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Video: Supercomputing the Faint Young Sun Paradox


In this video, University of Colorado Boulder doctoral student Eric Wolf describes how the Janus supercomputer runs climate simulations that help him study why the early earth was warm despite the Sun being much less luminous that it is today. This quandary is known as the Faint Young Sun Paradox. As one of the first container-based supercomputers in academia, the Janus supercomputer comprises 1368 compute nodes, each containing 12 cores, for a total 16,416 available cores.

Acoustic Simulation is Now Key to Successful Product Design


“Creating the right sound profile for a product is increasingly complicated. The current emphasis on energy efficiency and smaller environmental footprints, driven by government mandates and consumer preferences, influences the design of vehicles, aircraft, personal electronics and household appliances. Integrating acoustic simulation software into their design processes gives them insight before their products hit the showroom floor – or in other words, when it’s too late.”

10th Annual OpenFabrics Workshop Brings Together HPC Interconnect Community


“Over the years the OpenFabrics Alliance has developed a record of technology leadership, and you only get that kind of leadership thinking through the sort of face-to-face collaboration that occurs at the annual workshops. These workshops are where I/O technologists from all branches of the computing world can gather in an environment that fosters creative solutions to problems such as those posed by emerging Exascale computing. The outcome of these workshops ends up being a key driver in focusing the OFA’s efforts in continuing to push I/O technology forward.”

HPC Centers Propel Industry Forward with CAE Simulation


HPC Centers play a critical role in providing resources and expertise to improve the effectiveness of CAE simulation for manufacturing companies. “The HPC team at NCSA is able to leverage the compute power of Blue Waters, ISV relationships and the industrial partnerships to enable new levels of performance in CAE simulation (again, it’s a team effort).”

Seac02 Brings Augmented Reality to Altair Alliance


Seac02, the developer of the real-time rendering and augmented reality software LinceoVR, has joined the Altair Partner Alliance (APA). As the APA’s first rendering tool, LinceoVR expands the program’s simulation offering.

Using TACC Supercomputers to Design Safer Offshore Oil Platforms


Researchers are using TACC supercomputers to design next-generation of offshore floating platforms. “Technip has one of the largest computer clusters among engineering companies, but the simulations would take weeks to complete, said Jang Kim, Chief Technical Advisor at Technip. “Stampede has allowed us to run simulations in one day or even overnight. We are then able to get these safer designs out into use faster.”

Inside the UberCloud HPC Experiment


Over at HPC Magazine, Wolfgang Gentzsch and Burak Yenier write that high performance computing in the cloud is now becoming a reality. For many, getting there entails reviewing (and demystifying) the issues traditionally associated with Cloud HPC, including performance, cost, software licensing, and security.

Interview: Terascala and High Performance Data Movement


“Terascala’s intelligent operating system, TeraOS, simplifies managing Lustre®-based storage and optimizes workflows, providing the high throughput storage HPC users need to solve bigger problems faster. For the HPC folks, this means that Terascala-powered storage appliances can reduce run times to hours instead of days or weeks.”

ISC’14 Adds New Track on Industry Innovation through HPC


High Performance Computing continues to gain traction out there in the enterprise. Along these lines, the ISC’14 conference has announced two-day session track entitled “Industry Innovation through HPC.”

NeCTAR Research Cloud to Grow to 30,000 Cores


The NeCTAR Research Cloud in Australia will be expanded considerably during 2014 with more research cloud nodes joining and the existing cloud nodes expanding their offerings.