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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.

Cherry Creek Supercomputer Liquid Cooled

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

Intel and Switch SUPERNAP have partnered to bring Cherry Creek, one of the world’s most...

Renewable Energy: The Power of Salt

August 26, 2014 4:27 pm | by Jennifer Chu, MIT | News | Comments

Where the river meets the sea, there is the potential to harness a significant amount of...

Reviewing Frontier Technologies to Determine Fundamental Limits of Computer Scaling

August 15, 2014 12:31 pm | by NSF | News | Comments

Igor Markov reviews limiting factors in the development of computing systems to help determine...

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A brain-inspired chip to transform mobility and Internet of Things through sensory perception. Courtesy of IBM

Chip with Brain-inspired Non-Von Neumann Architecture has 1M Neurons, 256M Synapses

August 11, 2014 12:13 pm | by IBM | News | Comments

Scientists from IBM have unveiled the first neurosynaptic computer chip to achieve an unprecedented scale of one million programmable neurons, 256 million programmable synapses and 46 billion synaptic operations per second per watt. At 5.4 billion transistors, this fully functional and production-scale chip is currently one of the largest CMOS chips ever built, yet, while running at biological real time, it consumes a minuscule 70mW.

Inventor Pushes Solar Panels for Roads, Highways

July 15, 2014 12:06 pm | by Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press | News | Comments

The solar panels that Idaho inventor Scott Brusaw has built aren't meant for rooftops. They are meant for roads, driveways, parking lots, bike trails and, eventually, highways. Brusaw, an electrical engineer, says the hexagon-shaped panels can withstand the wear and tear that comes from inclement weather and vehicles, big and small, to generate electricity.

CoolIT is featuring the full spectrum of DCLC solutions which can be configured to meet a range of performance, density and efficiency requirements.

CoolIT Systems Announces Bronze Sponsorship and Key Presence at ISC14

June 26, 2014 10:14 am | News | Comments

CoolIT Systems is a Bronze Sponsor at International Supercomputing Conference 2014 in Leipzig, Germany. This level of commitment to the event will allow CoolIT ample opportunity to showcase their liquid cooling expertise, experience and unique data center solutions for HPC, cloud and enterprise markets.

Peter ffoulkes is Research Director, Server Infrastructure and Software, Cloud Computing at 451 Research

A Supercomputer with Warm Water. How Cool is That?

June 18, 2014 12:24 pm | by Peter ffoulkes, 451 Research | Blogs | Comments

An energy efficient supercomputer with warm water.  How cool is that? Enlightenment has long been the ultimate pursuit of artists, philosophers, scientists, theologians and other sentient minds. Whether it is delivering the proof to support their theses, or to investigate a perplexing problem before them, they have poured a vast amount of energy into the situation. Energy has now become the problem.

A new structure developed by UCLA researchers for more energy-efficient computer chips. The arrows indicate the effective magnetic field due to the structure's asymmetry. Courtesy of UCLA Engineering

Innovative Nanoscale Structure Could Yield Higher-performance Computer Memory

June 12, 2014 3:22 pm | by Matthew Chin, UCLA | News | Comments

Researchers at UCLA have created a nanoscale magnetic component for computer memory chips that could significantly improve their energy efficiency and scalability. The design brings a new and highly sought-after type of magnetic memory one step closer to being used in computers, mobile electronics such as smart phones and tablets, as well as large computing systems for big data.

Professor Jayan Thomas is a professor and scientist at the University of Central Florida Nanoscience Technology Center. Courtesy of UCF

New NanoTech May Provide Power Storage in your Clothes

June 2, 2014 11:42 am | by University of Central Florida | News | Comments

Imagine being able to carry all the juice you needed to power your MP3 player, smartphone and electric car in the fabric of your jacket? Sounds like science fiction, but it may become a reality thanks to breakthrough technology developed at a University of Central Florida research lab.

Natalie Bates chairs the Energy Efficient High Performance Computing Working Group (EE HPC WG).

Meeting the Power Challenge: Natalie Bates on Creating more Energy-efficient HPC

May 8, 2014 4:39 pm | by ISC | Articles | Comments

Natalie Bates chairs the Energy Efficient High Performance Computing Working Group (EE HPC WG). The purpose of the EE HPC WG is to drive implementation of energy conservation measures and energy efficient design in HPC. At ISC’14, Bates will chair the session titled Breaking Paradigms to Meet the Power Challenges...

Costas Bekas

April 16, 2014 3:23 pm | Biographies

Costas Bekas is managing the Foundations of Cognitive Computing group at IBM Research-Zurich. He received his B. Eng., Msc and PhD, all from the Computer Engineering & Informatics Department, University of Patras, Greece, in 1998, 2001 and 2003 respectively. Between 2003-2005, he worked as a postdoctoral associate with prof. Yousef Saad at the Computer Science & Engineering Department, University of Minnesota

Matthias Müller,  Professor of High Performance Computing, RWTH Aachen University

Matthias S. Müller

April 16, 2014 10:07 am | Biographies

Matthias S. Müller has been University Professor of High Performance Computing at the RWTH Aachen Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Natural Sciences since January 2013. His research focuses are the automatic error analysis of parallel programs, parallel programming models, performance analysis, and energy efficiency.

HPC Power and Cooling Heat Up

April 4, 2014 11:02 am | by John Kirkley | Articles | Comments

In Stephen Leacock’s nonsense story, “Gertrude theGoverness,” the hero, in extremis, “… flung himself upon his horse and rode madly off in all directions.” A fitting description for the state of power and cooling in today’s high performance computing industry. Researchers and engineers at companies, government agencies and educational institutions worldwide are exploring a wide variety of solutions to problems posed by petascale systems ...

Is Your Computer Thirsty?

April 4, 2014 10:48 am | by Rob Farber | Articles | Comments

Ahhh! There is nothing like a tall, cool drink of water when thirsty. Not surprisingly, computers also prefer liquid refreshment as opposed to air cooling when hot. The choice for the technologist resides in when to make the move to liquid cooling and in what type of liquid cooling system is most appropriate.

Power and Cooling: The Sword of Damocles?

April 4, 2014 10:38 am | by Steve Conway | Articles | Comments

Fifteen years ago, power and cooling didn’t make the top 10 list of issues HPC data centers were facing. That changed quickly with the rise to dominance of clusters and other highly parallel computer architectures, starting in the period 2000 to 2001 and escalating from there. In IDC’s worldwide surveys since 2006, power and cooling have consistently ranked as the number two concern for HPC data centers

Is TSUBAME-KFC a Game-changer?

April 4, 2014 10:23 am | by Kirk W. Cameron, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

Here’s the pitch: “We would like millions of dollars to build a supercomputer capable of calculating 150 trillion floating point operations per second (TFLOPS). Hundreds of scientists will use the system to investigate the causes of global warming, drugs that may cure cancer, and the origins of the universe. The machine will be built from the most advanced equipment available from NEC, Intel, NVIDIA, Mellanox, and other manufacturers...


Cutting-edge Cooling Technologies

April 1, 2014 4:34 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Blogs | Comments

In the current issue of HPC Source, we explore some of the latest advances in “Power & Cooling” and share expert viewpoints on topics ranging from strategies for coping with escalating power and cooling requirements, to a look at the Tokyo Institute of Technology’s prototype TSUBAME-KFC system, to an examination of today’s liquid-cooling hardware. We also delve into some of the big unknowns in the future of power and cooling.

HPC Source - Power & Cooling

April 1, 2014 9:30 am | by HPC Source | Digital Editions | Comments

Welcome to SCIENTIFIC COMPUTING's Power & Cooling edition of HPC Source, an interactive publication devoted exclusively to coverage of high performance computing.

CoolIT Partners with Penguin on Liquid-Cooled Relion 2808GT

March 31, 2014 4:45 pm | by CoolIT Systems | Penguin Computing | News | Comments

CoolIT Systems partners with Penguin Computing to deliver the Relion 2808GT Rack Direct Contact Liquid Cooling (DCLC) solution.                                   

Aurora G-Station and Aurora Cube

March 27, 2014 4:52 pm | Eurotech | Product Releases | Comments

Aurora G-Station and the Aurora Cube is the CPU-only version are full HPC systems that combine computation, management, storage functionality as well as liquid cooling infrastructure that guarantees compactness and absence of noise.

Utilizing Sorption Energy Storage and Conversion for Cooling and Heating

March 17, 2014 6:31 am | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

New materials and technologies are making it possible to utilize thermal energy more efficiently. Visit Hall 13 at the Hannover Messe (April 7-11) to find out how researchers from the Fraunhofer Energy Alliance are applying this to heat and cool spaces and industrial processes.

All-optical Thermally Induced Magnetic Switching Paves Way for Improved Power Efficiency

February 28, 2014 7:39 am | by University of York | News | Comments

An international team of scientists led by physicists from the University of York has paved the way for a new class of magnetic materials and devices with improved performance and power efficiency. Magnetic materials are currently used to store almost all digital information. However, with information processing and storage now making up a significant fraction of the world's energy consumption

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.

Scientists Set New Speed Record for Big Data

February 18, 2014 11:31 am | by IBM | News | Comments

IBM announced that it has achieved a new technological advancement that will helpimprove Internet speeds to 200-400 Gigabits per second (Gb/s) at extremely low power. The speed boost is based on a device that can be used to improve transferring Big Data between clouds and data centers four times faster than current technology. At this speed, 160 Gigabytes could be downloaded in only a few seconds.

Huge US Thermal Plant Opens as Industry Grows

February 14, 2014 2:31 pm | by Brian Skoloff and Michael R. Blood, Associated Press | News | Comments

A windy stretch of the Mojave Desert once roamed by tortoises and coyotes has been transformed by hundreds of thousands of mirrors into the largest solar power plant of its type in the world, a milestone for a growing industry that is testing the balance between wilderness conservation and the pursuit of green energy across the American West.

TERATEC 2014 Forum: The International Meeting for Simulation and High Performance Computing

February 11, 2014 8:40 am | by TERATEC Forum | Events

A major event in France and Europe, TERATEC Forum brings together the top international experts in high performance numerical design and simulation, confirming the strategic importance of these technologies for developing industrial competitiveness and innovation capacity. For its 9th edition, the Forum Teratec will be, for over 1000 professionals, the right place to be, with its hot topics, plenary sessions, technical workshops and exhibition of hardware, software and service providers.

NERSC Flips Switch on New Flagship Supercomputer, Edison

January 31, 2014 2:21 pm | by Margie Wylie, Berkeley Lab | News | Comments

The National Energy Research Scientific Computing (NERSC) Center recently accepted “Edison,” a new flagship supercomputer designed for scientific productivity. Named in honor of American inventor Thomas Alva Edison, the Cray XC30 will be dedicated in a ceremony held at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) on February 5, 2014, and scientists are already reporting results.

Superconducting Spintronics Pave Way for Next-Generation Computing

January 21, 2014 11:36 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

A breakthrough for the field of Spintronics, a new type of technology which it is widely believed could be the basis of a future revolution in computing, has been announced by scientists in Cambridge. The research provides the first evidence that superconductors could be used as an energy-efficient source for so-called “spin-based” devices, which are already starting to appear in microelectronic circuits.

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