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SGI Powers New SPICE System for Weather Forecasting at UK Met Office

“With the new SPICE system from SGI, we have seen a step-change in performance for our researchers and scientists doing post-processing of weather and climate data,” said Richard Bevan, Head of Operational Technology at the Met Office. “Tasks that used to take 1-2 days to complete are now done in a fraction of that time, allowing scientists to perform multiple runs in one day.”

UK Met Office Research Simulations Predict European Winter One Year Ahead

In a paper published today in Nature Geoscience, scientists at the Met Office have demonstrated significant advances in predicting up to one year ahead the phases of the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO), which drives European and North American winter variability. The NAO – a large-scale gradient in air pressure measured between low pressure around Iceland and high pressure around the Azores – is the primary driver of winter climate variability for Europe.

CSCS in Switzerland to Celebrate 25 Years of Supercomputing

Over at CSCS, Simone Ulmer writes that the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre is turning twenty-five. First opened in 1991, CSCS supports users from Swiss and international institutions in their top-flight research and runs computers as a service facility for research associations and MeteoSwiss.

Moving Beyond Moore’s Law with the New CRNCH Center at Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech is taking on the challenge of moving computing past the end of Moore’s Law by standing up a new interdisciplinary research center, which is known as CRNCH. “We knew that at some point physics would come into play. We hit that wall around 2005,” said Tom Conte, inaugural director of CRNCH and professor in Georgia Tech’s schools of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering.

HPC Bear Cloud to Power Research at University of Birmingham

Designed specifically with researchers in mind, the Birmingham Environment for Academic Research (BEAR) Cloud will augment an already rich set of IT services at the University of Birmingham and will be used by academics across all disciplines, from Medicine to Archaeology, and Physics to Theology. “We are very proud of the new system, but building a research cloud isn’t easy,” said Simon Thompson, Research Computing Infrastructure Architect in IT Services at the University of Birmingham. “We challenged a range of carefully-selected partners to provide the underlying technology.”

Slidecast: Running HPC Simulation Workflows in Microsoft Azure

In this video from the Microsoft Ignite Conference, Tejas Karmarkar describes how to run your HPC Simulations on Microsoft Azure – with UberCloud container technology. “High performance computing applications are some of the most challenging to run in the cloud due to requirements that can include fast processors, low-latency networking, parallel file systems, GPUs, and Linux. We show you how to run these engineering, research and scientific workloads in Microsoft Azure with performance equivalent to on-premises. We use customer case studies to illustrate the basic architecture and alternatives to help you get started with HPC in Azure.”

Streamlining HPC Workloads with Containers

“While we often talk about the density advantages of containers, it’s the opposite approach that we use in the High Performance Computing world! Here, we use exactly 1 system container per node, giving it unlimited access to all of the host’s CPU, Memory, Disk, IO, and Network. And yet we can still leverage the management characteristics of containers — security, snapshots, live migration, and instant deployment to recycle each node in between jobs. In this talk, we’ll examine a reference architecture and some best practices around containers in HPC environments.”

PASC17 Conference to Focus on HPC & Precision Medicine

Today the PASC17 Conference announced a track focused on Precision Medicine as Special Topic for Emerging Domains. “Precision medicine, also referred to as personalized medicine, is an emerging domain that is adding tremendous value to the study of life sciences and medical treatment. The requirements that it has for rapid – and secure – processing, analysis and management of vast quantities of data in a wide range of different medical environments make precision medicine ideally suited to high performance computing.”

HPC: Retrospect & Looking Towards the Next 10 Years

In this video from the HPC Advisory Council Spain Conference, Addison Snell from Intersect360 Research looks back over the past 10 years of HPC and provides predictions for the next 10 years. Intersect360 Research just released their Worldwide HPC 2015 Total Market Model and 2016–2020 Forecast.

HPC Advisory Council China Conference Returns to Xi’an Oct. 26

The HPC Advisory Council has posted their agenda for their upcoming China Conference. The event takes place Oct. 26 in Xi’an, China. “We invite you to join us on Wednesday, October 26th, in Xi’an for our annual China Conference. This year’s agenda will focus on Deep learning, Artificial Intelligence, HPC productivity, advanced topics and futures. Join fellow technologists, researchers, developers, computational scientists and industry affiliates to discuss recent developments and future advancements in High Performance Computing.”