Primeur magazine

Edition: flash - Issue: 2015-10-04

Focus on Europe

In the report “Cognitus, a Science Case for High Performance Computing in the Nordic Region”, that was published earlier this year Dr Rob Pennington has analyzed the use of high performance computing facilities and resources among Nordic researchers. He found that the research in the Nordic region that depends on computational capabilities is “clearly internationally competitive.” In an interview on the Nordfosk site he explains the main findings of the report: “Two aspects are extremely important: Research in the Nordic region that depends on computational capabilities is clearly internationally competitive. Continued investment in excellence in computational research and education on national scales is vital to continuing this success. The second aspect is for the national funding agencies to recognize that the international aspects of the researchers’ needs must also be supported, both for the research and for the computational research infrastructure.” Read further...
Storage is one of the key component of an HPC-system. It also belongs to the most challenging components. This forum is one side dedicated to the experience with traditional HPC storage systems as NFS, Lustre, GPFS and others. Furthermore it should give the opportunity to discuss newer developments driven by the Big Data movement, such as HDFS or Ceph. Key questions: Which storage systems are in use, how are the configured; How do you handle the increasing demand on storage? Is Big Data just a buzz word or are there real needs in your organizations? Are you using archive solutions? Read further...
In "Icross China" Yu Fei published an article "China's "magic cube" computer unlocks the future". He reports: "Using a supercomputer like a magic cube as tall as a two-story building, Chinese scientists want to calculate the future of the earth. They hope to calculate almost everything in natural earth systems from the growing of a cloud to the changes of climate hundreds or thousands of years in the future with the buzzing, blue “magic cube”, in the Zhongguancun Software Park in northern Beijing." Read further...