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Primeur weekly 2013-12-16

The Cloud

How to offer wow in the Cloud? A unique book on the user experience provides help with service design ...

GreenButton launches WarpDrive for Cloud data transfers ...

NetApp introduces new all-flash array and performance-optimized enterprise storage systems ...

European Commission to issue report with Cloud standards ...

Alelo consolidates data centre and prepares for the Cloud with IBM PureSystems ...

EuroFlash

ISC'14 to issue Calls for tutorial proposals, research paper submissions and more ...

HPC Advisory Council and Swiss National Supercomputing Centre announce Switzerland Conference 2014 ...

IBM scientists demonstrate quantum phenomenon for the first time using a plastic film ...

DRIHM, a new EUDAT Associated Partner, collaborates to provide new services for citizen scientists ...

The University of Cambridge chooses Mellanox FDR InfiniBand to accelerate UK's fastest academic cluster and further space research ...

Minister for Economic Affairs and Competitiveness, Luis de Guindos and Catalonian Regional Minister of Economy and Knowledge, Andreu Mas-Colell, visit the Barcelona Supercomputing Center ...

Altair Engineering announces 7th European Altair Technology Conference - to be held in Munich, Germany from June 24-26, 2014 and invites customers and industry experts to submit presentation proposals ...

New supercomputer puts Bristol at the forefront of research ...

Super-fast and super-green: Cambridge unveils pioneering high-performance computer ...

USFlash

HPC Advisory Council announces HPCmusic subgroup ...

Qualcomm Technologies introduces Snapdragon 410 chipset with integrated 4G LTE World Mode for high-volume smartphones ...

Convey Computer's implementation of PacBioToCA algorithm speeds DNA sequence assembly, delivering up to fifteen times acceleration ...

Astrophysicists launch ambitious assessment of galaxy formation simulations ...

HP introduces innovations built for the data centre of the future ...

Third quarter HPC server revenues experience year-over-year decline as expected, following exceptional year-ago quarter, according to IDC ...

New York State awards University at Buffalo $1 million for supercomputer expansion ...

Iowa State-led team wins supercomputer time to study nuclear structures and reactions ...

Oracle SQL Developer 4.0 enhances support for Oracle Database 12c ...

Raritan adds new swappable sensor and mini plug-in sensor for monitoring data centre environments ...

Iowa State-led team wins supercomputer time to study nuclear structures and reactions


9 Dec 2013 Ames - A team led by an Iowa State University nuclear physicist has won a grant of 204 million hours on two of the country's fastest supercomputers to study the structure and reactions of rare and exotic nuclei.

The grant allocates 104 million hours on the Titan supercomputer - a Cray XK7 hybrid system - at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility in Tennessee and 100 million hours on the Mira supercomputer - an IBM Blue Gene/Q system - at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility in Illinois. The machines operate at the petascale and are capable of more than a quadrillion calculations per second.

The research team's computing time on the two computers is for the first year of a grant that can be renewed for two additional years.

The supercomputing time is one of 59 grants recently awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science. The grants are part of the department's Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment programme, or INCITE. The programme awarded a total of nearly 6 billion supercomputing hours.

The Department of Energy does not release the monetary value of the supercomputer time.

"There are a lot of big puzzles out there that we'd like to solve", stated James Vary, an Iowa State professor of physics and astronomy and the leader of the nine-member research team that will use all that computing power. "In our case, we use nuclei as labs to understand the fundamental laws of nature."

That understanding can have major implications for our energy future.

"Predictions for the structure and reactions of nuclei, with assessed uncertainties, are important for the future of the nation's energy and security needs", the researchers wrote in a summary of their project. "Such calculations are relevant to many applications in nuclear energy, nuclear security and nuclear astrophysics."

James Vary said the team's findings will be vital for the development of nuclear energy, including advanced nuclear fission reactors and fusion energy.

The project will focus on rare isotopes, nuclei of elements that feature additional or fewer neutrons, James Vary said. Oxygen, for example, has at least 17 known isotopes.

The structure and reactions of many isotopes can't be studied in a laboratory because of their short lifetimes. And so computing power is necessary to produce accurate simulations that can predict the nuclear structures, properties and reactions of the isotopes.

These aren't easy problems: "That's why we need 50-60 Ph.D.-level physicists working days and nights and holidays", James Vary stated. "And we need supercomputers, too."

In addition to James Vary, the research team includes Pieter Maris, an Iowa State research associate professor of physics and astronomy; Joseph Carlson of Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico; Gaute Hagen and Hai Ah Nam of Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Petr Navratil of TRIUMF - Canada's national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics; Witold Nazarewicz of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Steven Pieper of Argonne National Laboratory and Nicolas Schunck of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California.
Source: Iowa State University

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2013-12-16

The Cloud

How to offer wow in the Cloud? A unique book on the user experience provides help with service design ...

GreenButton launches WarpDrive for Cloud data transfers ...

NetApp introduces new all-flash array and performance-optimized enterprise storage systems ...

European Commission to issue report with Cloud standards ...

Alelo consolidates data centre and prepares for the Cloud with IBM PureSystems ...

EuroFlash

ISC'14 to issue Calls for tutorial proposals, research paper submissions and more ...

HPC Advisory Council and Swiss National Supercomputing Centre announce Switzerland Conference 2014 ...

IBM scientists demonstrate quantum phenomenon for the first time using a plastic film ...

DRIHM, a new EUDAT Associated Partner, collaborates to provide new services for citizen scientists ...

The University of Cambridge chooses Mellanox FDR InfiniBand to accelerate UK's fastest academic cluster and further space research ...

Minister for Economic Affairs and Competitiveness, Luis de Guindos and Catalonian Regional Minister of Economy and Knowledge, Andreu Mas-Colell, visit the Barcelona Supercomputing Center ...

Altair Engineering announces 7th European Altair Technology Conference - to be held in Munich, Germany from June 24-26, 2014 and invites customers and industry experts to submit presentation proposals ...

New supercomputer puts Bristol at the forefront of research ...

Super-fast and super-green: Cambridge unveils pioneering high-performance computer ...

USFlash

HPC Advisory Council announces HPCmusic subgroup ...

Qualcomm Technologies introduces Snapdragon 410 chipset with integrated 4G LTE World Mode for high-volume smartphones ...

Convey Computer's implementation of PacBioToCA algorithm speeds DNA sequence assembly, delivering up to fifteen times acceleration ...

Astrophysicists launch ambitious assessment of galaxy formation simulations ...

HP introduces innovations built for the data centre of the future ...

Third quarter HPC server revenues experience year-over-year decline as expected, following exceptional year-ago quarter, according to IDC ...

New York State awards University at Buffalo $1 million for supercomputer expansion ...

Iowa State-led team wins supercomputer time to study nuclear structures and reactions ...

Oracle SQL Developer 4.0 enhances support for Oracle Database 12c ...

Raritan adds new swappable sensor and mini plug-in sensor for monitoring data centre environments ...