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House Hearing: Supercomputing and American Technology Leadership

David Turek, VP, Technical Computing, IBM

“Today, we will hear from a distinguished panel of witnesses about the importance of high performance computing to American technological competitiveness, specifically focusing on the Department of Energy’s Advanced Scientific Computing Research program, also known as the “ASCR” program within the Office of Science.”

Five University Partners Line Up With Alan Turing Institute

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The universities of Cambridge Edinburgh, Oxford, Warwick and UCL have been chosen to lead the Alan Turing Institute, which will promote advanced mathematics, computer science, and big data in the UK.

Video: Hong Kong Students Gear Up for ASC15 Student Cluster Challenge

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In this video, students from the Chinese University of Hong Kong gear up for the ASC15 Student Cluster Competition. “Over 100 international universities are expected to register for ASC15, while the number of overseas university is expected to exceed 50,” said ASC Executive Director Dr. Qing (Kitty) Ji.”

Glenn Lockwood on the NSF Future Directions Interim Report

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Glenn K. Lockwood writes that a recent interim report on NSF Advanced Computing raises big concerns about the future of HPC at the National Science Foundation. With NSF funding currently under fire in Congress, I’m thinking concerned taxpayers should give this a good read.

Using HPC in Design and Manufacturing

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Lightweight construction is more than designing according to the laws of nature. It is a social, ecological and economic concern, a philosophy and an aesthetic view. In this case study we see how SL-Rasch (Institute for Scientific Architecture) used HPC to design, simulate and manufacture large umbrellas for use in a variety of places including a mosque.

Supercomputing the 1000 MPH Car at HPC Wales

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In a bid to break the world land speed record of 1000 miles an hour, the UK’s largest distributed general supercomputing network is challenging schools in Wales with the ultimate science project. “Based on the Bloodhound Supersonic Car, this innovative competition will provide pupils with hands on experience of engineering tools and systems through access to technology usually used by Welsh academics, PhD students and businesses.”

Slidecast: UberCloud – From Experiment to Marketplace

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“After 18 months of developing Docker container technology into high performance application containers for engineering and scientific simulations, UberCloud announces the availability of high performance application containers on its online UberCloud Marketplace, for ANSYS Mechanical, Fluent, CFX, Workbench, Icepak, EM, LS-DYNA and LS-PrePost, for CD-adapco STAR-CCM+, and for OpenFOAM, and more in the pipeline. These application containers are portable on all in-house and cloud environments and allow seamless and transparent on-demand access to and use of applications and data in the cloud, with a look and feel identical to your workstation.”

Podcast: Supercomputing the Evolution of Flowers

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In this podcast, scientists describe how they are using TACC supercomputers to study the evolution of flowers.

Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Set for August, 2015

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Argonne will host their 2015 ATPESC Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing for computational scientists. The event takes place August 2-14 in Chicago. “The program provides intensive hands-on training on the key skills, approaches and tools to design, implement, and execute computational science and engineering applications on current supercomputers and the HPC systems of the future. As a bridge to that future, this two-week program to be held at the Pheasant Run Resort in suburban Chicago fills many gaps that exist in the training computational scientists typically receive through formal education or shorter courses.”

Cambridge University Turns to Xeon Phi

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The University of Cambridge plans to transition their HPC workloads to Intel’s Xeon Phi co-processors. The deal will see Intel work along with Dell staff to upgrade the high performance infrastructure used to serve research departments within the university, working in areas such as genomics and astronomy, as well as a growing number of businesses with large compute demands.