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Ray Tracing on Intel Xeon Phi with Embree

In computer graphics, ray tracing is a rendering technique for generating an image by tracing the path of light as pixels in an image plane and simulating the effects of its encounters with virtual objects. “Experienced computer graphics developers that understand how ray tracing works, in conjunction with a deep knowledge of the Intel Xeon Phi processor hardware have created a set of ray tracing kernels that take advantage of the underlying instruction sets and the available number of computing cores.”

Cray to Power AI Innovation at Samsung

Today Cray announced that Samsung has purchased a Cray CS-Storm accelerated cluster supercomputer. The Samsung Strategy & Innovation Center (SSIC) procured the system for use in its research into Artificial Intelligence and deep learning workloads, including systems for connected cars and autonomous technologies.

Moonshot Research Teams with Providentia Worldwide for HPC and Big Data Services for Industry

Today Moonshot Research and Providentia Worldwide announced an agreement to jointly offer business and technical services and consulting in the areas of high-performance computing and big data services. The Moonshot/Providentia team brings expertise in driving ROI in enterprise computing by focusing on best practices in HPC, cloud and enterprise IT. “I am absolutely delighted to work with the world’s experts in using HPC to achieve real-time analytics. Speed has become the ultimate competitive advantage in the world of technology-enabled products and services,” said Merle Giles, CEO of Moonshot Research.

Univa Grid Engine adds UberCloud Parallel MPI to Docker Containers

Today Univa announced the integration of UberCloud parallel application containers with Univa Grid Engine. In May of last year, Univa, a leading innovator of workload management products, announced the availability of Docker software container support with its Grid Engine 8.4.0 product, enabling enterprises to automatically dispatch and run jobs in Docker containers, from a user specified Docker image, on a Univa Grid Engine cluster.

Win Supercomputer Access in the ARCTUR Be Innovative HPC Challenge

Today the ARCTUR group in Slovenia announced the ARCTUR Be Innovative HPC Challenge. In this contest, 350,000 EUR worth of ARCTUR HPC resources will be granted to the proposal with the most interesting applications. “The goal of the competition is to encourage small and medium enterprises (among others) to scale up their computer simulations and modeling by using ARCTUR HPC infrastructure, writing an interesting use-case demonstrating the benefits of the use of HPC and becoming strategic parters of the company.”

Fujitsu Deploys immersion-cooled x86 Cluster for JARI in Japan

Today Fujitsu announced the deployment of a immersion-cooled cluster at the Japan Automobile Research Institute (JARI). The new system will be used simulate automobile collisions. “Going forward, Fujitsu has plans to offer the liquid immersion cooling system worldwide as a product for cooling IT devices in non-conductive fluid.”

HPC in Agriculture: NCSA and Syngenta’s Dynamic Partnership

In this video, Jim Mellon from Sygenta describes how the company’s partnership with NCSA is helping the company answer the agricultural challenges of the future. “Together, we’re solving some of the toughest issues in agriculture today, like how to feed our rapidly growing population knowing that the amount of land we have for growing crops is finite. NCSA Industry provides the HPC resources that Syngenta’s scientists need to solve these issues, as well as an industry focus on security, performance, and availability, with the consultancy to better understand how to maximize these resources.”

Video: How R-Systems Helps Customers Move HPC to the Cloud

In this video from the HPC User Forum in Milwaukee, Brian Kucic from R-Systems describes how the company enables companies of all sizes to move their technical computing workloads to the Cloud. “R Systems provides High Performance Computer Cluster resources and technical expertise to commercial and institutional research clients through the R Systems brand and the Dell HPC Cloud Services Partnership. In addition to our industry standard solutions, R Systems Engineers assist clients in selecting the components of their optimal cluster configuration.”

MareNostrum Supercomputer to contribute 475 million core hours to European Research

Today the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre announced plans to allocate 475 million core hours of its supercomputer MareNostrum to 17 research projects as part of the PRACE initiative. Of all the nations participating in PRACE’s recent Call for Proposals, Spain is now the leading contributor of compute hours to European research.

How Manufacturing will Leap Forward with Exascale Computing

In this special guest feature, Jeremy Thomas from Lawrence Livermore National Lab writes that exascale computing will be a vital boost to the U.S. manufacturing industry. “This is much bigger than any one company or any one industry. If you consider any industry, exascale is truly going to have a sizeable impact, and if a country like ours is going to be a leader in industrial design, engineering and manufacturing, we need exascale to keep the innovation edge.”