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SC14 Revisited: Supercomputing 2014 Recognizes Outstanding Achievements in HPC

Both novice and veteran researchers were honored for their contributions to high-performance computing in a special awards session at the Supercomputing 2014 (SC14) conference. The ACM Gordon Bell Prize for best performance of a high-performance application was awarded to "Anton 2: Raising the Bar for Performance and Programmability in a Special-Purpose Molecular Dynamics Supercomputer," by David E. Shaw and collaborators at D.E. Shaw Research. A team of Carnegie Mellon University researchers was recognized with the Best Paper Award for their "Scaling File System Metadata Performance with...

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Cornell to Develop Cloud Training for U.S. Research Community

Cornell University Center for Advanced Computing

The Cornell University Center for Advanced Computing (CAC) announced that as a collaborator on the NSF-funded Jetstream program it would be responsible for developing cloud computing training for the U.S. research community. Jetstream--led by Indiana University's Pervasive Technology Institute--will add cloud-based computation to the national cyberinfrastructure. Subsequent modules will focus on using remote desktops to access Jetstream, XSEDE, and systems in the eXtreme Digital (XD) program; deploying biology and earth s...

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Virtual Supercomputer Service Enters Beta

InsideHPC

Massive Solutions, a European developer of HPC system software, announced a beta version of their computational service platform, codenamed Virtual Supercomputer (VSC). The service provides secure Internet access to high-performance parallel cluster resources and applications on demand. Starting December 1st, 2014, registered beta-testers will receive 500 core-hours to run their jobs and evaluate VSC service functionality for free. Developed by a team of HPC experts, the technology utilizes InfiniBand standard and KVM virtualization technology to provide high p...

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New HPC System Installed at HLRS in Germany

The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) announced that its member centre High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS) successfully completed the installation of HPC system “Hornet.” The new HLRS supercomputer, a CRAY XC40 system which delivers a peak performance of 3.8 PetaFlops, has been declared fully operational and will be available for its scientific and industrial usership as of immediately. HLRS’s new Cray XC40 system is based on the new Intel Xeon processors, formerly code-named “Haswell,” and the Cray Aries system interconnect. In its current configuration state...

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NASA Debuts Stunning CO2 Visualization

In keeping with the SC spirit of HPC matters, we wanted to share another amazing example of supercomputing in action. Last week, NASA officials released the first ever ultra-high-resolution computer model of global atmospheric carbon dioxide. The simulation, which can be seen below, depicts the puffs and swirls of carbon dioxide as it circumnavigates the globe. While we wrote about the hardware that enabled the project previously, the simulation and resultant visualization merit further attention. Solid data for ground-level carbon dioxide measurements g...

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Global Forum: Innovation Creates Opportunity, Causes Disruption

Network World

The 23rd Global Forum, an annual gathering of technology leaders, was held two weeks ago in Geneva, Switzerland, bringing together representatives from international organizations, vendors, service providers, academia, and government agencies from 35 countries. Among the issues discussed at the forum was the future of product delivery, with Gary Shapiro of the Consumer Electronics Association saying three new methods--driverless cars, unmanned aerial vehicles, and three-dimensional printing--will become widespread between 2020 and 2030. The European Commis...

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HPC UNIVERSITY BI-WEEKLY CHALLENGE – Parallel Ideal Gas

SUMMARY:

This problem concerns an agent-based model of an ideal gas. You are challenged to write an OpenMP parallel version of the model given an already-written serial (non-parallel) version in C.

QUESTION:

This problem concerns an agent-based model of an ideal gas and is based on Shodor's Ideal Gas Model (see the bottom ofhttp://shodor.org/talks/ncsi/agentsheets/). Two rectangular 2D flasks are connected via two stopcocks, one for each fl...

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PSC’s and IU’s Innovative New Supercomputers Increase Nation's Computational Capacity and Capability

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced support for the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center's Bridges and Indiana University's Jet stream, two new supercomputing acquisitions for the open science community that will complement existing resources with capabilities that enable advanced computing to be available to a wider range of emerging scientific disciplines. NSF says Bridges and Jetstream respond to the needs of the scientific computing community for more high-end, large-scale computing resources while helping to create a more inclusive computing environment. Both systems will be ...

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HPC Research and Education News for the Week of December 8, 2014 Sponsored by XSEDE

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Global Forum: Innovation Creates Opportunity, Causes Disruption
Network World

The 23rd Global Forum, an annual gathering of technology leaders, was held two weeks ago in Geneva, Switzerland, bringing together representatives from international organizations, vendors, service providers, academia, and government agencies from 35 countries. Among the issues discussed at the forum was the future of product delivery, with Gary Shapiro of the Consumer Electronics Association saying three new methods--driverles...

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For the Youngsters in Your Life: An Hour of Code Featuring Anna and Elsa from Frozen!

Let's use code to join Anna and Elsa as they explore the magic and beauty of ice. You will create snowflakes and patterns as you ice-skate and make a winter wonderland that you can then share with your friends! This tutorial is in beta. It is subject to revision as feedback is received and improvements are made. Give it a try at http://studio.code.org/s/frozen/stage/1/puzzle/1.

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