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Podcast: Supercomputing Flood Maps Using the Titan Supercomputer

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In this NPR podcast, Dag Lohmann describes how his startup company called Katrisk is using the Titan supercomputer at ORNL to create detailed flood maps for use by insurance companies.

Job of the Week: HPC Solutions Architect at VMware

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VMware is seeking an HPC Solutions Architect in our Job of the Week.

Researchers Build Memcomputing Prototype

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Over at Scientific Advances, a newly published paper describes a new high-efficiency computing paradigm called memcomputing. Modeled after the human brain, a memprocessor processes and stores information within the same units by means of their mutual interactions. Now, researchers have built a working prototype.

Video: Algorithms for Extreme-Scale Systems

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Bill Gropp from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign presented this talk at the Blue Waters Symposium. “The large number of nodes and cores in extreme scale systems requires rethinking all aspects of algorithms, especially for load balancing and for latency hiding. In this project, I am looking at the use of nonblocking collective routines in Krylov methods, the use of speculation and large memory in graph algorithms, the use of locality-sensitive thread scheduling for better load balancing, and model-guided communication aggregation to reduce overall communication costs. This talk will discuss some current results and future plans, and possibilities for collaboration in evaluating some of these approaches.”

Bringing ARM to the Student Cluster Competition

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Over at the ISC Blog, Luna Backes writes that her Mont-Blanc Climbers Team is looking forward to building the first ARM-based cluster ever at the upcoming ISC Student Cluster Competition.

Mellanox to Host Special Events at ISC 2015

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The countdown to ISC 2015 continues with news that Mellanox will host a set of special events at the conference.

Video: Intel Vector Advisor Unlocks Code Performance

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In this video, Rick Leinecker from Slashdot Media describes the Vectorization Advisor, one of the new additions to Intel Parallel Studio XE suite. “Vectorization Advisor is an analysis tool that lets you identify if loops utilize modern SIMD instructions or not, what prevents vectorization, what is performance efficiency and how to increase it. Vectorization Advisor shows compiler optimization reports in user-friendly way, and extends them with multiple other metrics, like loop trip counts, CPU time, memory access patterns and recommendations for optimization.”

VSC-3 Cluster Achieves 1.02 mPUE Rating with Green Revolution Cooling

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Today Green Revolution Cooling announced that VSC-3 Vienna Scientific Cluster has achieved a mechanical Power Utilization Effectiveness (mPUE) rating 1.02, making it one of the most efficient data center facilities in the world.

New OpenPOWER Acceleration Center Opens in France

Europe’s second POWER Acceleration and Design Center is located at the IBM Client Center in Montpellier, France where developers can get hands-on, technical assistance for creating OpenPOWER-based high performance computing apps.

Today IBM announced the establishment of a new POWER Acceleration and Design Center in Montpellier, France. Launched in collaboration with Nvidia and Mellanox, the new center will advance the development of data-intensive research, industrial, and commercial applications.

AMD and Dell Power Bioinformatics at University of Warsaw

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Today AMD unveiled innovation in heterogeneous HPC at the Centre of New Technologies at the University of Warsaw. In a new cluster deployment called Orion, the Next Generation Sequencing Centre in Warsaw is powering bioinformatics research with 1.5 petaFLOPS of AMD FirePro S9150 server GPU performance.