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This year’s team from The University of Texas – Austin won in the SC14 Student Cluster Competition overall category. Courtesy of TACC

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 SC14 Student Cluster Competition. The annual challenge is designed to introduce the next generation of students to the high-performance computing community. Over the last few years, it has drawn teams of undergraduate and/or high school students from around the world, including Australia, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Germany, Russia and Taiwan.

National Medals of Science, Technology and Innovation Presented

November 25, 2014 12:00 pm | by NSF | News | Comments

At a White House ceremony on November 20, 2014, President Obama presented the National Medal of...

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...

NSF Commits $16M to Build Cloud-based, Data-intensive Computing Systems for Open Science

November 25, 2014 10:01 am | by NSF | News | Comments

Tens of thousands of researchers urrently harness the power of supercomputers to solve research...

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Wireless communication and consumption of digital media might profit from freely accessible transmission frequencies in the UHF range. Courtesy of KIT

New Frequency Ranges May Make Free Super WiFi Possible

November 24, 2014 4:03 pm | by KIT – University of the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg and National Research Center of the Helmholtz Association | News | Comments

Wireless data transmission largely takes place via WLAN networks, such as WiFi. However, these networks are currently limited to high frequency ranges at 2 GHz and above and, hence, have a limited range. The authors of the study propose to extend the frequencies for free communication to include lower ranges and even increased transmission power.

PowerEdge C4130 Server

PowerEdge C4130 Server

November 24, 2014 2:56 pm | Dell Computer Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The PowerEdge C4130 is an accelerator-optimized, GPU-dense, HPC-focused rack server purpose-built to accelerate the most demanding HPC workloads. It is the only Intel Xeon E5-2600v3 1U server to offer up to four GPUs/accelerators and can achieve over 7.2 Teraflops on a single 1U server, with a performance/watt ratio of up to 4.17 Gigaflops per watt.

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.

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New Orleans became the hub for the world’s fastest computer network — SCinet — which featured 1.5 Terabits of bandwidth. The network featured 84 miles of fiber deployed throughout the convention center and $18 million in loaned equipment. It was all made

Supercomputing 2014 Sets New Records

November 24, 2014 1:24 pm | by SC14 | News | Comments

Supercomputing 2014 (SC14), the 26th anniversary conference of high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis, celebrated the contributions of researchers, from those just starting their careers to those whose contributions have made lasting impacts.

Supercomputing 2014 Recognizes Outstanding Achievements in HPC

Supercomputing 2014 Recognizes Outstanding Achievements in HPC

November 24, 2014 7:13 am | by SC14 | News | Comments

SC14, the international conference for high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis, celebrated the contributions of researchers, from those just starting their careers to those whose contributions have made lasting impacts, in a special awards session. The conference drew over 10,160 attendees who attended a technical program spanning six days and viewed the offerings of 356 exhibitors.

The Turing Test — originally called the Imitation Game — was proposed by computing pioneer Alan Turing in 1950. Courtesy of Juan Alberto Sánchez Margallo

Alternative to Turing Test Proposed

November 21, 2014 4:39 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A Georgia Tech professor recently offered an alternative to the celebrated “Turing Test” to determine whether a machine or computer program exhibits human-level intelligence. The Turing Test — originally called the Imitation Game — was proposed by computing pioneer Alan Turing in 1950. In practice, some applications of the test require a machine to engage in dialogue and convince a human judge that it is an actual person.

In the latest issue of HPC Source, “A New Dawn: Bringing HPC to the Enterprise,” we look at how small- to-medium-sized manufacturers can realize major benefits from adoption of high performance computing in areas such as modeling, simulation and analysis.

HPC for All

November 21, 2014 4:32 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Blogs | Comments

In the latest issue of HPC Source, “A New Dawn: Bringing HPC to the Enterprise,” we look at how small- to-medium-sized manufacturers can realize major benefits from adoption of high performance computing in areas such as modeling, simulation and analysis.

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.

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The Huawei FusionServer X6800 is a next-generation data center server optimized to support all business in one solution. This X6800 provides a broad portfolio of server nodes to flexibly meet elastic configuration requirements of differentiated services f

Huawei FusionServer X6800

November 20, 2014 2:40 pm | by Huawei | Product Releases | Comments

The Huawei FusionServer X6800 is a next-generation data center server optimized to support all business in one solution. This X6800 provides a broad portfolio of server nodes to flexibly meet elastic configuration requirements of differentiated services for computing, storage, and I/O resources. It also supports simplified system management and efficient operation and maintenance (O&M). 

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

Today’s Enterprising GPUs

November 20, 2014 2:09 pm | by Rob Farber | Articles | Comments

HPC has always embraced the leading edge of technology and, as such, acts as the trailbreaker and scout for enterprise and business customers. HPC has highlighted and matured the abilities of previously risky devices, like GPUs, that enterprise customers now leverage to create competitive advantage. GPUs have moved beyond “devices with potential” to “production devices” that are used for profit generation.

Brandenburg Gate on December 1, 1989. The structure is already freely accessible from the East, however, the crossing to the Western side will not be officially open until December 22nd.

Another Brick in the Wall: The Legendary Rescue of a Doomed Project

November 20, 2014 2:08 pm | by Randy C. Hice | Blogs | Comments

Of course, I remember the Berlin Wall being pummeled to gravel 25 years ago. I always hated what it symbolized, and I was excited.  I was in Fayetteville, AR, at the finest hotel in town (a multi-story Holiday Inn at the time) when I saw the Germans storming the wall and whack-a-mole-ing the wall with ballpeen hammers. How I came to be in Arkansas is a rather remarkable and foreboding story.

For the fourth 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 with a performance of 33.86 petaflop/s (quadrillions of calculations per secon

Tianhe-2 Remains World's Top Computer

November 19, 2014 3:34 pm | by Top500 | News | Comments

For the fourth 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 with a performance of 33.86 petaflop/s (quadrillions of calculations per second) on the Linpack benchmark, according to the 44th edition of the twice-yearly TOP500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers.

Iceotope's PetaGen liquid cooling system is designed for High Performance Computing (HPC) and suitable for Supercomputing and data center facilities. The system uses minimal energy resources, has zero dependence on clean water, streamlines needlessly bloa

Petagen Liquid Cooling System

November 19, 2014 2:07 pm | by Iceotope | Product Releases | Comments

Iceotope's PetaGen liquid cooling system is designed for High Performance Computing (HPC) and suitable for Supercomputing and data center facilities. The system uses minimal energy resources, has zero dependence on clean water, streamlines needlessly bloated and expensive data center facilities, and improves IT performance.

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John Joyce is a laboratory informatics specialist based in Richmond, VA.

Still Holiday Shopping? 19 Great Gifts for Just about Anyone

November 19, 2014 1:35 pm | by John R. Joyce, Ph.D. | Blogs | Comments

Welcome to the second installment of Scientific Computing's holiday gift guide. This section focuses on gifts of more general interest, so that they'll be suitable for your giftees without a technical background — you know, muggles!  But don't worry, many of these are suitable for the Geeks in your life as well. Part I focuses on more technical items, though there are a number that might appeal to your more sophisticated muggle as well.

Moleculomics’s core business is focused on developing new computational tools (known as pipelines) that take genetic information (in the form of DNA sequences) and automatically convert this into detailed three-dimensional models of all of the proteins wi

High Performance Computing for All (Yes, You Too…)

November 19, 2014 1:34 pm | by Gilad Shainer, HPC Advisory Council | Blogs | Comments

High-performance computing can help a business to become more efficient and more productive. And, for a small business, HPC can be a game changer, helping it leapfrog ahead of the competition by reducing its costs and dramatically improving its time to market.

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.                 

Karol Kowalski, Capability Lead for NWChem Development, works in the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) at PNNL.

Advancing Computational Chemistry with NWChem

November 18, 2014 3:07 pm | by Mike Bernhardt, HPC Community Evangelist, Intel | Articles | Comments

An interview with PNNL’s Karol Kowalski, Capability Lead for NWChem Development - NWChem is an open source high performance computational chemistry tool developed for the Department of Energy at Pacific Northwest National Lab in Richland, WA. I recently visited with Karol Kowalski, Capability Lead for NWChem Development, who works in the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) at PNNL.

International Data Corporation (IDC) has announced the eighth round of recipients of the HPC Innovation Excellence Award at the SC'14 high performance computing (HPC) conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. The HPC Innovation Excellence Awards recognize not

11 Innovators Receive HPC Excellence Awards

November 18, 2014 11:28 am | by IDC | News | Comments

International Data Corporation (IDC) has announced the eighth round of recipients of the HPC Innovation Excellence Award at the SC'14 high performance computing (HPC) conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. The HPC Innovation Excellence Awards recognize noteworthy achievements by users of high performance computing technologies.

Safety, reliability and improvement of nuclear reactor efficiencies play a major role in the wide-spread use of nuclear energy and reducing cost/kW-h to the consumer.

HPC Innovation Excellence Award: Argonne National Laboratory, NRG (Netherlands), SCK-CEN (Belgium), TerraPower, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

November 17, 2014 6:49 pm | Award Winners

Researchers from Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign teamed with nuclear reactor designers and research laboratories in the United States and Europe to enable high-fidelity, cost-saving simulations to design the next-generation of nuclear reactors using the computational fluid dynamics code Nek5000.

The Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine at Children’s Mercy was the first genome center in the world inside children’s hospital and one of the first to focus on genome sequencing and analysis for inherited childhood diseases.

HPC Innovation Excellence Award: The Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine

November 17, 2014 6:40 pm | Award Winners

The Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine at Children's Mercy Hospitals Kansas City was the first genome center in the world to be created inside a children's hospital and one of the first to focus on genome sequencing and analysis for inherited childhood diseases. 

For the US Army, and DoD and intelligence community as a whole, GIS Federal developed an innovative approach to quickly filter, analyze, and visualize big data from hundreds of data providers, with a particular emphasis on geospatial data.

HPC Innovation Excellence Award: GIS Federal

November 17, 2014 6:35 pm | Award Winners

For the US Army, and DoD and intelligence community as a whole, GIS Federal developed an innovative approach to quickly filter, analyze, and visualize big data from hundreds of data providers with a particular emphasis on geospatial data.

Researchers from NCSU conducted innovative research analyzing the turbulence anisotropy as a function of distance from the wall based on DNS data.

HPC Innovation Excellence Award: North Carolina State University

November 17, 2014 6:28 pm | Award Winners

Researchers from NCSU conducted innovative research that will allow better prediction of thermal hydraulic behavior for current and future nuclear reactor designs.

Nexio simulation is a French SME located in Toulouse and specialized in electromagnetic simulation software for marine, space, defense and aeronautics domains applications.

HPC Innovation Excellence Award: Nexio

November 17, 2014 6:19 pm | Award Winners

Nexio simulation is a French SME located in Toulouse and specialized in electromagnetic simulation software for marine, space, defense and aeronautics domains applications.

 Aircraft noise adversely impacts population centers near major airports. With the expected growth in air travel, these noise exposure levels will increase considerably. To alleviate this problem, the Environmentally Responsible Aviation (ERA) project wit

HPC Innovation Excellence Award: NASA

November 17, 2014 6:13 pm | Award Winners

The noise generated by civil air transport adversely impacts population centers near major airports. With the expected growth in air travel, community exposure to aircraft noise will increase considerably. To alleviate this problem, the Environmentally Responsible Aviation (ERA) project within NASA's Aeronautics Mission Research Directorate is working to simultaneously reduce aircraft noise, fuel consumption, and engine emissions.

Researchers used HPC resources were utilized to run and visualize a breakthrough simulation involving a long-track EF5 tornado embedded within a supercell.

HPC Innovation Excellence Award: Central Michigan University

November 17, 2014 6:06 pm | Award Winners

Researchers used HPC resources were utilized to run and visualize a breakthrough simulation involving a long-track EF5 tornado embedded within a supercell.

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