Total, one of the largest integrated oil and gas companies in the world, announced they are boosting the compute power of their SGI Pangea supercomputer with an additional 4.4 petaflops provided by a new SGI ICE X system and based on the Intel Xeon processor. Purchased last year, the new SGI system is now in production and will allow Total to determine the optimal extraction methods more quickly. The SGI supercomputer allows Total to improve complex modeling of the subsurface and to simulate the behavior of reservoirs, reducing the time and costs associated with discovering and extracting energy reserves.
Today Bull Atos announced it has successfully installed the most powerful supercomputer in the Adriatic region. Named after the Croatia North Wind, the new Bura supercomputer at the University of Rijeka will be used in biotechnological and biomedical research and will be available to institutions and companies from abroad.
Researchers are using the new Pople HPC cluster to study gravitational waves at the University of Western Australia. “Pople places the Faculty of Science in a unique position for supporting advanced research across all areas of research in the Faculty” said Dr Amir Karton. “For example, it will be used for conducting multi-scale simulations of biochemical processes, studying gravitational waves, and simulating combustion processes which generate compounds important for seed germination. Such research could have been previously carried out only on national supercomputers, now these capabilities are accessible to any researcher in the Faculty.”
Today Mellanox announced that the Flemish Supercomputer Center (VSC) in Belgium, has selected Mellanox’s end-to-end 100Gb/s EDR interconnect solutions to be integrated into a new LX-series supercomputer that is to be supplied by NEC Corporation. The system, which will be the fastest supercomputer (Tier-1) and the first complete end-to-end EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand system in Belgium, is another example of the increasing global adoption of EDR InfiniBand technology.
Today SURFsara in the Netherlands announced it will expand the capacity of their Cartesius national supercomputer in the second half of 2016. With an upgrade to 1.8 Petaflops, the Bull sequana system will enable researchers to work on more complex models for climate research, water management, improving medical treatment, research into clean energy, noise reduction and product and process optimization.
Today Auburn University unveiled its new $1 million supercomputer that will enhance research across campus, from microscopic gene sequencing to huge engineering tasks. The university is also initiating a plan to purchase a new one every few years as research needs evolve and expand.
Today NEC Corporation announced that SX-ACE vector supercomputers delivered to the University of Kiel, Alfred Wegener Institute, and the High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart have begun operating and contributing to research.
Today LSU announced the deployment of a POWER8-based supercomputer to advance big data research in Louisiana. Named Delta, the new supercomputer’s unique design brings a new way of conducting computational research to LSU. The supercomputer will be housed at the LSU Center for Computation & Technology, or CCT.
Today CoolIT Systems announced that the Poznan Supercomputing Center has ordered its second deployment of Rack DCLC data center liquid cooling systems. Building on the success of their existing liquid cooled deployment with CoolIT built in partnership with Huawei and Itprojekt, PSNC has purchased an additional 17 racks of liquid cooled Huawei servers for a project total of 20 racks. A new feature of this expanded deployment will see the server energy captured in the liquid being re-used for heating buildings on campus, making this installation one of the most efficient HPC clusters in EMEA.
Bull Atos has installed the fastest supercomputer in Croatia at the University in Rijeka. With an expected debut on the TOP500 in November, the 239 Teraflop BURA supercomputer will be used by university researchers in areas including drug discovery and genomics.