Primeur magazine

Edition: flash - Issue: 2017-07-13

Applications

The NVIDIA Foundation is now accepting proposals for its annual Compute the Cure Cancer Research grant program, which supports researchers using innovative computing methods to advance the fight against cancer. Up to two research grants worth $200,000 each will be awarded to projects that use computational omics to dramatically impact the battle against cancer and reduce the time it takes for research outcomes to be used effectively in a clinical environment. Read further...

Industry news

At the HPC in Asia workshop, Weicheng Huang, NCHC, gave an update on HPC in Taiwan. NCHC, the National Center for High-Performance Computing, is a national facility funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology, MOST. It provides computing, storage and networking services and does research in application areas like Engineering, Science, Biology and technologies like Grid, Cloud, Big Data. In total the computing capacity of the centre is 400 Tflop/s. The largest machine, the ALPS, has some 10 Tflop/s performance. In general there is a high utilisation of the machine. The demand, however, is 4 times higher than the capacity. Read further...
At the HPC in Asia Workshop during ISC 2017 in Frankfurt, David Keyes, from KAUST, gave an overview of the HPC developments in Saudi Arabia and other countries in the Middle East. Actually there is not much HPC in other Middle East countries so most of his talk was indeed about Saudi Arabia. Currently Saudi Arabia has no less than 6 systems in the TOP500 supercomputer list. The most powerful one is the Shaheen II at position 18. Four of the systems are at Aramco, the national oil company. Applications are seismic inversion for exploration, and reservoir modelling for exploitation. Read further...
SC17 announced panel topics for this year's conference. Some of the panels: The ARM Software Ecosystem: Are We There Yet? Reproducibility and Uncertainty in High Performance Computing. And, HPC Software: Is "Cool Stuff" Really Incompatible with Sustainability? Read further...
On the Verne Global blog, Stef Weegels reports about a round table dicsussion hosted by the Realization Group and Verne Global. The discussion saw participants from NVIDIA, Numerical Algorithms Group, bigxyt and the National Physical Laboratory. Discussed were the key issues that finance needs to address in order to fully realise the value of HPC. Read further...