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Allinea Tools Helping Science Move to Intel Xeon Phi

“Being ready with full support for Intel Xeon Phi from day one has been a key strategy for Allinea and underpins our approach for supporting customers, such as Los Alamos National Laboratory on the Trinity system, Argonne National Laboratory on Theta and NERSC on Cori, where work is now underway to port code and get applications ready for more complex science on a larger scale.”

NVLink Speeds Deep Learning on New OpenPOWER Servers

Over at the IBM System Blog, Sumit Gupta writes that the company’s new IBM Power System 822LC with Nvidia Tesla P100 GPUs is already demonstrating impressive performance on Deep Learning training applications. “A single S822LC for HPC with four NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPUs is 2.2 times faster reaching 50 percent accuracy in AlexNet than a server with four NVIDIA Tesla M40 GPUs!”

XSEDE Awards Supercomputer Time to 155 Research Teams

Last week, XSEDE announced it has awarded more than $16M worth of compute resources to 155 research projects. This is the first cohort of allocations awardees after the announcement of a 5-year renewal of XSEDE by the National Science Foundation to expand access to the nation’s cyberinfrastructure ecosystem.

Is Free Lunch Back? Douglas Eadline Looks at the Epiphany-V Processor

Over at Cluster Monkey, Douglas Eadline writes that the “free lunch” performance boost of Moore’s Law may indeed be back with the 1024-core Epiphany-V chip that will hit the market in the next few months.

Brookhaven Lab to Develop ECP Exascale Software

Scientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory will play major roles in two of the 15 fully funded application development proposals recently selected by the DOE’s Exascale Computing Project (ECP) in its first-round funding of $39.8 million. “The team at Brookhaven will develop algorithms, language environments, and application codes that will enable scientists to perform lattice quantum chromodynamics (QCD) calculations on next-generation supercomputers.”

LLNL Collaboration to Improve Cancer Screening

Computer scientists at LLNL and Norwegian researchers are collaborating to apply high performance computing to the analysis of medical data to improve screening for cervical cancer. The team is developing a flexible, extendable model that incorporates new data such as other biomolecular markers, genetics and lifestyle factors to individualize risk assessment, according to Abdulla. “We want to identify the optimal interval for screening each patient.”

Video: Introduction to Parallel Supercomputing

Pete Beckman presented this talk at the Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing. “Here is the Parallel Platform Paradox: The average time required to implement a moderate-sized application on a parallel computer architecture is equivalent to the half-life of the latest parallel supercomputer.”

ICC Launches Alpha Series of Overclocked Financial Servers

Today International Computer Concepts (ICC) announced the release of a new line of overclocked servers: ICC Alpha. These systems were designed specifically for high-frequency trading (HFT) applications, where sequential processing speed is critical.
Our HFT customers are seeking absolutely the fastest possible processing available on the market to run their financial applications,” observed ICC’s Director of Development Alexey Stolyar. “ICC AlphaTM allows in an unprecedented way for trading firms to stay ahead of the competition in an industry where nanoseconds could mean the difference between loss or significant profit.”

RSC Group to Market HPC Solutions in Czech Republic

Today Russia’s RSC Group announced a business cooperation agreement with M Computers to market and deploy RSC’s HPC solutions in the Czech Republic. “We believe that partnership with M Computers will help RSC to offer its innovative supercomputing and data center solutions for European clients, which could recognize such advantages of our equipment as the ultimate computing and power density, energy-efficiency, compactness, reliability, ease to manage and maintain.”

Dell Powers RENCI Supercomputer Tracking Hurricane Matthew

RENCI’s Dell-powered supercomputer is working overtime to model the storm surge that Hurricane Matthew could bring to communities along the Eastern Seaboard. Named Hatteras, the 150-node M610 Dell cluster runs the ADCIRC storm surge model every six hours when a hurricane is active. “We are working on doing storm surge predictions the same way that meteorologists develop predictions for rain and wind speeds.”