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Podcast: Using Allinea Programming Tools to Speed XSEDE Supercomputing Research

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“In my humble opinion, I think that debuggers and profiling tools are far too infrequently used. And it’s not because they’re not there. It’s because people just either don’t know about them, don’t do training on them, or don’t know how to use them. We’re in a state where we have less cycles than we’ve ever had per request, right? So being able to take full advantage of those cycles by having optimized code and optimized run patterns is crucial. Otherwise, you’re just not going to be able to get your work done and the science won’t get done.”

Registration Opens for OFS Developer Workshop and User Group

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Registration is now open for 11th annual International OFS Developers’ Workshop and the 2015 OFS User Group (formerly known as IBUG) Workshop. Both events are being held the week of March 15, 2015, at the Marriott Hotel in Monterey, California.

Star Tribune Reflects on the Life of Seymour Cray

Seymour Cray showed off the Cray-1 supercomputer built in 1976 by Cray Research in Chippewa Falls, Wis. Cray revolutionized computing, ramping up productivity and speed with each new design.

Over at the Star Tribune, Curt Brown has posted a brief history on the life of Seymour Cray, the Father of the Supercomputing Industry. “It seems impossible to exaggerate the effect he had on the industry,” said Joel Birnbaum, a Hewlett-Packard executive. “Many of the things that high performance computers now do routinely were at the furthest edge of credibility when Seymour envisioned them. He ranks up there with Edison and Bell.”

Thought Leaders Gather in Barcelona for Exascale Workshop

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More than 100 exascale experts will gather in Barcelona this week for the Big Data and Extreme-scale Computing (BDEC). Along with application leaders confronting diverse big data challenges, attendees will include members from industry, academia, and government, with expertise in algorithms, computer system architecture, operating systems, workflow middleware, compilers, libraries, languages and applications.

HPC People on the Move: Superbowl Edition

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It’s me again–Dr. Lewey Anton. I’ve been commissioned by insideHPC to get the scoop on who’s jumping ship and moving on up in high performance computing. This week familiar faces like Dr. Richard Juday and Anton Korzh have new gigs.

Radio Free HPC Compares Providers at CloudHarmony

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In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at CloudHarmony, an online service that measures and compares cloud provider uptime. “At CloudHarmony, we simplify the comparison of cloud services by providing reliable and objective performance analysis, reports, commentary, metrics and tools.”

Job of the Week: HPC Cluster Systems Engineer at Intel

Intel in Champaign, Illinois is seeking an HPC Cluster Systems Engineer in our Job of the Week.

Video: Unleashing Powerful Monte Carlo Parallel Methods

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In this video from the Go Parallel Blog, Jeff Cogswell looks at an example of the Monte Carlo methods used in scientific and engineering applications for modeling sophisticated systems. Although these methods can be complex, some easy examples like this demonstrate their power.

New Exascale Strategies Go Beyond HPC Market

Tom Wilkie, Scientific Computing World

“While HPC is being pulled in this direction by external market forces, it became clear at the US Supercomputing Conference, SC14, held this year in New Orleans in late November, that the technologies underpinning technical high-performance computing are now changing in response. Paradoxically, the announcement of the largest US Government investment in technical supercomputing for many years will transform business computing.”

CHPC Student Cluster Competition Winners on the Road to ISC

Team Wits-A, from left: Ari Croock, James Allingham, Sasha Nidoo, Robert Clucas, Vyacheslav Schevchenko, Nabeel Rajab, Paul Osel Sekyere, and Jenalea Miller (as CHPC Director Happy Sithole looks on in the foreground).

“Kruger National Park was the perfect setting for the conservation-themed meeting titled “Towards an Energy-Efficient HPC System,” but the environment proved to be extra challenging for the contest, with occasional power outages and a saturated Wi-Fi network. The playing field was level, however, and the conditions prepared the students to be persistent and to not take anything for granted–good lessons for life, in general! Eight teams with 32 competitors were selected in Sept. from among 84 applicants.”