what the next generation of ultrascale computing systems will be like. The study is being carried out under the auspices of NESUS, one of the largest European research networks of thi

The Future Of Ultrascale Computing Under Study

September 5, 2014 11:43 am | by Universidad Carlos III de Madrid | News | Comments

Some two hundred scientists from more than 40 countries are researching what the next generation of ultrascale computing systems will be like. The study is being carried out under the auspices of NESUS, one of the largest European research networks of this type coordinated by Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M).

The Ranger supercomputer, 2008-2013. Courtesy of TACC

Ranger Supercomputer Begins New Life, Makes Global Journey to Africa

July 30, 2014 3:57 pm | by Jorge Salazar, TACC | News | Comments

For all the money and effort poured into supercomputers, their life spans can be brutally short – on average about four years. So, what happens to one of the world's greatest supercomputers when it reaches retirement age? If it's the Texas Advanced Computer Center's (TACC) Ranger supercomputer, it continues making an impact in the world. If the system could talk, it might proclaim, "There is life after retirement!"

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).       

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.

Tom Vander Aa is a researcher/project coordinator in the ExaScience Life Lab at imec.

High Performance Communication

June 9, 2014 10:12 am | by Tom Vander Aa, imec ExaScience Life Lab | Blogs | Comments

In the late 90s, I was teaching parallel programming in C using MPI to students. The most important lesson I wanted them to remember is that communication is much more important than computation. The form of the benchmark couldn't be more common: a set of convolutional filters applied to an image, one filter after the other in a pipelined fashion.

Dr. Paul Calleja, Director of High Performance Computing Service at the University of Cambridge, will present a keynote on the SKA Project.

HPC Advisory European Conference Workshop to Focus on Productivity

June 3, 2014 11:39 am | by Brian Sparks, HPC Advisory Council Media Relations and Events Director | Blogs | Comments

In conjunction with ISC’14, we will hold a one-day HPC Advisory European Conference Workshop on June 22, 2014. This workshop will focus on HPC productivity, and advanced HPC topics and futures, and will bring together system managers, researchers, developers, computational scientists and industry affiliates to discuss recent developments and future advancements in High-Performance Computing. Our keynote session will feature the SKA Project

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PRACEdays14 Concludes with Three Awards

June 2, 2014 5:00 am | by PRACE | News | Comments

The PRACE Scientific and Industrial Conference 2014 – PRACEdays14 – was held from 20 to 22 May 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. Hosted by PRACE and supported by the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre, the conference attracted over 200 participants from academia and industry. Three Awards were presented to...

Mirko Rahn, Frauenhofer ITWM

Partitioned Global Address Space Approaches for Exascale Computing

May 19, 2014 2:22 pm | by Mirko Rahn, Frauenhofer, ITWM | Blogs | Comments

Partitioned Global Address Space (PGAS) approaches have become a hot topic for the exascale computing domain. For instance, several exascale projects funded by the European Commission or the US Department of Energy extend current PGAS approaches. An example is the EC-funded EPiGRAM project that has identified the gaps to be filled when attempting to master the Exascale challenge with PGAS.

John Barr is a technology analyst who covers the HPC market.

Potholes on the Road to Exascale

May 12, 2014 1:57 pm | by John Barr | Blogs | Comments

Sometimes the HPC industry gets excited by the hype surrounding progress towards Exascale systems. But we need to remember that building an Exascale system is not an end in itself. The purpose of such a machine is to run applications, and to deliver insights that could not be achieved with less powerful systems.

The new system will be named “Cori” in honor of American biochemist Gerty Theresa Cori, who was the first American woman to win a Nobel Prize in science, and the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

NERSC, Cray, Intel Partner on Next-gen Extreme-Scale Computing System

April 30, 2014 9:46 am | by NERSC | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Research Scientific Computing (NERSC) Center and Cray Inc. announced that they have signed a contract for a next generation of supercomputer to enable scientific discovery at the DOE’s Office of Science (DOE SC).

Intel is creating Intel Parallel Computing Centers (IPCCs) at leading institutions in HPC research to promote the modernization of essential application codes to increase their parallelism and scalability.

Intel Selects Georgia Tech as Site for Next Parallel Computing Center

April 22, 2014 12:25 pm | by Intel | News | Comments

As modern computer systems become more powerful, utilizing as many as millions of processor cores in parallel, Intel is looking for new ways to efficiently use these high performance computing (HPC) systems to accelerate scientific discovery. As part of this effort, Intel has selected Georgia Tech as the site of one of its Parallel Computing Centers.

Torsten Hoefler, Innovative Sytems Lab Application and System Performance Modeling and Simulation Lead, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Torsten Hoefler

April 17, 2014 10:12 am | Biographies

Torsten Hoefler is working in the Blue Waters Directorate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he is responsible for performance modeling and simulation of the Blue Waters Petascale computer and applications running on it. He is co-chair of the collective operations working group in the MPI Forum. Hoefler is interested in Collective Communications, Process Topologies, One Sided Operations, and Hybrid Programming in MPI. He is also a member of ACM SIGHPC, ACM, and IEEE.

Marie-Christine Sawley, Exascale Lab Director, Intel

Marie-Christine Sawley

April 16, 2014 4:33 pm | Biographies

Marie-Christine Sawley holds a degree in Physics and a PhD in Plasma Physics from EPFL (1985). After a postdoc at the University of Sydney, she joined the EPFL in 1988 to lead the support group for HPC applications. She lead a number of HPC initiatives for introducing new technology at the EPFL such as the PATP with the Cray T3D, the SwissTX prototype and the establishing the Vital IT partnership between HP, EPFL and the SIB.

NVIDIA Launches High-Speed GPU Interconnect

March 28, 2014 5:08 pm | Nvidia Corporation | News | Comments

NVIDIA plans to integrate a high-speed interconnect, called NVIDIA NVLink, into its future GPUs, enabling GPUs and CPUs to share data five to 12 times faster than they can today. This will eliminate a longstanding bottleneck and help pave the way for a new generation of exascale supercomputers. 

Early-Bird Registration Opens for International Supercomputing Conference

March 18, 2014 10:03 am | by ISC | News | Comments

Advance registration at reduced rates is now open for the 2014 International Supercomputing Conference (ISC’14), which will be held June 22-26 in Leipzig, Germany. By registering now, ISC’14 attendees can save over 25 percent off the onsite registration rates at the Leipzig Congress Center.

Livermore joins Oak Ridge, Argonne to Develop Next Supercomputers

February 27, 2014 3:26 pm | by Donald B Johnston, LLNL | News | Comments

Lawrence Livermore has joined forces with two other national labs to deliver next generation supercomputers able to perform up to 200 peak petaflops (quadrillions of floating point operations per second), about 10 times faster than today's most powerful high performance computing (HPC) systems.

HPC Advisory Council Switzerland Conference 2014

February 1, 2014 9:57 am | by HPC Advisory Council | Events

The HPC Advisory Council and the Swiss Supercomputing Centre will host the HPC Advisory Council Switzerland Conference 2014. The conference will focus on High-Performance Computing essentials, new developments and emerging technologies, best practices and hands-on training.

EASC2014: Solving Software Challenges for Exascale

January 28, 2014 12:18 pm | by EASC2014 | Events

The goal of this conference is to bring together all the developers and researchers involved in solving the software challenges of the exascale era. The conference focuses on issues of applications for exascale and the associated tools, software programming models and libraries.

RIKEN Selected to Develop Exascale Supercomputer

January 2, 2014 11:50 am | by RIKEN | News | Comments

On December 24, 2013, Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology selected the RIKEN Institute of Physical and Chemical Research to develop a new exascale supercomputer that is expected to keep Japan at the leading edge of computing science and technology.

ISC’14 Calls for Tutorial Proposals, Research Paper Submissions and More

December 11, 2013 9:37 am | by ISC'14 | News | Comments

The 2014 International Supercomputing Conference is now accepting submissions, ranging from tutorial and birds of a feather (BoF) session proposals, research paper and poster abstracts, as well as student volunteer program applications. The ISC’14 Call for Papers is supported by the IEEE Germany Section.

NVIDIA Announces New Tesla CTO

November 22, 2013 4:02 pm | by NVIDIA | News | Comments

Veteran technologist, entrepreneur and confessed “geek,” Steve Oberlin has joined NVIDIA to help lead the company’s high-performance computing initiative. As chief technology officer (CTO) for NVIDIA’s Tesla business unit, Oberlin will be responsible for NVIDIA’s Tesla roadmap and architecture.

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