Today Cray announced a contract to upgrade the supercomputers at Germany’s National Meteorological Service – the Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD). Located in Offenbach, Germany, DWD is one of the world’s premier numerical weather prediction centers. “Supercomputers are absolutely vital to our mission of providing important meteorological services for the protection of life and property,” said. Dr. Jochen Dibbern, Member of the Executive Board at DWD. “Our Cray supercomputers are critical tools for our researchers and scientists, and it’s imperative that we equip our users with highly advanced supercomputing technologies.”
NNSA’s next-generation Penguin Computing clusters based on Intel SSF are bolstering “capacity” computing capability at the Tri Labs. “With CTS1 installed in April, the NNSA scientists can continue their stewardship research and management on some of the most advanced commodity clusters the Tri Labs have acquired, ensuring the safety, security, and reliability of the nation’s nuclear stockpile.”
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.