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Designing Interfaces in Materials with Supercomputers

Designing materials atom-by-atom has long been a science fiction dream. Georg Schusteritsch and Chris Pickard of the University of Cambridge are bringing science fiction one step closer to reality using the UK National Supercomputing Facility, ARCHER to reveal the interfaces forming within and between materials. “We have developed a general first-principles approach to predict the crystal structure of interfaces in materials, a technique that represents a major step towards computationally developing materials with specially designed interfaces.”

Quad-Core Maker Board Uses BSC Programming Model OmpSs

Parallel programming software developed at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center is being used as part of a successful kickstarter campaign for a maker board with 10 times the power of the Rasberry PI 3. “Developed at BSC, the OmpSs parallel programming model is used on the new UDOO X86 board, which reached its Kickstarter funding target of €100,000 in under seven hours. UDOO X86 combines a powerful maker board and an Arduino 101-compatible platform, all embedded on the same board. It can be used for a range of applications, such as gaming, video streaming, graphic design editing, Internet of Things applications, or as a toolbox for makers.”

EuroMPI Conference Partners with Women in HPC to Bolster Diversity

Over at the Women in HPC Blog, Daniel Holmes from EPCC writes that the EuroMPI Conference is partnering with Women in HPC to increase diversity in high performance computing.

Video: HPE Persistent Memory

“HPE Persistent Memory products deliver the performance of memory with the persistence of traditional storage. The HPE 8GB NVDIMM Module is the first offering in the HPE Persistent Memory product category. Customers are looking for offerings that enable faster business decisions and the HPE Persistent Memory portfolio delivers outstanding performance to put data to work more quickly in your business. The HPE 8GB NVDIMM Module has the resiliency you have come to expect from storage technology by utilizing higher endurance DRAM and components that help verify data is moved to non-volatile technology in the event of a power loss.”

Report: US At Risk of Falling Behind in Supercomputing

Today the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) published a new report that urges U.S. policymakers to take decisive steps to ensure the United States continues to be a world leader in high-performance computing. “While America is still the world leader, other nations are gaining on us, so the U.S. cannot afford to rest on its laurels. It is important for policymakers to build on efforts the Obama administration has undertaken to ensure the U.S. does not get out paced.”

Interview: Jeff Bonwick on the Secret Sauce behind DSSD

We caught up Jeff Bonwick from DSSD to learn more about their exciting storage technology for HPC. “Our mission statement was four words: fastest storage on earth. That was our singular goal from day one, which gave the team incredible focus and clarity. Whenever we had to make a tradeoff between performance and something else, performance always won. Always. And it just so happens that when you aim for performance, density comes along for the ride because the more flash chips you have working in parallel, the faster it goes.”

Podcast: Using Docker for Science at TACC

In this TACC podcast, Joe Stubbs from the Texas Advanced Computing Centter describes potential benefits to scientists of open container platform Docker in supporting reproducibility, NSF-funded Agave API. “As more scientists share not only their results but their data and code, Docker is helping them reproduce the computational analysis behind the results. What’s more, Docker is one of the main tools used in the Agave API platform, a platform-as-a-service solution for hybrid cloud computing developed at TACC and funded in part by the National Science Foundation.”

Video: ASC16 Student Supercomputing Challenge Wraps Up in China

In this video from CCTV News, ASC16 wraps up their Student Supercomputing Challenge. Huazhong University of Science won the overall competition, which concluded April 22 in Wuhan at the Central China University of Science. “With over 175 participating teams, the ASC16 is the world’s largest student cluster competition. In a race against time, student teams build HPC clusters and tune application codes to run with under 3000 watts of power.”

Cray Moves Minnesota Offices from St. Paul to Mall of America

“After a careful consideration of all our options, we have made the decision to leave our current location in downtown St. Paul and relocate our employees to The Offices @ MOA complex,” said Fred Kohout, chief marketing officer at Cray. “Saint Paul has been a great regional home for Cray over the last seven years. While it’s always tough to leave a location you love, we are excited to move to a new site that will better facilitate our growth, and allow us to continue to build upon our strong presence in the region.”

Panasas Joins IRODS Consortium to Bolster Life Sciences

Today Panasas announced that it has joined the iRODS Consortium as a contributing member. The iRODS Consortium leads development and support of the Integrated Rule-Oriented Data System (iRODS), free open source software for data discovery, workflow automation, secure collaboration, and data virtualization.