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Interview: Dr. Thomas Sterling on New Approaches to Efficient Supercomputing

In this video from KAUST, Professor Thomas Sterling, Professor of Intelligent Systems Engineering at Indiana University, shares his thoughts on new approaches to energy efficient supercomputing. “Our technical strategy focuses on the research and development of advanced technologies for extreme-scale computing and future exascale systems, including the following key elements: Execution Models; Runtime Systems; Graph Processing; Programming Interfaces; Compilers, Libraries, and Languages; Systems Architecture (Architecture, Power/Energy, Fault Tolerance, Networking), and Extreme Scale Applications and Visualization.”

TACC’s Dan Stanzione on the Challenges Driving HPC

In this video from KAUST, Dan Stanzione, executive director of the Texas Advanced Computing Center, shares his insight on the future of high performance computing and the challenges faced by institutions as the demand for HPC, cloud and big data analysis grows. “Dr. Stanzione is the Executive Director of the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin. A nationally recognized leader in high performance computing, Stanzione has served as deputy director since June 2009 and assumed the Executive Director post on July 1, 2014.”

Video: Trish Damkroger on her New Mission at Intel

In this video from KAUST Live: Patricia Damkroger discusses her new role as Vice President, Data Center Group and General Manager, Technical Computing Initiative, Enterprise and Government at Intel. “As the former Associate Director for Computation at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Trish Damkroger lead the 1,000-employee workforce behind the Laboratory’s high performance computing efforts. She is a longtime committee member and one-time general chair of the SC conference. Most recently, Damkroger was the SC16 Diverse HPC Workforce Chair.”

Shaheen Supercomputer at KAUST Completes Trillion Cell Reservoir Simulation

Over at KAUST News, Nicholas G. Demille​ writes that the Shaheen supercomputer has completed the world’s first trillion cell reservoir simulation. A Saudi Aramco research team led by fellow Ali Dogru conducted the reservoir simulation using Shaheen and the company’s proprietary software TeraPOWERS. The Aramco researchers were supported by a team of specialists from the KAUST Supercomputing Core Lab, with the work rendering imagery so detailed that it changed the face of natural resource exploration.

KAUST Empowers Researchers to Think Big

In this special guest feature, Jane Glasser writes that Saudi Arabia has moved into the global supercomputing top ten with Shaheen II, a 200,000-core behemoth that’s taming global warming, earthquakes, and more. “With 5.536 Pflops of sustained LINPACK performance, Shaheen II is the largest and most powerful supercomputer in the Middle East and the tenth fastest supercomputer in the world, according to the June 2016 TOP500 list.”

Teratec Forum to Put Spotlight on Big Data & HPC

The TERATEC Forum has posted their agenda for their 11th annual meeting. The event takes place June 28-29 in Palaiseau, France. “TERATEC brings together top international experts in high performance numerical design, simulation and Big Data, making it the major event in France and in Europe in this domain.”

Video: Seeking Submissions for New Papers Track at PASC16

In this video, David Keyes (KAUST) and Torsten Hoefler (ETH Zurich) discuss the new papers track at the PASC16 conference. After issuing their Call for Papers, the event will be held June 8-10, 2016 in Lausanne, Switzerland.

KAUST is the Latest Intel Parallel Computing Center

KAUST in Saudi Arabia has been named as the latest Intel Parallel Computing Center. “The new PCC aims to provide scalable software kernels common to scientific simulation codes that will adapt well to future architectures, including a scheduled upgrade of KAUST’s globally Top10 Intel-based Cray XC40 system. In the spirit of co-design, Intel PCC at KAUST will also provide feedback that could influence architectural design trade-offs.”

David Keyes and Jen Frechet on how Shaheen II Supercomputer will Drive Research

In this video, Professors Jean Frechet and David Keyes describe their vision for KAUST’s new Shaheen II Cray XC40 supercomputer. “​The initial configuration of Shaheen II will feature nearly 200,000 x86 processor cores. At initial delivery, anticipated in March 2015, Shaheen II will deliver over 5 petaflops of peak performance, with 17.6 petabytes of Sonexion Lustre storage and greater than 790 terabytes of memory.”

Video: KAUST Prepares for Shaheen II Supercomputer

In this video, Mootaz Elnozahy from KAUST discusses the arrival of the Shaheen II supercomputer. Some 25 times more powerful than its predecessor, Shaheen II is a Cray XC40 system with DataWarp burst buffer technology, a Cray Sonexion 2000 storage system, and a Cray Tiered Adaptive Storage (TAS) system.