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Archives for October 2015

Halloween Podcast: Radio Free HPC Shares their Biggest Fears for High Performance Computing

In this special Halloween podcast, the Radio Free HPC team shares their biggest fears for HPC. From cybersecurity to a lack of funding for important research, what’s the worst that could possibly happen?

Job of the Week: Lead Specialist for HPC at Celgene

Celgene in San Diego is seeking a Lead Specialist for HPC in our Job of the Week.

HPC People on the Move: Halloween Edition

Lewey Anton reports on who’s jumping ship and moving on up in high performance computing. Familiar names this month include Ron Blessing, Rick Friedman, Karl Freund, and Mark Woodyard.

Agave Platform Provides Science as a Service

Work began recently on the Agave Platform, an open ‘Science-as-a-Service’ (ScaaS) cloud platform for reproducible science. Funded by a $4 Million NSF grant, the Agave Platform will leverage the success of what originated in 2011 as a set of hosted, web-based application programming interfaces (APIs) for plant biologists under the NSF iPlant project.

PASC16 Conference in Switzerland Issues Call for Papers

The PASC16 Conference in Switzerland has issued its Call for Papers. The event takes place June 8-10 in Laussane.

Kyoto University Orders SGI UV Supercomputer for Life Sciences

Today SGI Japan announced that the Institute for Chemical Research (ICR) at Kyoto University has ordered an SGI UV 2000 supercomputer. “The large-scale hybrid supercomputer system will combine two of the SGI UV 2000, 16 terabyte shared-memory servers with Intel Xeon Processor E5-4600 v2 Product Family and SGI Rackable Standard Depth cluster servers with total 3,000 cores of Intel Xeon Processor E5-2600 v3.”

Interview: Baidu Speeds Deep Learning with GPU Clusters

“Deep neural networks are increasingly important for powering AI-based applications like speech recognition. Baidu’s research shows that adding GPUs to the data center makes deploying big deep neural networks practical at scale. Deep learning based technologies benefit from batching user requests in the data center, which requires a different software architecture than traditional web applications.”

Video: Debugging and Profiling Your HPC Applications

David Lecomber from Allinea Software presented this talk at the Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing. “From climate modeling to astrophysics, from financial modeling to engine design, the power of clusters and supercomputers advances the frontiers of knowledge and delivers results for industry. Writing and deploying software that exploits that computing power is a demanding challenge – it needs to run fast, and run right. That’s where Allinea comes in.”

Poznan Supercomputing Center Expands CoolIT Systems Liquid Cooling to 1160 Nodes

Today CoolIT Systems announced that the Poznan Supercomputing Center has ordered its second deployment of Rack DCLC data center liquid cooling systems. Building on the success of their existing liquid cooled deployment with CoolIT built in partnership with Huawei and Itprojekt, PSNC has purchased an additional 17 racks of liquid cooled Huawei servers for a project total of 20 racks. A new feature of this expanded deployment will see the server energy captured in the liquid being re-used for heating buildings on campus, making this installation one of the most efficient HPC clusters in EMEA.

Pairwise DNA Optimization using Intel Xeon Phi

The Smith-Waterman algorithm is widely used for pairwise DNA sequence alignment. The computation, consisting of looking for pattern in very long strings of the DNA alphabet, is very demanding. Using the Intel Xeon Phi, tremendous performance gains can be obtained, as long as the algorithms have been modified to take advantage of parallelism.