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Interview: NSU to Boost Research with “Megalodon” IBM Supercomputer

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“The team at the Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences wanted to give the computer a nickname – a name that would not only convey the super computer’s enormity in terms of size; but a name that would definitively link the super computer to NSU. Our mascot is the “shark” and the Megalodon, is the largest prehistoric shark known to man.”

Interview: Steve Conway on the Upcoming HPC User Forum–April 7-9

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“The main topics for our April 7-9 meeting in Santa Fe are industrial partnerships with large HPC centers and how they’re working, with perspectives from the U.S., France and the UK. We’ll also take another hard look at what’s happening with processors, coprocessors and accelerators and at potential disruptive technologies, as well as zeroing in on the HPC storage market and trends and the CORAL procurement that involves Oak Ridge, Argonne and Livermore.”

Interview: Argonne Announces Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing

Paul Messina, Director of Science at Argonne

“Systems like Argonne’s Mira, an IBM Blue Gene/Q system with nearly a million cores, can enable breakthroughs in science, but to use them productively requires expertise in computer architectures, parallel programming, mathematical software, data management and analysis, performance analysis tools, software engineering, and so on. Our training program exposes the participants to all those topics and provides hands-on exercises for experimenting with most of them.”

University of Cambridge Collaborates with Mellanox for SKA Project

Today Mellanox announced a collaboration with the University of Cambridge for the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) project.

CORAL Collaboration to Deliver Three 200 Petaflop Systems in 2017

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Lawrence Livermore National Lab has joined forces with Oak Ridge and Argonne to deliver next generation supercomputers able to perform up to 200 peak petaflops.

Video: Intel’s Genevieve Bell Keynotes SC13

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“Bell’s fascinating talk on the intersection of big data and society began in 11th century England with the Doomsday Book of William the Conqueror, and brought the audience forward through ten centuries to the big data opportunities — and challenges — we face as a society today.”

South Africa Looks to Exascale

Thomas Sterling, Chief Scientist, Center for Extreme Scale Technologies (CREST), Indiana University-U.S.

Someday in the future, will we look back at South Africa as the birthplace of Exascale? With the bloom of HPC activity going on there in preparation the SKA telescope, don’t be surprised if it happens.

The Future of Micron Memory and Storage?

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Over at InfoStor, Henry Newman from Instrumental writes that a new slide deck from Micron provides and intriguing look at the future of memory technology. “So what does this all mean for our future in the data storage industry? I think Micron and likely other companies are going to making some major changes from 2015 to the end of the decade in the area of non-volatile memory as the market demands changes for mobile devices that need both low power usage and non-volatile memory.”

IBM Sets Big Data Speed Record

This week IBM announced a new data-transmission advancement technology that holds promise for speeding the transfer of Big Data between clouds and data centers.

This Week in HPC: Jack Dongarra Talks Algorithms for Exascale

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In this episode of This Week in HPC, Addison Snell and Michael Feldman from Intersect360 Research discuss a recent presentation on Exascale by Jack Dongarra from the University of Tennessee. After that, Addison and Michael preview Karlheinz Meier’s ISC’14 keynote on the topic of “Brain-derived computing beyond Von Neumann – achievements and challenges.”