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Video: The Molecular Sciences Software Institute

Daniel Crawford from Virginia Tech gave this talk at the HPC User Forum. “The Molecular Sciences Software Institute serves as a nexus for science, education, and cooperation serving the worldwide community of computational molecular scientists – a broad field including of biomolecular simulation, quantum chemistry, and materials science. The Institute will spur significant advances in software infrastructure, education, standards, and best-practices that are needed to enable the molecular science community to open new windows on the next generation of scientific Grand Challenges.”

DataSite HPC Solution to use Motivair ChilledDoor Rack Systems

Today DataSite announced it will install Motivair Corporation’s ChilledDoor Rack Cooling system to accommodate a high performance computing environment for a strategic customer. “This initial engagement will officially launch an ongoing partnership between the two companies to deliver HPC services across DataSite’s facilities.We were eager to accommodate our customers’ desire to deploy HPC clusters in DataSite facilities, but did not want to sacrifice operational efficiencies,” comments Rob Wilson, Executive Vice President for DataSite. “After an extensive search of the HPC cooling market, Motivair was selected as the ideal product that provided industry best cooling capabilities while meeting DataSite’s Sustainability commitments.”

Rescale to Offer On-Demand LS-DYNA Licenses in Europe

Today Rescale announced that hourly, on-demand licenses of the popular finite element analysis software LS-DYNA are now available in Europe on ScaleX Enterprise, Rescale’s enterprise cloud platform for big compute. The announcement builds on the growth of on-demand licensing in the United States, which accounts for 99% of LS-DYNA jobs on ScaleX in that country. DYNAmore, an LS-DYNA European distributor, will take care of orders and billing, while Rescale will deliver the software on its cloud platform.

HPC Accelerating Combustion Engine Design

Sibendu Som from Argonne presented this talk at the HPC User Forum. “Sibendu Som is a mechanical engineer and principal investigator for developing predictive spray and combustion modeling capabilities for compression ignition engines. With the aid of high-performance computing, Sibendu focuses on developing robust models which can improve the performance and emission characteristics of a variety of bio-derived fuels. Predictive simulation capability can provide significant insights on how to improve the efficiency and emissions for different bio-derived fuels of interest.”

STEM: Keeping the Interest

In this special guest feature, Kim McMahon writes that helping get young people interested in STEM is the job of every HPC professional. “The ISC High Performance Conference is taking charge and educating with the establishment of a STEM Student Day at the ISC High Performance conference in Frankfurt in June. The program is new this year, and aims to bring together STEM students and HPC Community, show students the technical skills that will help them in their careers, and introduce students to the various jobs in the STEM field.”

LANL Prepares Next Generation of HPC Professionals at New Mexico High School Supercomputing Challenge

More than 200 New Mexico students and teachers from 55 different teams came together in Albuquerque the week to showcase their computing research projects at the 27th annual New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge expo and awards ceremony. “It is encouraging to see the excitement generated by the participants and the great support provided by all the volunteers involved in the Supercomputing Challenge,” said David Kratzer of the Laboratory’s High Performance Computing Division, the Los Alamos coordinator of the Supercomputing Challenge.

European Exascale System Interconnect & Storage

“The project, called ExaNeSt, is based on ARM processors, originally developed for mobile and embedded applications. Where ExaNeSt differs from Mont Blanc, however, is a focus on networking and on the design of applications. ExaNeSt is co-designing the hardware and software, enabling the prototype to run real-life evaluations – facilitating a stable, scalable platform that will be used to encourage the development of HPC applications for use on this ARM based supercomputing architecture.”

Echelon Code on Minksy Servers Sets Record for Oil & Gas Simulation

IBM and Stone Ridge Technology have announced a new performance milestone in reservoir simulation that will improve efficiency and lower the cost of production. Working with Nvidia, the companies reported that they had beat previous results using one-tenth the power and 1/100th of the space by employing GPUs alongside a GPU optimized code from Stone Ridge Technology called ECHELON.

Spectra BlackPearl Gets Globus Client Certification

Today Spectra Logic announced that Globus has completed client certification for its Spectra BlackPearl Converged Storage System. BlackPearl allows customers in university, high performance computing (HPC) and research organizations to seamlessly store data to disk, tape and cloud storage using a unified interface provided by Globus. Globus software-as-a-service (SaaS) simplifies file transfer, sharing and data publication for geographically diverse research communities worldwide. Spectra’s BlackPearl Converged Storage System integrates efficiently with the Globus service and delivers a fully integrated storage solution built to transfer data between Globus users, reducing overall data management time, cost and complexities.

OCF in the UK Adopts Iceotope Liquid Cooling Technology

“Iceotope’s novel approach to liquid cooling allows us to deliver compute capability for customers with environments outside the traditional air cooled datacentre – for example a factory shop floor or an office environment where standard servers are too noisy,” said Steve Reynolds, sales director at OCF. “Our partnership with Iceotope enables us to provide an alternative and innovative solution for our customers.”