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PASC16 Wraps in Lausanne

Scientists from a wide range of disciplines gathered at the SwissTech Convention Center in Lausanne from 8 to 10 June 2016 for this year’s PASC Conference. The use of high-performance computing in their research was the common bond that brought them together. From 8 to 10 June, the SwissTech Convention Center played host to around 360 scientists from Europe, the USA, Canada, Japan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Singapore, offering plenty of space and scope for them to engage in an interdisciplinary discourse on current issues relating to scientific computing.

Bright Computing to Showcase System Management Software at ISC 2016

Bright Computing’s recently appointed Silicon Valley-based management team, including CEO Bill Wagner and SVP Worldwide Sales Dan Kuczkowski, will be at the Bright booth, as well as Bright’s leading technical experts, giving booth visitors the opportunity to hear about Bright’s corporate strategy, the company’s latest product developments, and gain insight into the Bright roadmap.

NAG Rolls Out Software Modernization Service

Today the Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG) has announced the NAG Software Modernization Service. The new service solves the porting and performance challenges faced by customers wishing to use the capabilities of modern computing systems, such as multi-core CPUs, GPUs and Xeon Phi. NAG HPC software engineering experts modernize the code to enable portability to appropriate architectures, optimize for performance and assure robustness.

CoolIT Systems to Showcase Next Generation Liquid Cooling at ISC 2016

Today CoolIT Systems announced that the company will showcase its energy efficient liquid cooling technologies for HPC at ISC 2016 in Frankfurt. “Our comprehensive offering of energy efficient liquid cooling solutions at ISC16 far exceeds anything CoolIT has done in the past,” says CoolIT Systems CEO and CTO Geoff Lyon. “With Europe at the forefront of energy efficient HPC, attendees can discover how rapidly the liquid cooling market is maturing, as evidenced by our growing list of global customers and OEM partners.”

Video: Why We Need More Women in HPC

In this video, Dr. Toni Collis from the Women in HPC community presents: The Importance of Grace and Why We Need More Women in HPC. “The underrepresentation of women is a challenge that the entire supercomputing industry faces. Research shows that diverse teams increase productivity, and yet HPC still struggles to attract and retain female users. “

1998 ATLAS Paper Wins SC16 Test of Time Award

SC16 has announced the winner of their Test of Time Award. This year the winning paper “Automatically Tuned Linear Algebra Software” by Clint Whaley and Jack Dongarra. The paper, which has received hundreds of citations with new citations still appearing, is about ATLAS – an autotuning, optimized implementation of the Basic Linear Algebra Subprograms (BLAS).

Learnings from Operating 200 PB of Disk-Based Storage

Gleb Budman from Backblaze presented this talk at the 2016 MSST Conference. “For Q1 2016 we are reporting on 61,590 operational hard drives used to store encrypted customer data in our data center. In Q1 2016, the hard drives in our data center, past and present, totaled over one billion hours in operation to date. That’s nearly 42 million days or 114,155 years worth of spinning hard drives. Let’s take a look at what these hard drives have been up to.”

Video: Extreme-Scale Multigrid Components within PETSc

In this video from the PASC16 conference, Patrick Sanan from USi Lugano & ETC Zurich presents: Extreme-Scale Multigrid Components within PETSc. “Elliptic partial differential equations (PDEs) frequently arise in continuum descriptions of physical processes relevant to science and engineering. Multilevel preconditioners represent a family of scalable techniques for solving discrete PDEs of this type and thus are the method of choice for high-resolution simulations.”

Chris Johnson Presents: Big Data Visual Analysis

“We live in an era in which the creation of new data is growing exponentially such that every two days we create as much new data as we did from the beginning of mankind until the year 2003. One of the greatest scientific challenges of the 21st century is to effectively understand and make use of the vast amount of information being produced. Visual data analysis will be among our most important tools to understand such large and often complex data. In this talk, I will present state-of-the-art visualization techniques, applied to important Big Data problems in science, engineering, and medicine.”

ISC 2016 Attendee Guide is a Great Resource for Frankfurt

Are you coming to ISC 2016? There’s a new helpful Attendee Guide available that includes information on getting there, agenda planning tools, an attendee list, and most everything else you might need to get the most out of your visit to Frankfurt.