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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.

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.

Interview: NSU to Boost Research with “Megalodon” IBM Supercomputer


“The team at the Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences wanted to give the computer a nickname – a name that would not only convey the super computer’s enormity in terms of size; but a name that would definitively link the super computer to NSU. Our mascot is the “shark” and the Megalodon, is the largest prehistoric shark known to man.”

How Simulation Fits in Science


“Computers are becoming an increasingly cheaper, more powerful tool that cannot be ignored by professionals. Computer simulation reproduces the behavior of natural and man-made systems to help us understand, predict, and communicate. In this series kick-off, we will show you how computer simulation is used by LLNL scientists on the world’s fastest computers. We will also show you how you can get started doing your own computer simulations with free, open-source tools for class projects or just for fun.”

DDN Advances WOS Object Storage Technology


Today DDN announced WOS 360, a major update to their object storage platform that enables end users to build reliable, scalable, and efficient storage pools for all their unstructured data needs.

Interview: Steve Conway on the Upcoming HPC User Forum–April 7-9

Steve Conway, IDC

“The main topics for our April 7-9 meeting in Santa Fe are industrial partnerships with large HPC centers and how they’re working, with perspectives from the U.S., France and the UK. We’ll also take another hard look at what’s happening with processors, coprocessors and accelerators and at potential disruptive technologies, as well as zeroing in on the HPC storage market and trends and the CORAL procurement that involves Oak Ridge, Argonne and Livermore.”

Interview: Argonne Announces Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing

Paul Messina, Director of Science at Argonne

“Systems like Argonne’s Mira, an IBM Blue Gene/Q system with nearly a million cores, can enable breakthroughs in science, but to use them productively requires expertise in computer architectures, parallel programming, mathematical software, data management and analysis, performance analysis tools, software engineering, and so on. Our training program exposes the participants to all those topics and provides hands-on exercises for experimenting with most of them.”

High Performance Computing Innovation Center at LLNL


Fred Streitz from Lawrence Livermore National Lab presented this talk at the Stanford HPC Conference. “The HPC Innovation Center bridges American industry’s growing need for advanced solution to complex challenges in research and development with LLNL’s forefront supercomputing and disruptive scientific capabilities.”

Video: TACC’s Ranger Simulation Shows Event Horizon


Researchers are using TACC supercomputers to study the role of black holes in shaping the cosmos.

Video: The Cardioid Project – Simulating the Human Heart


Here’s one to get your kids into supercomputing. In this video, David Richards from LLNL and Tracy High School Teacher Erin McKay discuss how researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are using supercomputers to simulate how the heart reacts to drugs.