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Supercomputing Cleaner Power Plants

Researchers are looking to HPC to help engineer cost-effective carbon capture and storage technologies for tomorrow’s power plants. “By combining new algorithmic approaches and a new software infrastructure, MFiX-Exa will leverage future exascale machines to optimize CLRs. Exascale will provide 50 times more computational science and data analytic application power than is possible with DOE high-performance computing systems such as Titan at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) and Sequoia at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.”

Supercomputing Sea Fog Development to Prevent Maritime Disasters

Over at the XSEDE blog, Kim Bruch from SDSC writes that an international team of researchers is using supercomputers to shed new light on how and why a particular type of sea fog forms. Through for simulation, they hope to provide more accurate fog predictions that help reduce the number of maritime mishaps. “The researchers have been using the Comet supercomputer based at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at UC San Diego. To-date, the team has used about 2 million core hours.”

France to Double Supercomputing Capacity with Jean Zay Ai System from HPE

HPE is building a new Ai supercomputer for GENCI in France. Called Jean Zay, the 14 Petaflop system is part of an artificial intelligence initiative called for by President Macron to bolster the nation’s scientific and economic growth. “At Hewlett Packard Enterprise, we continue to fuel the next frontier and unlock discoveries with our end-to-end HPC and AI offerings that hold a strong presence in France and have been further strengthened just in the past couple of years.”

As Liquid Cooling Gets Hot, CoolIT Systems Secures Round of Funding

Last week, Canadian liquid cooling vendor CoolIT Systems announced that the company has partnered with Vistara Capital Partners as the company expands production capacity to service new and existing global data center customers. “With our order backlog expanding by 400% in the last year, access to additional capital is critical for continued success,” said CoolIT Systems CFO, Peter Calverley. “With the creative financing package provided by Vistara the financial foundation is in place for 2019 to be another year of significant growth in data center liquid cooling sales for CoolIT.”

Apply Now for the ISC 2019 Travel Grant

Students and Young Researchers are encouraged to apply for the ISC Travel Grant program. It’s a great way for HPC folks to get to the ISC High Performance conference, which takes place June 16-20 in Frankfurt, Germany. “As an added bonus, Dr. Julian Kunkel, of University of Reading, will mentor the selected grant recipients helping them get the most out of the conference by suggesting relevant program sessions and introducing them to experts in their research field.”

Oracle Expands Cloud Business with Next-Gen Data Center in Canada

Oracle just announced the opening of a Toronto data center to support in regional customer demand for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. “Oracle’s next-generation cloud infrastructure offers the most flexibility in the public cloud, allowing companies to run traditional and cloud-native workloads on the same platform. With Oracle’s modern cloud regions, only Oracle can deliver the industry’s broadest, deepest, and fastest growing suite of cloud applications, Oracle Autonomous Database, and new services in security, Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence, all running on its enterprise-grade cloud infrastructure.”

Intel becomes First Corporate Champion for Women in HPC

Today the Women in High Performance Computing (WHPC) organization announced that Intel Corporation has become its first Corporate Champion. “Women represent less than 15% of the HPC sector; it is essential that we continue to work at the grassroots level and globally to grow the HPC talent pool and benefit from the diversity of talented women and other under-represented groups. With support from Intel, we can begin focusing on global programs and initiatives that can accelerate our goals and amplify our impact.”

Interview: HPC Thought Leaders Looking Forward to SC19 in Denver

In this special guest feature, SC19 General Chair Michela Taufer catches up with Sunita and Jack Dongarra to discuss the way forward for the November conference in Denver. “By augmenting our models and our ability to do simulation, HPC enables us to understand and do things so much faster than we could in the past – and it will only get better in the future.”

Metal or Plastic Liquid Cooling Connectors? What You Should Consider

With recent advances, high-performance thermoplastic now offers performance that rivals, and in some cases, surpasses their metal counterparts. Design engineers have to take several factors into consideration when trying to choose between metal or plastic quick disconnects. This guest article from CPC takes a look at the differences between metal and plastic liquid cooling connectors, and the benefits and challenges to each.

Penguin Computing builds Caviness Cluster for Machine Learning at the University of Delaware

Penguin Computing has deployed a new HPC cluster at the University of Delaware. The Caviness cluster is named in honor of Jane Caviness, former director of Academic Computing Services at the University. “It is great to have our new cluster be named after Jane Caviness, who has played a very important role in establishing high performance computing at University of Delaware.”