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With APEX, National Labs Collaborate to Develop Next-Gen Supercomputers


Today Los Alamos, Lawrence Berkeley, and Sandia national laboratories announced the Alliance for Application Performance at Extreme Scale (APEX). The new collaboration will focus on the design, acquisition and deployment of future advanced technology high performance computing systems.

Interview: Brent Gorda from Intel on the Keys to Startup Innovation for HPC

Brent Gorda, General Manager, Intel High Performance Data Division

“Successful startups are the ones who have knowledge and a strong focus on a problem to solve. Knowledge comes from experience and there is no better way to accumulate that than working at one of the HPC facilities in the US or abroad. In fact I participated in this directly, moving to the US to work at a DOE lab. These opportunities still exist but the Labs often find it difficult to compete with Facebook and Google. If you are able to attend SC15 in Austin, you absolutely must visit the booths on the show floor and engage with the staff and seek out opportunities that exist. Again, SC is where the industry meets research and amazing things happen: go make it happen for you!”

ESnet Releases Code for Building Online Interactive Network Portals

This map highlights the sites ESnet serves, the structure of the network and the current traffic load.

ESnet has released open source code for building online Interactive Network Portals. “Now that the libraries are made available, the team hopes that other organizations will take the code, use it, add to it and work with ESnet to make the improvements available to the community.”

Video: Quantum Computers and Quantum Chemistry


In this video from the Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship meeting, Jarrod McClean from Harvard University presents: Quantum Computers and Quantum Chemistry.

Accelerating Science with SciDB from NERSC

SciDB harnesses parallel architectures for fast analysis of terabyte (TBs) arrays of scientific data. This collage illustrates some of the scientific areas that have benefited from NERSC's implementation of SciDB, including astronomy, biology and climate. (Image Credit: Yushu Yao, Berkeley Lab)

Over at NERSC, Linda Vu writes that the SciDB open source database system is a powerful tool for helping scientists wrangle Big Data. “SciDB is an open source database system designed to store and analyze extremely large array-structured data—like pictures from light sources and telescopes, time-series data collected from sensors, spectral data produced by spectrometers and spectrographs, and graph-like structures that illustrate relationships between entities.”

SUPER Project Aims at Efficient Supercomputing for Scientists


“SUPER builds on past successes and now includes research into performance auto-tuning, energy efficiency, resilience, multi-objective optimization, and end-to-end tool integration. Leading the project dovetails neatly with Oliker’s research interests, which include optimization of scientific methods on emerging multi-core systems, ultra-efficient designs of domain-optimized computational platforms and performance evaluation of extreme-scale applications on leading supercomputers.”

Materials Imaging and Data Sciences Converge at Oak Ridge Workshop


Oak Ridge National Lab recently hosted a Materials Imaging Workshop. Entitled “Big, Deep and Smart Data Analytics in Materials Imaging,” the workshop explored research opportunities and challenges arising as imaging and data sciences merge.

ALCC Challenge Awards 1.7 Billion Core Hours to Science Projects


The U.S. Department of Energy’s ALCC challenge has awarded 24 projects a total of 1.7 billion core-hours at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility.

HPC People on the Move: June Edition

Dr. Stephen Wheat

Dr. Lewey Anton reports on who’s jumping ship and moving on up in high performance computing. The spotlight is on HP this week, as Dr. Stephen Wheat has joined the company in Houston.

Sandia’s Mark Taylor Receives DOE Secretary’s Honor Award

Mark Taylor, Sandia

Today Sandia National Laboratories announced that researcher Mark Taylor has received the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) 2014 Secretary’s Honor Award — the department’s highest non-monetary employee recognition — for his work as chief computational scientist for DOE’s Accelerated Climate Modeling for Energy (ACME) executive council team.