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Video: Climate Change – Fact, Fiction, and What You Can Do

Doug Sisterson, Argonne

“Climate change – or as Doug Sisterson, research meteorologist at Argonne National Laboratory, prefers to call it, climate disruption – is probably the greatest challenge we face in modern society, yet many of us don’t fully understand the causes or the consequences. Washington Governor Jay Inslee famously stated: “We’re the first generation to feel the impact of climate change and the last generation that can do something about it.”

Titan Supercomputer Powers the Future of Forecasting

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Knowing how the weather will behave in the near future is indispensable for countless human endeavors. Now, researchers at ECMWF are leveraging the computational power of the Titan supercomputer at Oak Ridge to improve weather forecasting.

SUPER Project Aims at Efficient Supercomputing for Scientists

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“SUPER builds on past successes and now includes research into performance auto-tuning, energy efficiency, resilience, multi-objective optimization, and end-to-end tool integration. Leading the project dovetails neatly with Oliker’s research interests, which include optimization of scientific methods on emerging multi-core systems, ultra-efficient designs of domain-optimized computational platforms and performance evaluation of extreme-scale applications on leading supercomputers.”

Video: High Performance Computing for the LHC

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In this video, Fermilab’s Dr. Don Lincoln gives us a sense of just how much data is involved and the incredible computer resources that make the LHC possible. “The LHC is the world’s highest energy particle accelerator and scientists use it to record an unprecedented amount of data. This data is recorded in electronic format and it requires an enormous computational infrastructure to convert the raw data into conclusions about the fundamental rules that govern matter.”

ORNL Hosts Meetings on OpenACC & OpenMP

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Staff from the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), a US Department of Energy (DOE)Office of Science User Facility, held prominent roles in two recent committee meetings—one focused on OpenACC and one devoted to OpenMP.

Danish Meteorological to Install First Cray in Iceland

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Today Cray announced that the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) has purchased a Cray XC supercomputer and a Cray Sonexion 2000 storage system. Through an arrangement with the Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO), the system will be installed at the IMO datacenter in Reykjavik, Iceland for year-round power and cooling efficiency.

HPC People on the Move – August Edition

Dr. Lewey Anton

Dr. Lewey Anton reports on who’s jumping ship and moving on up in high performance computing. Familiar names on the move include Dr. Ilkay Altintas, Glenn Lockwood, and Wilf Pinfold.

Climate Researchers Collaborate with HPC

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“The complexity and scale of weather and climate simulation have led weather centers and research groups to turn to their own community, either through direct collaboration or open source software initiatives, to increase performance and usability of these hugely complex models.”

Maximizing Benefits of HPC with the National Strategic Computing Initiative

Jorge Titinger, SGI

“What we’re seeing in President Obama’s Executive Order is a major proof point of the importance of high-end computer technology in bolstering and redefining national competitiveness. In the past, a country’s competitiveness and global power was defined by economic growth and defense capabilities. But now we’re seeing the advent of actionable technological insight—especially derived from the power of big data—becoming a factor of a country’s power.”

Tianhe-1A Supercomputer Shuts Down After Catastrophic Blast in China

Photo taken on Aug. 13, 2015 shows broken glass and damaged windows at the National Supercomputer Center in Tianjin after a huge warehouse explosion.

A warehouse explosion in the city of Tianjin has killed 17 people, resulting in a shutdown of the nearby Tianhe-1A supercomputer. Not to be confused with the Tianhe-2 system (currently ranked at #1), the 2.57 Petaflop Tianhe-1A system is currently #24 on the June 2015 TOP500 list.