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Primeur live 2017-06-19

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Primeur Live! from ISC17 in Frankfurt - overview ...

Focus on Europe

ISC 2017 sets a new record with 3200 attendees ...

GCS embarks on its 'smart exascale' decade ...

Netherlands eScience Center in search of new Director Operations ...

ISC 2017 opens its doors to the HPC community ...

Middleware

NASA Ames Research Center selects Mellanox InfiniBand for new scalable supercomputer ...

Kyushu University's new supercomputer accelerated by Mellanox EDR InfiniBand solutions ...

Hardware

NEC supplies LX supercomputer to Czech Hydrometeorological Institute ...

2016 HPC market model and five-year forecast snapshot ...

Cray awarded $18 million supercomputer contract from New Zealand's National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research ...

HPE delivers faster business insights and industry-leading security with new high performance ccomputing solutions ...

Atos wins contract to provide GENCI with one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world ...

Fujitsu receives order from Kyushu University for new top-class supercomputer system ...

TOP500

NVIDIA powers the world's top 13 most energy efficient supercomputers ...

Only one change in TOP500's top10 this time: Swiss Piz Daint system lands at rank 3 ...

TOP500 list refreshed, US edged out of third place ...

Company news

STULZ and CoolIT Systems launch liquid cooled micro data centre for HPC ...

Atos expands range of supercomputers to include ARM processors with new Bull Sequana X1310 ...

Cavium expands the ThunderX2 server ecosystem for Cloud and HPC applications ...

Bright Computing announces Cloud bursting support for Microsoft Azure ...

GCS embarks on its 'smart exascale' decade


19 Jun 2017 Frankfurt - The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) has secured funding for another decade of excellence and innovation in high-performance computing (HPC). Financed by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the science ministries of Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, and North Rhein-Westphalia, GCS is the umbrella organisation of Germany's three national supercomputing facilities, the High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart, Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC), and Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ).

The announcement comes at ISC17 - one of the world's premier supercomputing conferences, taking place June 18-22 in Frankfurt, Germany.

GCS is establishing its "smart exascale" decade by investing heavily in next-generation systems while also boosting the breadth and depth of how the centres support and collaborate with users.

"Our number one priority is providing our users all the support needed to solve the world's most difficult scientific and engineering challenges", stated Michael Resch, Chair of the GCS Board of Directors and Director of HLRS. "We will continue to deliver world-class supercomputing resources, but want to ensure that our user base in research and industry can take full advantage of these technologies."

After receiving nearly 500 million euro for the next decade, GCS plans to greatly expand its training programme, and is hiring more than 30 new staff members at the three centres for a variety of new support functions. The three GCS centres wanted to revamp the user support structure to include not only HPC support specialists, but also science domain experts. By having a contact versed in their various science domains, researchers using GCS resources can collaborate more closely with the respective centres and have a liaison available to help solve specific computing challenges in the researchers' specific areas of study.

Fostering this kind of interdisciplinary, cross-organizational collaboration will nurture long-term research partnerships between some of Europe's preeminent researchers - currently fostered through GCS participation in the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) programme - and its brightest supercomputing minds, ultimately helping solve the world's toughest science and engineering challenges while staying at technology's fore.

This kind of end-to-end support is one of the most essential aspects of GCS' smart exascale vision.

Exascale computing, a thousand-fold increase over current-generation petascale machines - capable of at least 1 quadrillion calculations per second, or a petaflop, promises researchers computing power to solve previously unsolvable problems, but also presents a whole new set of challenges for researchers to be able to take full advantage of the power next-generation machines offer.

For GCS leadership, the success of exascale computing will come from not only delivering an exascale computer, but delivering the machine in an environmentally sustainable way while also providing a robust support system to ensure users from a wide variety of domains can make efficient use of these machines.

To that end, GCS centres' staff will not only increase user support capabilities, but also diligently work on making application codes portable to a variety of computing platforms as well as developing new applications suited to next-generation architectures.

"In the smart exascale decade, we will be thinking even more than before about people and education", stated Claus-Axel Müller, Managing Director of GCS.
Source: Gauss Centre for Supercomputing

Back to Table of contents

Primeur live 2017-06-19

Start

Primeur Live! from ISC17 in Frankfurt - overview ...

Focus on Europe

ISC 2017 sets a new record with 3200 attendees ...

GCS embarks on its 'smart exascale' decade ...

Netherlands eScience Center in search of new Director Operations ...

ISC 2017 opens its doors to the HPC community ...

Middleware

NASA Ames Research Center selects Mellanox InfiniBand for new scalable supercomputer ...

Kyushu University's new supercomputer accelerated by Mellanox EDR InfiniBand solutions ...

Hardware

NEC supplies LX supercomputer to Czech Hydrometeorological Institute ...

2016 HPC market model and five-year forecast snapshot ...

Cray awarded $18 million supercomputer contract from New Zealand's National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research ...

HPE delivers faster business insights and industry-leading security with new high performance ccomputing solutions ...

Atos wins contract to provide GENCI with one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world ...

Fujitsu receives order from Kyushu University for new top-class supercomputer system ...

TOP500

NVIDIA powers the world's top 13 most energy efficient supercomputers ...

Only one change in TOP500's top10 this time: Swiss Piz Daint system lands at rank 3 ...

TOP500 list refreshed, US edged out of third place ...

Company news

STULZ and CoolIT Systems launch liquid cooled micro data centre for HPC ...

Atos expands range of supercomputers to include ARM processors with new Bull Sequana X1310 ...

Cavium expands the ThunderX2 server ecosystem for Cloud and HPC applications ...

Bright Computing announces Cloud bursting support for Microsoft Azure ...