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Optalysys Develops Prototype Optical Processing System

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Today Optalysys announced that the company has successfully developed a demonstrable prototype that can process mathematical functions optically in a scaleable, lensless design. According to the company, Optalysys optical processing systems will “turbo-charge” existing computers by performing processor-intensive tasks at much faster rates and with a significant reduction in energy consumption.

NASA Triples Discover Supercomputer Capacity for Earth Science

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The NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) is boosting supercomputer capacity to over 3 Petaflops to meet the exploding demands of NASA’s Earth science modeling efforts.

Penguin Computing Goes Bright Box with Pica8’s Network OS

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Today Penguin Computing announced that the company will offer the PicOS operating system as an option on the company’s Arctica “bright box” top-of-rack switches.

Interview with Dr. David Rohr on AMD FirePro for High Energy Physics

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Dr. David Rohr from the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS) describes how he is using AMD FirePro to accelerate high energy physics.

WestGrid Boosts Canadian Research Data

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Network upgrades are enabling more data-intensive science in Canada, reports WestGrid, one of four regional organizations working in partnership with Compute Canada. In the past year, the regional organization has transferred more than 5 PB of research data across Cybera and CANARIE’s advanced networks in the past year, representing a 22% increase in network traffic from 2013-14.

SKA & AWS Seeking Proposals for AstroCompute in the Cloud

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Today the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Organization announced that it is teaming up with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to use cloud computing to explore ever-increasing amounts of astronomy data. To kick things off, they just issued a Call for Proposals for AstroCompute in the Cloud, a grant program to accelerate the development of innovative tools and techniques for processing, storing and analyzing the global astronomy community’s vast amounts of astronomic data.

Video: Understanding Hadoop Performance on Lustre

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“In this talk, Seagate presents details on its efforts and achievements around improving Hadoop performance on Lustre including a summary on why and how HDFS and Lustre are different and how those differences affect Hadoop performance on Lustre compared to HDFS, Hadoop ecosystem benchmarks and best practices on HDFS and Lustre, Seagate’s open-source efforts to enhance performance of Lustre within “diskless” compute nodes involving core Hadoop source code modification (and the unexpected results), and general takeaways ways on running Hadoop on Lustre more rapidly.”

Penguin Computing Extends Open Networking with Artica Switches

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Today Penguin Computing announced the Arctica 4804ip switch and a collaboration with Cumulus Networks.

INCITE Seeking Proposals for U.S. Leadership Computing

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The Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) program is now accepting proposals for high-impact, computationally intensive research campaigns.

Call for Papers: Novel Mathematical Methods for Exascale

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The Journal of Computational Science is seeking submissions for a special issue on The Route to Exascale: Novel Mathematical Methods, Scalable Algorithms Skills Training.