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!"
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Even as CPU power and memory bandwidth march forward, a major bottleneck hampering overall...
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
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...
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.
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 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).
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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The iRODS Consortium, formed about a year ago, announced that DataDirect Networks (DDN) has become its first private sector member.
Cray has announced a significant expansion to its research and development (R&D) team in Europe with the addition of key individuals from Gnodal Limited. Based in Bristol, England, prior to entering administration, Gnodal Limited was a recognized leader in high performance networks.
To accelerate advancements in biomedical research, the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute has deployed over 22 petabytes of high-performance storage from DataDirect Networks. As one of the top five scientific institutions in the world specializing in DNA sequencing, Sanger Institute embraces the latest technologies to research the genetic basis of global health problems, including cancer, malaria, diabetes, obesity and infectious diseases.
Argonne National Laboratory has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science to lead Argo, a multi-institutional research project to design and develop a platform-neutral prototype of an exascale operating system and runtime software.
Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have received six R&D 100 awards, presented each year by R&D Magazine in recognition of the year's most significant technological innovations. The six awards bring ORNL's total of R&D 100 awards to 179 since their inception in 1963.
The University of Florida on June 27, 2013, received an $8 million federal award and was named one of six universities nationwide tapped to conduct high-performance computing simulations aimed at addressing some of the world’s most complex problems.
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) led the dedication of the new Mira supercomputer at Argonne National Laboratory on July 1, 2013, underscoring the importance of high-performance computing to scientific research, industrial innovation and our nation’s economic future.
The demand for even faster, more effective, and also energy-saving computer clusters is growing in every sector. The new asynchronous programming model GPI from Fraunhofer ITWM might become a key building block towards realizing the next generation of supercomputers.
The door to the research group tea-room swung open and Rebecca marched in. She smiled at the team members already there and announced joyfully, “the review committee approved the business case — we can buy our supercomputer!” One person cheered, another grinned widely. Most simply grunted “good,” “about time,” “well done” or similar minimal shows of enthusiasm — not truly believing they had been successful yet.
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