Primeur magazine

Edition: flash - Issue: 2016-02-17

Industry news

NAG's Andrew Jones looks ahead at what 2016 has in store for HPC on Scientific Computing World. He sees that there are real choices in hardware. On diversity he sees a lack of it, when it comes to people. Although things are changing. Also HPC research software needs to become a more attractive career. "Good old fashioned HPC’ is often thought, narrowly, to consist of running applications written with Fortran and MPI on supercomputers accessed either by owning the hardware or through direct allocations of time. In 2016, we are likely to see alternative models grow", Andrew Jones writes. Read further...
Rachel Lerman and Matt Day from the Seattle Times conclude that supercomputer demand is still strong despite the cloud after interviewing Guillaume Cambois from Oslo based oil-imaging company PGS and Steve Conway from IDC. "The cloud is great at simpler technical problems. But supercomputers are often needed for complex problems where one small design change may have a ripple effect that changes 50 other inputs and everything needs to be calibrated as one", he told the Seattle Times. Read further...
The Society of HPC Professionals published a report of their 2015 technical annual meeting. The meeting topic was on HPC Cybersecurity. The Society's President Earl Dodd observed there are two kinds of companies - those that have HPC technology and those that wish they had HPC technology. Read further...
The Dutch eScience centre NLESC joined the OpenDA Assocation. OpenDA is an open interface standard for (and free implementation of) a set of tools to quickly implement data-assimilation and calibration for arbitrary numerical models. OpenDA wants to stimulate the use of data-assimilation and calibration by lowering the implementation costs and enhancing the exchange of software among researchers and end-users. NLeSC joins founding members VORTech, Deltares, and TU Delft, as well as other new members DHI and TNO. Read further...