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Alan Turing Institute Hits the Ground Running for HPC & Data Science

Professor Andrew Blake, Director, Alan Turing Institute

The Alan Turing Institute is the UK’s national institute for data science. It has marked its first few days of operations with the announcement of its new director, the confirmation of £10 million of research funding from Lloyd’s Register Foundation, a research partnership with GCHQ, collaboration with the EPSRC and Cray, and the commencement of its first research activities.

Video: Argonne’s Pete Beckman Describes the Challenges of Exascale

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“Argonne National Laboratory is one of the laboratories helping to lead the exascale push for the nation with the DOE. We lead in a numbers of areas with software and storage systems and applied math. And we’re really focusing, our expertise is focusing on those new ideas, those novel new things that will allow us to sort of leapfrog the standard slow evolution of technology and get something further out ahead, three years, five years out ahead. And that’s where our research is focused.”

Radio Free HPC Previews Tutorials at SC15

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In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team previews three of the excellent Tutorial sessions coming up at SC15. “The SC tutorials program is one of the highlights of the SC Conference series, and it is one of the largest tutorial programs at any computing-related conference in the world. It offers attendees the chance to learn from and to interact with leading experts in the most popular areas of high performance computing (HPC), networking, and storage.”

GPUs Power Analytical Flavor Systems for Brewing Better Beer

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HPC and Beer have always had a certain affinity ever since the days when Cray Research would include a case of Leinenkugel’s with every supercomputer. Now, Brian Caulfield from Nvidia writes that a Pennsylvania startup is using GPUs and Deep Learning technologies to enable brewers to make better beer.

Data Analytics Requires New Libraries

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A convergence in the fields of High Performance Computing (HPC) and Big Data has led to new opportunities for software developers to create and deliver products that can help to analyze very large amounts of data. The HPC software ecosystem over the years have created and maintained sets of numerical libraries, communication API’s (MPI) and applications to make running HPC type applications faster and simpler to design. Low level libraries have been developed so that developers can concentrate on higher level algorithms. Products such as the Intel Math Kernel Library (Intel MKL) have been highly tuned to take advantage of multiple cores and newer instructions sets.

An Open Invitation to Work on the Tianhe-2 Supercomputer

Dr. Yutong Lu, NUDT

European researchers are welcome to use the world’s fastest supercomputer, the Tianhe-2, to pursue their research in collaboration with Chinese scientists and HPC specialists. “Enough Ivy Bridge Xeon E5 2692 processors had already been delivered to allow the Tianhe-2 to be upgraded from its current 55 Petaflops peak performance to the 100 Petaflops mark.”

Autotune Code from ORNL Tunes Your Building Energy Efficiency

Automated calibration software for building efficiency studies, developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers Jibonananda Sanyal (left) and Joshua New, is now available as an open source code.

A team at Oak Ridge has developed a set of automated calibration techniques for tuning residential and commercial building energy efficiency software models to match measured data. Their open source Autotune code is now available on GitHub.

XSEDE & UC Berkeley Offer Online Parallel Computing Course

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The XSEDE project and the University of California, Berkeley are offering an online course on parallel computing for graduate students and advanced undergraduates.

Five Reasons To Deploy Cisco UCS Infrastructure

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Cisco UCS solutions allow for a faster and more optimized deployment of a computing infrastructure. This solution brief details how the Cisco UCS infrastructure can help your organization become more productive more quickly and can achieve business results without having to be concerned with fitting together various pieces of disparate hardware and software.

Microsoft Boosts Azure with GS-Series VMs for Compute-intensive Workloads

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Today Microsoft announced their GS-Series of premium VMs for Compute-intensive workloads. “Powered by the Intel Xeon E5 v3 family processors, the GS-series can have up to 64TB of storage, provide 80,000 IOPs (storage I/Os per second) and deliver 2,000 MB/s of storage throughput. The GS-series offers the highest disk throughput, by more than double, of any VM offered by another hyperscale public cloud provider.”