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Primeur weekly 2015-12-21

Focus

e-Infrastructure brings computational experts and application developers together to cope with avalanche of data ...

Crowd computing

400 core PicoCluster demonstrated ...

Quantum computing

Quantum cryptography to prevent data 'hacking', new AXA Research Fund chair awarded to ICFO of Barcelona ...

Focus on Europe

IBM opens Watson IoT global headquarters and extends power of cognitive computing to a connected world ...

PRACE announces Summer of HPC 2015 award winners ...

Call opened for 2016 International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences ...

Middleware

Better tools for scientists - improved memory debugging, deeper profiling and new platforms in Allinea's 6.0 release ...

Allinea DDT enables new frontiers in CFD research at Argonne ...

Hardware

Intersect360 Research launches invitation to participate in HPC processor study ...

BittWare joins the OpenPOWER Foundation ...

Hewlett Packard Enterprise brings network monitoring software to virtualized network infrastructure ...

Researchers harness power of Thunder supercomputer at AFRL Supercomputing Resource Center ...

Applications

Registration for ASC16 Student Supercomputer Challenge now open ...

Scientists compose complex math equations to replicate behaviours of Earth systems ...

UZH scientists predict activity of human genes ...

LCAM centre among the best in Europe ...

Better therapies due to computer models: TU Dresden engineers develop simulations of the human heart ...

TOP500

Exxact GPU cluster ranked in the TOP500 list of world's most powerful supercomputers ...

The Cloud

ClusterVision Trinity runs UberCloud HPC application containers ...

AT&T and IBM expand their strategic relationship in managed application and managed hosting services ...

Researchers harness power of Thunder supercomputer at AFRL Supercomputing Resource Center

The Air Force Research Laboratory officially presented its latest supercomputer acquisition in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Dec. 14, 2015, at the AFRL Department of Defense Supercomputing Resource Center located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Among the dignitaries attending was Cassio Conceicao (left), the executive vice president and chief operating officer at Silicon Graphics International, the production company for Thunder, the new supercomputer. In this photo Conceicao listens to Doug Ebersole (right), executive director of AFRL, as he discusses the Air Force use and warfighter impact of the newly acquired supercomputer technology. (U.S. Air Force photo/Al Bright) 16 Dec 2015 Wright-Patterson Air Force Base - The power of Thunder could be felt in the basement of the Air Force Research Laboratory's Department of Defense Supercomputing Resource Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base during a ribbon-cutting ceremony welcoming AFRL's third supercomputer to its Information Technology complex. Thunder is part of the DOD High Performance Computing Modernization Programme. It joins two other large systems - Spirit and Lightning - already located at the centre. The Silicon Graphics Incorporated (SGI) ICE X is named Thunder after the Air Force's P-47 Thunderbolt and its subsequent namesake, the A-10 aircraft, both of which have played key roles in significant armed conflict for the U.S. military.

Since beginning operations in October, Thunder has solved complex simulations ranging from hypersonic flight to the limitations of a futuristic electromagnetic rail gun.

"This is a big day for AFRL as we bring Thunder online. Researchers here at Wright-Patterson will use it predominately in physics-based modelling tools and data analytics as well - another huge area where you need the power of what Thunder brings to the table to be able to support the outcomes that come out of those programmes", stated Doug Ebersole, executive director of the Air Force Research Laboratory.

Thunder is a powerful addition to the AFRL DSRC's computing line-up and a key technology enabler for DOD researchers.

"We're really getting to the point where we can replicate the testing that we do in the laboratories or on the test stands in structural analysis", Doug Ebersole stated.

"Thunder's capability is amazing, and reaffirms our commitment to providing our customers with world-class computational tools", stated Jeff Graham, AFRL DSRC Director. "The power of Thunder will drive solutions to the most challenging problems facing our nation in today's volatile global environment."

Aerospace engineer Susan Cox-Stouffer used computational fluid dynamic simulations on the AFRL supercomputers to test the X-51 Waverider, a hypersonic vehicle that reached more than five times the speed of sound during flight tests over the Pacific Ocean.

"You can't design these on the back of an envelope", she stated. "It takes a lot of simulations."

The newest supercomputer is the 21st fastest high-performance computing system in the world, and can calculate about 3.1 petaFLOPS, or 3,126,240,000,000,000 floating point operations per second, according to AFRL.
Source: Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2015-12-21

Focus

e-Infrastructure brings computational experts and application developers together to cope with avalanche of data ...

Crowd computing

400 core PicoCluster demonstrated ...

Quantum computing

Quantum cryptography to prevent data 'hacking', new AXA Research Fund chair awarded to ICFO of Barcelona ...

Focus on Europe

IBM opens Watson IoT global headquarters and extends power of cognitive computing to a connected world ...

PRACE announces Summer of HPC 2015 award winners ...

Call opened for 2016 International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences ...

Middleware

Better tools for scientists - improved memory debugging, deeper profiling and new platforms in Allinea's 6.0 release ...

Allinea DDT enables new frontiers in CFD research at Argonne ...

Hardware

Intersect360 Research launches invitation to participate in HPC processor study ...

BittWare joins the OpenPOWER Foundation ...

Hewlett Packard Enterprise brings network monitoring software to virtualized network infrastructure ...

Researchers harness power of Thunder supercomputer at AFRL Supercomputing Resource Center ...

Applications

Registration for ASC16 Student Supercomputer Challenge now open ...

Scientists compose complex math equations to replicate behaviours of Earth systems ...

UZH scientists predict activity of human genes ...

LCAM centre among the best in Europe ...

Better therapies due to computer models: TU Dresden engineers develop simulations of the human heart ...

TOP500

Exxact GPU cluster ranked in the TOP500 list of world's most powerful supercomputers ...

The Cloud

ClusterVision Trinity runs UberCloud HPC application containers ...

AT&T and IBM expand their strategic relationship in managed application and managed hosting services ...