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Mapping the Brain with the Theta Supercomputer

Researchers are using the Theta supercomputer at Argonne to map the intricate layout of brain neurons. “The basic goal is simple — would like to be able to image all of the neurons in the brain — but the datasets from X-rays and electron microscopes are extremely large,” said Doga Gursoy, assistant computational scientist in the X-Ray Science Division of Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source. They are at the tera- and petabyte scales. So we would like to use Theta to build the software and codebase infrastructure in order to analyze that data.”

Vanguard Infrastructures Teams with Cray for Cybersecurity

Today announced that the Company has signed a solutions provider agreement with Vanguard Infrastructures in order for Vanguard to develop, market, and sell on premise and cloud-as-a-service cybersecurity solutions that fuse supercomputing technologies with an open, enterprise-ready software framework for big data analytics. Vanguard has also purchased a Cray Urika-GX system.

Agenda Posted for LAD’17 in Paris

The LAD’17 conference has posted their meeting agenda. Also known as the Lustre Administrator and Developer Workshop, the event takes place Oct. 4-5 in Paris. “EOFS and OpenSFS are organizing the seventh european lustre workshop. This will be a great opportunity for Lustre worldwide administrators and developers to gather and exchange their experiences, developments, tools, good practices and more.”

Gabriel Broner on Why Cloud is the Next Disruption in HPC

“Like the previous disruptions of clusters vs. monolithic systems or Linux vs. proprietary operating systems, cloud changes the status quo, takes us out of our comfort zone, and gives us a sense of lack of control. But the effect of price, the flexibility to dynamically change your system size and choose the best architecture for the job, the availability of applications, the ability to select system cost based on the needs of a particular workload, and the ability to provision and run immediately, will prove very attractive for HPC users.”

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.”

SC17 Panel Preview: How Serious Are We About the Convergence Between HPC and Big Data?

SC17 will feature a panel discussion entitled How Serious Are We About the Convergence Between HPC and Big Data? “The possible convergence between the third and fourth paradigms confronts the scientific community with both a daunting challenge and a unique opportunity. The challenge resides in the requirement to support both heterogeneous workloads with the same hardware architecture. The opportunity lies in creating a common software stack to accommodate the requirements of scientific simulations and big data applications productively while maximizing performance and throughput.

Video: I/O Challenges in Brain Tissue Simulation

“Blue Brain Project simulations use mathematical models of individual neurons and synapses to compute the electrical activity of the network as it evolves over time. This requires a huge computational effort, only possible with large supercomputers. Simulations of larger volumes of tissue, at ever higher levels of detail, will need ever more powerful computing capabilities.”

Update: Approximately 100 Seagate ClusterStor Employees to Move to Cray in Strategic Transaction

Seagate is getting out of the HPC business. Today Cray announced that it has entered into partnership agreement with Seagate centered around ClusterStor high-performance storage. “In 2012 Cray became our first OEM and has continued over the years to be our largest and most strategic ClusterStor partner,” said Ken Claffey, vice president and general manager, Storage Systems Group at Seagate. “As the leader in the supercomputing market, Cray will be a great home for the ClusterStor, employees, customers and partners.”

Radio Free HPC Looks at AI Ethics and a Tale of Henry’s Super Heroism

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team learns about Henry’s first exploit as an Ethical Superhero. “After witnessing a hit-and-run fender bender, Henry confronted the culprit and ensured that the miscreant left a note on the victim’s windshield. And while we applaud Henry for his heroism, we are also very grateful that he was not shot in the process. This tale leads us into a discussion of AI ethics and how we won’t have this problem in the coming era of self-driving cars.”

Radio Free HPC Looks at Big News in Graph Computing

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at why the Alan Turing Institute is focusing on Graph Computing with their acquisition of a Cray Urika-GX supercomputer. After that, they cover a series of IT developments that go to Infinity and Beyond.