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Video: Discovering the Origin of Stars Through 3D Visualization

This visualization from David Ellsworth and Tim Sandstrom at NASA/AMES shows the evolution of a giant molecular cloud over 700,000 years. It ran on the Pleiades supercomputer using the ORION2 code developed at the University of California, Berkeley. It depicts how gravitational collapse leads to the formation of an infrared dark cloud (IRDC) filament in which protostars begin to develop, shown by the bright orange luminosity along the main and surrounding filaments.

Dell & OpenHPC at ISC 2016

In this video from ISC 2016, Onur Celebioglu from Dell describes how the company is working with the OpenHPC Community to ease the deployment of high performance computing solutions. “Community investment in open source frameworks and open standards is the right way to ensure the right capabilities are available to a growing HPC community. The new OpenHPC effort will greatly accelerate HPC adoption, productive usage and innovation. As a long-time leader in democratizing HPC, Dell is proud to be a founding member of this effort.”

SUSE Powers OpenHPC at ISC 2016

With the OpenHPC stack, you can leap forward with a validated, tested and secure infrastructure software stack and get to product in a fraction of the time. This new approach will drive rapid advances in the state of the art and accelerate our progress towards true exascale computing. “SUSE, as a founder and board member of OpenHPC, contributes not just to the Linux OS elements of the project but also to the underlying HPC system building componentry and system tools that can bridge today’s infrastructure development gaps and help move vendors and researchers rapidly towards powerful HPC solution stacks.”

Video: Student Cluster Competition Awards Ceremony at ISC 2016

In this video from ISC 2016 in Frankfurt, Gilad Shainer from the HPC Advisory Council hosts the Student Cluster Awards Ceremony. “The overall winning team this year was from CHPC in South Africa. As repeat winners, CHPC is establishing a bit of dynasty in this competition that is really fun to watch.”

Supercomputing the Mystery of Astrophysical Jets

Over at NICS, Scott Gibson writes that researchers are using XSEDE supercomputing resources to simulate the gaseous outflows from black holes known as astrophysical jets. “These jets can affect galaxy formation and evolution by, for example, heating up the surroundings and suppressing star formation, expelling the surrounding gas and thereby reducing the mass supply to the black hole.”

Video: Bob Wisniewski on OpenHPC at ISC 2016

In this video from ISC 2016, Bob Wisniewski from Intel provides an update on OpenHPC community activities. “OpenHPC is a collaborative, community effort that initiated from a desire to aggregate a number of common ingredients required to deploy and manage High Performance Computing (HPC) Linux clusters including provisioning tools, resource management, I/O clients, development tools, and a variety of scientific libraries. Packages provided by OpenHPC have been pre-built with HPC integration in mind with a goal to provide re-usable building blocks for the HPC community. Over time, the community also plans to identify and develop abstraction interfaces between key components to further enhance modularity and interchangeability.”

Video: Steve Conway from IDC Recaps ISC 2016

In this video from ISC 2016, Steve Conway from IDC recaps the event. “Attended by over 3,000 individuals, ISC is a not-to-miss event for the high performance computing community. It offers a strong five-day technical program focusing on HPC technological development and its application in scientific fields, as well as its adoption in commercial environments. ISC High Performance is open to engineers, IT specialists, system developers, vendors, scientists, researchers, students, journalists, and other members of the HPC global community.”

Thomas Sterling presents: HPC Achievement and Impact 2016

Thomas Sterling presented this keynote at ISC 2016 in Frankfurt. “Even as the hundred petaflops era is coming within sight, more dramatic programs to achieve exaflops capacity are now emerging with the expectation of this two orders of magnitude advance in the early part of the next decade. Yet the challenges of the end of Moore’s Law loom ever greater, threatening to impede further progress. Innovations in semiconductor technologies and processor socket architecture matched with application development environments improvements promise to overcome such barriers. This keynote presentation will deliver a rapid-fire summary of the major accomplishments of the last year that promises a renaissance in supercomputing in the immediate future.”

For SGI, This is Supercomputing at ISC 2016

In this video from ISC 2016, Gabriel Broner from SGI describes the company’s innovative solutions for high performance computing. “As the trusted leader in high performance computing, SGI helps companies find answers to the world’s biggest challenges. Our commitment to innovation is unwavering and focused on delivering market leading solutions in Technical Computing, Big Data Analytics, and Petascale Storage. Our solutions provide unmatched performance, scalability and efficiency for a broad range of customers.”

Intel Xeon Phi Developer Access Platform at ISC 2016

In this video from ISC 2016, Kirti Devi from Intel describes the new Intel Developer Platform for the Intel Xeon Phi processor. “With this program, Intel and its partner Colfax are widening early levels of access, support and training for the widely anticipated next-generation Intel Xeon Phi processor release. The Developer Access Program gives developers the opportunity to begin leveraging key new capabilities in the processor before they are generally available. That means developers will have time to work to parallelize and vectorize their code and look for opportunities to exploit the massive performance capabilities that KNL offers so workloads are ready for prime time when customers deploy their next-generation systems.”