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PNNL Simulations Point to Accelerating Climate Change

The rate of temperature change is rising and will continue to do so, as seen here with the thick gray line. This model depicts rates measured in 40-year windows of time, a time frame that reflects lifespans of people.

“An analysis of changes to the climate that occur over several decades suggests that these changes are happening faster than historical levels and are starting to speed up. The Earth is now entering a period of changing climate that will likely be faster than what’s occurred naturally over the last thousand years, according to a new paper in Nature Climate Change, committing people to live through and adapt to a warming world.”

Agenda Posted for Open Fabrics Workshop, March 15-18 in Monterey

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Services Department Head, National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

The OpenFabrics Alliance has published the agenda for their Developers’ Workshop in Monterey, CA. Beginning with a March March 15 keynote by Katie Antipas from NERSC, the agenda will center around three major themes: Applications Performance, Non-Volatile Memory, and Systems-on-a-Chip (SoCs).

HPC User Forum Returns to Norfolk April 13-15

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IDC has published the agenda for their next HPC User Forum. The event will take place April 13-15 in Norfolk, VA. “Don’t miss the chance to hear top experts on these high-innovation, high-growth areas of the HPC market. You’ll also hear about government initiatives in the works for future-generation supercomputers.”

ClusterStor Solution for HPC and Big Data

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The ClusterStor SDA is built on Seagate’s successful ClusterStor family of high performance storage solutions for HPC and Big Data, providing unmatched file system performance, optimized productivity and the HPC industry’s highest levels of efficiency, reliability, availability and serviceability. Taking full advantage of the Lustre file system, Seagate ClusterStor is designed for massive scale-out performance and capacity, with the ability to support from hundreds to tens-of-thousands of client compute nodes delivering data intensive workload throughput from several GB/sec to over 1TB/sec.

Cray XC40 Hornet Supercomputer Scales to 96K Cores on Scientific Applications

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Today GCS in Germany announced that their new Hornet supercomputer at HLRS is ready for extreme-scale computing challenges. “To test its mettle, Hornet successfully completed six “XXL-projects” from computationally demanding scientific fields such as planetary research, climatology, environmental chemistry, and aerospace. All six XXL Projects utilized all of Hornet’s available 94,646 compute cores–results that more than satisfied the HLRS HPC experts and scientific users.”

Radio Free HPC Polarizes Over Net Neutrality

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In this episode, the Radio Free HPC team splits on the topic of Net Neutrality. The FCC will soon publish its new rules for ensuring an even playing field for Internet Bandwidth. “Dan doesn’t like the idea one bit. Henry disagrees and thinks we need Net Neutrality to keep the Comcasts of the world from running amok. As for Rich, he just finds the whole argument rather amusing since it’s pretty much a done deal.”

HPC News Roundup for February 27, 2015

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As we head into the busy event season we like to call HPC March Madness, the past week has had its share of notable news items that didn’t make it to the Features page.

Spanish Meteorological Procures 168 Teraflop Bull Supercomputer

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A new supercomputer, provided by the French company Bull, will be predicting accurately whether or not the rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain.

DDN Powers Fight Against Ebola at VBI

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Today DDN announced that the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute is using the company’s GRIScaler storage solutions to perform rapid, accurate Ebola outbreak modeling for the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency.

NERSC Honors HPC Achievement Award Winners

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This week NERSC announced the winners of its third annual HPC Achievement Awards. The awards recognize NERSC users who have demonstrated an innovative use of HPC resources to solve a scientific problem or whose work has had an exceptional impact on scientific understanding or society.