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NICS, Intel Announce Partnership

This week Intel Corporation and the National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS) announced a multi-year strategic partnership to develop future HPC solutions based on Intel’s MIC architecture. NICS, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and located at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, manages the Cray XT5 “Kraken,” the NSF’s most productive supercomputer. It has already ported millions of lines of code (full applications, not kernels) from a number of disciplines to the MIC architecture. NICS plans to deploy a cluster using the MIC architecture for use by project teams early next year. The initiative aims to prepare users for future technologies and reduce the bottleneck in training and utilization as these technologies become available.

As a leading center for high-performance computing, NICS is working with Intel to ensure that the Intel MIC architecture and its software environment are developed to meet the needs of the scientific supercomputing community,” explained Glenn Brook, director of the Application Acceleration Center of Excellence and head of the Intel MIC architecture initiative at NICS.

“Intel is pleased to work closely with NICS to help move highly parallel scientific codes from multi-core to many core technology,” said Raj Hazra, general manager of the Technical Computing Group at Intel Corporation. “Our partnership with NICS seeks to help scientists reduce application development time with the benefit of faster time to results and insight.”

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