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GENCI to Collaborate with IBM in Race to Exascale

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Today GENCI announced a collaboration with IBM aimed at speeding up the path to exascale computing. “The collaboration, planned to run for at least 18 months, focuses on readying complex scientific applications for systems under development expected to achieve more than 100 petaflops, a solid step forward on the path to exascale. Working closely with supercomputing experts from IBM, GENCI will have access to some of the most advanced high performance computing technologies stemming from the rapidly expanding OpenPOWER ecosystem.”

Arithmetic Intensity of Stencil Operations

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Applications that use 3D Finite Difference (3DFD) calculations are numerically intensive and can be optimized quite heavily to take advantage of accelerators that are available in today’s systems. The performance of an implementation can and should be optimized using numerical stencils. Choices made when designing and implementing algorithms can affect the Arithmetic Intensity (AI), which is a measure of how efficient an implementation, by comparing the flops and memory access.

NASA Charts Sea Level Rise

NASA visualization shows shifts in the Gulf Stream (in Blue). Yellow shows drops in Sea Levels while Orange shows increases.

“Sea level rise is one of the most visible signatures of our changing climate, and rising seas have profound impacts on our nation, our economy and all of humanity,” said Michael Freilich, director of NASA’s Earth Science Division. “By combining space-borne direct measurements of sea level with a host of other measurements from satellites and sensors in the oceans themselves, NASA scientists are not only tracking changes in ocean heights but are also determining the reasons for those changes.”

Rescale Launches Cloud HPC Platform in Europe

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Today Rescale announced availability of its Europe region simulation and HPC platforms. As an HPC cloud provider, Rescale offers a software platform and hardware infrastructure for companies to perform scientific and engineering simulations.

Intel Invests in BlueData for Spinning Up Spark Clusters on the Fly

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Today Intel Corporation and BlueData announced a broad strategic technology and business collaboration, as well as an additional equity investment in BlueData from Intel Capital. BlueData is a Silicon Valley startup that makes it easier for companies to install Big Data infrastructure, such as Apache Hadoop and Spark, in their own data centers or in the cloud.

China May Develop Two 100 Petaflop Machines Within a Year

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“Within the next 12 months, China expects to be operating not one but two 100 Petaflop computers, each containing (different) Chinese-made processors, and both coming on stream about a year before the United States’ 100 Petaflop machines being developed under the Coral initiative. Ironically, the CPU for one machine appears very similar to a technology abandoned by the USA in 2007, and the US Government, through its export embargo, has encouraged China to develop its own accelerator for the other machine.”

SDSC Gets One-year Extension for Gordon Supercomputer

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The National Science Foundation has awarded the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) a one-year extension to continue operating its Gordon supercomputer, providing continued access to the cluster for a wide range of researchers with data-intensive projects.

Intel Updates Developer Toolkit with Data Analytics Acceleration Library

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Today Intel released Intel Parallel Studio XE 2016, the next iteration of its developer toolkit for HPC and technical computing applications. This release introduces the Intel Data Analytics Acceleration Library, a library for big data developers that turns large data clusters into meaningful information with advanced analytics algorithms.

KTH in Sweden Moves to EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand

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Today Mellanox announced its EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand solutions have been selected by the KTH Royal Institute of Technology for use in their PDC Center for High Performance Computing. Mellanox’s robust and flexible EDR InfiniBand solution offers higher interconnect speed, lower latency and smart accelerations to maximize efficiency and will enable the PDC Center to achieve world-leading data center performance across a variety of applications, including advanced modeling for climate changes, brain functions and protein-drug interactions.

Pushing the Boundaries of Combustion Simulation with Mira

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“Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory will be testing the limits of computing horsepower this year with a new simulation project from the Virtual Engine Research Institute and Fuels Initiative (VERIFI) that will harness 60 million computer core hours to dispel those uncertainties and pave the way to more effective engine simulations.”