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Call for Papers: iRODS User Group in The Netherlands

Users of the integrated iRODS Rule Oriented Data System from around the globe will gather at the iRODS User Group meeting to discuss iRODS-enabled applications, discoveries, and technologies. The event takes place June 13-15 in Utrecht, The Netherlands. “Thousands of businesses, research centers, and government agencies located in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Australia, South America, and Africa use iRODS for flexible, policy-based data management that provides long-term preservation and federation.”

Valerie Taylor Named Director of Mathematics and Computer Science at Argonne

Today Argonne announced that computer scientist Valerie Taylor has been appointed as the next director of the Mathematics and Computer Science (MCS) division at Argonne National Laboratory, effective July 3, 2017. “Valerie brings with her a wealth of leadership experience, computer science knowledge and future vision,” said Rick Stevens, Argonne Associate Laboratory Director for Computing, Environment and Life Sciences. “We feel strongly that her enthusiasm and drive will serve her well in her new role, and are pleased to have her joining our staff.”

Supermicro Unveils RSD Rack Scale Design

“Supermicro RSD makes it easy for companies of any size to build cloud infrastructure that until now are limited to leading large public and private cloud providers,” said Charles Liang, President and CEO of Supermicro. “The Supermicro RSD solution enables more customers to build large scale modern data centers leveraging Supermicro’s best-of-breed server, storage and networking product portfolio.”

Exascale Computing Project – Driving a HUGE Change in a Changing World

“In this keynote, Al Geist will discuss the need for future Department of Energy supercomputers to solve emerging data science and machine learning problems in addition to running traditional modeling and simulation applications. The ECP goals are intended to enable the delivery of capable exascale computers in 2022 and one early exascale system in 2021, which will foster a rich exascale ecosystem and work toward ensuring continued U.S. leadership in HPC. He will also share how the ECP plans to achieve these goals and the potential positive impacts for OFA.”

Asetek Liquid Cooling Solution Coming to HPC Center

Today Asetek announced a new order from one of its existing OEM partners for its RackCDU D2C (Direct-to-Chip) liquid cooling solution. The order is part of a new installation for an undisclosed HPC customer. “I am very pleased with the progress we are making in our emerging data center business segment,” said André Sloth Eriksen, CEO and founder of Asetek. “This repeat order, from one of our OEM partners, to a new end customer confirms the trust in our unique liquid cooling solutions and that adoption is growing.”

UK to Launch Six HPC Centers

The UK is launching six HPC centers this month. Funded by £20 million from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) the centres are located around the UK, at the universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh, Exeter, and Oxford, Loughborough University, and UCL. “These centres will enable new discoveries, drive innovation and allow new insights into today’s scientific challenges. They are important because they address an existing gulf in capability between local university systems and the UK National Supercomputing Service ARCHER,” said Professor Philip Nelson, EPSRC’s Chief Executive.

Video: Why Supercomputing is Important for Science

In this video, Ruben Cruz Garcia from the Earth Sciences department at BSC, describes how supercomputing is key to his research. He also explains what he would do if he had unlimited access to a fully operational exascale computer.

Video: Computational Fluid Dynamics for Surgical Planning

“The current versions of the codes use MPI and depend on finer and finer meshes for higher accuracy which are computationally demanding. To overcome the demands, the team has gained access to their state-of-the-art cluster equipped with POWER CPUs and Tesla P100 GPUs — and turning to OpenACC and machine learning to accelerate their science. This has allowed them to spend the least resources on programming, and effectively utilize available compute resources.”

Berkeley Lab Tunes NWChem for Intel Xeon Phi Processor

A team of researchers at Berkeley Lab, PNNL, and Intel are working hard to make sure that computational chemists are prepared to compute efficiently on next-generation exascale machines. Recently, they achieved a milestone, successfully adding thread-level parallelism on top of MPI-level parallelism in the planewave density functional theory method within the popular software suite NWChem. “Planewave codes are useful for solution chemistry and materials science; they allow us to look at the structure, coordination, reactions and thermodynamics of complex dynamical chemical processes in solutions and on surfaces.”

Radio Free HPC Looks at Europe’s Push for Leadership in Global HPC

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at some the top High Performance Computing stories from this week. First up, we look at Europe’s effort to lead HPC in the next decade. After that, we look at why small companies like Scalable Informatics have such a hard time surviving in the HPC marketplace.