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Primeur weekly 2015-12-07

Quantum computing

A quantum spin on molecular computers ...

Researchers confirm 'realistic' answer to quantum network puzzle ...

Focus on Europe

ISC 2016 introduces PhD Forum and extends deadline for research papers ...

Quantum computer made of standard semiconductor materials ...

Future direction of global research and e-infrastructures landscape in e-IRG/ESFRI organized network session at ICT2015 in Lisbon ...

EGI-UberCloud partnership is bridging research and innovation ...

Finnish ministry issues policy on future development of scientific computing ...

HPC Advisory Council and the ISC High Performance Conference announce university teams for HPCAC-ISC 2016 Student Cluster Competition ...

GEANT agrees new Board, community programme and cost sharing model ...

Spanish Council of Ministers supports the acquisition of MareNostrum 4 ...

NEC's SX-ACE vector supercomputer contributes to research at three German institutes - University of Kiel, Alfred Wegener Institute and the High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart ...

Middleware

TACC's HPC team works to increase technical diversity in supercomputing ...

Hardware

Mellanox promotes Freddy Gabbay to Vice President of Software ...

SanDisk and Supermicro form strategic alliance to deliver software defined all-flash storage solutions ...

Seagate and Newisys demonstrate flash storage architecture capable Of 1TB/s ...

Hewlett Packard Enterprise introduces new class of system to power next era in hybrid infrastructure ...

Applications

Sequoia supercomputer enables Gordon Bell Prize-winning simulation on Earth's mantle ...

Unveiling the turbulent times of a dying star ...

Missing link found between turbulence in collapsing star and hypernova, gamma-ray burst ...

New insights into the creation of heavy elements ...

Manipal Hospitals adopts Watson for Oncology to help physicians identify options for individualized, evidence-based cancer care across India ...

TOP500

Liquid immersion cooling from Green Revolution Cooling helps Tokyo Institute of Technology achieve top honours at Green500 three years in a row ...

The Cloud

Univa announces support for Microsoft Azure ...

Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Microsoft announce plans to deliver integrated hybrid IT infrastructure ...

IBM advances hybrid capabilities to China and unveils Bluemix Local ...

Sequoia supercomputer enables Gordon Bell Prize-winning simulation on Earth's mantle


The Sequoia supercomputer played a key role in the Earth mantle convection simulation by a University of Texas-led team that won the 2015 Gordon Bell Prize at this year's Supercomputing Conference (SC15).
3 Dec 2015 Livermore - The full power of Lawrence Livermore's Sequoia supercomputer played a key role in the Earth mantle convection simulation by a University of Texas-led team that won the 2015 Gordon Bell Prize, announced at this year's Supercomputing Conference (SC15).

The team's peak performance results were achieved on the full Sequoia system last summer, and the weak and strong scaling results figured prominently in the team's presentation at the SC15 conference in Austin, Texas.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's (LLNL) onsite IBM analyst Roy Musselman and Livermore Computing's Scott Futral were acknowledged for their contributions to the project in carrying out the Sequoia calculations, as was the system access granted by DOE/NNSA.

High performance computing (HPC) innovations advancing the state of the art enabled the most accurate simulations yet of mantle convection, the fundamental physical process within Earth's interior responsible for the thermal and geological evolution of the planet, including plate tectonics.

Entitled, "An Extreme-Scale Implicit Solver for Complex PDEs: Highly Heterogeneous Flow in Earth's Mantle", the winning submission was led by Johann Rudi from the University of Texas at Austin with a team including IBM, the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, University of Texas at Austin, and the California Institute of Technology.

"I'm gratified that Sequoia continues to contribute to groundbreaking calculations in computational science", Scott Futral stated.

"LLNL occasionally conducts full-system calculations using a diverse set of codes to better understand the system architecture", noted Mike McCoy, Weapon Simulation and Computing Programme director. "This run was exemplary of a calculation that stresses the system, that allows us to better understand its operating parameters and that, as a bonus, demonstrates NNSA's continued leadership in the area of siting highly functional computers. What we learn about system architecture serves to enhance the capabilities we dedicate to our national security missions."

Sequoia, a 20 petaflops (quadrillion floating point operations per second) IBM Blue Gene/Q system, remains the no. 3 HPC system on the TOP500 list of the world's most powerful computers.

A team led by Amanda Randles, formerly of LLNL and now at Duke University, was among the finalists for this year's Gordon Bell Prize with a project to model the human circulatory system. Other co-authors of "Massively Parallel Models of the Human Circulatory System" include Erik Draeger, Tomas Oppelstrup and Liam Krauss of LLNL, and John Gunnels of IBM.

The Gordon Bell Prize is awarded each year at SC to recognize outstanding achievement in high-performance computing. The purpose of the award is to track the progress over time of parallel computing, with particular emphasis on rewarding innovation in applying high-performance computing to applications in science, engineering, and large-scale data analytics.
Source: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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Primeur weekly 2015-12-07

Quantum computing

A quantum spin on molecular computers ...

Researchers confirm 'realistic' answer to quantum network puzzle ...

Focus on Europe

ISC 2016 introduces PhD Forum and extends deadline for research papers ...

Quantum computer made of standard semiconductor materials ...

Future direction of global research and e-infrastructures landscape in e-IRG/ESFRI organized network session at ICT2015 in Lisbon ...

EGI-UberCloud partnership is bridging research and innovation ...

Finnish ministry issues policy on future development of scientific computing ...

HPC Advisory Council and the ISC High Performance Conference announce university teams for HPCAC-ISC 2016 Student Cluster Competition ...

GEANT agrees new Board, community programme and cost sharing model ...

Spanish Council of Ministers supports the acquisition of MareNostrum 4 ...

NEC's SX-ACE vector supercomputer contributes to research at three German institutes - University of Kiel, Alfred Wegener Institute and the High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart ...

Middleware

TACC's HPC team works to increase technical diversity in supercomputing ...

Hardware

Mellanox promotes Freddy Gabbay to Vice President of Software ...

SanDisk and Supermicro form strategic alliance to deliver software defined all-flash storage solutions ...

Seagate and Newisys demonstrate flash storage architecture capable Of 1TB/s ...

Hewlett Packard Enterprise introduces new class of system to power next era in hybrid infrastructure ...

Applications

Sequoia supercomputer enables Gordon Bell Prize-winning simulation on Earth's mantle ...

Unveiling the turbulent times of a dying star ...

Missing link found between turbulence in collapsing star and hypernova, gamma-ray burst ...

New insights into the creation of heavy elements ...

Manipal Hospitals adopts Watson for Oncology to help physicians identify options for individualized, evidence-based cancer care across India ...

TOP500

Liquid immersion cooling from Green Revolution Cooling helps Tokyo Institute of Technology achieve top honours at Green500 three years in a row ...

The Cloud

Univa announces support for Microsoft Azure ...

Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Microsoft announce plans to deliver integrated hybrid IT infrastructure ...

IBM advances hybrid capabilities to China and unveils Bluemix Local ...