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AMD Awarded $32 Million FastForward2 Contract

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Today ​AMD announced that for the third straight year it was awarded research grants for development of critical technologies needed for extreme-scale computing in conjunction with projects associated with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Extreme-Scale Computing Research and Development Program, known as “FastForward 2.”

This Week in HPC: Exascale Bill Faces Uncertain Future in U.S. Senate, and HPC Gets in the Entrepreneurial Spirit

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In this episode of This Week in HPC, Michael Feldman and Addison Snell from Intersect360 Research discuss how the recent election might affect spending for Exascale research. After the break, they preview the StartupHPC Meetup at SC14.

EPiGRAM to Host Exacale Workshop at SC14

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EPiGRAM is an EC-funded FP7 project on exascale computing. The aim of the EPiGRAM project is to prepare Message Passing and PGAS programming models for exascale systems by fundamentally addressing their main current limitations. The concepts developed will be tested and guided by two applications in the engineering and space weather domains chosen from the suite of codes in current EC exascale projects.

Video: Exascale, Data and Biology

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In this video from the 2014 Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing, Rick Stevens from Argonne presents: Exascale, Data and Biology. “At ATPESC 2014, we captured 67 hours of lectures in 86 videos of presentations by pioneers and elites in the HPC community on topics ranging from programming techniques and numerical algorithms best suited for leading-edge HPC systems to trends in HPC architectures and software most likely to provide performance portability through the next decade and beyond.”

Pete Beckman Presents: Exascale Architecture Trends

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“Over the past thirty thirty years there have been several predictions of the eminant cessation of the rate of improvement in computer performance. Every such prediction was wrong. They were wrong because they hinged on unstated assumptions that were overturned by subsequent events.”

On the Long Path to Exascale, Storage is Already Working Smarter

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As the countdown to Exascale continues, Exascale-like storage problems are already showing up in today’s massively parallel, heterogeneous HPC systems. Historically, storage and I/O have kept pace with growing system demands, but, because of the limitations of spinning media and the cost of solid state storage technologies, storage performance improvements have come at a disproportionately higher cost and lower efficiency than their compute counterparts.

Interview: Experimenting with DEEP-ER NAM Technology

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“As the name indicates: A NAM is basically a storage device plugged into the interconnect network of a Cluster. That sounds pretty simple and straightforward. But the underlying technology is quite new and exciting and the NAM concept enables entirely new approaches for using memory as a shared resource.”

HPCAC to Host South Africa High-Performance Computing Conference

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The HPC Advisory Council will host the South Africa High-Performance Computing Conference at the Kruger National Park in South Africa on Dec. 3, 2013.

Exascale: A Long Look at Lustre Limitations

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In this video from the LAD’14 Conference in Reims, Nathan Rutman from Seagate presents: Exascale: A Long Look at Lustre Limitations.

Video: Scalable HPC Communication Capabilities

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“Exascale levels of computing pose many system- and application-level computational challenges. Mellanox as a provider of end-to-end communication services is progressing the foundation of the InfiniBand architecture to meet the exascale challenges. This presentation will focus on recent technology improvements which significantly improve InfiniBand’s scalability, performance, and ease of use.”