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Funding the March Towards Exascale

Robert Roe

In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Robert Roe writes that recent DOE funding for high end supercomputing bodes well for the continuing march to Exascale levels of computation.

PayPal Joins HPC User Forum Steering Committee

Ryan Quick & Arno Kolster

Today IDC announced that Digital payment leader PayPal has joined the Steering Committee of the HPC User Forum. PayPal’s Arno Kolster will serve as the company’s primary representative and Ryan Quick will serve as alternate. IDC estimates that PayPal has saved more than $700 million by moving up to HPC in a very innovative way […]

PRACEdays15 Issues Call for Posters

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The PRACE Scientific and Industrial Conference 2015 (PRACEdays15) has issued its Call for Posters. PRACEdays15 will be held in Dublin, Ireland with a mission to “Enable Science and Foster Industry.

How CoDesign Helps Shape Successful Hardware and Software Development

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“In working to improve future hardware and software for its simulation requirements, Sandia National Laboratories are engaging in co-design efforts with major hardware vendors. In this talk recent improvements influenced by the collaboration with NVIDIA will be discussed. The presentation will in particular focus on newly available experimental C++11 support in CUDA and how this facilitates both more rapid porting of applications to GPUs as well as better exploitation of GPU architecture characteristics. Furthermore, initial performance studies on NVIDIA’s next generation Tesla product line will be presented as well as first impressions of an IBM POWER-8 based GPU cluster.”

Interview: Happy Sithole on Workload Management at CHPC

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In the video interview shown below, Sithole describes how CHPC is on the fast track to acquire over a Petaflop of computing power in the next year to meet the demands of its regional scientists and engineers. That represents a daunting task for system management, and CHPC is already using PBS Professional software from Altair to keep their systems systems fully utilized.

Cray Lands Two Christmas Deals

Cray

In a final seasonal burst of good cheer, Cray has announced two big new orders for its computers following immediately on from the start-up of a newly installed machine at the University of Hawaii, just ahead of Christmas.

NOAA to Acquire 5 Petaflops of Weather Forecasting Power

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This week NOAA announced an increase supercomputing capacity to provide more timely, accurate, reliable, and detailed forecasts.

Challenges on the Titan Supercomputer: Accelerating the Path to the Exascale

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“I will summarize the benefits, challenges, and lessons learned in deploying Titan and in preparing applications to move from conventional CPU architectures to a hybrid, accelerated architectures. I will emphasize on the challenges we have encountered with emerging programming models and how we are addressing these challenges using directive based-approaches. I also plan to discuss the early science outcomes from Titan in diverse areas such as materials sciences, nuclear energy, and engineering sciences. I will also discuss research outcomes from a growing number of industrial partnerships.”

Slidecast: UK HPC in 2015

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In this slidecast, Julian Fielden from OCF describes the outlook for HPC in the UK for 2015.

Europe Gets Why Big Data Needs Networks

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In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Tom Wilkie writes that the way Europe has joined up its networks not only supports supercomputing on the continent, but also offers a model for international cooperation that might have lessons for the development of next-generation technology.