Primeur magazine

Edition: flash - Issue: 2016-03-16

Hardware

On 17 and 18 March, some of the top researchers in computer architecture converged in Barcelona to participate at Riding on Moore Law's - RoMoL 2016 Workshop. The event brings together internationally recognized researchers in this field. Read further...
Michela Taufer explains on the SC16 blog the challenges for the Student Cluster Competition. She is part of a small team at SC16 that over the next several years will work to promote and support replication and reproducibility of computational results. One of the approaches the team is exploring is to use SC's Student Cluster Competition (SCC) to test the reproducibility of results presented in papers at previous SC conferences. This is the first time that students have been challenged to reproduce results from a recent computational paper rather than run more traditional benchmark applications, says Taufer. Read further...
ScienceNode runs an article on the DEEP exascale project. DEEP, a European-funded exascale research project, proposes a way out of this dilemma. It puts forward the so-called ‘cluster-booster’ approach, an innovative effort in heterogeneous computing that basically merges the hitherto separate lines of massively parallel and commodity cluster systems, putting them into a single system, writes ScienceNode. Read further...
The University of Queensland research Computing Centre's data-intensive HPC computer, FlashLite, has been allocated its first round of Australian National Computational Merit Allocation Scheme projects. Of the nine projects in total, seven are from outside Queensland. Read further...

Applications

The NVIDIA blog reports how Jeroen Tromp, Professor at Princeton University, shares how his team is using the Tesla GPU-accelerated Titan Supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to image the earth's interior on a global scale. Tromp and his team are simulating seismic wave propagation by analyzing hundreds of earthquakes recorded by thousands of stations across the world to create 3D global tomographic maps. These maps can be used to find hydrocarbons and for quantitative seismic hazard assessment to asses seismic risk. The blog has a link to a video where Jeroen Tromp explains this. Read further...

Focus on Europe

EPCC is showing HPC and supercomputing at the Big Bang Fair for young scientists and engineers in Birmingham. EPCC has a small Raspberry Pi cluster, called Wee ARCHIE, and is using it to have a dinosaur run game, developed by a PRACE HPC student. Read further...