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John Elmer joins NAG Board of Directors

Today the Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG) in the UK announced the appointment of John Elmer to its Board of Directors. “I am delighted that John Elmer is joining the NAG Board,” said Rob Meyer, CEO, NAG. “His track record of helping technology-driven companies achieve their strategic growth objectives brings a valuable and complementary skill set for the Board. His 30+ years of experience in the upstream oil & gas industry will help us expand our offerings in this key market segment. The NAG Board of Directors welcome John and look forward to his contributions to our success.”

Slidecast: How to Improve the Performance of Parallel Codes

In this slidecast from the POP Centre of Excellence in Barcelona, Jon Gibson from NAG presents: How to Improve the Performance of Parallel Codes. As part of the EU-funded Performance Optimization and Productivity (POP) Centre of Excellence, NAG offers HPC expertise to organizations who want help to understand and improve the performance of parallel software.

Andrew Jones wraps up ISC 2017

In this special guest feature, Andrew Jones from NAG offers his perspective on ISC 2017. How he came to know such things is a mystery as Mr. Jones did not attend the show this year. One thing is for sure; from now on I’m going to assume his agents are everywhere.

TACC to Hosts HPC for Managers Institute in Austin

Today the TACC announced that the first High Performance Computing for Managers Institute will take place September 12-14 in Austin. “With course materials by TACC and the Numerical Algorithms Group, this three-day workshop is specifically tailored to managers and decision makers who are using, or considering using, HPC within their organizations. It is also applicable to those with a real opportunity to make this career step in the future.”

Latest NAG Numerical Library Adds Optimization Modeling Suite

Today the Numerical Algorithms Group announces the latest version of its flagship software, the NAG Library, Mark 26. In this release, NAG has introduced an Optimization Modeling Suite for linear and nonlinear semidefinite programming and general nonlinear programming. It also features new routines in the important computational areas of Nearest Correlation Matrix and Quadrature.

Preview: SC16 Tutorial on How to Buy a Supercomputer

“This tutorial, part of the SC16 State of the Practice, will guide attendees through the process of purchasing and deploying a HPC system. It will cover the whole process from engaging with stakeholders in securing funding, requirements capture, market survey, specification of the tender/request for proposal documents, engaging with suppliers, evaluating proposals, and managing the installation. Attendees will learn how to specify what they want, yet enable the suppliers to provide innovative solutions beyond their specification both in technology and in the price; how to demonstrate to stakeholders that the solution selected is best value for money; and the common risks, pitfalls and mitigation strategies essential to achieve an on-time and on-quality installation process.”

Measuring HPC: Performance, Cost, & Value

Andrew Jones from NAG presented this talk at the HPC User Forum in Austin. “This talk will discuss why it is important to measure High Performance Computing, and how to do so. The talk covers measuring performance, both technical (e.g., benchmarks) and non-technical (e.g., utilization); measuring the cost of HPC, from the simple beginnings to the complexity of Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and beyond; and finally, the daunting world of measuring value, including the dreaded Return on Investment (ROI) and other metrics. The talk is based on NAG HPC consulting experiences with a range of industry HPC users and others. This is not a sales talk, nor a highly technical talk. It should be readily understood by anyone involved in using or managing HPC technology.”

Preliminary Agenda Posted for HPC User Forum in Austin, Sept. 6-8

IDC has published the preliminary agenda for their next HPC User Forum. The event will take place Sept. 6-8 in Austin, Texas.

NAG Optimizes C and C++ Algorithms for ARM-based Cavium ThunderX Processors

The Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG) has engineered NAG C Library algorithms to execute efficiently on Cavium ThunderX ARMv8-A based Workload Optimized Processors. Preliminary results, announced at ISC 2016, show excellent scaling across 96 cores of ThunderX in a dual socket configuration.

Changes Afoot from the HPC Crystal Ball

In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Andrew Jones from NAG looks ahead at what 2016 has in store for HPC and finds people, not technology, to be the most important issue. “A disconcertingly large proportion of the software used in computational science and engineering today was written for friendlier and less complex technology. An explosion of attention is needed to drag software into a state where it can effectively deliver science using future HPC platforms.”