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KAUST to Acquire Cray XC40

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Today Cray announced it has been awarded a contract to provide King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia with multiple Cray systems.

A New Open Ethernet Switch Abstraction Interface from Mellanox

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Today Mellanox announced the addition of the Switch Abstraction Interface (SAI) to its Open Ethernet switch systems, for open management and control of Ethernet Switches.

Video: Convergence of Extreme Computing and Big Data

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In this video, Satoshi Matsuoka, professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology, examines GPU’s role in the rapidly increasing data volume and processing requirements of so-called big data. Conventional cloud infrastructures will no longer be efficient. Will GPUs play a central role, or will they be peripheral?

Earthquake Prediction Using the Blue Waters Supercomputer

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The Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC), using the power of the petascale Blue Waters Supercomputer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has developed a physics-based model called CyberShake that simulates how an earthquake works rather than approximating the tremors based on observations.

A Livermore Perspective on Next-Generation Computing

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In this video from the Nvidia booth at SC14, Terri Quinn from LLNL presents: A Livermore Perspective on Next-Generation Computing. “Terri is responsible for an organization consisting of three divisions with over 400 technical staff working in high-performance computing, computer security, and enterprise computing. Livermore Computing (LC), LLNL’s high performance computing organization, operates some of the most advanced production classified and unclassified computing environments.”

Video: GPU Acceleration – What’s Next?

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GPU-accelerated computing is the use of a graphics processing unit (GPU) together with a CPU to accelerate scientific, analytics, engineering, consumer, and enterprise applications. Pioneered in 2007 by NVIDIA, GPU accelerators now power energy-efficient datacenters in government labs, universities, enterprises, and small-and-medium businesses around the world. GPUs are accelerating applications in platforms ranging from cars, to mobile phones and tablets, to drones and robots.

Video: Energy Secretary Moniz Announces 150 Petaflop Coral Supercomputers

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In this video, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz announces two new High Performance Computing awards to put the nation on a fast-track to next generation exascale computing, which will help to advance U.S. leadership in scientific research and promote America’s economic and national security.

Looking at the Future of HPC in Australia

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In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Lindsay Botten and Neil Stringfellow explain how Australia has developed a national HPC strategy to address the country’s unique challenges in science, climate, and economic development.

Using the Titan Supercomputer to find Alternatives to Rare Earth Magnets

Simulations could uncover competitive substitutes for these super strong magnets

Over at ORNL, Katie Elyce Jones writes that the US Department of Energy (DOE) is mining for alternatives to rare earth magnetic material, an obviously scarce resource. For manufacturers of electric motors and other devices, procuring these materials involves environmental concerns from mining rare earth metals, their costs, and an unpredictable supply chain.