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German HPC Leads European Research

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The spotlight has fallen on German supercomputing with several announcements about European-wide research which Germany’s Gauss Centre for Supercomputing enables.

Colfax Receives Intel HPC Partner Of The Year Award

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Today Colfax International announced that the company is the recipient of the HPC Technical Computing Platform Partner Of The Year Award. The award ceremony took place on May 5, 2015 at the Intel Solutions Summit in Dallas.

Advanced Clustering Builds 32 Teraflop “Buddy” Supercomputer

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Today Advanced Clustering Technologies announced that the University of Central Oklahoma’s Center for Research and Education in Interdisciplinary Computation (CREIC) has selected the company to build their next supercomputer. The 32 Teraflop HPC cluster will be named “Buddy” in honor of the university’s mascot, Buddy Bronco.

Two More Steps Towards Quantum Computing

Correlated syndrome single-shot histograms and quantum state tomography of code qubits.

Quantum computing has taken a step closer with two recent announcements demonstrating methods for error correction in addition to a new scalable design for quantum circuits based on a lattice structure.

Barcelona Team to Build ARM Cluster at ISC Student Cluster Competition

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A team of six undergraduate students from Barcelona School of Informatics involved in the Mont-Blanc project have been selected to take part in the 4th HPCAC-ISC Student Cluster Competition.

Video: A Bioinformatics Pipeline for Analyzing Patient Tumours

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In this video from WestGrid in Canada, Dr. Yussanne Ma from the Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre describes how high performance computing supports her research group’s work, highlighting a recent project where a bioinformatics pipeline was built for the personalized onco-genomics project (POG) at the BC Cancer Agency.

Podcast: Cray’s Steve Scott on Programming for the Next Decade

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“Our computing systems continue to evolve, providing significant challenges to the programming teams managing large, long-lived projects. Issues include rapidly increasing on-node parallelism, varying forms of heterogeneity, deepening memory hierarchies, growing concerns around resiliency and silent data corruption, and worsening storage bottlenecks.”

Video: Accelerating OpenPOWER Using NVM Express SSDs and CAPI

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“We present results for a platform consisting of an NVM Express SSD, a CAPI accelerator card and a software stack running on a Power8 system. We show how the threading of the Power8 CPU can be used to move data from the SSD to the CAPI card at very high speeds and implement accelerator functions inside the CAPI card that can process the data at these speeds.”

Alternatives to x86: Future Processing Technologies

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In the second article in his series on future hardware for HPC, Robert Roe from Scientific Computing World looks at alternatives to the x86, including server on a chip and OpenPower.

HPC News Bytes for May 15, 2015

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While we’re always on the lookout for HPC news, not everything makes it to the front page. Here are some notable items from this week.