HPC News Roundup for February 27, 2015

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hatnewsAs we head into the busy event season we like to call HPC March Madness, the past week has had its share of notable news items that didn’t make it to the Features page:

  • Swiss Supercomputing Future Storms. Hail, thunderstorms and heavy rainfall. These extreme events are supposedly on the increase in the course of global warming. High-resolution simulations conducted by ETH Zurich researchers on CSCS’s supercomputers now add more certainty to the projections.

  • IMG_1239Trinity Rises. Test beds for Trinity were delivered (two to Los Alamos and one to Sandia) as part of the New Mexico Alliance for Computing at Extreme Scale (ACES) collaboration. Trinity came out of a partnership between the two laboratories, Cray Computers and Intel. The computer will have at least eight times greater applications performance than Cielo, the current NNSA supercomputer sited at Los Alamos and will be one of the most advanced computers in the world. Trinity will be sized to run the largest and most demanding simulations of stockpile stewardship, assuring the safety, security and effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear deterrent without the use of underground testing.
  • AMD Carrizo Chip Sees Light of Day. Coming soon, AMD’s Carrizo will be the first fully HSA 1.0 compliant chip to marry CPU and GPU on the same die. The HSA Foundation says there is still significant headroom in heterogeneous computing to drive more performance and reduce power.

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