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Five University Partners Line Up With Alan Turing Institute

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The universities of Cambridge Edinburgh, Oxford, Warwick and UCL have been chosen to lead the Alan Turing Institute, which will promote advanced mathematics, computer science, and big data in the UK.

Video: Hong Kong Students Gear Up for ASC15 Student Cluster Challenge

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In this video, students from the Chinese University of Hong Kong gear up for the ASC15 Student Cluster Competition. “Over 100 international universities are expected to register for ASC15, while the number of overseas university is expected to exceed 50,” said ASC Executive Director Dr. Qing (Kitty) Ji.”

D-Wave Systems Raises $29M for Quantum Computing

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Today D-Wave Systems announced that it has closed $29 million in funding to accelerate development of the company’s quantum hardware and software.

Using HPC in Design and Manufacturing

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Lightweight construction is more than designing according to the laws of nature. It is a social, ecological and economic concern, a philosophy and an aesthetic view. In this case study we see how SL-Rasch (Institute for Scientific Architecture) used HPC to design, simulate and manufacture large umbrellas for use in a variety of places including a mosque.

Free Test Drive: Nvidia Tesla K80 Accelerator

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“Over at the Nvidia Blog, Bryce Mackin writes that the company is offering a free GPU Test Drive for their new Tesla K80 accelerator. With the test drive, you can run your own application on one or more K80s or try one of the preloaded applications, including AMBER, NAMD, GROMACS and LAMMPS.”

Slidecast: UberCloud – From Experiment to Marketplace

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“After 18 months of developing Docker container technology into high performance application containers for engineering and scientific simulations, UberCloud announces the availability of high performance application containers on its online UberCloud Marketplace, for ANSYS Mechanical, Fluent, CFX, Workbench, Icepak, EM, LS-DYNA and LS-PrePost, for CD-adapco STAR-CCM+, and for OpenFOAM, and more in the pipeline. These application containers are portable on all in-house and cloud environments and allow seamless and transparent on-demand access to and use of applications and data in the cloud, with a look and feel identical to your workstation.”

Podcast: Supercomputing the Evolution of Flowers

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In this podcast, scientists describe how they are using TACC supercomputers to study the evolution of flowers.

Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Set for August, 2015

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Argonne will host their 2015 ATPESC Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing for computational scientists. The event takes place August 2-14 in Chicago. “The program provides intensive hands-on training on the key skills, approaches and tools to design, implement, and execute computational science and engineering applications on current supercomputers and the HPC systems of the future. As a bridge to that future, this two-week program to be held at the Pheasant Run Resort in suburban Chicago fills many gaps that exist in the training computational scientists typically receive through formal education or shorter courses.”

Cambridge University Turns to Xeon Phi

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The University of Cambridge plans to transition their HPC workloads to Intel’s Xeon Phi co-processors. The deal will see Intel work along with Dell staff to upgrade the high performance infrastructure used to serve research departments within the university, working in areas such as genomics and astronomy, as well as a growing number of businesses with large compute demands.

Podcast: Using Allinea Programming Tools to Speed XSEDE Supercomputing Research

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“In my humble opinion, I think that debuggers and profiling tools are far too infrequently used. And it’s not because they’re not there. It’s because people just either don’t know about them, don’t do training on them, or don’t know how to use them. We’re in a state where we have less cycles than we’ve ever had per request, right? So being able to take full advantage of those cycles by having optimized code and optimized run patterns is crucial. Otherwise, you’re just not going to be able to get your work done and the science won’t get done.”