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Two research papers were selected by the respective award committees from the 37 submissions accepted for presentation at the 2015 ISC High Performance Research Paper Session.

ISC Announces 2015 PRACE, GAUSS and Poster Winners

June 16, 2015 11:28 am | by ISC | News | Comments

ISC has announced that the 2015 PRACE ISC Award and Gauss Award will be given to two deserving European researchers reporting on their work focused on the development of energy-efficient supercomputers. These two research papers were selected by the respective award committees from the 37 submissions accepted for presentation at the 2015 ISC High Performance Research Paper Session. This year’s winning research poster...

Exotic Material’s 3-D Property could help Beat Heat in Computer Chips

June 11, 2015 9:29 am | by SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory | News | Comments

The heat that builds up in the shuttling of current in electronics is an important obstacle to...

Soft Electronics: Trees are Source for Foam-like High-capacity Batteries

June 2, 2015 2:44 pm | by KTH The Royal Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A method for making elastic high-capacity batteries from wood pulp was unveiled by researchers...

Journey to Space in a Vacuum Chamber

May 20, 2015 9:07 am | by NASA | News | Comments

When you need to test hardware designed to operate in the vast reaches of space, you start in a...

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Optibit took home both grand prizes from the 2015 MIT Clean Energy Prize. Shown here are (from left) Optibit team members Mark Wade and Alex Wright; Penni McLean Conner of Eversource; and Optibit team member Chen Sun. Courtesy of Michael Fein

Optical-chips Team Develops Way to Integrate Fiber Optics into Computer Chips

May 14, 2015 2:09 pm | by Rob Matheson, MIT | News | Comments

A team that aims to drastically boost the efficiency of computing with silicon chips took home both grand prizes at MIT’s CEP competition. They developed a way to integrate fiber optics — glass or plastic components that can transmit data using light waves — into computer chips, replacing copper wires that rely on electricity. Using light can drop energy usage about 95 percent in chip-to-chip communications and increase bandwidth tenfold.

Argonne’s decision to utilize Intel’s HPC scalable system framework stems from the fact it is designed to deliver a well-balanced and adaptable system capable of supporting both compute-intensive and data-intensive workloads

Intel to Deliver Nation’s Most Powerful Supercomputer at Argonne

April 9, 2015 2:07 pm | by Intel | News | Comments

Intel has announced that the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) has awarded Intel Federal LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Intel Corporation, a contract to deliver two next-generation supercomputers to Argonne National Laboratory.

Scanning electron microscope image of the one-micrometer thick nanocoatings on a silicon substrate

Phase-change Heat Transfer: Viruses Help Water Blow off Steam 3X Faster

April 7, 2015 12:14 pm | by Drexel University | News | Comments

Legions of viruses that infect the leaves of tobacco plants could be the key to making power plants safer, heating and cooling buildings more efficient and “really kick-ass computers,” or to the liquid cooling of high-powered electronic devices, like radar systems. These tiny protein bundles, which were once a threat to a staple cash crop, are now helping researchers better understand the processes of boiling and condensation. 

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EcoDataCenter is building the world’s first climate-positive data center, projected to attain the highest level of availability and also to have an exceptionally high performance level, with a guaranteed uptime of 100 percent.

Building the World's First Climate-positive Data Center

April 1, 2015 3:35 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Blogs | Comments

Around the world, data centers pump out hundreds of millions of tons of CO2 every year. As companies like Microsoft, Apple and Facebook are seeking to become greener and, at the same time, to lower their power costs, they moving away from fossil fuels like coal to generate electricity. Taking things another step further, in North Sweden’s town of Falun, a game-changing data center is being built in tandem with a local energy system.

The current Pangea supercomputer is a 2.3 petaflop system based on the Intel Xeon E5-2670 v3 processor that consists of 110,592 cores and contains 442 terabytes of memory built on SGI ICE X, one of the world's fastest commercial distributed memory superco

Total Partners with SGI to Upgrade its Pangea Supercomputer

April 1, 2015 11:27 am | by SGI | News | Comments

Total has chosen SGI to upgrade its supercomputer Pangea. Total is one of the largest integrated oil and gas companies in the world, with activities in more than 130 countries. Its 100,000 employees put their expertise to work in every part of the industry — the exploration and production of oil and natural gas, refining, chemicals, marketing and new energies. This updated system would place in the top 10 of the latest TOP500 list.

Lights go out at Singapore’s 2014 flagship Earth Hour event

Lights in Over 7,000 Cities will go out for Earth Hour this Saturday

March 25, 2015 5:26 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Blogs | Comments

The World Wildlife Fund’s ninth annual Earth Hour is set to roll across the globe at 8:30 pm local time on Saturday, March 28, 2015. The world’s largest grassroots movement will range across six continents and the world’s 24 time zones in order to unify a global community bound by individual actions on climate. As in past years, many of the world's most famous landmarks and other non-essential lights will go dark for one hour.

The OpenPOWER Foundation which is a collaboration of technologists encouraging the adoption of an open server architecture for computer data centers has grown to more than 110 businesses, organizations and individuals across 22 countries.

10 New OpenPOWER Foundation Solutions Unveiled

March 19, 2015 3:19 pm | by OpenPOWER Foundation | News | Comments

The OpenPOWER Foundation has announced more than 10 hardware solutions — spanning systems, boards and cards, and a new microprocessor customized for China. Built collaboratively by OpenPOWER members, the new solutions exploit the POWER architecture to provide more choice, customization and performance to customers, including hyperscale data centers. 

Penguin Tundra Cluster Platform

Penguin Tundra Cluster Platform

March 13, 2015 9:18 am | Penguin Computing | Product Releases | Comments

The Penguin Tundra cluster platform is based on Open Compute Project rack-level infrastructure, and is designed to deliver the highest density and lowest total-cost-of-ownership for high performance technical computing clusters. The product line includes compute sled, storage sled and an Intel Xeon Phi processor-based motherboard.

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

Optimizing Application Energy Efficiency Using CPUs, GPUs and FPGAs

March 13, 2015 8:43 am | by Rob Farber | Articles | Comments

The HPC and enterprise communities are experiencing a paradigm shift as FLOPs per watt, rather than FLOPs (floating-point operations per second), are becoming the guiding metric in procurements, system design, and now application development. In short, “performance at any cost” is no longer viable, as the operational costs of supercomputer clusters are now on par with the acquisition cost of the hardware itself.

The Intel Xeon Processor D-1500 High Density Server Family is a new class of low-power, high density server solutions optimized for Embedded and hyperscale workloads in data center and cloud environments. The servers are available in a growing line of sin

Intel Xeon Processor D-1500 High Density Server Family

March 10, 2015 10:02 am | Super Micro Computer, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The Intel Xeon Processor D-1500 High Density Server Family is a new class of low-power, high density server solutions optimized for Embedded and hyperscale workloads in data center and cloud environments. The servers are available in a growing line of single processor (UP) motherboards, 1U and Mini-Tower server for Embedded, Network Communication/Security applications and coming high density 6U 56-node MicroBlade microserver for hyperscale environments.

A prototype urinal is the result of a partnership between researchers at UWE Bristol and Oxfam. Courtesy of University of the West of England

Urine Power to Light Disaster Zone Camps

March 9, 2015 4:59 pm | by UWE Bristol | News | Comments

A toilet, conveniently situated near the Student Union Bar at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), is proving pee can generate electricity. It is hoped the pee-power technology will light cubicles in refugee camps, which are often dark and dangerous places, particularly for women.

The OpenPOWER Foundation has announced a solid lineup of speakers headlining its inaugural OpenPOWER Summit at NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference at the San Jose Convention Center, March 17-19, 2015. Drawing from the open development organization’s more t

OpenPOWER Announces “Rethink the Data Center” Speaker Lineup

February 20, 2015 11:26 am | by OpenPOWER Foundation | News | Comments

The OpenPOWER Foundation has announced a solid lineup of speakers headlining its inaugural OpenPOWER Summit at NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference at the San Jose Convention Center, March 17-19, 2015. Drawing from the open development organization’s more than 100 members worldwide, the Summit’s organizers have lined up over 35 member presentations tied to the event’s “Rethink the Data Center” theme.

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

Using Profile Information for Optimization, Energy Savings and Procurements

February 9, 2015 12:11 pm | by Rob Farber | Articles | Comments

Optimization for high-performance and energy efficiency is a necessary next step after verifying that an application works correctly. In the HPC world, profiling means collecting data from hundreds to potentially many thousands of compute nodes over the length of a run. In other words, profiling is a big-data task, but one where the rewards can be significant — including potentially saving megawatts of power or reducing the time to solution

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The intelligent keyboard records each letter touched, but also captures information about the amount of force applied to the key and the length of time between one keystroke and the next. Such typing style is unique to individuals, and so could provide a

Self-powered Intelligent Keyboard could Provide New Layer of Biometric Security

January 27, 2015 10:12 am | by John Toon, Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

By analyzing such parameters as the force applied by key presses and the time interval between them, a new self-powered non-mechanical intelligent keyboard could provide a stronger layer of security for computer users. The self-powered device generates electricity when a user’s fingertips contact the multi-layer plastic materials that make up the device.

The first OpenPOWER Summit will bring together an ecosystem of hardware and software developers, customers, academics, government agencies, industry luminaries, press and analysts to build OpenPOWER momentum.

First OpenPOWER Summit Announced

December 24, 2014 11:33 am | by OpenPOWER Foundation | News | Comments

The OpenPOWER Foundation, an open development community dedicated to accelerating data center innovation for POWER platforms, has announced its first OpenPOWER Summit will be held March 17 to 19, 2015, at the San Jose Convention Center. It will be hosted within the GPU Technology Conference, which has thousands of technology sector attendees, including developers, researchers, government agencies and industry luminaries.

The First Annual OpenPOWER Summit will be hosted within the GPU Technology Conference (GTC) which has thousands of technology sector attendees and significant industry press and analyst presence including developers, researchers, government agencies, and

First Annual OpenPOWER Summit

December 23, 2014 8:47 am | by OpenPOWER Foundation | Events

The First Annual OpenPOWER Summit will take place at the San Jose Convention Center. It will be hosted within the GPU Technology Conference (GTC) which has thousands of technology sector attendees and significant industry press and analyst presence including developers, researchers, government agencies, and industry luminaries.

City lights shine brighter during the holidays in the U.S. when compared with the rest of the year, as shown using a new analysis of daily data from the NASA-NOAA Suomi NPP satellite. Dark green pixels are areas where lights are 50 percent brighter, or mo

It’s Official: Our Holiday Lights are So Bright, We can see them from Space

December 22, 2014 2:51 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

With a new look at daily data from the NOAA/NASA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite, a NASA scientist and colleagues have identified how patterns in nighttime light intensity change during major holiday seasons — Christmas and New Year's in the United States and the holy month of Ramadan in the Middle East.

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), has embarked on a multi-year research effort to develop a superconducting computer. If successful, technology developed under

IARPA to Develop a Superconducting SuperComputer

December 5, 2014 4:24 pm | by IARPA | News | Comments

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), has embarked on a multi-year research effort to develop a superconducting computer. If successful, technology developed under the Cryogenic Computer Complexity (C3) program will pave the way to a new generation of superconducting supercomputers that are far more energy efficient.

The Saudi Arabian computer SANAM, also developed in Frankfurt and Darmstadt, reached second place on the "Green500" list in 2012. Courtesy of GSI

Green500: German Supercomputer a World Champion in Saving Energy

November 26, 2014 10:51 am | by Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main | News | Comments

The new L-CSC supercomputer at the GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research is ranked as the world's most energy-efficient supercomputer. The new system reached first place on the "Green500" list published on November 20, 2014, comparing the energy efficiency of the fastest supercomputers around the world. With a computing power of 5.27 gigaflops per watt, the L-CSC has also set a new world record for energy efficiency.

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.

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.

The joint Collaboration of Oak Ridge, Argonne, and Lawrence Livermore (CORAL) was established in early 2014 to leverage supercomputing investments, streamline procurement processes and reduce costs to develop supercomputers that will be five to seven time

Department of Energy Awards $425 Million in Next-gen Supercomputing Technologies

November 14, 2014 3:35 pm | by U.S. Department of Energy | News | Comments

U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz announced two new high performance computing (HPC) awards to put the nation on a fast-track to next generation exascale computing, which will help to advance U.S. leadership in scientific research and promote America’s economic and national security.

The High Performance Computing — Power Application Program Interface is intended to standardize and control power and energy features of high-performance computing systems.

Interface Helps Standardize Supercomputer Power and Energy Systems

November 12, 2014 3:38 pm | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

To help moderate the energy needs of increasingly power-hungry supercomputers, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have released an application programming interface (API) with the goal of standardizing measurement and control of power- and energy-relevant features for HPC systems. The High Performance Computing — Power API specification, still open to collaborators for future development and is vendor-neutral.

By using a technique called ion doping, the team of researchers have discovered a material that could use light to bring together different computing functions into one component, leading to all-optical systems.

Lighting the Way for Super-fast Computers

November 12, 2014 3:28 pm | by University of Surrey | News | Comments

Findings demonstrate how glass can be manipulated to create a material that will enable computers to transfer information using light. This development could significantly increase computer processing speeds and power in the future. The findings show that it’s possible to change the electronic properties of amorphous chalcogenides, a glass material integral to data technologies such as CDs and DVDs.

This simulation depicts two electron bunches — containing 5 billion to 6 billion electrons each — that were accelerated by a laser-generated column of plasma inside an oven of hot lithium gas during experiments at SLAC. Courtesy of SLAC National Accelerat

Milestone in Accelerating Particles with Plasma Powerful Enough to Drive Future Accelerators

November 10, 2014 12:40 pm | by SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory | News | Comments

Scientists from the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and the University of California, Los Angeles have shown that a promising technique for accelerating electrons on waves of plasma is efficient enough to power a new generation of shorter, more economical accelerators. This could greatly expand their use in areas such as medicine, national security, industry and high-energy physics research.

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