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An Open Invitation to Work on the Tianhe-2 Supercomputer

Dr. Yutong Lu, NUDT

European researchers are welcome to use the world’s fastest supercomputer, the Tianhe-2, to pursue their research in collaboration with Chinese scientists and HPC specialists. “Enough Ivy Bridge Xeon E5 2692 processors had already been delivered to allow the Tianhe-2 to be upgraded from its current 55 Petaflops peak performance to the 100 Petaflops mark.”

DECI in Europe Issues Call for Proposals for HPC Compute Resources

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The Distributed European Computing Initiative (DECI) in Europe has issued its 13th Call for Proposals for HPC Compute Resources. “Administered by PRACE, DECI enables European researchers to obtain access to the most powerful national (Tier-1) computing resources in Europe regardless of their country of origin or employment and to enhance the impact of European science and technology at the highest level.”

Arithmetic Intensity of Stencil Operations

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Applications that use 3D Finite Difference (3DFD) calculations are numerically intensive and can be optimized quite heavily to take advantage of accelerators that are available in today’s systems. The performance of an implementation can and should be optimized using numerical stencils. Choices made when designing and implementing algorithms can affect the Arithmetic Intensity (AI), which is a measure of how efficient an implementation, by comparing the flops and memory access.

Intel Updates Developer Toolkit with Data Analytics Acceleration Library

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Today Intel released Intel Parallel Studio XE 2016, the next iteration of its developer toolkit for HPC and technical computing applications. This release introduces the Intel Data Analytics Acceleration Library, a library for big data developers that turns large data clusters into meaningful information with advanced analytics algorithms.

SUPER Project Aims at Efficient Supercomputing for Scientists

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“SUPER builds on past successes and now includes research into performance auto-tuning, energy efficiency, resilience, multi-objective optimization, and end-to-end tool integration. Leading the project dovetails neatly with Oliker’s research interests, which include optimization of scientific methods on emerging multi-core systems, ultra-efficient designs of domain-optimized computational platforms and performance evaluation of extreme-scale applications on leading supercomputers.”

OpenCL for Performance

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“OpenCL is a fairly new programming model that is designed to help programmers get the most out of a variety of processing elements in heterogeneous environments. Many benchmarks that are available have demonstrated that excellent performance can be obtained over a wide variety of devices. Rather than lock an application into one specific accelerator, by using OpenCL, applications can be run over on a number of different architectures with each showing excellent speedups over a native (host cpu) implementation.”

Danish Meteorological to Install First Cray in Iceland

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Today Cray announced that the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) has purchased a Cray XC supercomputer and a Cray Sonexion 2000 storage system. Through an arrangement with the Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO), the system will be installed at the IMO datacenter in Reykjavik, Iceland for year-round power and cooling efficiency.

Training the Next Generation of Code Developers for HPC – Part 2

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This is the second article in a two-part series about the challenges facing the HPC community in training people to write code and develop algorithms for current and future, massively-parallel, massive-scale HPC systems.

Climate Researchers Collaborate with HPC

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“The complexity and scale of weather and climate simulation have led weather centers and research groups to turn to their own community, either through direct collaboration or open source software initiatives, to increase performance and usability of these hugely complex models.”

Colfax to Offer Free Online Training for Intel Code Modernization

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Today Colfax International announced free online workshops on parallel programming and optimization for Intel architecture, including Intel Xeon processors and Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors. “The Hands-on Workshop (HOW) series will introduce best practices to researchers and developers to efficiently extract maximum performance out of modern parallel processors, achieving shorter time to solution, higher research productivity, and future-proof design.”