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

Steve Conway and Earl Joseph of IDC

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

Knights Landing Prototype Powers Cosmology at ISC 2015

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In this video from the Intel booth at ISC 2015, Dr Juha Jäykkä, ‎COSMOS System Manager at University of Cambridge describes a cosmology demonstration running on prototype Intel Knights Landing and Omni-Path hardware. “At ISC 2015, unveiled new details for its future generation high performance computing products, including the first public “powered-on” demonstration of the Intel Omni-Path Architecture, a next-generation fabric technology optimized for HPC deployments.”

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.”

Should Users Reset Performance Expectations for Exascale?

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“Exascale computers are going to deliver only one or two per cent of their theoretical peak performance when they run real applications; and both the people paying for, and the people using, such machines need to have realistic expectations about just how low a percentage of the peak performance they will obtain.”

Video: CSCS Focuses on Sustainability at ISC 2015

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In this video from ISC 2015, Michele De Lorenzi sits down with Rich Brueckner from insideHPC to discuss the latest updates from the conference and how the CSCS booth is constructed to reflect Switzerland’s focus on sustainability.

TACC Puts Chameleon Cloud Testbed into Production

Kate Keahey, Chameleon primary investigator, computer scientist at Argonne National Laboratory, and CI Senior Fellow

Today the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) announced that its new Chameleon testbed is in full production for researchers across the country. Designed to help investigate and develop the promising future of cloud-based science, the NSF-funded Chameleon is a configurable, large-scale environment for testing and demonstrate new concepts.

HPC Market Update from IDC

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In this video from ISC 2015, Earl Joseph and Bob Sorensen from IDC provide an HPC Market Update. Additional topics include: the HPC Market in Europe, the upcoming HPC User Forum, and an HPDA Update: Where Big Data Meets HPC.

Ada Lovelace Competition to Inspire Female Programmers

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Marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of Ada Lovelace, the woman widely regarded as the first computer programmer, a competition aims to inspire female students by asking what they would most like to communicate to Lovelace about 21st century technology.

Video: Data Storage Infrastructure at Cyfronet

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“Cyfronet recently celebrated the launch of Poland’s fastest supercomputer. As the world’s largest deployment of the HP Apollo 8000 platform, the 1.68 Petaflop Prometheus system is powered by 41,472 Intel Haswell cores, 216 Terabytes of memory, and 10 Petabytes of storage.”