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Interview: AutoTune – Automated Optimization and Tuning

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The main goal of AutoTune is the automatic optimization of applications in the area of HPC, targeting both performance optimization and energy efficiency. In this interview, Michael Gerndt from the Technische Universitaet Muenchen tells us more about the project.

NERSC to Install Cori Phase 1 Supercomputer this Summer

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Today NERSC announced that their Cori Phase 1 system will be the first supercomputer installed in the new Computational Research and Theory Facility, which is now in the final stages of construction at LBNL. Expected to be delivered this summer, the Cray XC40 supercomputer will be powered by Intel Haswell processors and Cray’s DataWarp burst buffer technology.

RSC PetaStream Powers Russian Academy of Sciences

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Today RSC Group announced the installation of a MVS-10P MP Petastream supercomputer at the Joint Supercomputer Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences (JSCC RAS). As is the first project in the Commonwealth of Independent States based on the latest Intel Xeon Phi 7120D coprocessors, the supercomputer weighs in at #20 of the Top50 list of the most powerful computing systems in Russia and CIS.

Radio Free HPC Looks at the Aurora Supercomputer Coming to Argonne in 2018

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In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the 180 Aurora supercomputer coming to Argonne in 2018. “As the third of three Coral supercomputer procurements, the deal will comprise an 8.5 Petaflop “Theta” system based on Knights Landing in 2016 and a much larger 180 Petaflop “Aurora” supercomputer in 2018. Intel will be the prime contractor on the deal, with sub-contractor Cray building the actual supercomputers.”

Feds Restrict Intel Processors in China

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Intel has been banned by the US Government from selling any more Xeon processors for use in the world’s fastest supercomputer, the Tiahane-2 ‘Milky Way’ machine at the Guangzhou Supercomputer Centre in China.

Video: How Aurora Will Usher in a New Era for HPC

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“The selection of Intel to deliver the Aurora supercomputer is validation of our unique position to lead a new era in HPC,” said Raj Hazra, vice president, Data Center Group and general manager, Technical Computing Group at Intel. “Intel’s HPC scalable system framework enables balanced, scalable and efficient systems while extending the ecosystem’s decades of software investment to future generations. We look forward to the numerous scientific discoveries and the far-reaching impacts on society that Aurora will enable.”

Parallel Implementation of PK-PD Parameter Estimation on Intel Xeon Phi

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“Pharmacokinetic (PK) and Pharmacodynamic(PD) parameters determine the develop-ability of a drug candidate and estimation of them are time consuming and there is an urgent need for time efficient approaches. In the present talk, we showcase the parallel implementation of Grid search method on Xeon Phi using stepwise optimization techniques as a promising approach for the robust estimation of PK-PD parameters. The solution described herein, is of great importance in decision making in Pharmaceutical Industry.”

New OSC Supercomputer Named After Civil Rights Activist Ruby Dee

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Today the Ohio Supercomputer Center unveiled their new 144 Teraflop Ruby supercomputer. Powered by Intel Xeon Phi, the 144 Teraflop HP system is named after Cleveland-born activist Ruby Dee.

Video: Software Tools for Intel Xeon Phi Co-processors

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In this video, Vadim Karpusenko from Colfax International describes the software tools for developing applications for Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors. The session begins with software that is necessary to boot coprocessors and to run pre-compiled executables on them.

HPC News Roundup for March 27, 2015

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I’m on my way home from a series of Springtime HPC conferences with boatload of new videos and interviews on the latest in high performance computing. Here are some notable items that may have not made it to the front page.