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Podcast: NNSA Discusses $174 Million Trinity Supercomputer

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“Forty-two petaFLOPS equals one big upgrade for the National Nuclear Security Administration. A new super computer dubbed Trinity will be assembled next year at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The $174 million deal with Cray is one of the biggest contracts in the supercomputer manufacturers history. Cray also built supercomputer Cielo, which will be retired after Trinity is up and running.”

Video: Combining Performance and Portability

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In this video, Jeff Hammond from Argonne presents: Combining Performance and Portability.

Burst Buffers and Data-Intensive Scientific Computing

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“For those who haven’t been following the details of one of DOE’s more recent procurement rounds, the NERSC-8 and Trinity request for proposals (RFP) explicitly required that all vendor proposals include a burst buffer to address the capability of multi-petaflop simulations to dump tremendous amounts of data in very short order. The target use case is for petascale checkpoint-restart, where the memory of thousands of nodes (hundreds of terabytes of data) needs to be flushed to disk in an amount of time that doesn’t dominate the overall execution time of the calculation.”

Intel’s Eric Barton on the Need to Move Beyond Posix for Exascale IO

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In this video from ISC’14, Eric Barton from Intel describes the goals of the two-year FastForward Storage and IP Project, which the company wrapped up recently.

International Exascale Workshop Culminates with US-Japan Collaboration Agreement

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On June 22, the US Department of Energy (DOE) and Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) signed an agreement to collaborate on exascale supercomputing technologies for the scientific community. In a nutshell, the plan is to build a common OS kernel that can be used by all post-petascale systems, regardless of hardware eccentricities.

This Week in HPC: Russia ARMs itself Against x86 and Yet More Supercomputer Lists

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In this episode of This Week in HPC, Michael Feldman and Addison Snell from Intersect360 Research discuss reports that Russia plans to build their own ARM chip with help from T-Platforms. After the break, they take a look at the latest supercomputing rankings from the Green500 and the new HPCG benchmark.

IBM Platform Computing Offers Cloud Service

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Life sciences, finance, government and numerous other organizations are relying on their HPC clusters for their daily operations. But how can you powerfully scale this type of environment? Learn how cloud services offer you dynamic control over both workloads and resources.

OrangeFS: A Scalable, Parallel File System Whose Time Has Come

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Many of the major advances in HPC have been the result of collaboration between academia and the big government labs. This has been the case with PVFS (Parallel Virtual File System) and its latest generation, the scale-out file system known as OrangeFS.

Benefits of Liquid Cooling for HPC

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In this Sponsored Post from CoolIT we explore the many benefits liquid cooling offers to HPC and data center operators. For starters liquid cooling is about 3,500 times better at storing and transferring heat than air. Direct contact liquid cooling (DCLC) uses the exceptional thermal conductivity of liquid to provide dense, concentrated cooling to targeted areas. The many benefits of liquid cooling may surprise you.

Materials Genome Initiative Steps Forward with Shared Data Facility

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The National Data Service Consortium is launching a materials data facility for the advancement of materials science research through open data access and sharing.