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SOLVE Report Explores Value of Government Investment in HPC

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“Solve builds on over a decade of Council leadership to ensure the United States acts strategically to leverage HPC for competitiveness,” said Deborah L. Wince-Smith, President & CEO of the Council on Competitiveness.

NICE Remote Vizualization Comes to the UberCloud Marketplace

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Today the UberCloud announced the pending availability of Cloud-enabled NICE software solutions for the UberCloud Marketplace.

Penguin Updates Artica Open Network Switches

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Today Penguin Computing augmented the company’s line of high performance network switches with the new Arctica 3200xlp.

Fujitsu to Build Post-K Supercomputer for RIKEN in Japan

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Today Riken announced that Fujitsu Ltd. has been selected to develop the basic design for Japan’s next-generation supercomputer.

Record STAC Performance with Haswell EP and Xeon Phi

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The STAC Securities Technology Analysis Center has published new STAC-2 benchmarks showing record performance on the Intel Haswell EP processors coupled with the Intel Xeon Phi.

Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Program to Acquire $26 Million Cray XC Supercomputer

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Today Cray 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.

Video: Adventures in Parallel Filesystems

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In this video from the 2014 HPC Advisory Council Spain Conference, James Coomer from DDN presents: Adventures in Parallel Filesystems. “IT is currently in the middle of a rapid evolution in both hardware (flash-technolo- gies) and software (object-storage approaches). With respect to parallel filesystems these advances can potentially both speed up IO and better cope with the volume of data – all at lower cost. We report the results of a number of technology evaluations around parallel filesystems and provide some insights into how flash and object-stores will impact HPC in the coming years.”

Podcast: The Return of the Intel Parallel Universe Computing Challenge

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In this Chip Chat podcast, Mike Bernhardt, Community Evangelist for HPC and Technical Computing at Intel, discusses the importance of code modernization as we move into multi- and many-core systems in the HPC field. According Bernhardt, markets as diverse as oil and gas, financial services, and health and life sciences can see a dramatic performance improvement in their code through parallelization.

AFRL Fires Up 1.28 Petaflop “Lightning” Supercomputer

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Today Wright-Patterson Air Force Base announced the installation of a $20.8 million Cray supercomputer that will double the available processing power at the base’s Air Force Research Laboratory. Named after the F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter, the 1.28 Petaflop supercomputer will be used to streamline testing time and cut costs on important research initiatives such as hypersonic flight, heavy-lift space rockets, and exotic rocket fuels.

The Business Case for Exascale in Seismic Exploration

Geert Wenes, Sr. Practice Leader at Cray

“The business case for exascale in O&G is extremely compelling, and — as anyone who has read Daniel Yergin’s “The Prize” will appreciate — goes to the very core of why IOCs exist. In the search for oil and gas in the Gulf of Mexico — one of the richest hydrocarbon basins in the world that continues to reinvent itself for exploration plays — the biggest prizes lie in ultra-deep water. In a deeply submerged area about 300 miles southwest of New Orleans and extending into Mexico waters, rock formations from the Paleogene period, also known as the Lower Tertiary, represent the leading edge of deep-water oil discovery. “