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Video: Supercomputing Exoplanets

Erika Nesvold, UMBC

Astronomers Erika Nesvold (UMBC) and Marc Kuchner (NASA Goddard) essentially created a virtual Beta Pictoris in the computer and watched it evolve over millions of years. It is the first full 3-D model of a debris disk where scientists can watch the development of asymmetric features formed by planets, like warps and eccentric rings, and also track collisions among the particles at the same time.

Time to Unite Exascale and Big Data

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In this video, Dan Reed from the University of Iowa describes the era of Exascale Computing and Big Data. In a recent paper co-authored with Jack Dongarra, Reed makes an impassioned plea for hardware and software integration and cultural convergence.

Materials Discovery by Computation – a Revolution Still in the Making

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“We will describe recent progress and successes obtained in predicting properties of matter by quantum simulations, and discuss algorithmic challenges in connection with the use of evolving high-performance computing architectures. We will also discuss open issues related to the validation of the approximate, first principles theories used in large-scale quantum simulations.”

Video: Petascale Supercomputing for Space-Based Earth Science

Reed Patrick

“We have made substantial progress towards three transformative contributions: (1) we are the first team to formally link high-resolution astrodynamics design and coordination of space assets with their Earth science impacts within a Petascale “many-objective” global optimization framework, (2) we have successfully completed the largest Monte Carlo simulation experiment for evaluating the required satellite frequencies and coverage to maintain acceptable global forecasts of terrestrial hydrology (especially in poorer countries), and (3) we have evaluated the limitations and vulnerabilities of the full suite of current satellite precipitation missions including the recently approved Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission. This work illustrates the tradeoffs and consequences of a collapse in the current portfolio of rainfall missions.

Video: Satoshi Matsuoka on HPC Trends from PASC15

Dr. Satoshi Matsuoka, University of Tokyo

In this video from PASC15, Torsten Hoefler from ETH Zurich discusses HPC trends with Satoshi Matsuoka from the Tokyo Institute of Technology. Along the way, Matsuoka describes lessons learned during this multi-disciplinary conference about application requirements on the road to exascale.

Ancillary Events Line up for ISC 2015 in Frankfurt

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With ISC 2015 coming up in July, a number of ancillary events have been scheduled in Frankfurt to take advantage of this annual gathering of over 2500 supercomputing professionals. On deck are special events from DDN, HP, IDC, Intel, and Mellanox.

GE and Cascade Optimize Gas Turbine Simulation

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Today GE announced a multi-year joint development agreement with Cascade Technologies to improve combustion simulation software. With new visualaztion capabilities, engineers can virtually look inside a gas turbine as it operates and gain a better understanding of the turbulent fluid, chemical and acoustic processes occurring within advanced, low-emissions gas-turbine combustion systems.

Interview: PBS Pro 13 is Biggest Release Ever for Altair

Bill Nitzburg, Altair

“The industry needs to accomplish a lot in the coming years to deliver a working, useful exascale machine. PBS Pro is only one piece of the puzzle… but it’s an important piece. Job scheduling and workload management are core capabilities – a “must have” for every HPC system – ensuring HPC goals are met by enforcing site-specific use policies, enabling users to focus on science and engineering rather than IT, and optimizing utilization (of hardware, licenses, and power) to minimize waste.”

IBTA Launches the RoCE Initiative

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Today the InfiniBand Trade Association (IBTA) announced the launch of the RoCE Initiative to further the advancement of RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) technology and promote RoCE awareness.

Dell Ups its HPC Game with New PowerEdge C-Series

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Today Dell announced the PowerEdge C6320 server for HPC and Big Data. With twice the performance of its predecessor on the LINPACK benchmark, the PowerEdge C6320 delivers extreme performance with four compute nodes in a compact, 2U chassis.