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Intel Xeon Phi Boosts Supercomputing at NCI in Australia

The National Computational Infrastructure in Canberra, Australia’s national advanced computing facility, is the first Australian institution to deploy the latest generation of Intel Xeon Phi processors, formerly code named Knights Landing. “NCI is leading efforts in the scientific community to tune applications for Intel Xeon Phi processors,” explains Dr Muhammad Atif, NCI’s HPC Systems and Cloud Services Manager. “We have identified a large number of applications that will benefit from this hardware and software paradigm, including those applications in the domains of computational physics, computational chemistry and climate research.”

Video: Using HPC to build Clean Energy Technologies

Maria Chan from NST presented this talk at Argonne Out Loud. “People eagerly anticipate environmental benefits from advances in clean energy technologies, such as advanced batteries for electric cars and thin-film solar cells. Optimizing these technologies for peak performance requires an atomic-level understanding of the designer materials used to make them. But how is that achieved? Maria Chan will explain how computer modeling is used to investigate and even predict how materials behave and change, and how researchers use this information to help improve the materials’ performance. She will also discuss the open questions, challenges, and future strategies for using computation to advance energy materials.”

Call for Proposals: Fortissimo Project

The European Fortissimo Project has issued its Second Call for Proposals. Fortissimo is a collaborative project that enables European SMEs to be more competitive globally through the use of simulation services running on High Performance Computing Cloud infrastructure.

Cadence and TSMC Advance Towards 7nm FinFET Designs

Today Cadence Design Systems announced several important deliveries in its collaboration with TSMC to advance 7nm FinFET designs for mobile and high-performance computing platforms. Working together, Cadence and TSMC have developed some of the first design IP offerings for the 7nm process, offering early IP access to protocols that are optimized for and most relevant to mobile and HPC applications.

Larry Smarr Presents: 50 Years of Supercomputing

Larry Smarr presented this talk as part of NCSA’s 30th Anniversary Celebration. “For the last thirty years, NCSA has played a critical role in bringing computational science and scientific visualization to the national user community. I will embed those three decades in the 50 year period 1975 to 2025, beginning with my solving Einstein’s equations for colliding black holes on the megaFLOPs CDC 6600 and ending with the exascale supercomputer. This 50 years spans a period in which we will have seen a one trillion-fold increase in supercomputer speed.”

Video: Cycle Computing Works with Dell to Deliver More Science for More Users

In this this video from ISC 2016, Tim Carroll describes how Cycle Computing is working with Dell Technologies to deliver more science for more users. Cycle Computing’s CycleCloud software suite is the leading cloud orchestration, provisioning, and data management platform for Big Compute, Big Data, and large technical computing applications running on any public, private, or internal environment.

Volkswagen Moves HPC Workloads to Verne Global in Iceland

Today Verne Global announced Volkswagen is moving more than 1 MW of high performance computing applications to the company’s datacenter in Iceland. The company will take advantage of Verne Global’s hybrid data center approach – with variable resiliency and flexible density – to support HPC applications in its continuous quest to develop cutting-edge cars and automotive technology.

Fortran for HPC

“Fortran has been proven to be extremely resilient to new developments that have appeared in other programming languages over the years. New versions continue to be available and associated with ANSI standards, so that an application written for one operating system should be able to be compiled and run with different compilers on different operating systems. The latest version is Fortran 2008, with the next version reportedly to be available as Fortran 2015, in 2018.”

TYAN Adds Support for NVIDIA Tesla P100, P40 and P4 GPUs

Today TYAN announced support and availability of the NVIDIA Tesla P100, P40 and P4 GPU accelerators with the new NVIDIA Pascal architecture. Incorporating NVIDIA’s state-of-the-art technologies allows TYAN to offer the exceptional performance and data-intensive applications features to HPC users.

Video: CAT Supercomputer to Track Dark Pools on Wall Street

In this video, Better Markets CEO Dennis Kelleher discusses the progress of the Consolidated Audit Trail (CAT), a proposed SEC supercomputer that will be used to track orders and peer into dark pools. While this sounds like a good idea, Kelleher describes the conflicts of interest inherent in the proposal process the SEC is using for CAT. Kelleher is the CEO of Better Markets, a non-profit, non-partisan, and independent organization founded in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis to promote the public interest in the financial markets.