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Paving the Way for Theta and Aurora

In this special guest feature, John Kirkley writes that Argonne is already building code for their future Theta and Aurora supercomputers based on Intel Knights Landing. “One of the ALCF’s primary tasks is to help prepare key applications for two advanced supercomputers. One is the 8.5-petaflops Theta system based on the upcoming Intel® Xeon Phi™ processor, code-named Knights Landing (KNL) and due for deployment this year. The other is a larger 180-petaflops Aurora supercomputer scheduled for 2018 using Intel Xeon Phi processors, code-named Knights Hill. A key goal is to solidify libraries and other essential elements, such as compilers and debuggers that support the systems’ current and future production applications.”

Best Practices – Dynamic Tuning for Energy Efficiency

“Today’s server systems provide many knobs which influence energy efficiency and performance. Some of these knobs control the behavior of the operating systems, whereas others control the behavior of the hardware itself. Choosing the optimal configuration of the knobs is critical for energy efficiency. In this talk recent research results will be presented, including examples of big data applications that consume less energy when dynamic tuning is employed.”

With GPUOpen, CGG Fuels Petroleum Exploration using AMD FirePro GPUs

Today AMD announced that CGG, a pioneering global geophysical services and equipment company, has deployed AMD FirePro S9150 server GPUs to accelerate its geoscience oil and gas research efforts, harnessing more than 1 PetaFLOPS of GPU processing power. Employing AMD’s HPC GPU Computing software tools available on, CGG rapidly converted its in-house Nvidia CUDA code to OpenCL for seismic data processing running on an AMD FirePro S9150 GPU production cluster, enabling fast, cost-effective GPU-powered research.

Code Modernization for Smarter Geophysics

Today Allinea announced plans to champion what it sees as a key survival message for the Energy industry when it exhibits at the Rice Oil and Gas HPC Conference in Houston next week. “We’ll be underlining to geophysicists at the conference the real commercial gains to be had from focusing on code performance,” said Robert Rick, Allinea’s VP of Sales, Americas. “HPC is helping the industry to operate more efficiently. The next step is for this market is to use code optimization to speed up the valuable seismic imaging and reservoir modeling processes, which are now essential to this industry.”

UCX: An Open Source Framework for HPC Network APIs and Beyond

“Unified Communication X (UCX) is a set of network APIs and their implementations for high performance computing. UCX comes from the combined efforts of national laboratories, industry, and academia to co-design and implement a high-performing and highly scalable communication APIs for next generation applications and systems. UCX solves the problem of moving data memory location “A” to memory location “B” considering across multiple type of memories (DRAM, accelerator memories, etc.) and multiple transports (e.g. InfiniBand, uGNI, Shared Memory, CUDA, etc. ), while minimizing latency, and maximizing bandwidth and message rate.”

Cyber Security: IDC Study Shows Wide Range of Corporate Preparedness

“The findings of a recent IDC study on the cybersecurity practices of U.S. businesses reveal a wide spectrum of attitudes and approaches to the growing challenge of keeping corporate data safe. While the minority of cybersecurity “best practitioners” set an admirable example, the study findings indicate that most U.S. companies today are underprepared to deal effectively with potential security breaches from outside or inside their firewalls.”

Call for Papers: International Workshop on Performance-Portable Programming Models for Accelerators

The first annual International Workshop on Performance Portable Programming Models for Accelerators has issued its Call for Papers. Known as P^3MA, the workshop will provide a forum for bringing together researchers, vendors, users and developers to brainstorm aspects of heterogeneous computing and its various tools and techniques.

Second Intel Parallel Computing Center Opens at SDSC

Intel has opened a second parallel computing center at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), at the University of California, San Diego. The focus of this new engagement is on earthquake research, including detailed computer simulations of major seismic activity that can be used to better inform and assist disaster recovery and relief efforts.

Registration Opens for Inaugural Nimbix Developer Summit in Dallas

Registration is now open for the inaugural Nimbix Developer Summit. With an impressive lineup of speakers & sponsors from Mellanox, migenius, Xilinx, and more, the event takes place March 15 in Dallas, Texas. “The summit agenda will feature topics such as hardware acceleration, coprocessing, photorealistic rendering, bioinformatics, and high performance analytics. The sessions will conclude with a panel of developers discussing how to overcome challenges of creating and optimizing cloud-based applications.”

European ExaNeSt Project to Pave the Way to Exascale

Today the European Consortium announced a step towards Exascale computing with the ExaNeSt project. Funded by the Horizon 2020 initiative, ExaNeSt plans to build its first straw man prototype in 2016. The Consortium consists of twelve partners, each of which has expertise in a core technology needed for innovation to reach Exascale. ExaNeSt takes the sensible, integrated approach of co-designing the hardware and software, enabling the prototype to run real-life evaluations, facilitating its scalability and maturity into this decade and beyond.