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NEDO in Japan Funds Solar Research at TACC

At the signing ceremony, partners on the next-generation energy efficient data center give the "Hook 'em, Horns" hand sign. From left to right: NTTF Senior Executive Vice President Atsushi Ichihoshi, UT Austin President Gregory L. Fenves, Texas Secretary of State Carlos Casco, NEDO Executive Director Fumio Ueda. Photo by Marsha Miller.

Thanks to $13 Million in research funding from NEDO in Japan, the University of Texas at Austin will begin using alternative energy sources to power some of its HPC Clusters.

Lead Agencies for President’s NSCI Initiative to Gather at HPC User Forum

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As reported here, President Obama established the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI) in July to ensure the United States continues leading high performance computing over the coming decades. Today, IDC announced what promises to be the first NSCI discussion involving the lead agencies at their next HPC User Forum.

Video: Next-Gen Hurricane Prediction

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“Since Hurricane Katrina made landfall in 20015, storm prediction technology has seen dramatic forward movement, from improved software to better use of observations and increased computing power – all aimed at giving emergency decision makers more time and specifics to help protect lives and property. The expert panelists in this Congressional Briefing outline research advances that have led to better forecasting of hurricane and tropical storm weather and impacts. And they spotlight research directions that hold promise for future improvements.”

HPC User Forum to Spotlight High Performance Computing ROI

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IDC will present a report on ROI for HPC at their next HPC User Forum. The event will take place Sept. 8-10 in Broomfield, CO.

Argonne Selects Theta Supercomputer Early Science Projects

For one of the Theta ESP projects, University of Chicago scientist Alexei Khokhlov will continue his research into the deflagration-to-detonation transition process in hydrogen-oxygen mixtures. This image from a previous INCITE project shows weak ignition behind a reflected Mach=1.5 shock in a stoichiometric hydrogen-oxygen mixture at 0.1 atm initial pressure.

Today the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) announced the selection of six projects for its Theta Early Science Program (ESP), a collaborative effort designed to help prepare scientific applications for the architecture and scale of the new supercomputer.

Advancing HPC with Collaboration & Co-design

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In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Tom Wilkie reports on two US initiatives for future supercomputers, announced at the ISC in Frankfurt in July.

Agenda Posted for HPC User Forum, Sept. 8-10 in Broomfield

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IDC has published the agenda for their next HPC User Forum. The event will take place Sept. 8-10 in Broomfield, CO.

Compute Canada to Renew National Research Computing Infrastructure

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Today Compute Canada announced funding to renew and consolidate the Canadian national platform for advanced research computing. Compute Canada and its regional partners ACENET, Calcul Quebec, Compute Ontario, and WestGrid will receive close to $75 million through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s Cyberinfrastructure Initiative competition launched in 2014.

BSC and CEA to Collaborate on HPC Innovation

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Today the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) and French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) announced plans to collaborate on HPC research and technology innovation. Both organizations have signed an agreement to help promoting “a globally competitive HPC value chain and flagship industry”, echoing the European Union strategy in the domain.

Video: Argonne Presents HPC Plans at ISC 2015

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“In April 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy announced a $200 million supercomputing investment coming to Argonne National Laboratory. As the third of three Coral supercomputer procurements, the deal will comprise an 8.5 Petaflop “Theta” system based on Knights Landing in 2016 and a much larger 180 Petaflop “Aurora” supercomputer in 2018. Intel will be the prime contractor on the deal, with sub-contractor Cray building the actual supercomputers.”