Primeur magazine

Edition: flash - Issue: 2015-10-17

Hardware

Bozeman Daily Chronicle runs a story on the Montana State University's new supercomputer. MSU’s Hyalite Cluster has about 1,400 computer cores. Altogether, it has roughly 2,800 Gbutes of RAM and almost 900 Terabytes of storage space. Main user is Mark Owkes who needed the cluster to predict the movements of millions of tiny droplets of fuel and molecules of air inside a vehicle’s combustion chamber, he needs some serious computing power, says the Chronicle. Read further...

Applications

The UberCloud is an online marketplace with 34 stores providing computational engineering services. UberCloud's Wolfgang Gentzsch explained in the Docker workshop at the ISC Cloud & Big Data Conference in Frankfurt they used Docker containers right from the start. The latest development are the UberCloud application containers. These are based on Docker, but enhanced for engineering & scientific applications. They contain software packages designed to deliver the tools that an engineer needs. Read further...
Johann Weging explained and demoed how to develop software with Docker during the Docker workshop at the ISC Cloud & Big Data Conference in Frankfurt. Topics included configuration management, deployment and continuous integration. Weging also explained how to set up a system for HPC applications, which can be time consuming. Waiting for resources takes a long time and there are long test/modify cycles. Read further...
Gizmodo Australia features an article by Bryan Lufkin about how the Magnus supercomputer at the Pawsey centre is used to help fight whiteflies that ravage cassave crops. Laura Boykin, a computational biologist at the University of Western Australia, has made it her mission to neutralise that cassava-destroying threat, Lufkin writes. She and her colleagues used a supercomputer to generate a phylogenetic tree, or a kind of family tree, of the whitefly. It showed the team that there are actually a whopping 34 species of whitefly globally. Previously, scientists believed there was only one. Magnus, a petascale Cray XC40 supercomputer at Australia’s Pawsey Supercomputer Centre in Perth is crucial in the process. Magnus helps Boykin and her team figure out which whitefly species are similar, and what kind of flies live where. Read further...
The 36th ORAP Formu takes place in Paris on November 5th, at CNRS in Paris. Some topics/speakers include Kunle Olukotun, and Jean Marc Jézéquel on Domain Specific Languages, from Fortran to C++/Python for an Integrated Forecasting System by Yannick Trémolet, Feel++ : a versatile library and domain specific language for partial differential equations embedded in C++, Christophe Prud’homme. Read further...