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SDSC Announces New Life Sciences Computing Initiative

Spurred by the increasing reliance of life sciences researchers in the academic and private sectors on computational methods and data-enabled science, the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California San Diego has inaugurated a new life sciences computing initiative focused on improving the performance of bioinformatics applications and associated analysis pipelines on current and future advanced computing systems. Dramatic improvements in scientific instruments and techniques, such as Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) and Cryo-electron Microscopy (Cryo-EM), are en...

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AMD Radeon Technology Will Be Available on Google Cloud Platform in 2017

At SC16, AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) announced that Radeon™ GPU technology will be available to Google Cloud Platform users worldwide. Starting in 2017, Google will use AMD's fastest available single-precision dual GPU compute accelerators, Radeon-based AMD FirePro™ S9300 x2 Server GPUs, to help accelerate Google Compute Engine and Google Cloud Machine Learning services.(1) AMD FirePro S9300 x2 GPUs can handle highly parallel calculations, including complex medical and financial simulations, seismic and subsurface exploration, machine learning, video rendering and transcoding, and scientific an...

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Huawei Showcases FusionServer X6000 at SC16

This week at SC16, Huawei launched their next-generation FusionServer X6000 HPC platform. Designed for compute-intensive workloads, the FusionServer X6000 offers higher efficiency and greater flexibility than previous systems. The X6000 HPC platform uses an innovative liquid cooling solution that features a skive fin micro-channel heat sink for CPU heat dissipation and processing technology where water flows through memory modules. The platform delivers a node liquid cooling percentage greater than 85%. Its modular design and 50ºC warm water cooling function offers customers high energy-...

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Intel Unveils Strategy for Artificial Intelligence

Intel Corporation has announced a range of new products, technologies and investments from the edge to the data center to help expand and accelerate the growth of artificial intelligence (AI). Intel sees AI transforming the way businesses operate and how people engage with the world. Intel is assembling the broadest set of technology options to drive AI capabilities in everything from smart factories and drones to sports, fraud detection and autonomous cars. At an industry gathering led by Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, Intel shared how both the promise and complexities of AI require an extens...

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SC Says Farewell to Salt Lake City, See You in Denver

After an intense four-day flurry of activity (and a cold snap that brought some actual snow flurries), the SC16 show floor closed yesterday (Thursday) and the always-extensive technical program wound down today. This year, 11,000-plus visitors, participants and volunteers from 65 countries came to Salt Lake City for the largest HPC conference in the world to take part in the four-day expo and a six-day technical program. In an on-site media briefing held Monday, SC16 Chair John West said that this year’s SC provided record space (450,000 square feet) to a record 349 research and industr...

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Google, Facebook Cut Ad Revenue to 'fake' News Sites

Google and Facebook moved Tuesday to cut off advertising revenue to bogus news sites, acting after criticism of the role fake news played in the US presidential election. "We've been working on an update to our publisher policies and will start prohibiting Google ads from being placed on misrepresentative content, just as we disallow misrepresentation in our ads policies," a Google statement to AFP said. "Moving forward, we will restrict ad serving on pages that misrepresent, misstate, or conceal information about the publisher, the publisher's content, or the primary purpose of the web p...

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Cray’s New Pascal XC50 Supercomputer Points to Richer HPC Future

Over the course of the last five years, GPU computing has featured prominently in supercomputing as an accelerator on some of the world’s fastest machines. If some supercomputer makers are correct, GPUs will continue to play a major role in high performance computing, but the acceleration they provide will go beyond boosts to numerical simulations. This has been great news for Nvidia’s bottom line since the market for GPU computing is swelling, and for HPC vendors that can integrate those and wrap the proper software stacks around both HPC and machine learning, it could be an equal bo...

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Texas Advanced Computing Center Receives Honors in 2016 HPCWire Awards

The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) has been recognized in the annual HPCWire Readers' and Editors' Choice Awards, presented at the 2016 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC16), in Salt Lake City, Utah. The list of winners was revealed at the HPCWire booth at the event, and on the HPCWire website, located at www.HPCwire.com. TACC was recognized with the following honor(s): Readers’ Choice, Editors' Choice-Best Application of Energy Efficient HPC, Editors' Choice-Top Supercomputing Achievement, among others. "From thought le...

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JCAHPC’s Oakforest-PACS Certified by Top500 as Japan’s Highest Performance Supercomputer

The University of Tokyo, the University of Tsukuba, and Fujitsu Limited today announced that the Oakforest-PACS massively parallel cluster-type supercomputer, built by Fujitsu and operated by the Joint Center for Advanced High Performance Computing (JCAHPC), has achieved a LINPACK performance result of 13.55 petaflops, as ranked in the November Top500 list for supercomputer performance. Given this, Oakforest-PACS has surpassed the K computer to officially become the highest performance supercomputer in Japan. The system’s peak performance is 25 petaflops, which is about 2.2 times that o...

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Engility Awarded $112M Contract for Scientific Computing by the FDA

Engility Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: EGL), today announced it was awarded a $112 million single-award indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Scientific Computing Board and Office of Information Management and Technology (OIMT). Engility will deliver services unique to computational science and bioinformatics, a discipline that promotes gene-based drug discovery and development. “With this award, Engility expands on our long-standing partnership with the FDA to further develop their high performance computing and complex data analysis ...

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