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SuperMUC Helps Discover New Species Critical to Rainforest Ecosystems

Researchers using the SuperMUC cluster in Germany have discovered a set of unknown species in rainforest soils. As described in a new paper published in Nature Ecology and Evolution, their study on microbial diversity in tropical rainforests required over one million CPU hours to complete. “Without the outstanding high performance computing infrastructure in Germany and especially at LRZ, this study would not have been feasible. The availability of SuperMUC constitutes an essential national advantage in the international scientific competition,” states Alexandros Stamatakis.

Supercomputing the Black Hole Speed Limit

Supermassive black holes have a speed limit that governs how fast and how large they can grow,” said Joseph Smidt of the Theoretical Design Division at LANL. Using computer codes developed at Los Alamos for modeling the interaction of matter and radiation related to the Lab’s stockpile stewardship mission, Smidt and colleagues created a simulation of collapsing stars that resulted in supermassive black holes forming in less time than expected, cosmologically speaking, in the first billion years of the universe.

Allinea Software Powers Heart Simulation Framework

The Allinea Forge parallel code development suite is helping to speed up exciting computational cardiology research at the Medical University of Graz. “Utilizing the power of the VSC-3 supercomputer at the University of Vienna, Postdoctoral researcher Dr. Aurel Neic and his team are developing a simulation framework for the human heart called the Cardiac Arrythmia Research Package (CARP). It replicates the electric, mechanic and haemodynamic (the forces associated with the flow of blood) phenomena in the heart in a coupled manner and is bringing exciting new possibilities to medical science.”

Intel’s Diane Bryant on How AI Will Change Lives

“Artificial Intelligence will deliver the next wave of societal transformation on parallel with the industrial, technical and internet revolutions that preceded it. As our AI-fueled future evolves, we have a tremendous opportunity to address opportunities from scare resource utilization and scientific exploration to inclusion and human rights expansion. Intel Executive VP Diane Bryant will share Intel’s vision for unleashing AI as well as a perspective on how to accelerate the delivery of #AIforgood.”

PRACE 2 Adds Piz Daint Supercomputer

Earlier this month, the European PRACE initiative went into Phase 2, with Switzerland becoming a new Hosting Member. As a Hosting Member, Switzerland is now making its Piz Daint supercomputer at CSCS available for cutting-edge PRACE research. The other Hosting Members are Spain, Italy, Germany and France.

Does the US Need to Change Course to Compete with China in HPC?

In this podcast, Radio Free HPC looks at a recent report that the USA needs to take aggresive action to keep up with China in High Performance Computing. Produced by the NSA-DOE Technical Meeting on High Performance Computing, the report states that we need to change course now or the U.S. will lose leadership and not control its own future in HPC.

Video Preview of the SC17 Student Cluster Competition

“SC17 is excited to hold another nail-biting Student Cluster Competition, or SCC, now in its eleventh year, as an opportunity to showcase student expertise in a friendly yet spirited competition. Held as part of SC17’s Students@SC, the Student Cluster Competition is designed to introduce the next generation of students to the high-performance computing community.”

RWTH Aachen University Deploys NEC LX Supercomputer

Today NEC Corporation announced the deployment of an LX supercomputer at RWTH Aachen University in Germany. Featuring offering high performance computing services for engineering and scientific research. “We selected the NEC LX technology because of its superior performance, as well as low total cost of ownership due to innovative cooling technology,” said Professor Matthias Muller, head of the IT Center at RWTH Aachen University. “Going forward, we are excited to work with NEC as a strong corporate partner in expanding our IT research.”

HPE Supercomputer to Power Chemical Research at BASF

Today Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced plans to deploy one of the world’s largest supercomputers for industrial chemical research at BASF’s Ludwigshafen headquarters. Based on the latest generation of HPE Apollo 6000 systems, the new supercomputer will drive the digitalization of BASF’s worldwide research. “The new supercomputer will promote the application and development of complex modeling and simulation approaches, opening up completely new avenues for our research at BASF,” said Dr. Martin Brudermueller, Vice Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors and Chief Technology Officer at BASF.

Video: How Smart is a Supercomputer?

In this video from The Good Stuff program, Katherine Riley and Argonne National Laboratory describes what a supercomputer really is and how Argonne uses high performance computing to solve the world’s most challenging problems. “This is a great program for explaining HPC to your friends, neighbors, and even your kids.”