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IBM and NVIDIA Launch Centers of Excellence at ORNL and LLNL


Today IBM along with Nvidia and two U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratories today announced a pair of Centers of Excellence for supercomputing – one at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the other at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The collaborations are in support of IBM’s supercomputing contract with the U.S. Department of Energy. They will enable advanced, large-scale scientific and engineering applications both for supporting DOE missions, and for the Summit and Sierra supercomputer systems to be delivered respectively to Oak Ridge and Lawrence Livermore in 2017 and to be operational in 2018.

Radio Free HPC Looks at Supercomputing Global Flood Maps


In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at how the KatRisk startup is using GPUs on the Titan supercomputer to calculate global flood maps. “KatRisk develops event-based probabilistic models to quantify portfolio aggregate losses and exceeding probability curves. Their goal is to develop models that fully correlate all sources of flood loss including explicit consideration of tropical cyclone rainfall and storm surge.”

IBM Research Alliance Develops First 7nm Node


Today IBM Research announced that working with alliance partners at SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering it has produced the semiconductor industry’s first 7nm node test chips with functional transistors. According to IBM, the breakthrough underscores the company’s continued leadership and long-term commitment to semiconductor technology research.

Rolls-Royce Joins JISC Industrial Supercomputing Initiative


Today JISC in the U.K. announced that Rolls-Royce is the first company to join its industrial supercomputing initiative. Designed to break down barriers between industry and academia, JISC will provide Rolls-Royce with easy access to supercomputing equipment at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) HPC Midlands.

Top HPC Centers Meet in Barcelona at JLESC

JLESC 2015: 3rd Joint Laboratory for Extreme-Scale Computing

Top researchers from six of the largest supercomputing centers got together in Barcelona at the beginning of this month for the Joint Laboratory for Extreme‐Scale Computing (JLESC) to discuss the challenges for future supercomputers.

insideBIGDATA Guide to Scientific Research

HPC Life Sciences

Daniel Gutierrez, Managing Editor, of insideBIGDATA has put together a terrific Guide to Scientific Research. The goal of this paper is to provide a road map for scientific researchers wishing to capitalize on the rapid growth of big data technology for collecting, transforming, analyzing, and visualizing large scientific data sets.

Ed Seidel Presents: Supercomputing in an Era of Big Data and Big Collaboration


“Supercomputing has reached a level of maturity and capability where many areas of science and engineering are not only advancing rapidly due to computing power, they cannot progress without it. I will illustrate examples from NCSA’s Blue Waters supercomputer, and from major data-intensive projects including the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, and give thoughts on what will be needed going forward.”

Interview: Workshop on Euro/Latin American HPC Collaboration Coming to ISC 2015

Dr. Carlos Jaime Barrios Hernández

The ISC 2015 conference will feature a day-long workshop on European/Latin American HPC Collaboration. To learn more, we caught up with workshop organizer Dr. Carlos Jaime Barrios Hernández from the Universidad Industrial de Santander.

PRACE Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

PRACE logo

Today the PRACE Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe celebrated its fifth anniversary. In the past five years, PRACE has come a long way, growing from a project-based consortium into a fully-fledged international association of 25 countries.

Success Stories in Personalized Medicine

Personalized medicine

Universities and hospitals like TGen and NMTRC are seeing an entirely new reality in patient care leveraging HPC clusters. Here are some success stories on on advances in personalized medicine.