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Podcast: HP & Intel Accelerate HPC Solutions

Bill Mannel, VP & GM of HPC & Big Data Business Unit at HP

In this Intel Chip Chat podcast, Bill Mannel from HP stops by to discuss the growing demand for high performance computing solutions and the innovative use of HPC to manage big data. He highlights an alliance between Intel and HP that will accelerate HPC and big data solutions tailored to meet the latest needs and workloads of HPC customers, leading with customized vertical solutions.

Tianhe-1A Supercomputer Shuts Down After Catastrophic Blast in China

Photo taken on Aug. 13, 2015 shows broken glass and damaged windows at the National Supercomputer Center in Tianjin after a huge warehouse explosion.

A warehouse explosion in the city of Tianjin has killed 17 people, resulting in a shutdown of the nearby Tianhe-1A supercomputer. Not to be confused with the Tianhe-2 system (currently ranked at #1), the 2.57 Petaflop Tianhe-1A system is currently #24 on the June 2015 TOP500 list.

New BeeGFS Release Targets High-Availability Storage

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Today Fraunhofer ITWM and ThinkParQ announced a new major release of the BeeGFS parallel file system. Now available as a free download, BeeGFS version 2015.03-r1 comes with enterprise features including built-in storage server high-availability based on replication with self-healing, support for access control lists (ACLs), and adds a number of performance and usability improvements.

Colfax to Offer Free Online Training for Intel Code Modernization

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Today Colfax International announced free online workshops on parallel programming and optimization for Intel architecture, including Intel Xeon processors and Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors. “The Hands-on Workshop (HOW) series will introduce best practices to researchers and developers to efficiently extract maximum performance out of modern parallel processors, achieving shorter time to solution, higher research productivity, and future-proof design.”

Video: Summer of HPC Warms up Supercomputing Students in Barcelona

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This video summarizes the recent Summer of HPC training week in Barcelona. Summer of HPC is a PRACE program that offers summer placements at HPC centers across Europe to late stage undergraduates and early stage postgraduate students. Participants worked on projects related to PRACE scientific or industrial work and ideally produce a visualization or video of their results.

Ray Tracing with Embree Kernels using Intel Xeon Phi

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The Embree kernel approach, using the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor is applicable to many situations. The implementation can be tuned to the hardware available, using different vector widths and workloads per ray. With a flexible toolkit for rendering, applications can take advantage of the latest hardware acceleration to achieve maximum performance.

NEDO in Japan Funds Solar Research at TACC

At the signing ceremony, partners on the next-generation energy efficient data center give the "Hook 'em, Horns" hand sign. From left to right: NTTF Senior Executive Vice President Atsushi Ichihoshi, UT Austin President Gregory L. Fenves, Texas Secretary of State Carlos Casco, NEDO Executive Director Fumio Ueda. Photo by Marsha Miller.

Thanks to $13 Million in research funding from NEDO in Japan, the University of Texas at Austin will begin using alternative energy sources to power some of its HPC Clusters.

Adept Project Looks at Using Software to Conserve Energy

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In this special guest feature, Tom Wilkie from Scientific Computing World writes that software approaches to energy efficiency in HPC may yield unexpected improvements in the hardware of next-generation mobile phone networks. “Adept, a European research project addressing the energy-efficient use of parallel technologies, is expected to release a set of benchmarks that it has developed to characterize the energy consumption of programming models on different architectures.”

Supermicro Deploys Sango Supercomputer at OIST in Japan

Okinawa Institute of Science & Technology Graduate University Sango Supercomputer (PRNewsFoto/Super Micro Computer, Inc.)

Today Super Micro announced the deployment of a new supercomputer in Japan at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) supporting scientists and researchers focused on discovery and innovation in the life, physical and environmental sciences.

Slidecast: Seagate’s New Nytro Flash Products

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“These new flash products greatly expand the range of our total product portfolio and demonstrate how Seagate’s acquisition of the LSI flash technologies is paying off. The Nytro XF1440/XM1440 SSDs deliver the highest performance in the smallest power envelope. The XP6500 flash accelerator card provides ultra-low latency capability for applications that require fast logging and produce significantly higher transactions per second,–something today’s applications demand.”