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Rescale HPC Cloud to Foster Return of Supersonic Travel

Denver-based Boom Technology is leveraging Rescale’s cloud-based simulation and optimization system to enable a rebirth of supersonic passenger travel. “Rescale’s cloud platform is a game-changer for engineering. It gives Boom computing resources comparable to building a large on premise HPC center. Rescale lets us move fast with minimal capital spending and resources overhead,” Joshua Krall, Co-founder & CTO.

IBM to Fight Zika with World Community Grid

“Enlisting the help of World Community Grid volunteers will enable us to computationally evaluate over 20 million compounds in just the initial phase and potentially up to 90 million compounds in future phases,” said Carolina Horta Andrade, Ph.D., adjunct professor at the Federal University of Goiás in Brazil and the lead researcher on the OpenZika project. “Running the OpenZika project on World Community Grid will allow us to greatly expand the scale of our project, and it will accelerate the rate at which we can obtain the results toward an antiviral drug for the Zika virus.”

Monitoring Power Consumption with the Intelligent Platform Management Interface

“NWPerf is software that can measure and collect a wide range of performance data about an application or set of applications that run on a cluster. With minimal impact on performance, NWPerf can gather historical information that then can be used in a visualization package. The data collected includes the power consumption using the Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) for the Intel Xeon processor and the libmicmgmt API for the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor. Once the data is collected, and using some data extraction mechanisms, it is possible to examine the power used across the cluster, while the application is running.”

Army Unveils Excalibur Cray XC40 Supercomputer

On Oct. 16, the U.S. Army introduced Excalibur, its newest supercomputer. Currently ranked at #26 on the TOP500, the Cray XC40 system will help ensure Soldiers have the technological advantage on the battlefield, officials said.

Researching Origins of the Universe at the Stephen Hawking Centre for Theoretical Cosmology

In this special guest feature, Linda Barney writes that researchers at the University of Cambridge are using an Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor-based supercomputer from SGI to accelerate discovery efforts. “We have managed to modernize and optimize the main workhorse code used in the research so it now runs at 1/100-1/1000 of the original runtime. This allows us to tackle problems which would have taken unfeasibly long to solve. Secondly, it has opened windows for previously unthinkable research, namely using the MODAL code in cosmological parameter search: this is a problem which is constantly being solved in an iterative process, but adding the MODAL results to the process has only become possible with the improved performance.”

Video: TotalView Parallelizes Code at ISC 2015

“TotalView breaks down barriers to understanding what’s going on with your HPC and supercomputing applications. Purpose-built for multicore and parallel computing, TotalView provides a set of tools providing unprecedented control over processes and thread execution, along with deep visibility into program states and data.”

Video: Algorithms for Extreme-Scale Systems

Bill Gropp from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign presented this talk at the Blue Waters Symposium. “The large number of nodes and cores in extreme scale systems requires rethinking all aspects of algorithms, especially for load balancing and for latency hiding. In this project, I am looking at the use of nonblocking collective routines in Krylov methods, the use of speculation and large memory in graph algorithms, the use of locality-sensitive thread scheduling for better load balancing, and model-guided communication aggregation to reduce overall communication costs. This talk will discuss some current results and future plans, and possibilities for collaboration in evaluating some of these approaches.”

Radio Free HPC Previews ISC 2015

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team previews the ISC 2015 conference, which takes place July 12-16 in Frankfurt, Germany. In addition to a great technical program, the conference will feature an exhibition, tutorials, workshops, and a Student Cluster Competition.

HPC People on the Move – Long, Hot Summer Edition

Dr. Lewey reports on who’s jumping ship and moving on up in high performance computing.

Video: Introduction to Docker

In this video, Docker Founder and CTO Soloman Hykes explains what Docker is and why developers like it. “Docker is an open-source engine that automates the deployment of any application as a lightweight, portable, self-sufficient container that will run virtually anywhere.”