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Why Storage Matters to Scientists

Tom Wilkie, Scientific Computing World

As the Large Hadron Collider restarts at Cern, data storage has become as important to scientists as compute power. But, as Tom Wilkie from Scientific Computing World reports, the innovative technologies being developed have much wider applications.

Purdue to Build Rice Supercomputer in a Single Day

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Today Purdue University announced that staff and volunteers will build it’s newest HPC cluster in a single day. The “Install Day” event will take place May 8.

Oakley Cluster Powers Satellite Surface Mapping for Disaster Relief in Nepal

Two university research teams are employing satellite imagery and supercomputers to produce high-resolution images to aid the Nepali earthquake relief effort. This image is a hillshade-rendered Digital Terrain Model image of the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal, created by SETSM software.

Researchers are using supercomputer automated surface mapping technology to help with disaster relief and longer-term stabilization planning efforts related to the recent earthquake in Nepal.

Supercomputing Black Hole Mergers with Blue Waters

Manuela Campanelli, Director of CCRG

“The mathematics involved in simulating these events is very sophisticated because one has to solve the equations of Einstein’s general relativity and magneto-hydrodynamics all together. The problem also requires very advanced supercomputers running programs on tens of thousands of CPUs simultaneously, and the use of sophisticated techniques for data extraction and visualization. Petascale numerical simulation is therefore the only tool available to accurately model these systems.”

New Intel Xeons Target Realtime Analytics

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Today Intel announced the new Xeon processor E7-8800/4800 v3 product families, delivering accelerated business insight through real-time analytics.

Nimbix and Mangstor Accelerate High Performance PaaS

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Today Nimbix and Mangstor announced a joint technology offering designed to accelerate high performance data analysis for seismic processing, bioinformatics, and other big data analytics use cases in the Nimbix Cloud.

BlueTides on Blue Waters: The First Galaxies

Figure 1 from The BlueTides Simulation paper; reproduced with permission; 
z = 8 refers to a redshift of 8 when the universe was a little over 1/2 billion years old.

“The largest high-redshift cosmological simulation of galaxy formation ever has been recently completed by a group of astrophysicists (Drs. Feng, Di-Matteo, Croft, Bird, and Battaglia) from the U.S. and the U.K. This tour-de-force simulation was performed on the Blue Waters Cray XE/XK system at NCSA and employed 648,000 cores. They utilized approximately 700 billion particles (!) to represent dark matter and ordinary matter and to create virtual galaxies inside the supercomputer. The authors, who represent Carnegie Mellon University, UC Berkeley, Princeton University, and the University of Sussex, have given their simulation the moniker BlueTides.”

Video: GPUs Power Simulation of the SpaceX Mars Rocket Engine

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“SpaceX is designing a new, methane-fueled engine powerful enough to lift the equipment and personnel needed to colonize Mars. A vital aspect of this effort involves the creation of a multi-physics code to accurately model a running rocket engine. The scale and complexity of turbulent non-premixed combustion has so far made it impractical to simulate, even on today’s largest supercomputers. We present a novel approach using wavelets on GPUs, capable of capturing physics down to the finest turbulent scales.”

Beowulf Boot Camp Returns to LSU July 6-10

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Louisiana State University will host the Beowulf Boot Camp, July 6-10, on the LSU campus. The course offers students and teachers a unique opportunity to work with advanced research technology not usually available in a typical classroom setting.



Cyfronet Launches World’s Largest HP Apollo 8000 Supercomputer

Marek Magryś from Cyfronet describes the new Prometheus system.

Cyfronet recently celebrated the launch of Poland’s fastest supercomputer. As the world’s largest deployment of the HP Apollo 8000 platform, the 1.68 Petaflop Prometheus system is powered by 41,472 Intel Haswell cores and 216 Terabytes of memory.