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Fernanda Foertter Elected SIG HPC Education Vice Chair

Today the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on High Performance Computing (SIGHPC) announced that Fernanda Foertter from ORNL is the new Vice Chair of the organization’s Education Committee. In this position, Foertter will support the goals of SIGHPC Education to promote increased knowledge and greater interest in the educational and scientific aspects of HPC. “Organizations such as SIGHPC broadens our periphery of other individuals within the HPC field. By connecting with my peers, I can make better decisions about what kinds of HPC training are needed and desired both within and outside of our own lab,” Foertter said.

Interview: The Computational Challenges of Fusion Energy

In this video from PASC17, Yasuhiro Idomura from the Japan Atomic Energy Agency and Laurent Villard from EPFL discuss the computational challenges of developing Fusion reactors. “Numerical plasma physics models are used to improve our understanding of transport, instability growth and other poorly understood phenomena encountered in the experimental devices edging toward viable fusion energy. Since computational expense imposes a major limitation on accurate physical modeling, computational resources must be used as efficiently as possible.”

Interview: DDN’s Jessica Popp on the Importance of Diversity in HPC

In this video, ISC Diversity Chair Kim McMahon interviews Jessica Popp from DDN about the importance of fostering diversity in High Performance Computing. “Through collaboration and networking, the Women in HPC community strives to bring together women in HPC and technical computing while encouraging women to engage in outreach activities and improve the visibility of inspirational role models.”

Go with Intel® Data Analytics Acceleration Library and Go*

Use of the Go* programming language and it’s developer community has grown significantly since it’s official launch by Google in 2009. Like many popular programming languages (C and Java come to mind), Go started as an experiment to design a new programming language that would fix some of the common problems of other languages and yet stay true to the basic tenets of modern programming: be scalable, productive, readable, enable robust development environments, and support networking and multiprocessing.

Agenda Posted: Hot Interconnects Conference in Santa Clara

The Hot Interconnects conference has posted their program Agenda. The event takes place Aug. 28-30 in Santa Clara, California. “Join us for our 25th year of an information-packed three-day Symposium about the latest in High Performance Interconnects. IEEE Hot Interconnects is the premier international forum for researchers and developers of state-of-the-art hardware and software architectures and implementations for interconnection networks of all scales, ranging from multi-core on-chip interconnects to those within systems, clusters, and data centers. Leaders in industry and academia attend the conference to interact with individuals at the forefront of this field.”

Supercomputing the Signature of Chaos in Ultracold Reactions

Researchers have performed the first ever quantum-mechanical simulation of the benchmark ultracold chemical reaction between potassium-rubidium (KRb) and a potassium atom, opening the door to new controlled chemistry experiments and quantum control of chemical reactions that could spark advances in quantum computing and sensing technologies. The research by a multi-institutional team simulated the ultracold chemical reaction, with results that had not been revealed in experiments. “We found that the overall reactivity is largely insensitive to the underlying chaotic dynamics of the system,” said Brian Kendrick of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Theoretical Division, “This observation has important implications for the development of controlled chemistry and for the technological applications of ultracold molecules from precision measurement to quantum computing.”

Lenovo Gains Momentum in HPC at ISC 2017

In this video from ISC 2017, Rick Koopman from Lenovo describes the company’s innovative solutions for HPC. “Lenovo recently announced the delivery of one of the most powerful systems – among the first in the world based on Intel Xeon Platinum processor family – to Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC). The BSC MareNostrum 4 supercomputer, tasked with jobs in science and engineering research, incorporates 48 racks with more than 3,400 nodes with next generation Intel Xeon processors and a central memory of 390 Terabytes. Its peak power will be over 11 Petaflops.”

Panel Discussion: Sustainable Software Development in Computational Sciences

“PASC has recently formed collaborative partnerships with a number of scientific journals. In this panel discussion, representatives from these journals are invited to express their thoughts regarding publication practices in the computational sciences, including the publication of software codes. How can we validate published results and guarantee reproducibility? Finally, we will describe our vision for the PASC papers initiative going forward.”

Brazil-Based AMT to Resell Bright Computing Software

Today Bright Computing announced a reseller agreement with AMT. “We are very impressed with Bright’s technology and we believe it will make a huge difference to our customers’ HPC environments,” said Ricardo Lugão, HPC Director at AMT. “With Bright, the management of an HPC cluster becomes very straightforward, empowering end users to administer their workloads, rather than relying on HPC experts.”

Agenda Posted for September HPC User Forum in Milwaukee

Hyperion Research has posted the preliminary agenda for the HPC User Forum Sept. 5-7 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. “The HPC User Forum community includes thousands of people from the steering committee, member organizations, sponsors and everyone who has attended an HPC User Forum meeting. Our mission is to promote the health of the global HPC industry and address issues of common concern to users.”