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D-Wave to Collaborate with Google, NASA, and USRA on Quantum Computing


Today D-Wave Systems announced a new agreement covering the installation of a succession of D-Wave systems located at NASA’s Ames Research Center. “The new agreement is the largest order in D-Wave’s history, and indicative of the importance of quantum computing in its evolution toward solving problems that are difficult for even the largest supercomputers,” said D-Wave CEO Vern Brownell. “We highly value the commitment that our partners have made to D-Wave and our technology, and are excited about the potential use of our systems for machine learning and complex optimization problems.”

UCX: Co-Design Architecture For Next Generation HPC Systems


“The UCX Unified Communication X project is a collaboration between industry, laboratories, and academia to create an open-source production grade communication framework for data centric and high-performance applications. At the core of the UCX project are the combined features, ideas, and concepts of industry leading technologies including MXM, PAMI and UCCS. Mellanox Technologies has contributed their MXM technology, which provides enhancements to parallel communication.”

Video: HPC Technology Panel at the PBS Works User Group


Rich Brueckner from insideHPC moderated this panel discussion on current trends in HPC. “President Obama’s Executive Order establishing the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI) will set the stage for a new chapter in leadership computing for the United States. In this panel discussion, thought leaders from leading supercomputing vendors share their perspectives on current HPC trends and the way forward.”

IDC Presents an Update on ROI with HPC

Earl Joseph, IDC

Earl Joseph from IDC presented this talk at the HPC User Forum. “This study investigates how HPC investments can improve economic success and increase scientific innovation. This research is focused on the common good and should be useful to DOE, other government agencies, industry, and academia.”

ExaNeSt Technology: Targeting Exascale in 2018


Peter Hopton from Iceotope presented this talk at the HPC User Forum. “ExaNeSt will develop, evaluate, and prototype the physical platform and architectural solution for a unified Communication and Storage Interconnect and the physical rack and environmental structures required to deliver European Exascale Systems. The consortium brings technology, skills, and knowledge across the entire value chain from computing IP to packaging and system deployment; and from operating systems, storage, and communication to HPC with big data management, algorithms, applications, and frameworks. Building on a decade of advanced R&D, ExaNeSt will deliver the solution that can support exascale deployment in the follow-up industrial commercialization phases.”

HPC in Seismic Processing and Interpretation and Reservoir Modeling

Katie Garrison, Marketing Commuincations, One Stop Solutions

Oil and gas are becoming increasingly harder to find. This article looks at how oil and gas companies are using cutting edge technology, like HPC servers, compute accelerators and flash storage arrays for applications such as seismic processing, seismic interpretation and reservoir modeling.

Mateo Valero will be the first European to Receive the Seymour Cray Award

Mateo Valero

Today IEEE announced that Mateo Valero from the Barcelona Supercomputing Center will be the first European researcher to receive the Seymour Cray Award. “As one of the most prestigious honors in high performance computing, the Seymour Cray Award is given to those who exemplify “recognition of innovative contributions in the computer systems of high performance better exemplify the creative spirit of Seymour Cray. Valero is being recognized for his fundamental contributions to the field of vector architectures, super-scalar processors, processors,multithreaded processors and Very Long Instruction Word.”

Video: Communication Frameworks for HPC and Big Data

DK Panda, Ohio State University

“This talk will focus on programming models and their designs for upcoming exascale systems with millions of processors and accelerators. Current status and future trends of MPI and PGAS (UPC and OpenSHMEM) programming models will be presented. We will discuss challenges in designing runtime environments for these programming models by taking into account support for multi-core, high-performance networks, GPGPUs, Intel MIC, scalable collectives (multi-core-aware, topology-aware, and power-aware), non-blocking collectives using Offload framework, one-sided RMA operations, schemes and architectures for fault-tolerance/fault-resilience.”

BSC and Integrating Persistent Data and Parallel Programming Models


Toni Cortés from the Barcelona Supercomputing Center presented this talk at the HPC Advisory Council Spain Conference. “BSC is the National Supercomputing Facility in Spain and was officially constituted in April 2005. BSC-CNS manages MareNostrum, one of the most powerful supercomputers in Europe, located at the Torre Girona chapel. The mission of BSC-CNS is to investigate, develop and manage information technology in order to facilitate scientific progress.”

Video: Imperial College: 30 Million HPC Jobs a Year and Counting


“A university environment can be a challenge in many ways, with a wide variety of differing demands from more than a hundred different research groups, so how can a High Performance Computing group hope to meet the requirements of everyone? In this presentation I’ll explore some of the drivers for the HPC services we run at Imperial College London and how this maps onto our PBS Professional configuration. My talk will also cover how we use different features of PBS Pro and what advantages and benefits they give to us.”