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SuperMUC Upgraded to 6.8 Petaflops

Hoechstleistungsrechners SuperMUC am LRZ Leibniz-Rechenzentrum
Foto: Andreas Heddergott

On Monday, the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) celebrated the expansion of their SuperMUC cluster. Now in production mode, the 6.8 Petaflop “Phase 2″ supercomputer is powered by over 241,000 Intel processor cores.

Solar Superstorms Documentary Powered by Blue Waters

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A new high-resolution science documentary about the dynamics of the Sun will feature data-driven supercomputer visualizations produced by NCSA. Narrated by Benedict Cumberbach, Solar Superstorms debuts June 30 at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum in Baton Rouge before heading out to more than a dozen planetariums and science centers around the world.

Addressing Climate Change Uncertainties with Petascale Computing

Donald J. Wuebbles, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“This collaborative research between the University of Illinois, the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and the University of Maryland is aimed at using the Blue Waters petascale resources to address key uncertainties associated with the numerical modeling of the Earth’s climate system and the ability to accurately analyze past and projected future changes in climate.”

Trends in HPC Leading to Exascale

Bill Nitzburg, Altair

Over at the Altair Blog, Bill Nitzberg has started a series of posts looking at the road to Exascale. He starts by looking back at the trends that have lead us to this point, concluding that Exascale infrastructure will require advances in four areas: scale, speed, resilience, and power management.

Sandia’s Z machine Helps Pinpoint Age of Saturn

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How old is Saturn? Researchers are using Sandia’s Z machine to find out.

Video: 1.68 Petaflop Prometheus Supercomputer Comes to Cyfronet

Kraków, 27.04.2015. Oficjalna prezentacja najszybszego superkomputera w historii Polski - Prometheusa, 27 bm. w Akademickim Centrum Komputerowym Cyfronet AGH w Krakowie. (mr) PAP/Stanis³aw Rozpêdzik

In this video, officials from Cyfronet describe Prometheus, a new HP Apollo 8000 supercomputer with 1.68 Petaflops of peak performance.

Video: Supercomputing the Human Brain at Jülich

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In this video, Prof. Dr. Dirk Pleiter from the Jülich Supercomputing Centre describes how Jülich is creating a 3D model of the human brain. “Jülich Supercomputing Centre, one of the largest research center in Germany, uses Lenovo Enterprise Systems to support research into a wide range of fields including neuroscience, fundamental physics, life sciences, climate change and energy.”

Video: Supercomputing Exoplanets

Erika Nesvold, UMBC

Astronomers Erika Nesvold (UMBC) and Marc Kuchner (NASA Goddard) essentially created a virtual Beta Pictoris in the computer and watched it evolve over millions of years. It is the first full 3-D model of a debris disk where scientists can watch the development of asymmetric features formed by planets, like warps and eccentric rings, and also track collisions among the particles at the same time.

Time to Unite Exascale and Big Data

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In this video, Dan Reed from the University of Iowa describes the era of Exascale Computing and Big Data. In a recent paper co-authored with Jack Dongarra, Reed makes an impassioned plea for hardware and software integration and cultural convergence.

Materials Discovery by Computation – a Revolution Still in the Making

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“We will describe recent progress and successes obtained in predicting properties of matter by quantum simulations, and discuss algorithmic challenges in connection with the use of evolving high-performance computing architectures. We will also discuss open issues related to the validation of the approximate, first principles theories used in large-scale quantum simulations.”