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NREL Supercomputing Model Assists with Wind and Solar Generation Study

A new study from the United States Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) used high-performance computing capabilities and innovative visualization tools to model, in unprecedented detail, how the power grid of the eastern United States could operationally accommodate higher levels of wind and solar photovoltaic generation. The analysis considered scenarios of up to 30 percent annual penetration of wind and solar. Whereas previous studies have investigated operations in one-hour intervals, NREL’s Eastern Renewable Generation Integration Study (ERGIS) ...

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Blue Waters Supercomputer Used in White House Arctic Initiative

The Blue Waters supercomputer, housed at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications on campus, is playing an instrumental role in a White House project aimed at mapping out the Arctic. High-resolution topographic maps of Alaska that were released last week were created by Blue Waters. They are the first high-resolution, high-quality images of the region. Collaborators from Ohio State and Cornell universities are working with Paul Morin, head of the University of Minnesota’s Polar Geospatial Center, on his ArcticDEM project, using Blue Waters to create digital elevation models o...

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Toyota Teaches Cars to Drive by Studying Human Drivers

In January 2016, Toyota announced the creation of the Toyota Research Institute (TRI), a $1 billion investment in AI to develop autonomous driving capabilities as well as home-care robots. Jim Adler, the first head of data at TRI, has been on the job for just two months. Before that, he was an executive at Metanautix, a data analytics platform that sold to Microsoft last year. Adler talked about how Toyota is using data and simulation to teach cars to drive themselves. Toyota Connected, which will be based in Plano, TX, will also house the Toyota Global Big Data Center. That will be sort ...

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Researchers Debut Programmable Quantum Computer

In an August 4th paper in Nature, a team of researchers from the University of Maryland say they have developed a software-programmable quantum computer. UMD’s Joint Quantum Institute describes it as the first re-programmable quantum computer ever, and a major advance over previous demonstrations of quantum computing, which have generally been static devices designed to run only one type of operation. The details of the science are not for the faint-hearted. The device uses five quantum bits, or “qubits,” the equivalent of a single bit or switch in a conventional computer. That migh...

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Riken’s Shoubu Supercomputer Captures Top Spot on Green500 List

Japan’s research institution RIKEN once again captured the top spot on the Green500 list with its Shoubu supercomputer, the most energy-efficient system in the world. With rating of 6673.84 MFLOPS/Watt, Shoubu edged out another RIKEN system, Satsuki, the number 2 system that delivered 6195.22 MFLOPS/Watt. Both are “ZettaScaler”supercomputers, employing Intel Xeon processors and PEZY-SCnp manycore accelerators. The 3rd most energy-efficient system is China’s Sunway TaihuLight, which currently holds the number 1 spot on the TOP500 list as the world’s fastest supercomputer. It is p...

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Indiana University Formalizes Trans-Pacific Networking Collaboration with Japan

International Networks at Indiana University (IN@IU) and the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) of Japan have formalized their long-standing partnership by signing an agreement on continued collaboration. On August 3, Andrew Lee, IN@IU network architect, and Fumihiko Tomita, NICT vice president, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in Hong Kong at the 42nd Asia Pacific Advanced Network (APAN) meeting. The new document states that they will continue to work together on sustaining network performance, supporting research and science and conducting o...

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UK Graduate Student Wins Blue Waters Fellowship

University of Kentucky doctoral student Paul Hime has been awarded the Blue Waters Graduate Fellowship from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). Hime, a graduate student in Associate Professor David Weisrock’s lab in the Department of Biology, is one of only 10 students across the country who has been selected for the program. The NCSA’s Blue Waters Fellowship will give Hime access to one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world — the Blue Waters supercomputer. He will also receive a $38,000 stipend, up to $12,000 in tuition allowance, an allocation of...

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International HPC Summer School Prepares Next Generation

XSEDE reports that this year’s International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences was a rousing success. A total of 79 graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from 18 countries from institutions in Canada, Europe, Japan and the United States gathered in the European Green Capital 2016, in Ljubljana, Slovenia, in the last week of June 2016. These students were selected from among the best in theirs fields through a rigorous review process from several hundred applications, to participate in the Seventh Annual International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Compu...

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UMD and ARL Partner to Provide HPC Resources for Higher Education and Research Communities

The University of Maryland (UMD) and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL), the central laboratory that provides world-class research for the Army, today announced a strategic partnership to provide high-performance computing (HPC) resources for use in higher education and research communities. As a result of this synergistic partnership, students, professors, engineers and researchers will have unprecedented access to technologies that enable scientific discovery and innovation. The partnership was formed under ARL’s “Open Campus” initiative, which aims to build a science and tec...

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Grable Grant Will Fund BEST, PSC’s STEM Secondary Education Program

High school teachers in southwest Pennsylvania will get training in advanced computing technologies in the biological sciences—bioinformatics—thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Grable Foundation to the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC). The grant will fund PSC’s BEST (Bioinformatics Education for STudents) program, including a summer workshop for regional science teachers. “The Grable Foundation is committed to helping young people succeed,” says D’Ann Swanson, Senior Program Officer at The Grable Foundation. “If school districts can expand their course offerings to inc...

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