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Phytium Shows off Mars ARMv8 Processor at Hot Chips

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In the first of what will likely be a series of announcements from the Hot Chips conference this week, Phytium Technologies revealed details of its Mars 64-core ARMv8 processors.

Bright Computing Grows its Channel for Cluster Management

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Bright Computing has announced an expansion of its global network of channel partners, local resellers, local system integrators, as well as original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The relationships are leading to collaborations resulting in increased business opportunities in its core Western, Central and Eastern European markets, Russia, the Middle East, and Africa.

Dell Opens Line of Business for Hyperscale Datacenters

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Today Dell announced a new business unit aligned around hyperscale datacenters. “The Datacenter Scalable Solutions (DSS) group is designed to meet the specific needs of web tech, telecommunications service providers, hosting companies, oil and gas, and research organizations. These businesses often have high-volume technology needs and supply chain requirements in order to deliver business innovation. With a new operating model built on agile, scalable, and repeatable processes, Dell can now uniquely provide this set of customers with the technology they need, purposefully designed to their specifications, and delivered when they want it.”

SC15 Announces Finalists for Gordon Bell Prize

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SC15 just announced the finalists for the the ACM Gordon Bell Prize in High Performance Computing. The $10,000 prize will be presented to the winner at the conference, which takes place Nov. 15-20 in Austin.

Titan Supercomputer Powers the Future of Forecasting

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Knowing how the weather will behave in the near future is indispensable for countless human endeavors. Now, researchers at ECMWF are leveraging the computational power of the Titan supercomputer at Oak Ridge to improve weather forecasting.

SUPER Project Aims at Efficient Supercomputing for Scientists

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“SUPER builds on past successes and now includes research into performance auto-tuning, energy efficiency, resilience, multi-objective optimization, and end-to-end tool integration. Leading the project dovetails neatly with Oliker’s research interests, which include optimization of scientific methods on emerging multi-core systems, ultra-efficient designs of domain-optimized computational platforms and performance evaluation of extreme-scale applications on leading supercomputers.”

Video: Intel Announces Collaborative Cancer Cloud

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In this video from IDF 2015, Intel and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) announce the Collaborative Cancer Cloud, a precision medicine analytics platform that allows hospitals and research institutions to securely share patient genomic, imaging, and clinical data for potentially lifesaving discoveries.

Alan Alda to Keynote SC15

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In a surprise announcement, SC15 has announced that Actor Alan Alda will keynote the annual Supercomputing conference. “Alda is a seven-time Emmy winner and science enthusiast. Most widely known for his role as Captain Hawkeye Pierce on M*A*S*H, Alda has also hosted “Scientific American Frontiers” on PBS for 11 years and worked on programs such as “The Human Spark.”

D-Wave 2X Quantum Computer Goes GA with 1000+ Qubits

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Today D-Wave Systems announced the general availability of the D-Wave 2X quantum computing system. The D-Wave 2X features a 1000+ qubit quantum processor and numerous design improvements that result in larger problem sizes, faster performance and higher precision. At 1000+ qubits, the D-Wave 2X quantum processor evaluates all 21000 possible solutions simultaneously as it converges on optimal or near optimal solutions, more possibilities than there are particles in the observable universe. No conventional computer of any kind could represent this many possibilities simultaneously, further illustrating the powerful nature of quantum computation.

Podcast: Supercomputing the Human Heart

Different views of the reconstructed finite element (FE) model for the ovine mitral valve apparatus with anatomically accurate leaflets represented by shell elements.

Over at TACC, Jorge Salazar writes that new supercomputer simulations are helping doctors improve the repair and replacement of heart valves. “New supercomputer models have come closer than ever to capturing the behavior of normal human heart valves and their replacements, according to recent studies by groups including scientists at the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) at The University of Texas at Austin and the Department of Mechanical Engineering atIowa State University.”