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Video: Research on Blue Waters

Dr. Brett Bode from NCSA gave this talk at the HPC User Forum. “Blue Waters is one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world and is one of the fastest supercomputers on a university campus. Scientists and engineers across the country use the computing and data power of Blue Waters to tackle a wide range of challenging problems, from predicting the behavior of complex biological systems to simulating the evolution of the cosmos.”

Supercomputing Earth’s Geomagnetism with Blue Waters

Researchers are using the Blue Waters supercomputer at NCSA to better understand geomagnetic variations and their underlying mechanisms, so that better forecasting models can be developed. “Without Blue Waters (or any comparable computing facilities), we would have to scale back our ensemble size in order to complete all simulations within a reasonable time frame. This will certainly limit our ability to achieve meaningful research and application goals.”

Deep Learning at scale for the construction of galaxy catalogs

A team of scientists is now applying the power of artificial intelligence (AI) and high-performance supercomputers to accelerate efforts to analyze the increasingly massive datasets produced by ongoing and future cosmological surveys. “Deep learning research has rapidly become a booming enterprise across multiple disciplines. Our findings show that the convergence of deep learning and HPC can address big-data challenges of large-scale electromagnetic surveys.”

NCSA to help build world’s most powerful geospatial system

NCSA has announced a new collaboration to produce digital elevation models (DEM) of the entire Earth, among other geospatial research projects. “This is the beginning of building a long-term strategic relationship between NGA and the University of Illinois, centered on high-performance computing and data analysis. The Blue Waters collaboration is the first of what we anticipate will be many years of research collaborations between NGA and Illinois faculty as well as NCSA.”

Video: Supercomputing Sediment Transport in Estuaries

In this video, Salme Cook from the University of New Hampshire describes how she is using NCSA’s Blue Waters supercomputer to model estuaries. One of the big challenges oceanographers face is the inability to observe their science directly. Cook is focused on modeling two particular estuaries in New Hampshire that are experiencing water quality degradation.

Bill Kramer to Lead Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

William Kramer has been selected as the next director of the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center. “It’s our great fortune to recruit Bill, who is known and honored nationally for his leadership and innovations in the world of supercomputing,” said Rob A. Rutenbar, senior vice chancellor for research at the University of Pittsburgh. “In many ways, his career path is emblematic of the role of supercomputing in modern scientific research. The field has grown specifically because of his innovations and commitment.”

Registration Opens for September HPC User Forum at Argonne

Registration is now open for the HPC User Forum at Argonne National Lab. “Our global steering committee representing leading HPC centers has worked with Hyperion Research to provide a powerful agenda representing key trends at the forefront of government, academic and private sector HPC use around the world. You’ll hear about recent developments in the exascale race, architectures, HPDA-AI, smart cities, cloud computing, industrial-commercial HPC and other important topics.”

Simulating Hurricanes with the Blue Waters Supercomputer

In this video, researchers describe how they are using the Blue Waters supercomputer at NCSA to figure out the effects of a changing climate on the frequency and intensity of hurricanes. “We couple the atmosphere model to the ocean because tropical cyclones get their energy from the warm, near-surface waters. We wanted to see what is the effect of climate-induced changes in the ocean on the storms themselves when we go to a fully coupled, high-resolution climate model configuration.”

Hyperion Research HPC Market Update from ISC 2019

In this video from ISC 2019, Hyperion Research hosts their annual HPC Market Update briefing. The company helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. “Our industry experts are the former IDC high performance computing (HPC) analyst team, which remains intact and continues all of its global activities. The group is comprised of the world’s most respected HPC industry analysts who have worked together for more than 25 years.”

Apply Now for the Blue Waters Petascale Computing Hackathon

NCSA is now accepting team applications for the Blue Waters Petascale Computing Hackathon. The event will take place September 9-13, 2019 at NCSA. “The Hackathon will pair research teams with expert mentors with the goal to enable scientific codes to take full advantage of HPC systems. The end goal is to have applications running efficiently at scale, or with a clear roadmap for enhancing code performance.”