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Supercomputing 101: A History of Platform Evolution and Future Trends

Rob Neely

This talk gives a history of the various eras of High Performance Computing as defined by the dominant platforms, starting with mainframes and continuing through vector architectures, massively parallel architectures, and the current emerging trends that will define the upcoming exascale era.

With ACME, National Labs Collaborate on Climate Change


In an unprecedented collaboration, eight national laboratories will apply supercomputing resources to a new climate study with the National Center for Atmospheric Research. The project, called Accelerated Climate Modeling for Energy, or ACME, is designed to accelerate the development and application of fully coupled, state-of-the-science Earth system models for scientific and energy applications.

NSF Funds New Testbeds for Cloud Application Experiments


Today the NSF announced a pair of $10 million cloud computing testbeds for the development of novel cloud architectures and applications.

NCMS Becomes Affiliate to Joint Center for Energy Storage Research


The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) has become an affiliate to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR).

Video: HPC as Key Technology for NASA


In this video the Teratec Forum, Rupak Biswas from NASA describes how modeling and simulation using supercomputers is critical to the agency’s mission.

Jay Boisseau Moves to Lead Vizias Startup

Jay Boisseau, CEO of Vizias

Jay Boisseau, the former Director of the Texas Advanced Computing Center, is now CEO at a stealthy startup called Vizias. As you’ll recall, Boisseau left TACC in January. While the Vizias web site is just a placeholder at the moment, we were able to discover some details about the company from their Facebook page.

TACC Workshop: Leveraging HPC Resources for Managing Large Datasets


This October TACC will host a hands-on workshop on Leveraging High Performance Computing Resources for Managing Large Datasets.

Lab Directors Talk HPC at Unprecedented Round Table


In an unprecedented conversation, the directors of four national laboratories gathered electronically for a roundtable discussion about high-performance computing. The participants were Paul Hommer (Sandia), Charles McMillan (Los Alamos National Laboratory), William Goldstein (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory), Thom Mason (Oak Ridge National Laboratory); and Robert Meisner (DOE ASC Advanced Strategic Computing Office).

Tackling Power Grid Challenges with the Peregrine Supercomputer

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, right, joins NREL Director Dan Arvizu, center, and NREL Computational Science Center Director Steve Hammond, left, at the unveiling of Peregrine.

Peregrine provides much-needed computational capability to model complex systems such as the grid, to allow us to ask ‘what if’ questions, and to optimize how these systems are designed and deployed with much higher confidence in their efficiency and robustness.”

Job of the Week: PETTT Senior Technical Lead at Engility


Engility is seeking a PETTT Senior Technical Lead in our Job of the Week.