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European Commission Steps Up Funding of HPC


In this special guest feature, Tom Wilkie from Scientific Computing World reports that the European Commission is funding research projects and centers of excellence as part of its strategy to coordinate European HPC efforts. In October, the EC made a series of announcements on how it is going to invest some of the €700 million allocated to its Public-Private Partnership on high performance computing.

ExaHyPE Project to Develop Exascale Software for Geophysics and Astrophysics

Simulated propagation of seismic waves in the stratovolcano Mount Merapi

A new EU research project called “ExaHyPE” is developing open-source software for exascale-class supercomputers. As an international project coordinated at TUM in Munich, ExaHyPE (“An Exascale Hyperbolic PDE Engine”) seeks to develop novel software, initially for simulations in geophysics and astrophysics.

EoCoE Center of Excellence Using HPC to Accelerate Transition to Low Carbon Energy

Logo EoCoE

In HPC news from CEA in France, the EoCoE (Oriented Energy Center of Excellence) project officially launched earlier this month. Pronounced “Echo,” the EoCoE has a mission to create a new, long lasting and sustainable community around computational energy science.

Agenda Posted for HPC Advisory Council China Conference


The HPC Advisory Council has published the Agenda for their China Conference. The event takes place Nov. 9 in Wuxi, China.

Researching Origins of the Universe at the Stephen Hawking Centre for Theoretical Cosmology

The time for the original code running on two Intel® Xeon® processors is 2887.0 seconds; the time for the first version of the code compatible with Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessors is 865.9 seconds on two processors and 1991.6 seconds on one coprocessor.  The final times for the optimized code were 34.3 and 26.6 seconds for two Intel® Xeon® processors and one Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessor, respectively. Chart is courtesy of Dr. Juha Jäykkä, Manager of the Intel® PCC at University of Cambridge.

In this special guest feature, Linda Barney writes that researchers at the University of Cambridge are using an Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor-based supercomputer from SGI to accelerate discovery efforts. “We have managed to modernize and optimize the main workhorse code used in the research so it now runs at 1/100-1/1000 of the original runtime. This allows us to tackle problems which would have taken unfeasibly long to solve. Secondly, it has opened windows for previously unthinkable research, namely using the MODAL code in cosmological parameter search: this is a problem which is constantly being solved in an iterative process, but adding the MODAL results to the process has only become possible with the improved performance.”

Pete Beckman Presents: Exascale Architecture Trends


“Argonne National Laboratory is one of the labs helping to lead the exascale push for the nation with the DOE. We lead in a numbers of areas with software and storage systems and applied math. And we’re really focusing, our expertise is focusing on those new ideas, those novel new things that will allow us to sort of leapfrog the standard slow evolution of technology and get something further out ahead, three years, five years out ahead. And that’s where our research is focused.”

HPC News Bytes for Oct. 7, 2015

Amazon Snowball

Sometimes the inbox for HPC news fills up faster than we can handle. In an effort to keep up, we’ve compiled noteworthy news into a Jeopardy type of Speed Round that phrases topics in the form a question.

Seagate to Lead Sage Storage Project for Exascale Horizon 2020


“We are excited that the H2020 SAGE Project gives us the opportunity to research and move HPC storage into the Exascale age,” said Ken Claffey, vice president and general manager, Seagate HPC systems business. “Seagate will contribute its unique skills and device technology to address the convergence of Exascale and Big Data, with an excellent selection of participants each bringing their own capabilities together to build the future of storage on an unprecedented scale.”

Radio Free HPC Looks at Highlights from Fall 2015 HPC Conferences


In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team goes over a Trip Report from Rich Brueckner from insideHPC, who’s been on the road at a series of HPC conferences. We captured more that 50 talks in the past month, and we have them all right here with the very latest in High Performance Computing.

Communication Frameworks for HPC and Big Data

DK Panda, Ohio State University

DK Panda from Ohio State University presented this talk at the HPC Advisory Council Spain Conference. “Dr. Panda and his research group members have been doing extensive research on modern networking technologies including InfiniBand and 10-40GE/iWARP. His research group is currently collaborating with National Laboratories and leading InfiniBand and 10-40GE/iWARP companies on designing various subsystems of next generation high-end systems.”