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Video: From Megaflop to Petaflop and Beyond

Arden L. Bement

“Over the three decades supercomputer throughput rates have increased dramatically from 100s of MFLOPs in 1985 to tens of PFLOPS today, making U.S. universities pre-eminent in the world in computational S&E, which is a tribute to both NSF and Centers’ dedication and leadership. Looking ahead to the impacts of synaptic computing, high-performance computing coupled with data analysis, and cloud computing coupled with the Internet of Things (IOT), the challenges and opportunities in computational S&E in all sectors of U.S. Society is projected to advance dramatically.”

HPC News Bytes for June 11, 2015

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While we’re always on the lookout for HPC news, not everything makes it to the front page. Global HPC news items from this week include updates from Cray, Dell, DSRC, Oak Ridge, and Sentient Technologies.

Video: Towards Exascale Simulation of Turbulent Combustion

Jacqueline Chen, Sandia

“Exascale computing will enable combustion simulations in parameter regimes relevant to next-generation combustors burning alternative fuels. The first principles direct numerical simulations (DNS) are needed to provide the underlying science base required to develop vastly more accurate predictive combustion models used ultimately to design fuel efficient, clean burning vehicles, planes, and power plants for electricity generation.”

SuperVessel Cloud to Boost OpenPOWER Ecosystem

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Today IBM announced SuperVessel, a first-of-its-kind initiative that enables business partners, application developers and university students to conduct innovation, development, and learning for the growing OpenPOWER ecosystem.

Artemis Cluster Powers Research at University of Sydney

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The University of Sydney in Australia has deployed a new Dell supercomputer. Known as “Artemis,” the 1512-core system is powered by Intel Haswell processors, 10 Terabytes of DDR4 memory, Mellanox FDR InfiniBand, and 480 Terabytes of Lustre file storage.

Idaho National Lab Deploys SGI ICE X Supercomputer

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Today Idaho National Laboratory (INL) announced that the lab has deployed an SGI ICE X supercomputer to power nuclear reactor simulations. Supplied through SGI’s partner ComnetCo, the 511 Teraflop SGI ICE X cluster comprises 611 water-cooled nodes using Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors.

PRACEdays15 Puts the Spotlight on Irish HPC

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In this report from PRACEdays15 conference in Dublin last week, Robert Roe from Scientific Computing World looks at the role of HPC in the host country, Ireland.

Video: Towards Inevitable Convergence of HPC and Big Data

Dr. Satoshi Matsuoka, University of Tokyo

Satoshi Matsuoka from the Tokyo Institute of Technology discusses Big Data at the NCSA Blue Waters Symposium. “The trend towards convergence is not only strategic however but rather inevitable as the Moore’s law ends such that sustained growth in data capabilities, not compute, will advance the capacity and thus the overall capacities towards accelerating research and ultimately the industry.”

Power8 Sets World Records on STAC-A2 Benchmarks

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Over at the Smarter Computing Blog, IBM’s Sumit Gupta writes that newly published STAC-A2 benchmarks show that POWER8-based system server can deliver more than twice the performance of the best x86 server when running standard financial industry workloads.

Petascale Research in Earthquake Science on Blue Waters

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“SCEC’s multi-disciplinary research team is using NCSA Blue Waters to develop physics-based computational models of earthquake processes. During the past year, we integrated more realistic physics into our computational software to model frequency dependent attenuation, small-scale heterogeneities, free-surface topography, and non-linear yielding effects, all of which become increasingly important when simulating high frequency ground motions.”