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Clemson to complete $1 million upgrade of Palmetto HPC Cluster

A $1-million upgrade to Clemson University’s Palmetto Cluster is expected to help researchers quicken the pace of scientific discovery and technological innovation in a broad range of fields, from developing new medicines to creating advanced materials. “New hardware that could be in place as early as spring will add even more power to the Palmetto Cluster. Even before the upgrade, it rated eighth in the nation among academic supercomputers, according to the twice-annual TOP500 list of the world’s most powerful computers.”

Radio Free HPC Looks at China’s 95 Petaflop Tianhe-2A Supercomputer

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at China’s massive upgrade of the Tianhe-2A supercomputer to 95 Petaflops peak performance. “As detailed in a new 21-page report by Jack Dongarra from the University of Tennessee, the upgrade should nearly double the performance of the system, which is currently ranked at #2 on TOP500.”

JAIST in Japan installs Cray XC40 Supercomputer

Today Cray announced the Japan Advanced Institute for Science and Technology (JAIST) has put a Cray XC40 supercomputer into production. The Cray XC40 supercomputers incorporate the Aries high performance network interconnect for low latency and scalable global bandwidth, as well as the latest Intel Xeon processors, Intel Xeon Phi processors, and NVIDIA Tesla GPU accelerators. “Our new Cray XC40 supercomputer will support our mission of becoming a premier center of excellence in education and research.”

Magnolia Supercomputer Powers Research at University of Southern Mississippi

Advanced Clustering Technologies has installed a new supercomputer at the University of Southern Mississippi. Called Magnolia, the system will support research and training in computational and data-enabled science and engineering. 

Embry-Riddle University Deploys Cray CS Supercomputer for Aerospace

Today Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University announced it has deployed a Cray CS400 supercomputer. The four-cabinet system will power collaborative applied research with industry partners at the University’s new research facility – the John Mica Engineering and Aerospace Innovation Complex (“MicaPlex”) at Embry-Riddle Research Park.

NeSI in New Zealand Installs Pair of Cray Supercomputers

The New Zealand Science Infrastructure (NeSI) is commissioning a new HPC system that will be colocated at two facilities. “The new systems, provide a step change in power to NeSI’s existing services, including a Cray XC50 Supercomputer and a Cray CS400 cluster High Performance Computer, both sharing the same high performance and offline storage systems.”

18 Petaflop Stampede2 Supercomputer Dedicated at TACC

Stampede2 is the newest strategic supercomputing resource for the nation’s research and education community, enabling scientists and engineers across the U.S., from multiple disciplines, to answer questions at the forefront of science and engineering. “Building on the success of the initial Stampede system, the Stampede team has partnered with other institutions as well as industry to bring the latest in forward-looking computing technologies combined with deep computational and data science expertise to take on some of the most challenging science and engineering frontiers,” said Irene Qualters, director of NSF’s Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure.

LANL Adds Capacity to Trinity Supercomputer for Stockpile Stewardship

Los Alamos National Laboratory has boosted the computational capacity of their Trinity supercomputer with a merger of two system partitions. “With this merge completed, we have now successfully released one of the most capable supercomputers in the world to the Stockpile Stewardship Program,” said Bill Archer, Los Alamos ASC program director. “Trinity will enable unprecedented calculations that will directly support the mission of the national nuclear security laboratories, and we are extremely excited to be able to deliver this capability to the complex.”

Red Hat Ceph Storage Powers Research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham

On June 6, Red Hat announced that the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is using Red Hat Ceph Storage to support the growing needs of its research community. UAB selected Red Hat Ceph Storage because it offers researchers a flexible platform that can accommodate the vast amounts of data necessary to support future innovation and discovery. “UAB is a leader in computational research, with more than $500 million in annual research expenditures in areas including engineering, statistical genetics, genomics and next-generation gene sequencing,” said Curtis A. Carver Jr., VP and CIO at UAB. “Researchers and students aggregate, analyze, and store massive amounts of data, which is used to support groundbreaking medical discoveries from new cancer biomarkers to state-of-the-art magnetic resonance imaging techniques.”

Dell Builds Bracewell Supercomputer for Bionic Vision Research at CSIRO in Australia

Today CSIRO, Australia’s top science agency, announced deployment of a new Dell EMC supercomputer, kicking off a new generation of research in artificial intelligence. “This new system will provide greater scale and processing power we need to build our computer vision systems by optimization of processing over broader scenarios, represented by much larger sets of images, to help train the software to understand and represent the world. We’ll be able to take our computer vision research to the next level, solving problems through leveraging large scale image data that most labs around the world aren’t able to.” Assoc. Professor Barnes said.