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Berkeley Lab to Optimize Spark for HPC


Today LBNL announced that a team of scientists from Berkeley Lab’s Computational Research Division has been awarded a grant by Intel to support their goal of enabling data analytics software stacks—notably Spark—to scale out on next-generation high performance computing systems.

Kathy Yelick to Receive Ken Kennedy Award at SC15

Kathy Yelick, recipient of the 2015 ACM/IEEE Ken Kennedy Award

Today ACM and IEEE announced that Kathy Yelick from LBNL will be the recipient of the 2015 ACM/IEEE Computer Society Ken Kennedy Award for innovative research contributions to parallel computing languages that have been used in both the research community and in production environments. She was also cited for her strategic leadership of the national research laboratories and for developing novel educational and mentoring tools. The award will be presented at SC15, which takes place Nov. 15-20, in Austin, Texas.

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.”

LBNL to Improve Batteries with Electrolyte Genome Project


A new breakthrough battery — one that has significantly higher energy, lasts longer, and is cheaper and safer — will likely be impossible without a new material discovery. And a new material discovery could take years, if not decades, since trial and error has been the best available approach. But Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) scientist Kristin Persson says she can take some of the guesswork out of the discovery process with her Electrolyte Genome.

Video: DARPA’s SyNAPSE and the Cortical Processor


“I will describe a decade-long, multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional effort spanning neuroscience, supercomputing and nanotechnology to build and demonstrate a brain-inspired computer and describe the architecture, programming model and applications. I also will describe future efforts in collaboration with DOE to build, literally, a “brain-in-a-box”. The work was built on simulations conducted on Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Dawn and Sequoia HPC systems in collaboration with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.”

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.”

Video: Highlights of Day 3 at ISC 2015


In this video, attendees discuss highlights from Day 3 of the ISC 2015 conference, including the conference’s industry track, exhibit floor, and vendor parties. The program includes short interviews with Ed Seidel from NCSA, Sverre Jarp from CERN, Horst Simon from LBNL, Jack Dongarra from the University of Tennessee, and Jürgen Kohler from Daimler AG.

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.

Intelligent Light Scales CFD Code to 64,000 Cores


Today Intelligent Light announced breakthrough CFD scalability running the AVF-Leslie combustion simulation code on up to 64,000 cores on NERSC supercomputers.

HPC People on the Move: Spring Break Edition

Dr. Lewey Anton

It’s me again–Dr. Lewey Anton. I’ve been commissioned by insideHPC to get the scoop on who’s jumping ship and moving on up in high performance computing. Find out what’s up with familiar names like Adalio Sanchez and Thomas Zacharia.