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Podcast: How Exascale Computing Could Help Boost Energy Production

In this podcast, Tom Evans, technical lead for ECP’s Energy Applications projects, shares about the motivations, progress, and aspirations on the path to the exascale. “Evans describes the unprecedented calculations expected at the exascale, the example of taking wind energy simulations much further, and the movement toward the use of more-general-purpose programming tools.”

Video: Reliving the First Moon Landing with NVIDIA RTX real-time Ray Tracing

In this video, Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin looks back at the first moon landing with help from a reenactment powered by NVIDIA RTX GPUs with real-time ray tracing technology. “The result: a beautiful, near-cinematic depiction of one of history’s great moments. That’s thanks to NVIDIA RTX GPUs, which allowed our demo team to create an interactive visualization that incorporates light in the way it actually works, giving the scene uncanny realism.”

Simulating Hurricanes with the Blue Waters Supercomputer

In this video, researchers describe how they are using the Blue Waters supercomputer at NCSA to figure out the effects of a changing climate on the frequency and intensity of hurricanes. “We couple the atmosphere model to the ocean because tropical cyclones get their energy from the warm, near-surface waters. We wanted to see what is the effect of climate-induced changes in the ocean on the storms themselves when we go to a fully coupled, high-resolution climate model configuration.”

SUSE joins iRODS Consortium

The SUSE announced that it has joined the iRODS Consortium, the foundation that leads development and support of the integrated Rule-Oriented Data System (iRODS) data management software. “SUSE has a rich history of Linux distribution and open source support, and partnering with them will allow iRODS to make even deeper connections throughout the open source community,” said Jason Coposky, Executive Director, iRODS Consortium. “SUSE Enterprise Storage integrated with iRODS’ data management capabilities creates a compelling and comprehensive solution stack.”

Why Containerization was Key to Fueling Innovation at ISC19

In this special guest feature, Ian Lumb from Sylabs describes containerization was Fueling Innovation at ISC 2019. “Interest in containerization has never been stronger. Although there’s much to extract from ISC19, even if you weren’t able to attend the event, there are alternative approaches for accelerating your uptake of this secure, performant, and portable technology that also ensures reproducibility.”

Video: A Full Week of Fueling Innovation at ISC 2019

In this video, Michael Feldman of The Next Platform and Florina Ciorba of University of Basel look back on ISC 2019. “ISC 2019 brought together 3,573 HPC practitioners and enthusiasts interested in high performance computing, storage, networking, and AI. The theme of this year’s conference was Fueling Innovation.”

Podcast: HPC Market Eyes $44B in 5 Years

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at a new projections from Hyperion Research that has the HPC+AI market growing to $44B, in 5 years. “The industry is hitting on all cylinders, benefiting from the Exascale race, AI coming to the enterprise, and it’s customary slow but always steady growth. The big news continues to be AI fundamentally bringing HPC closer to the mainstream of enterprise computing whether it is on-prem, in a co-location facility, or in a public cloud.”

Women in IT Networking team to help build SCinet at SC19

Over at the SC19 blog, Christine Baissac-Hayden writes that seven candidates have been chosen for the Women in IT Networking at SC program. “Since 2015, the Women in IT Networking at SC (WINS) program has supported talented early-to-mid career women who help build the ephemeral high-speed network that powers the annual SC Conference.”

New Paper Surveys Micron’s Automata Processor

“Micron’s automata processor (AP) exploits massively parallel in-memory processing capability of DRAM for executing NFAs and hence, it can provide orders of magnitude performance improvement compared to traditional architectures. This paper presents a survey of techniques that propose architectural optimizations to AP and use it for accelerating problems from various application domains such as bioinformatics, data-mining, network security, natural language, high-energy physics, etc.”

NSF Funds $10 Million for ‘Expanse’ Supercomputer at SDSC

SDSC has been awarded a five-year grant from the NSF valued at $10 million to deploy Expanse, a new supercomputer designed to advance research that is increasingly dependent upon heterogeneous and distributed resources. “As a standalone system, Expanse represents a substantial increase in the performance and throughput compared to our highly successful, NSF-funded Comet supercomputer. But with innovations in cloud integration and composable systems, as well as continued support for science gateways and distributed computing via the Open Science Grid, Expanse will allow researchers to push the boundaries of computing and answer questions previously not possible.”