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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,...

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...

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...

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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.                                   

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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.

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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.

'Approximate Computing' Improves Efficiency, Saves Energy

December 18, 2013 4:03 pm | by Emil Venere, Purdue University | News | Comments

Researchers are developing computers capable of "approximate computing" to perform calculations good enough for certain tasks that don't require perfect accuracy, potentially doubling efficiency and reducing energy consumption.       

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Supercomputers Capture Turbulence in the Solar Wind, could Help Forecast Destructive Space Weather

December 17, 2013 9:20 am | by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

During particularly intense solar storms the magnetosphere can “crack,” allowing charged particles to seep in and wreak havoc on the Earth’s technological infrastructure — an event called space weather.  Scientists currently do not have the ability to accurately predict the severity of a space weather event or where it will have the most impact. But researchers are hoping to change that.

University of Tsukuba Puts Cray CS300 Cluster into Production in Japan

December 12, 2013 2:21 pm | by Cray | News | Comments

Global supercomputer leader Cray announced the Center for Computational Sciences (CCS) at the University of Tsukuba in Japan has put a Cray CS300 cluster supercomputer into production. The new Cray CS300 system has been combined with the University’s current Cray cluster supercomputer, and is providing researchers and scientists with a 1.1 petaflop system for computational science.

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.

Pioneering Path to Electrical Conductivity in 'Tinker Toy' Materials

December 9, 2013 11:14 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Sandia National Laboratories researchers have devised a novel way to realize electrical conductivity in metal-organic framework (MOF) materials, a development that could have profound implications for the future of electronics, sensors, energy conversion and energy storage.

DOE to Showcase Computational Science Expertise at SC13 Conference

December 5, 2013 4:34 pm | by DOE | Articles | Comments

After unexpectedly missing the opportunity to exhibit their expertise at SC12, the Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories will return to the conference exhibition at the SC13 international conference for high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis, to be held November 17 to 22 at the Colorado Convention Center (CCC) in Denver.

Cray Adds Tesla K40 GPU Accelerators to its Complete Supercomputing Systems Line

November 25, 2013 1:54 pm | by Cray | News | Comments

Global supercomputer company Cray announced the Cray CS300 line of cluster supercomputers and the Cray XC30 supercomputers are now available with the NVIDIA Tesla K40 GPU accelerators. Designed to solve the most demanding supercomputing challenges, the NVIDIA Tesla K40 provides 40 percent higher peak performance than its predecessor, the Tesla K20X GPU.

3M, Allied Control Debut First-of-its-Kind Data Center

November 21, 2013 4:32 pm | News | Comments

3M and Hong-Kong-based Allied Control released details behind significant new advancements in reducing energy use in data centers, while enabling much tighter component packaging for greater computing power in less space.         

3M, Allied Control Debut First-of-its-Kind Data Center

November 21, 2013 4:32 pm | News | Comments

3M and Hong-Kong-based Allied Control released details behind significant new advancements in reducing energy use in data centers, while enabling much tighter component packaging for greater computing power in less space.         

Wireless Device Converts 'Lost' Energy into Electric Power

November 7, 2013 9:55 pm | by Duke University | News | Comments

Using inexpensive materials configured and tuned to capture microwave signals, researchers at Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering have designed a power-harvesting device with efficiency similar to that of modern solar panels. The device wirelessly converts the microwave signal to direct current voltage capable of recharging a cell phone battery or other small electronic device

Scientists See Better Climate Models, Warmer Future

November 4, 2013 10:47 am | by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

Over the next century, most of the continents are on track to become considerably warmer, with more hot extremes and fewer cold extremes. Precipitation will increase in some parts of the world but will decrease in other parts. These are some of the conclusions reached by Berkeley Lab scientist Michael Wehner and his co-authors on the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Jellyfish Energy Consumption Will Improve Bio-inspired Robotic Designs

October 17, 2013 5:53 pm | by Virginia Tech | News | Comments

Virginia Tech College of Engineering researchers are part of a national study that has cracked how jellyfish move with the lowest cost of transport of any animal. The findings will be used as researchers continue to design bio-inspired jellyfish for the U.S. Navy.

HP Announces Supply Chain Emissions Reduction Goal

September 23, 2013 6:37 pm | by Hewlett Packard | News | Comments

As part of an ongoing effort to improve its product manufacturing and supply chain operations, HP announced a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goal for its first-tier manufacturing and product-transportation supply chain partners.

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