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ISC High Performance Announces Conference Chairs for 2017

Today the ISC Group announced the appointment of Prof. Dr. Jack Dongarra of University of Tennessee, USA, as the program chairman for ISC 2017. This appointment underlines the international dimension of this conference. “I am honored to be named the program chair for ISC High Performance in 2017. I have been participating and actively contributing to ISC every year over the last three decades, first as a speaker, and later as a collaborator with Hans Meuer, Erich Strohmaier, and Horst Simon as one of the TOP500 authors,” said Dongarra. “My mission as program chair for ISC 2017 is to continue to improve the quality of the ISC technical program and to help expand the HPC community.”

Slimming Down Supercomputer Power Bills

Any performance improvements that could be wrung out of supercomputers by adding more power have long been exhausted. New supercomputers demand new options that will give scientists a sleek, efficient partner in making new discoveries such as the new supercomputer called Summit that’s being developed and is to arrive at Oak Ridge National Lab in the next couple of years. “If necessity is the mother of invention, we’ll have some inventions happening soon,” says deputy division director of Argonne Leadership Computing Facility Susan Coghlan.

Michael Feldman Joins as Managing Editor

Today the ISC Group, promoter of the TOP500 list, is pleased to announce the appointment of high performance computing industry journalist Michael Feldman to the position of managing editor of TOP500 News. In his new role, Feldman will expand the TOP500 project’s information portal into a comprehensive news site reporting on the HPC industry. “We are thrilled to bring Michael on board as he is a respected voice in the industry. With the addition of a comprehensive news site managed by him, the TOP500 project will offer a valuable new resource for HPC vendors and users,” said ISC Group managing director and TOP500 co-author, Martin Meuer.

Submissions Open for Newly Merged TOP500 and Green500

Today the ISC Group announced that the Green500 will be integrated with the TOP500 project with a single submission process. “This merge is of great significance to the high performance computing community,” said Erich Strohmaier, co-founder of TOP500. “Both projects will now be maintained under a common set of rules for data submission, which will simplify the process for submitters and provide a consistent set of data for the historical record.”

Peta-Exa-Zetta: Robert Wisniewski and the Growth of Compute Power

While much noise is being made about the race to exascale, building productive supercomputers really comes down to people and ingenuity. In this special guest feature, Donna Loveland profiles supercomputer architect Robert Wisniewski from Intel. “In combining the threading and memory challenges, there’s an increased need for the hardware to perform synchronization operations, especially intranode ones, efficiently. With more threads utilizing less memory with wider parallelism, it becomes important that they synchronize among themselves efficiently and have access to efficient atomic memory operations. Applications also need to be vectorized to take advantage of the wider FPUs on the chip. While much of the vectorization can be done by compilers, application developers can follow design patterns that aid the compiler’s task.”

Report: US At Risk of Falling Behind in Supercomputing

Today the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) published a new report that urges U.S. policymakers to take decisive steps to ensure the United States continues to be a world leader in high-performance computing. “While America is still the world leader, other nations are gaining on us, so the U.S. cannot afford to rest on its laurels. It is important for policymakers to build on efforts the Obama administration has undertaken to ensure the U.S. does not get out paced.”

DDN Leads 2015 TOP500 List of Global Supercomputing Centers

“DDN’s selection for seven consecutive years as strategic partner and storage vendor of choice by the overwhelming majority of supercomputer centers on the Top500 list is a testament to the continuous innovation and performance leadership we bring to the HPC space,” said Alex Bouzari, CEO and founder, DDN. “From SSD to Persistent Storage and Archive, File Systems to Object Stores and Burst Buffers, DDN’s comprehensive end to end data lifecycle solutions continue to power the most data-intensive workflows in the world – generation after generation.”

2016 Predictions from Radio Free HPC

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team makes their tech predictions for 2016. Will secure firmware be the key differentiator for HPC vendors? Will this be the year of FPGAs? And could we see a 100 Petaflop machine on the TOP500 before the year ends?

HPCG Benchmark Gains Traction for Ranking Supercomputers

The High Performance Conjugate Gradients (HPCG) benchmark continues to gain traction in the high-performance computing community. “HPCG is designed to complement the traditional High Performance Linpack (HPL) benchmark used as the official metric for ranking the top 500 systems,” said Sandia National Laboratories researcher Mike Heroux, who developed the HPCG program in collaboration with Jack Dongarra and Piotr Luszczek from the University of Tennessee.

New HPCG Benchmark List Goes Beyond LINPACK to Compare Supercomputers

The High Performance Conjugate Gradients (HPCG) Benchmark list was announced this week at SC15. This is the fourth list produced for the emerging benchmark designed to complement the traditional High Performance LINPACK (HPL) benchmark used as the official metric for ranking the TOP500 systems. The first HPCG list was announced at ISC’14 a year and a half ago, containing only 15 entries and the SC’14 list had 25. The current list contains more than 60 entries as HPCG continues to gain traction in the HPC community.