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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...

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...

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

10/40/56 Gigabit Ethernet Switches for Hyperscale and Cloud Data Centers

10/40/56 Gigabit Ethernet Switches for Hyperscale and Cloud Data Centers

October 15, 2014 3:53 pm | Mellanox Technologies, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

SX1400, SX1700 and SX1710 Ethernet switches are top-of-rack Open Ethernet software-defined networking (SDN) 10/40/56 Gigabit switches. Based on Mellanox’s SwitchX-2 switch ICs, they provide enhanced control plane capabilities and allow for the design of hyperscale data center networks and control-intensive cloud applications.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

A researcher proposes to construct a new quantum computer, able to perform multiple operations in a few seconds, which is based on the diamond structure to process information similarly to regular computers but with their own units of information called q

From Diamonds to Supercomputers

September 29, 2014 3:37 pm | by Investigación y Desarrollo | News | Comments

A researcher proposes to construct a new quantum computer, able to perform multiple operations in a few seconds, which is based on the diamond structure to process information similarly to regular computers but with their own units of information called qubits that allow much faster data processing, equal to one thousand computers working simultaneously.

Certain primordial stars—those between 55,000 and 56,000 times the mass of our Sun, or solar masses—may have died unusually. In death, these objects—among the Universe’s first-generation of stars—would have exploded as supernovae and burned completely, le

Simulations Reveal an Unusual Death for Ancient Stars

September 29, 2014 2:33 pm | by Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences | News | Comments

Certain primordial stars — those between 55,000 and 56,000 times the mass of our Sun, or solar masses — may have died unusually. In death, these objects — among the Universe’s first-generation of stars — would have exploded as supernovae and burned completely, leaving no remnant black hole behind.

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.

Fusion research simulated with supercomputers. Courtesy of KTH PDC

Computationally Intensive Research to get Boost, Break Petaflop Barrier

September 26, 2014 10:21 am | by KTH Royal Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Computationally intensive research in Sweden will soon get a boost from the fastest academic supercomputer in the Nordic countries, to be installed in October 2014 at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. KTH is due to begin using the fastest academic supercomputer of any university in Scandinavia. A Cray XC30 with 1,676 nodes and a memory of 104.7 terabytes will be installed at KTH’s PDC Center for High Performance Computing.

Computer modeling provides policymakers with essential information on such data as global sea surface temperatures related to specific currents. Image courtesy Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Developing the Most Advanced Earth System Computer Model Yet Created

September 25, 2014 4:16 pm | by Los Alamos National Laboratory | News | Comments

With President Obama announcing climate-support initiatives at the 2014 United Nations Climate Summit, the U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories are teaming with academia and the private sector to develop the most advanced climate and Earth system computer model yet created. For Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers, it is a welcome advance for an already vibrant high-performance computing community.

The research center’s first director, Jeff Moulton, will be charged with attracting major research contracts by leveraging the university’s unique strengths in such disciplines as supercomputing, cybersecurity and nanotechnology.

Cyber Research Center Announced at LSU

September 24, 2014 1:52 pm | by Louisiana Economic Development | News | Comments

Governor Jindal and LSU President and Chancellor Alexander announced creation of the LSU Transformational Technology and Cyber Research Center, which will pursue major federal and commercial research projects in applied technology fields, leveraging the university’s unique strengths in such disciplines as supercomputing, cybersecurity and nanotechnology.

In a real-time competition, 11 teams of undergraduate students from around the world will build a small cluster of their own design on the ISC 2015 exhibit floor and race to demonstrate the greatest performance across a series of benchmarks and applicatio

HPC Advisory Council, ISC Call for 2015 Student Cluster Competition Submissions

September 23, 2014 3:10 pm | News | Comments

The HPC Advisory Council, an organization for HPC research, outreach and education, and the ISC High Performance Conference, formerly known as the International Supercomputing Conference, have announced the return of the HPCAC-ISC Student Cluster Competition in next year’s ISC program of events. In a real-time competition, 11 teams of undergraduate students from around the world will build a small cluster of their own design.

Described by The Washington Post as "the single best explainer of abstruse concepts in the world today," Brian Greene is one of the world's leading theoretical physicists and a brilliant, entertaining communicator of cutting-edge scientific concepts.

Physicist and Best-selling author Brian Greene to Keynote SC14

September 22, 2014 2:13 pm | by SC14 | News | Comments

Physicist, string theorist and best-selling author Brian Greene will talk about the intersection of science, computing and society as he delivers the keynote address at SC14 this November. Described by The Washington Post as "the single best explainer of abstruse concepts in the world today," Brian Greene is one of the world's leading theoretical physicists and a brilliant, entertaining communicator of cutting-edge scientific concepts.

This small device developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory uses the truly random spin of light particles as defined by laws of quantum mechanics to generate a random number for use in a cryptographic key that can be used to securely transmit informatio

Secure Computing for the Everyman: Quantum Computing goes to Market

September 17, 2014 1:40 pm | by Los Alamos National Laboratory | News | Comments

The largest information technology agreement ever signed by Los Alamos National Laboratory brings the potential for truly secure data encryption to the marketplace after nearly 20 years of development at the nation's national-security science laboratory.

On September 20, early-bird pricing for the ISC Cloud and ISC Big Data registrations will be replaced with regular registration fees.

Early Bird Rate for ISC Cloud and Big Data Conferences to End Soon

September 16, 2014 3:03 pm | by ISC | News | Comments

On September 20, early-bird pricing for the ISC Cloud and ISC Big Data registrations will be replaced with regular registration fees. With the regular rates, the passes will cost 100 Euro more for each conference, and the combined conference ticket, which allows attendees to participate in both events, will cost 150 Euro more. Thus, ISC is encouraging attendees to register this week in order to benefit from the current savings.

The new Watson system is being trained to analyze patient records and clinical trial criteria in order to determine appropriate matches for patients.

Mayo Clinic Partners with IBM Watson for Clinical Trials

September 15, 2014 3:00 pm | by IBM | News | Comments

Mayo Clinic and IBM have announced plans to pilot Watson, the IBM cognitive computer, to match patients more quickly with appropriate clinical trials. A proof-of-concept phase is currently underway, with the intent to introduce it into clinical use in early 2015. Researchers hope the increased speed also will speed new discoveries.

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