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Thought Leaders Gather in Barcelona for Exascale Workshop

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More than 100 exascale experts will gather in Barcelona this week for the Big Data and Extreme-scale Computing (BDEC). Along with application leaders confronting diverse big data challenges, attendees will include members from industry, academia, and government, with expertise in algorithms, computer system architecture, operating systems, workflow middleware, compilers, libraries, languages and applications.

New Exascale Strategies Go Beyond HPC Market

Tom Wilkie, Scientific Computing World

“While HPC is being pulled in this direction by external market forces, it became clear at the US Supercomputing Conference, SC14, held this year in New Orleans in late November, that the technologies underpinning technical high-performance computing are now changing in response. Paradoxically, the announcement of the largest US Government investment in technical supercomputing for many years will transform business computing.”

CHPC Student Cluster Competition Winners on the Road to ISC

Team Wits-A, from left: Ari Croock, James Allingham, Sasha Nidoo, Robert Clucas, Vyacheslav Schevchenko, Nabeel Rajab, Paul Osel Sekyere, and Jenalea Miller (as CHPC Director Happy Sithole looks on in the foreground).

“Kruger National Park was the perfect setting for the conservation-themed meeting titled “Towards an Energy-Efficient HPC System,” but the environment proved to be extra challenging for the contest, with occasional power outages and a saturated Wi-Fi network. The playing field was level, however, and the conditions prepared the students to be persistent and to not take anything for granted–good lessons for life, in general! Eight teams with 32 competitors were selected in Sept. from among 84 applicants.”

Video: GPU-Accelerated Analysis of Large Biomolecular Complexes

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“This presentation will highlight the use of GPU ray tracing for visualizing the process of photosynthesis, and GPU accelerated analysis of results of hybrid structure determination methods that combine data from cryo-electron microscopy and X-ray crystallography atom molecular dynamics with all- simulations.”

Apply Now for 2015 HPC Summer School in Toronto

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Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from institutions in Canada, Europe, Japan and the United States are invited to apply for the sixth International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences, to be held from June 21-26 in Toronto.

HPCAC Swiss Conference Issues Call for Participation

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The HPC Advisory Council Swiss Conference has issued its Call for Participation. The event will take place March 23-25 in Lugano, Switzerland.

Radio Free HPC Looks at Modding the Student Cluster Competitions

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“Henry wants to codify rules that span all competitions in order to provide a level playing field and to satisfy his authoritarian nature. Dan isn’t so sure that would work, given that each of the sponsoring organizations have their own ideas about how to best run a competition. However, both of them believe that the competitions need to become more real world when it comes to systems, applications, and how they’re used. One of the first steps along this road, the guys agree, is to add a storage component to the competitions.”

Video: See How HPC Transforms in the SC15 Preview

Jackie Kern

“HPC is transforming our everyday lives, as well as our not-so-ordinary ones. From nanomaterials to jet aircrafts, from medical treatments to disaster preparedness, and even the way we wash our clothes; the HPC community has transformed the world in multifaceted ways. For its 27th anniversary, the annual SC Conference will return to Austin, TX, a city that continues to develop new ways of engaging our senses and incubating technology of all types, including supercomputing.”

Video: High Performance Quantum Computing

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In this video, Matthias Troyer speaks at Google on the topic of “High Performance Quantum Computing.” The presentation took place on December 2, 2014.

Video: The History of HPC at the DOE – A LANL Perspective

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“The DOE OCIO Technology Summit began with a high-level overview of how HPC came into existence followed by presentations of how HPC is being used in the community, and the challenges facing the technology’s use.”