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Advancing HPC with Collaboration & Co-design

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In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Tom Wilkie reports on two US initiatives for future supercomputers, announced at the ISC in Frankfurt in July.

Compute Canada to Renew National Research Computing Infrastructure

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Today Compute Canada announced funding to renew and consolidate the Canadian national platform for advanced research computing. Compute Canada and its regional partners ACENET, Calcul Quebec, Compute Ontario, and WestGrid will receive close to $75 million through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s Cyberinfrastructure Initiative competition launched in 2014.

BSC and CEA to Collaborate on HPC Innovation

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Today the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) and French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) announced plans to collaborate on HPC research and technology innovation. Both organizations have signed an agreement to help promoting “a globally competitive HPC value chain and flagship industry”, echoing the European Union strategy in the domain.

Should Users Reset Performance Expectations for Exascale?

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“Exascale computers are going to deliver only one or two per cent of their theoretical peak performance when they run real applications; and both the people paying for, and the people using, such machines need to have realistic expectations about just how low a percentage of the peak performance they will obtain.”

Obama Establishes National Strategic Computing Initiative

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Today President Obama issued an Executive Order establishing the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI) to ensure the United States continues leading high performance computing over the coming decades.

TACC Puts Chameleon Cloud Testbed into Production

Kate Keahey, Chameleon primary investigator, computer scientist at Argonne National Laboratory, and CI Senior Fellow

Today the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) announced that its new Chameleon testbed is in full production for researchers across the country. Designed to help investigate and develop the promising future of cloud-based science, the NSF-funded Chameleon is a configurable, large-scale environment for testing and demonstrate new concepts.

Intel and Micron Announce 3D XPoint Non-Volatile Memory

3D Xpoint™ technology is up to 1000x faster than NAND and an individual die can store 128Gb of data.

Today Intel Corporation and Micron Technology unveiled 3D XPoint technology, a non-volatile memory that has the potential to revolutionize any device, application or service that benefits from fast access to large sets of data. Now in production, 3D XPoint technology is a major breakthrough in memory process technology and the first new memory category since the introduction of NAND flash in 1989.

Savage IO Rolls Out High Performance Open Storage

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Today Savage IO announced the SavageStor open storage platform. According to the company, SavageStor is the highest-performing, most-densely populated Open Storage Platform server available today.

Ada Lovelace Competition to Inspire Female Programmers

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Marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of Ada Lovelace, the woman widely regarded as the first computer programmer, a competition aims to inspire female students by asking what they would most like to communicate to Lovelace about 21st century technology.

Last Call for SC15 Tech Program Submissions

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The submissions deadline for portions of the SC15 Technical Program has been extended to Friday, Aug. 7. The SC15 conference will take place Nov. 15-20 in Austin, Texas.