Primeur magazine

Edition: flash - Issue: 2015-08-14

Blog

EPCC was stage of one of the performances at the Edinburgh Festival. They won the Fringe@Work competition. The final act of the performance was none other than the 'Dragapella' (for what else would you call a cross-dressing barbershop quartet?) foursome The Kinsey Sicks (link is external) who sang a couple of hilarious songs. Of course, EPCC Director Mark Parsons, wanted to have a photo-op with the 'ladies' backstage! Read further...
Transmission and Distribution World magazine reports that the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory announced the Simulator for Wind Farm Applications. The tool can calculate how undulating ground, whipping blades, surface temperatures, and other variables alter the air flow and energy production at wind farms. The magazine runs a number of visualization images of the Energy Systems Integration Facility in Golden, Colorado which simulate an extensive range of scales, from regional weather patterns down to the space between turbines and all the way to the movement of electrons Read further...
PSC is preparing to introduce its next-generation XSEDE-allocated system. Bridges is planned to enter production in January 2016. To make room for Bridges, Blacklight will be decommissioned on August 15, 2015. Read further...

Hardware

EE Times expects Intel to show next week a way to dramatically boost server performance using new memory chips it announced in late July with Micron. The approach crams up to four times more main memory in a server with 50% greater memory bandwidth opening a door to real-time analytics, but it uses proprietary extensions to a DDR4 bus, told one expert to EE Times. Read further...

Industry news

HPC and access to Big Data has become crucial for achieving competitiveness in manufacturing. However, purchasing, accessing and harnessing such tools require capital investment and significant skills and expertise. In order to lower entry barriers, especially for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and mid-caps, three main European projects involved in HPC-in-the-cloud computing (CloudSME, FORTISSIMO and CloudFlow ) are facilitating access to HPC cloud for manufacturing SMEs. At the ISC Cloud & Big Data Conference, the three projects organise a workshop on "HPC Cloud Solutions for Manufacturing" for Engineers and scientists and their managers who are looking for ways to improve their designs (achieve higher quality), increase their competitiveness, shorten time to market, and safe costs by bursting into the cloud when they need more compute power. Read further...