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Supercomputers Joining the Fight Against Cancer

“Supercomputers are key to the Cancer Moonshot. These exceptionally high-powered machines have the potential to greatly accelerate the development of cancer therapies by finding patterns in massive datasets too large for human analysis. Supercomputers can help us better understand the complexity of cancer development, identify novel and effective treatments, and help elucidate patterns in vast and complex data sets that advance our understanding of cancer.”

Efforts to Broaden HPC Accelerate as OpenHPC Governing Board and Technical Steering Committee Takes Shape

Since its announcement at SC15 in November, the OpenHPC community has made important strides toward its mission of creating and supporting a flexible open source HPC software stack that simplifies deploying and managing HPC systems. In just a few short months, the open source community hosted at The Linux Foundation has had many productive working group discussions, installed a Technical Steering Committee (TSC) and Governing Board, and even provided releases of the initial software stack based on early community feedback. The initial software stack includes over 60 packages, including tools and libraries, as well as provisioning, a job scheduler and more.

E4 to Showcase GPU-Accelerated OpenPOWER Servers at ISC 2016

Today Italy’s E4 Computer Engineering announced plans to showcase of new NVIDIA GPU-accelerated OpenPOWER servers at ISC 2016 in Frankfurt. “For this edition of ISC16, we wanted to reinforce the message that E4 is a company that actively engages and pursues new technologies’ paths with the aim to deliver leading-edge solutions for a number of demanding environments,” said Piero Altoè, Marketing and BDM Manager, E4 Computer Engineering. “Our priority is to collaborate with organizations such as OpenPOWER Foundation and true visionaries like NVIDIA in order to obtain powerful, scalable and affordable solutions for a number of complex applications and contribute to the development of technologies that have a huge impact on many aspects of our lives.”

CoolIT Systems Rolls Out Rack DCLC CHx80 Heat Exchange Module

Today CoolIT Systems rolled out its new CHx80 Heat Exchange Module. As part of an expanded its Rack DCLC product line, this next generation liquid-to-liquid heat exchanger provides cooling capacity with N+1 reliability to manage the most challenging, high density HPC racks. CoolIT will showcase the rack-mount CHx80 at ISC16 in Frankfurt.

Helping the Compiler Speed Intel Xeon Phi

The vector parallel capabilities of the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor are similar in many ways with vectorizing code for the main CPU. The performance improvement when coding smartly and using the tools available can be tremendous. Since the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor can show very large gains in performance due to its extra wide processing units. “Although it is time consuming to look at each and every loop in a large application, by doing so, and both telling the compiler what to do, and letting the compiler do its work, performance increases can be quite large, leading to shorter run times and/or more complete results.”

SC16 General Chair John West on Moving the HPC Community Forward

“For SC16, we’re beginning a three-year thrust that will expand state-of-the-practice discussions with content throughout the conference tracks that emphasizes the innovation happening in operations, tools, and software through today’s HPC centers. I’ve spent my career so far in HPC operations of one kind or another, and I know firsthand that there is an incredible wealth of knowledge and expertise that gets developed in supercomputing centers. SC is well established as the place to share academic results; we believe SC can have a large impact on our community by providing developers and researchers with a more operational focus with a forum to share their results as well.”

Asetek to Showcase Liquid Cooling at ISC 2016

Asetek will highlight its liquid cooling solutions and successful installations at ISC 2016 next week in Frankfurt. For the first time, Asetek will be displaying its new InRackCDU cooling solution. InRackCDU provides the option of having RackCDU mounted in the server rack. InRackCDU does not take up aisle space and includes the same monitoring features as Asetek’s VerticalRackCDU.

NAG Optimizes C and C++ Algorithms for ARM-based Cavium ThunderX Processors

The Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG) has engineered NAG C Library algorithms to execute efficiently on Cavium ThunderX ARMv8-A based Workload Optimized Processors. Preliminary results, announced at ISC 2016, show excellent scaling across 96 cores of ThunderX in a dual socket configuration.

Simulations of Hydrogen Ingestion Flashes in Giant Stars

“My team at the University of Minnesota has been collaborating with the team of Falk Herwig at the University of Victoria to simulate brief events in the lives of stars that can greatly affect the heavy elements they synthesize in their interiors and subsequently expel into the interstellar medium. These events are caused by the ingestion of highly combustible hydrogen-rich fuel into the convection zone above a helium burning shell in the deeper interior. Although these events are brief, it can take millions of time steps to simulate the dynamics in sufficient detail to capture subtle aspects of the hydrogen ingestion. To address the computational challenge, we exploit modern multicore and many-core processors and also scale the simulations to run efficiently on over 13,000 nodes of NSF’s Blue Waters machine at NCSA.”

PASC16 Wraps in Lausanne

Scientists from a wide range of disciplines gathered at the SwissTech Convention Center in Lausanne from 8 to 10 June 2016 for this year’s PASC Conference. The use of high-performance computing in their research was the common bond that brought them together. From 8 to 10 June, the SwissTech Convention Center played host to around 360 scientists from Europe, the USA, Canada, Japan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Singapore, offering plenty of space and scope for them to engage in an interdisciplinary discourse on current issues relating to scientific computing.