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Cray Lands Two Christmas Deals

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In a final seasonal burst of good cheer, Cray has announced two big new orders for its computers following immediately on from the start-up of a newly installed machine at the University of Hawaii, just ahead of Christmas.

NOAA to Acquire 5 Petaflops of Weather Forecasting Power

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This week NOAA announced an increase supercomputing capacity to provide more timely, accurate, reliable, and detailed forecasts.

Video: Bull Atos Announces Exascale Program at SC14

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“With one of the largest teams dedicated to High-Performance Computing – now able to leverage the international strength of Atos, with its 86,000 employees worldwide – Bull is experiencing a paradigm shift that will give it the critical mass to address vertical market sectors across the entire world. Exascale will increase the competitiveness and innovation capabilities of industries and address the industrial, scientific and societal challenges of the 2020s, from nanoscience and genomics to climatology, aeronautics and energy.”

Call for Participation: OpenPOWER Summit, March 17-19 at GTC 2015

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The First Annual OpenPOWER Summit will take place March 17-19 at the San Jose Convention Center in conjunction with the GPU Technology Conference (GTC).

Video: Penguin Computing Showcases OCP Hardware for HPC

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“Powered by Intel’s Xeon E5-2600 v3 processor, Penguin Computing’s Tundra OpenHPC platform delivers density, performance and serviceability for demanding and extraordinary customers. Built to be compatible with Open Compute Open Rack specifications, the Tundra OpenHPC platform provides customers with a powerful and compact HPC server designed to reduce infrastructure costs when moving to the next generation of technology.”

Radio Free HPC Takes a Hilarious Look at the Turing Test

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In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the Turing Test for artificial intelligence. Does the Turing Test need to be retired as discussed on insideHPC, or does it just need an update for modern culture? The discussion quickly degrades into what may be our funniest show ever!

HP to Release Beta OS for The Machine in 2016

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Over at MIT Technology Review, Tom Simonite writes that Hewlett-Packard’s ambitious plan to reinvent computing will begin with the release of a prototype operating system next year.

Niall Gaffney on Why #HPC Matters

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In this video from SC14, Niall Gaffney from TACC shares his thoughts on why HPC matters. Gaffney is Director of Data Intensive Computing at the Texas Advanced Computing Center.

Challenges on the Titan Supercomputer: Accelerating the Path to the Exascale

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“I will summarize the benefits, challenges, and lessons learned in deploying Titan and in preparing applications to move from conventional CPU architectures to a hybrid, accelerated architectures. I will emphasize on the challenges we have encountered with emerging programming models and how we are addressing these challenges using directive based-approaches. I also plan to discuss the early science outcomes from Titan in diverse areas such as materials sciences, nuclear energy, and engineering sciences. I will also discuss research outcomes from a growing number of industrial partnerships.”

Video: A Short Introduction to High Performance Computing

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In this video, Dr. Andrew Turner from EPCC in the UK presents: A Short Introduction to High Performance Computing. “I originally joined EPCC in July 2008 as a member of the User Support and Liaison Team. My work is centred around helping researchers get the most from computing facilities hosted by EPCC and elsewhere. I do this through porting and optimizing code to various HPC facilities; providing consultancy to commercial organizations; teaching undergraduates and postgraduates; and collaborating with academics on research proposals.”