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ISC 2016 Issues Call for Papers

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The ISC High Performance conference has issued its Call for Papers. As Europe’s most renowned forum for high performance computing, ISC 2016 will take place June 20-22, 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany.

Maximizing Benefits of HPC with the National Strategic Computing Initiative

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“What we’re seeing in President Obama’s Executive Order is a major proof point of the importance of high-end computer technology in bolstering and redefining national competitiveness. In the past, a country’s competitiveness and global power was defined by economic growth and defense capabilities. But now we’re seeing the advent of actionable technological insight—especially derived from the power of big data—becoming a factor of a country’s power.”

Tianhe-1A Supercomputer Shuts Down After Catastrophic Blast in China

Photo taken on Aug. 13, 2015 shows broken glass and damaged windows at the National Supercomputer Center in Tianjin after a huge warehouse explosion.

A warehouse explosion in the city of Tianjin has killed 17 people, resulting in a shutdown of the nearby Tianhe-1A supercomputer. Not to be confused with the Tianhe-2 system (currently ranked at #1), the 2.57 Petaflop Tianhe-1A system is currently #24 on the June 2015 TOP500 list.

Interview: Erich Strohmaier & Jack Dongarra on Latest TOP500

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In this video from the ISC 2015 conference, Erich Strohmaier from NERSC and Jack Dongarra from University of Tennessee discuss the latest HPC trends reflected in the 45th TOP500 list. “Nine systems in the top 10 were installed in 2011 or 2012, and this low level of turnover among the top supercomputers reflects a slowing trend that began in 2008.”

How to Measure a Supercomputer’s Speed?

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In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Adrian Giordani asks what benchmarks should be applied as the nature of supercomputing changes on the way to exascale.

Gauss Centre in Germany Shows Strong in TOP500

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The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) in Germany writes that the most recent TOP500 list reflects its status of a global heavyweight in HPC.

Eurotech QPACE2 Supercomputer Ranks 379 on TOP500

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Last week at ISC 2015, Eurotech announced that the company has completed the installation of a new supercomputer prototype at the University of Regensburg. With 15,872 compute cores, the QPACE2 supercomputer is ranked #370 on the June 15 TOP500 list.

Pleiades Supercomputer Moves Up the Ranks with Haswell

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NASA reports that it’s newly upgraded Pleiades supercomputer ranks number 11 on the July 2015 TOP500 list of the most powerful supercomputers. And while the LINPACK computing power of Pleiades jumped nearly 21 percent, its ranking at number 5 on the new HPCG benchmark list reflects its ability to tackle real world applications.

Latest HPCG Performance List Complements TOP500

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The latest High Performance Conjugate Gradients (HPCG) Benchmark list will be announced in a special session this week at ISC 2015. This is the third list produced for the emerging benchmark designed to complement the traditional High Performance Linpack (HPL) benchmark used as the official metric for ranking the Top 500 systems.

Latest Xeon Processors come to SGI UV In-Memory Supercomputers

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Today SGI announced a 30 percent increase in TOP500 systems and new additions to their SGI UV family of large-memory supercomputers.