Primeur magazine

Edition: flash - Issue: 2016-01-26

Hardware

In a blog on the TOP500 site, Dona Crawford argues that the impact of the U.S. supercomputing initiative (NSCI) will be global. She says: "With so much of the world investing and marshaling the technological capabilities to develop next-generation supercomputers, the NSCI is timely. It is a critical step on the long, arduous journey that exascale computing represents for the U.S. But the new architectures, mathematical models and algorithms, programming concepts, software, and infrastructure that are expected to result from the initiative will surely benefit the global HPC community." Read further...
The University of Edinburgh published testimonials of students that followed MSc programmes in HPC. And they also tell why Edinburgh is a nice place to study. One reason is that you can work on a supercompuyer. Read further...
The new GPUOpen Compute site has been launched for the exploration of GPU computing for Science, Engineering, and Artistic Creativity. GPUOpen Compute will be focusing on solutions that simplify the ability to focus on your ideas, problems and solutions and not be encumbered by technology. GPUOpen is supported by AMD. Read further...
It takes 41 seconds to move the Edison supercomputer from Oakland to Berkeley, in time lapse that is. The video of the work that took actually one week is available on the Berkeley video channel. Read further...
China is planning a supercomputer 1,000 times more powerful than its groundbreaking Tianhe-1A as it faces rising demand for next-generation computing, according to Xinhua. Meng Xiangfei, head of the applications department of the National Supercomputer Center, said that the center will release a prototype in 2017 or 2018 of an "exascale" computer - one capable of at least a billion billion calculations per second. Exascale computing is considered the next frontier in the development of supercomputers. Read further...

Industry news

A new track at the upcoming Austin OpenStack Summit in April 2016 will explore where the cutting edge of the cloud meets the cutting edge of science. The high-performance computing (HPC) research track will focus on how universities, labs, research institutions and the like are increasingly using OpenStack for everything from supercomputing - (HPC), high-throughput computing (HTC) - to research applications (like Matlab, RStudio, iPython) and much more. OpenStack users from around the world will discuss reference architectures, best practices and case studies for HPC. Read further...

Focus on Europe

A workshop on computing on low-power architectures will be organised at Ferrara, Italy, on February 25-26. There are contributions from INFN, the local university and the exascale supercomputing project MontBlanc. Read further...