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SDSC Pegs Astrophysicist Norman to Bring in NSF Track 2c

Soon after NSF Track-1 and Track-2 awards were announced to UIUC and the University of Tennessee, SDSC has announced that it has recruited one of its long-time power users, UCSD Astrophysicist Mike Norman, as Acting Deputy Director of Computational Sciences. In an email to employees that insideHPC received permission to republish, SDSC Director Francine Berman […]

DARPA HPCS Phase 3 to shed research funding

As discussed here earlier this year, the DARPA HPCS program has had a lot of positive publicity about its focus on usability and productivity in HPC systems. The question of how to evaluate HPC technologies in terms of productivity has been the subject of quite a bit of research funded under the first two phases […]

Evaluating the Teragrid

A group at the University of Michigan’s School of Information’s Collaboratory for Research on Electronic Work (CREW) has been studying the Teragrid CyberInfrastructure project for about a year. From their project page: In late spring 2006, the NSF awarded a one-year grant to the University of Michigan ’s School of Information (UM-SI) to conduct an […]

HOPL-III conference: Programming Language History

There ought to be a lot of great new ideas to hear about at the upcoming ACM FCRC mega-conference, June 8-16 in San Diego – it includes SIGMETRICS (performance evaluation) and ISCA (computer architecture) – but if you’re also interested in history, there’s a special treat: the third installment of the History of Programming Languages […]

Disruptive Technologies at SC'07

Speaking of Quantum Computing, the call for submissions to the “Disruptive Technologies” showcase at the Supercomputing 07 conference was just announced. Here’s how it’s described: Consisting of panel sessions and competitively selected exhibits, Disruptive Technologies will showcase technologies that are not currently on industry’s technology roadmaps. Technologies like reconfigurable computing, heterogeneous multi-core chips, holographic storage, […]

GPU Computation and GPU TeraSort

There has been a lot of noise lately about the potential of using either GPUs or GPU-like streaming architectures for HPC. There’s lots of excellent coverage at the news site – in particular see the Scientific Computing category. We’ve been discussing the use of NVidia GPUs for general-purpose computation in the largescale seminar here […]

Improving access to archived data sets

John’s comment about “write-once/read-never” data on the Astoria Data Services post reminded me of some work being done at the University of Maryland’s HPSL lab to improve access to scientific data archives: Active Data Repository (ADR), a kind of database system for large multidimensional datasets that lets you efficiently access sub-ranges (spatial and temporal) of […]