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Altair To Acquire Visual Solutions, Makers of VisSim

Altair has announced plans to acquire Visual Solutions, Inc., makers of VisSim, an innovative visual language for mathematical modeling, simulation, and model-based embedded system development.

IBM Offers World Community Grid to Sustainability Scientists

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Today IBM announced that the company will provide eligible scientists studying climate change-related issues with free access to dedicated virtual supercomputing in support of the White House Climate Data Initiative.

Video: An Introduction to OpenACC

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In this video, Bronson Messer from ORNL presents: An Introduction to OpenACC. “OpenACC is gaining momentum and adoption,” said Duncan Poole, President of the OpenACC Standards Group. “Developers benefit because using OpenACC directives makes parallel programming more productive and collaboration easier. Large, legacy codes are easier to maintain and accelerated code is more portable across HPC systems.”

New Whitepaper: File I/O on Intel Xeon Phi (RAM disks, VirtIO, NFS, and Lustre)

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“This paper provides information and benchmarks necessary to make the choice of the best file system for a given application from a number of the available options: RAM disks, virtualized local hard drives, and distributed storage shared with NFS or Lustre. We report benchmarks of I/O performance and parallel scalability on Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors, strengths and limitations of each option.”

Bright Computing Secures $14.5 Million Funding

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“Bright is in markets as competitive as we’ve ever been, especially in the big data Hadoop and OpenStack private cloud spaces. I believe we will thrive in these markets because we are bringing years of relevant experience to bear in new ways that will accelerate the adoption of these new technologies. But most people today are still struggling to build and maintain their clouds and clusters using a collection of mismatched tools. We have a lot of work ahead of us, and we’re ready to roll. Onwards!”

SC14 Technical Program: an Interview with Jack Dongarra

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“Over the years I have chaired many parts of the Technical Program, but never had a chance to chair the whole Technical Program. SC plays an important role in the high-performance community. It is through the SC Conference that HPC practitioners get an overview of the field, get to showcase our important work, and network with the community.”

Radio Free HPC Looks at the Need for Better Resource Management in Linux

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“I think the time has come for Linux – and likely other operating systems – to develop a more robust framework that can address the needs of future hardware and meet the requirements for scheduling resources. This framework is not going to be easy to develop, but it is needed by everything from databases and MapReduce to simple web queries.”

Video: The CloudFlow Experiment – CFD in the Cloud

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In this video from the I4MS Event in Berlin, Michel Pottiez presents: Cloudflow – The CFD Experiment.

This Week in HPC: Intel Maps Omni Scale Future and IBM Moves InfiniBand to the Cloud

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In this episode of This Week in HPC, Michael Feldman and Addison Snell from Intersect360 Research discuss the new Intel Omni Scale Fabric as well as IBM’s plans plans to add an InfiniBand high-speed data transfer option to its SoftLayer cloud before the end of the third quarter of 2014.

Video: Pathways to Exascale N-body Simulations

In this video from the Exascale Computing in Astrophysics Conference, Tom Quinn from the University of Washington presents: Pathways to Exascale N-body Simulations.