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Oakley Cluster Powers Satellite Surface Mapping for Disaster Relief in Nepal

Two university research teams are employing satellite imagery and supercomputers to produce high-resolution images to aid the Nepali earthquake relief effort. This image is a hillshade-rendered Digital Terrain Model image of the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal, created by SETSM software.

Researchers are using supercomputer automated surface mapping technology to help with disaster relief and longer-term stabilization planning efforts related to the recent earthquake in Nepal.

Video: GPUs Power Simulation of the SpaceX Mars Rocket Engine

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“SpaceX is designing a new, methane-fueled engine powerful enough to lift the equipment and personnel needed to colonize Mars. A vital aspect of this effort involves the creation of a multi-physics code to accurately model a running rocket engine. The scale and complexity of turbulent non-premixed combustion has so far made it impractical to simulate, even on today’s largest supercomputers. We present a novel approach using wavelets on GPUs, capable of capturing physics down to the finest turbulent scales.”

Video: 2015 Argonne State of the Lab Address

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“The Argonne Leadership Computing Facility’s (ALCF) mission is to accelerate major scientific discoveries and engineering breakthroughs for humanity by designing and providing world-leading computing facilities in partnership with the computational science community. We help researchers solve some of the world’s largest and most complex problems with our unique combination of supercomputing resources and expertise.”

Video: HPC Transforms Parkinson’s Disease

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“By using high performance visualization systems, researchers at the Scientific Computing and Research Institute are using deep brain stimulation to treat several disabling neurological symptoms—most commonly the debilitating motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, such as tremor, rigidity, stiffness, slowed movement, and walking problems. The procedure reduces patient treatment time from four to five hours to less than 10 minutes. The result for the patient is restored movement and a more normal life.”

SGI Powers Earthquake Research in Japan

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Today SGI announced that the Earthquake and Volcano Information Center of the Earthquake Research Institute (ERI) at the University of Tokyo, has deployed a large-scale parallel computing solution from SGI for leading-edge seismological and volcanological research.

Video: Students Shoot a Visual Tour of SC14 in New Orleans

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In this video from SC14, Arni Mittal and Ethan Oayne from the John Monash Science School in Melbourne embark on a journey to New Orleans to uncover the world of supercomputing.

NICE DCV 2014 Does Remote 3D Applications in the Cloud

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Today NICE in Italy released the latest version of their DCV remote visualization technology.

Slidecast: John Gustafson Explains Energy Efficient Unum Computing

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“Written by one of the foremost experts in high-performance computing and the inventor of Gustafson’s Law, The End of Error: Unum Computing explains a new approach to computer arithmetic: the universal number (unum). The unum encompasses all IEEE floating-point formats as well as fixed-point and exact integer arithmetic. This new number type obtains more accurate answers than floating-point arithmetic yet uses fewer bits in many cases, saving memory, bandwidth, energy, and power.”

Students: Apply Now for Summer of HPC in Europe

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PRACE is seeking students interested in spending the summer working abroad at a European High Performance Computing (HPC) Centre.

Satisfying Safety Standards Through Simulation

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Because the requirements in terms of energy, emissions, and fuel efficiency have not been globally standardized, vehicle manufacturers are making use of increasingly sophisticated simulation to get new vehicles developed as quickly and cheaply as possible while making sure their newest models meet these standards.