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Single Elimination Tournament Raises Awareness of Parallelization’s Importance

October 30, 2014 1:03 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Blogs | Comments

As the SC14 conference approaches, Intel is preparing to host the second annual Intel Parallel Universe Computing Challenge (PUCC) from November 17 to 20, 2014. Each of eight participating teams will play for a charitable organization, which will receive a $26,000 donation from Intel in recognition of the 26th anniversary of the Supercomputing conference.

WOS S3 Object Storage Platform Interface

October 29, 2014 11:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

WOS S3 is designed for efficient storing and sharing of massive quantities of big data. It adds...

UK National Weather Service Awards $128M Supercomputer Contract

October 29, 2014 11:43 am | by Cray | News | Comments

Cray announced it has been awarded a contract to provide the Met Office in the United Kingdom...

NSF Awards $5M to Empower Researchers with New Data Analysis Tools

October 29, 2014 10:15 am | by Indiana University Bloomington | News | Comments

A team of computer scientists working to improve how researchers across the sciences empower big...

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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

Working with the Sierra Leone Government, IBM is producing heatmaps showing Ebola-related issues as reported by the citizens of Freetown, Sierra Leone. Courtesy of IBM

IBM Launches Humanitarian Initiatives to Help Contain Ebola

October 27, 2014 3:16 pm | by IBM | News | Comments

IBM has launched several initiatives to help curb the spread of Ebola in West Africa. They include a global platform for sharing Ebola-related open data; a citizen engagement and analytics system in Sierra Leone that enables communities affected by Ebola to communicate their issues and concerns directly to the government; and a donation of IBM Connections technology in Nigeria to strengthen the government’s preparedness for future outbreaks

To carry out their work, the team was awarded resources on two world-class supercomputers — HeCTOR at the University of Edinburgh and Abel at the University of Oslo — which were made available through PRACE.

Imaging Extremely Distant Galaxies to Create New Window on Early Universe

October 23, 2014 3:18 pm | by University of Bonn | News | Comments

Scientists at the Universities of Bonn and Cardiff see good times approaching for astrophysicists after hatching a new observational strategy to distill detailed information from galaxies at the edge of the Universe. Using two world-class supercomputers, the researchers were able to demonstrate the effectiveness of their approach by simulating the formation of a massive galaxy at the dawn of cosmic time.

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LLNL researcher Monte LaBute was part of a Lab team that recently published an article in PLOS ONE detailing the use of supercomputers to link proteins to drug side effects. Courtesy of Julie Russell/LLNL

Supercomputers Link Proteins to Adverse Drug Reactions

October 21, 2014 10:40 am | by Kenneth K Ma, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory | News | Comments

The drug creation process often misses many side effects that kill at least 100,000 patients a year. LLNL researchers have discovered a high-tech method of using supercomputers to identify proteins that cause medications to have certain adverse drug reactions, using high-performance computers to process proteins and drug compounds in an algorithm that produces reliable data outside of a laboratory setting for drug discovery.

Diver collecting microbial samples from Australian seaweeds for Uncovering Genome Mysteries

Crowdsourced Supercomputing Examines Big Genomic Data

October 21, 2014 9:31 am | by IBM | News | Comments

What do the DNA in Australian seaweed, Amazon River water, tropical plants, and forest soil all have in common? Lots, say scientists. And understanding the genetic similarities of disparate life forms could enable researchers to produce compounds for new medicines, eco-friendly materials, more resilient crops, and cleaner air, water and energy.

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.

An IBM logo displayed in Berlin, VT. IBM is paying $1.5 billion to Globalfoundries in order to shed its costly chip division. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

IBM to Pay $1.5B to Shed Costly Chip Division

October 20, 2014 10:54 am | by Michelle Chapman, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

IBM will pay $1.5 billion to Globalfoundries in order to shed its costly chip division. IBM Director of Research John E. Kelly III said in an interview on October 20, 2104, that handing over control of the semiconductor operations will allow it to grow faster, while IBM continues to invest in and expand its chip research.

Shown here is a square-centimeter chip containing the nTron adder, which performed the first computation using the researchers' new superconducting circuit. Courtesy of Adam N. McCaughan

Nanocryotron could Unlock Power of Superconducting Computer Chips

October 17, 2014 10:43 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT | News | Comments

Computer chips with superconducting circuits — circuits with zero electrical resistance — would be 50 to 100 times as energy-efficient as today’s chips, an attractive trait given the increasing power consumption of the massive data centers that power the Internet’s most popular sites. Superconducting chips also promise greater processing power.

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Urika-XA System for Big Data Analytics

Cray Urika-XA System for Big Data Analytics

October 16, 2014 9:53 am | Cray Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The Cray Urika-XA System is an open platform for high-performance big data analytics, pre-integrated with the Apache Hadoop and Apache Spark frameworks. It is designed to provide users with the benefits of a turnkey analytics appliance combined with a flexible, open platform that can be modified for future analytics workloads.

Winning NVIDIA’s 2014 Early Stage Challenge helped GPU-powered startup Map-D bring interactivity to big data in vivid ways.

Hot Young Startups Vie for $100,000 GPU Challenge Prize

October 15, 2014 9:24 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | News | Comments

NVIDIA is looking for a dozen would-be competitors for next year’s Early Stage Challenge, which takes place as part of its Emerging Companies Summit (ECS). In this seventh annual contest, hot young startups using GPUs vie for a single $100,000 grand prize.

IBM is focusing its storage business on a new model for enterprise data storage that is optimized for interoperability across hardware and software solutions.

Software Defined Storage a Tipping Point in Taming Big Data Deluge

October 14, 2014 4:57 pm | by IBM | News | Comments

In a keynote speech at IBM Enterprise, Jamie Thomas, General Manager, Storage and Software Defined Systems at IBM, unveiled a bold strategy for the company’s storage business. Building upon the Software Defined Storage portfolio announced last May, IBM is focusing its storage business on a new model for enterprise data storage that is optimized for interoperability across hardware and software solutions.

Artist impression of an electron wave function (blue), confined in a crystal of silicon-28 atoms (black), controlled by a nanofabricated metal gate (silver). Courtesy of Dr. Stephanie Simmons/UNSW

New Records: Qubits Process Quantum Data with More than 99% Accuracy

October 14, 2014 4:04 pm | by UNSW Australia | News | Comments

Two research teams have found distinct solutions to a critical challenge that has held back the realization of super powerful quantum computers. The teams, working in the same laboratories at UNSW Australia, created two types of quantum bits, or "qubits" — the building blocks for quantum computers — that each process quantum data with an accuracy above 99 percent.

On Tuesday, October 7, in New York City, IBM Watson Group Senior Vice President Mike Rhodin and travel entrepreneur Terry Jones attended the opening of IBM Watson's global headquarters in New York City's Silicon Alley. Terry Jones is launching a new compa

IBM Watson Fuels Next Generation of Cognitive Computing

October 13, 2014 11:32 am | by IBM | News | Comments

Next-gen leaders push themselves every day to answer this key question: How can my organization make a difference? IBM is helping to deliver the answer with new apps powered by Watson to improve the quality of life. IBM's Watson is a groundbreaking platform with the ability to interact in natural language, process vast amounts of disparate forms of big data and learn from each interaction.

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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. 

The system is being used to cool Magnus, one of the center's supercomputers, which is able to deliver processing power in excess of a petaflop. Courtesy of iVEC

Pawsey Magnus Supercomputer Utilizing Water-saving Groundwater System

October 10, 2014 12:27 pm | by Teresa Belcher, ScienceNetwork WA | News | Comments

More than 2.8 megaliters of water has been saved in just under a year using groundwater to cool the Pawsey Centre supercomputer in Perth.To make that happen, scientists have undertaken stringent tests to ensure that returning heated water to the Mullalloo aquifer has no adverse effects.

The Columbia Supercomputer at NASA's Advanced Supercomputing Facility at Ames Research Center. Courtesy of Trower, NASA

SC14 Plenary, led by SGI and NASA, to Focus on Importance of Supercomputers in Society

October 9, 2014 12:18 pm | by SC14 | News | Comments

Supercomputing 2014 (SC14) is announcing a new “HPC Matters” plenary that will examine the important roles that high performance computing (HPC) plays in every aspect of society from simplifying manufacturing to tsunami warning systems and hurricane predictions to improving care for cancer patients.

A comparison of two weather forecast models for the New Jersey area. At left shows the forecast that doesn't distinguish local hazardous weather. At right shows the High Resolution Rapid Refresh (HRRR) model that clearly depicts where local thunderstorms,

Weather Service Storm Forecasts Get More Localized

October 8, 2014 11:53 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The next time some nasty storms are heading your way, the National Weather Service says it will have a better forecast of just how close they could come to you. The weather service started using a new high-resolution computer model that officials say will dramatically improve forecasts for storms up to 15 hours in advance. It should better pinpoint where and when tornadoes, thunderstorms and blizzards are expected.

On Tuesday, October 7, IBM Watson Group Vice President, Client Experience Centers, Ed Harbour opens the IBM Watson global headquarters in New York City's Silicon Alley. (Courtesy Jon Simon/Feature Photo Service for IBM)

IBM Watson Global Headquarters Opens for Business in Silicon Alley

October 8, 2014 10:33 am | by IBM | News | Comments

IBM Watson Group's global headquarters, at 51 Astor Place in New York City's Silicon Alley, is open for business. The Watson headquarters will serve as a home base for more than 600 IBM Watson employees, just part of the more than 2,000 IBMers dedicated to Watson worldwide. In addition to a sizeable employee presence, IBM is opening its doors to area developers and entrepreneurs, hosting industry workshops, seminars and networking.

Tom Conte is President-elect, IEEE Computer Society; Professor of Computer Science and Electrical & Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology; and Elie Track is President, IEEE Council on Superconductivity; CEO, nVizix.

Technology Time Machine Looks Far Ahead at Future of Processing

October 7, 2014 3:25 pm | by Tom Conte and Elie Track, IEEE | Blogs | Comments

The IEEE Technology Time Machine (TTM) is going further into the future. Now in its third year, the annual two-day IEEE meeting is mixing things up a little in terms of format and topics. Rather than just looking at how some technologies might evolve in the next decade, experts and visionaries are going to look out to 2035 and beyond.

IBM has announced new capabilities for its System z mainframe.

IBM Delivers New Analytics Offerings for the Mainframe to Provide Real-Time Customer Insights

October 7, 2014 2:09 pm | by IBM | News | Comments

Building on client demand to integrate real-time analytics with consumer transactions, IBM has announced new capabilities for its System z mainframe. The integration of analytics with transactional data can provide businesses with real-time, actionable insights on commercial transactions as they occur to take advantage of new opportunities to increase sales and help minimize loss through fraud prevention.

The Hewlett-Packard logo is seen outside the company's headquarters in Palo Alto, CA. Hewlett-Packard Co. is splitting itself into two companies, one focused on its personal computer and printing business and another on technology services, such as data s

Hewlett-Packard Splits off PC, Printer Businesses

October 6, 2014 2:47 pm | by AP | News | Comments

Hewlett-Packard is splitting itself into two companies, one focused on its personal computer and printing business and another on technology services, such as data storage, servers and software, as it aims to drive profits higher. Hewlett-Packard, like other PC makers, has been facing changing consumer tastes — moving away from desktops and laptops and toward smartphones and tablets.

Technology industry leaders Intel and Switch SUPERNAP have partnered to bring Cherry Creek, one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers that’s liquid cooled by CoolIT Systems to the University Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV).

Cherry Creek Supercomputer Liquid Cooled

October 3, 2014 1:15 pm | by CoolIT Systems | Intel Corporation | News | Comments

Intel and Switch SUPERNAP have partnered to bring Cherry Creek, one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers that’s liquid cooled by CoolIT Systems to the University Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV).                

The Cray XC40 supercomputer and CS 400 cluster supercomputer feature the new Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 product family, formerly code named “Haswell." The supercomputer is available with the new DataWarp technology, which is an applications I/O accel

Cray XC40 Supercomputer

October 1, 2014 2:37 pm | Cray Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The Cray XC40 supercomputer and CS 400 cluster supercomputer feature the new Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 product family, formerly code named “Haswell." The supercomputer is available with the new DataWarp technology, which is an applications I/O accelerator that addresses the growing performance gap between compute resource and disk-based storage.

The ISC High Performance conference, formerly known as the International Supercomputing Conference, is now open to various submission opportunities. Whether your interest lies in workshops, tutorials, birds-of-a-feather (BoF) sessions, research papers, re

ISC 2015 Open for Submissions and More

September 30, 2014 2:52 pm | by ISC High Performance | News | Comments

The ISC High Performance conference, formerly known as the International Supercomputing Conference, is now open to various submission opportunities. Whether your interest lies in workshops, tutorials, birds-of-a-feather (BoF) sessions, research papers, research posters or in the student volunteer program, ISC is welcoming proposals from all members of the high performance computing (HPC) community.

Cray Inc. has announced that the Department of Defense (DoD) High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP) has awarded Cray a $26 million supercomputer contract for a next-generation Cray XC supercomputer and a Cray Sonexion storage system.

Cray Awarded Supercomputer Contract from the DoD HPC Modernization Program

September 29, 2014 1:01 pm | Cray Inc. | News | Comments

Cray Inc. has announced that the Department of Defense (DoD) High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP) has awarded Cray a $26 million supercomputer contract for a next-generation Cray XC supercomputer and a Cray Sonexion storage system.

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