Primeur magazine

Edition: flash - Issue: 2015-10-09

Hardware

According to Heise Online German's fastest supercomputer today is the Hazel Hen supercomputer at HLRS in Stuttgart that just started operations. The Hazel Hen, a Cray XC-40 with 185.088 processing cores and a peak of 7,42 Petaflop/s is an upgrade of the Hornet supercomputer at HLRS. Read further...

Applications

On TACC's blog, Jorge Salazar has an in depth article on the research of Mikhail Matz about whether corals can genetically adapt to warmer waters from climate change - they can. "Basically, they already have the mutations which will save them from impending heat. It's only a matter of redistributing those mutations throughout the coral populations", Matz told Salazar. On the use of supercomputers Matz described himself as a self-starter, like many scientists who use supercomputers. "We managed ourselves so far", he said. An occasional trivial but show-stopping error such as accidentally deleted user profile prompted a call though. "TACC people are extremely responsive and many of them reply in the middle of the night. Apparently geeks never sleep. That's very good", Matz said to Salazar. There is also a podcast on the topic. Read further...

Focus on Europe

There are several HPC and exascale supercomputing related activities at the large ICT 2015 conference organised by the European Commission on October 20 - 22 in Lisbon. Thomas Lippert, director of the HPC platform within the Human Brain flagship project (HBP), and coordinator of the series of Europe-funded implementation projects for the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) as well as the exascale projects DEEP and DEEP-ER will speak in the session Multi-disciplinarity for Future Technology. There is a session called "High Performance Computing", which actually is about exascale co-design and system development. And there is a networking session "Changing gears. Target: Exascale - European High-Performance Computing", organised by the ETP4HPC Association. Read further...