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Hornet and SuperMUC to Provide 247 Million Core Hours for Scientific Research

The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) reports that the 10th PRACE Regular Call for Proposals resulted in GCS supporting 14 outstanding scientific research projects from eight European countries. A total of 246.93 million core hours of computing time were awarded on GCS supercomputers, including Hornet at HLRS and SuperMUC at LRZ.

Video: eScience Training and Education in Sweden

“This talk will give an overview of training and graduate education initiatives in Sweden in the eScience and high performance computing areas and show why these are important but also different. Lessons learned from giving courses at six super computer centers and current and future courses will be discussed.”

Video: Allinea Forge Demo

In this video from SC14, Mark O’Conner from Allinea demonstrates the company’s new Forge software development suite. “A shared, intuitive user interface between the debugger and profiler with a single, shallow learning curve ensures scientific developers and HPC experts alike get the maximum value from your tools investment.”

Time to Retire the Turing Test?

If you haven’t heard, there is a new film about Alan Turing, one of the original computer scientists to ponder the question: Can machines think? Over at Kill Screen, David Shimomura writes that it may be time to put the Turing Test to bed.

Video: Introducing the SGI ICE XA Supercomputer

“The ICE X is in production now. It is a compute-focused platform. At this show, we’re introducing the ICE XA. It adds several degrees of flexibility. With the ICE XA, we’ll still maintain the compute-only-density that we have in our ICE. But we have another blade available for that, which will enable accelerators, both GPU and Xeon Phi cards. We have an even third blade, will allow people to add hard drives and other IO devices. So, the flexibility of the ICE XA is what we’re talking about today at the show.”

3M Twin Axial Cable Solution Increases Efficiency of Servers for HPC

3M’s Twin Axial Cable, with its ultra-flat, foldable ribbon design, is on display this week at SC14. The low-profile capabilities saves a substantial amount of internal space and helps alleviate congestion inside dense server systems. Design engineers have considerably more room for server architecture options. The silhouette  increases airflow for the cooling needed to maintain the high speeds and […]

Penguin Computing’s Cluster Collaboration with AMD Makes Heterogeneous System Architecture Clustering a Reality

Today at SC14,  Penguin Computing announced the first application optimized accelerated processing unit (APU) clusters, making seamless GPU and CPU memory sharing on clusters a reality based on heterogeneous system architecture (HSA) from Advanced Micro Devices. The shared memory capability involves very lightweight context switches that switch instantaneously between the GPU and CPU, whichever code […]

Lawrence Livermore Advances in Graph500 Rankings

Lawrence Livermore announced at SC14 that its Sequoia supercomputer, a 20-petaflop IBM Blue Gene/Q system, achieved the world’s best performance on the Graph500 data analytics benchmark The Graph500 offers performance metrics for data intensive computing. LLNL and IBM computer scientists attained the No. 1 ranking by completing the largest problem scale ever attempted  (scale 41) with […]

Final Hours for the 2014 Parallel Universe Computing Challenge at SC14

This morning at 11:00AM  the second semi-final match of the 2014 Parallel Universe Computing Challenge took place at the Intel Parallel Theater (Booth 1315) at SC14 as the Coding Illini team from NCSA and UIUC, faced off against the EXAMEN from Europe.  Coding Illini earned its spot in is semi-final match by beating the team from Latin […]

BSC Releases COMPSs Version 1.2 at SC14

The Grid Computing and Clusters team at Barcelona Supercomputing Center announced a new release, Version 1.2, of the programming environment COMPSs, already available in three main programming languages: Java, C/C++ and Python. This version of COMPSs provides a set of tools that helps developers program and execute their applications efficiently on distributed computational infrastructures such as clusters, grids and […]