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Direct N-Body Simulation

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In some domains, an N-Body simulation is key to solving for the movement and forces of a dynamic system of particles. At each time step, the force that one body exacts on each other, and then the velocity can be computed. The simulation can continue up to a desired number of time steps.

Advanced Clustering Builds 32 Teraflop “Buddy” Supercomputer

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Today Advanced Clustering Technologies announced that the University of Central Oklahoma’s Center for Research and Education in Interdisciplinary Computation (CREIC) has selected the company to build their next supercomputer. The 32 Teraflop HPC cluster will be named “Buddy” in honor of the university’s mascot, Buddy Bronco.

Thinkmate Offers Free Xeon Phis with Your Server

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We don’t normally report on pricing, but a free Intel Xeon Phi from ThinkMate sure sounds like a great deal. “Now through June, Thinkmate is installing Intel Xeon Phi 5110P Coprocessors (a $2,500 value each) for Free with any compatible server.”

HPC News Bytes for May 15, 2015

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While we’re always on the lookout for HPC news, not everything makes it to the front page. Here are some notable items from this week.

SERC Installs India’s First Petaflop Supercomputer

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Today Cray announced that the SERC Research Center in Bangalore has installed India’s first Petaflop supercomputer. Called “SahasraT,” the 1.4 Petaflop Cray XC40 supercomputer is a hybrid system with Intel Xeon processors, Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors, and Nvidia GPUs.

Interview: Intel’s Alan Gara Discusses the 180 Petaflop Aurora Supercomputer

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In this interview, Intel’s Alan Gara describes the Aurora system, a 180 Petaflop supercomputer coming to Argonne. “The Aurora system is based on our Omni-Path second generation. This is an Intel interconnect that we’ve been developing for some time now, and we’re really excited about the capabilities that we expect and scalability that we expect it to bring to high performance computing.”

Numerical Optimization for Deep Learning

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“With the advent of massively parallel computing coprocessors, numerical optimization for deep-learning disciplines is now possible. Complex real-time pattern recognition, for example, that can be used for self driving cars and augmented reality can be developed and high performance achieved with the use of specialized, highly tuned libraries. By just using the Message Passing Interface (MPI) API, very high performance can be attained on hundreds to thousands of Intel Xeon Phi processors.”

SGI Powers Fionn Supercomputer at ICHEC in Ireland

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In this video, Niall Wilson describes how ICHEC delivers top-quality technology services and support to universities and enterprises. “Based on the solution’s superior price performance, ICHEC deployed Fionn, a supercomputer built on SGI ICE X hardware running SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. On implementing Fionn, ICHEC was funded by Intel to work on its new many-core technology as an official Intel Parallel Computing Center.”

NERSC to Install Cori Phase 1 Supercomputer this Summer

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Today NERSC announced that their Cori Phase 1 system will be the first supercomputer installed in the new Computational Research and Theory Facility, which is now in the final stages of construction at LBNL. Expected to be delivered this summer, the Cray XC40 supercomputer will be powered by Intel Haswell processors and Cray’s DataWarp burst buffer technology.

RSC PetaStream Powers Russian Academy of Sciences

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Today RSC Group announced the installation of a MVS-10P MP Petastream supercomputer at the Joint Supercomputer Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences (JSCC RAS). As is the first project in the Commonwealth of Independent States based on the latest Intel Xeon Phi 7120D coprocessors, the supercomputer weighs in at #20 of the Top50 list of the most powerful computing systems in Russia and CIS.