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Primeur weekly 2013-02-25

Exascale supercomputing

Indiana University receives grant for supercomputer work ...

The Cloud

Rackspace announces new data centre for expanding UK base ...

HP enables partners to accelerate Cloud Services delivery ...

Red Hat unveils Big Data and open hybrid Cloud direction ...

Cloud9 IDE builds on-line development environment with Red Hat OpenShift ...

EuroFlash

Modern museum techniques: projectiondesign helps visitors better comprehend the stories of First World War ...

Bern computer simulation helps to better understand the origin of our solar system ...

Advancing research collaboration with GÉANT's high-speed infrastructure ...

Partnership puts computational science at the heart of Unilever's R&D ...

USFlash

New Emerson Network Power media processing accelerator offers performance breakthrough in server applications ...

HP extends Converged Infrastructure leadership ...

HP delivers simplicity, profitability and consistency for partners ...

Introducing Intel Cache Acceleration Software for use with Intel SSD data centre family ...

ManTech announces financial results for fourth quarter and fiscal year 2012 ...

Mellanox FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand accelerates the fastest supercomputer in India ...

Enterprises perform faster and operations run more efficiently on new NetApp high-end, Flash-optimized storage systems ...

NetApp expands Flash portfolio, extending leadership in enterprise Flash storage ...

NVIDIA introduces GeForce GTX TITAN: DNA of the world's fastest supercomputer, powered by world's fastest GPU ...

NREL and partners demonstrate quantum dots that assemble themselves ...

New supercomputer to aid genomics research ...

Supercomputers used to supercharge antioxidants ...

Supercomputer Titan could advance progress in development of solar energy at West Virginia University ...

Supercomputer Titan could advance progress in development of solar energy at West Virginia University

15 Feb 2013 Morgantown - Titan, the world's fastest supercomputer, capable of more than 20,000,000 billion calculations per second, will soon devote substantial time to solving problems first posed by a professor at West Virginia University (WVU). One million computational hours, the equivalent of 110 computers running simultaneously, non-stop for a year, have been devoted to James P. Lewis, an associate professor of physics at WVU and his research group to design new materials that are key in developing solar power.

"This 'materials by computational design' approach will potentially save years of efforts for scientists who grow materials", James P. Lewis stated.

Titan was created at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, to provide scientists with the most advanced computing power in the world. James P. Lewis received a grant from the Department of Energy to use the supercomputer.

Titan allows James P. Lewis, and the undergraduate and graduate students who aid him in his efforts, to test the possible effectiveness of new materials for photovoltaics without wasting money on development in the lab.

Photovoltaics are materials that generate electrical power by converting solar radiation into direct current electricity using semiconductors that exhibit the photovoltaic effect. Photovoltaic power generation employs solar panels composed of a number of solar cells containing a photovoltaic material. Materials presently used for photovoltaics include monocrystalline silicon, polycrystalline silicon, amorphous silicon, cadmium telluride and copper indium gallium selenide/sulfide.

"You can hire people to try and come up with the materials for you, but it's going to cost millions of dollars to come up with new materials that may not even work", James P. Lewis explained. "With Titan, I can search for this new material by computer and at least come up with a few likely candidates to synthesize in the lab."

The James P. Lewis group is collaborating with scientists at the National Energy Technology Laboratory in Pittsburgh where materials identified by Titan as good candidates will be synthesized.

"Now the computations and calculations can drive the synthesis, so that you get a real collaboration between the two", James P. Lewis stated. "We're not just the guy tagged on at the end to understand how a material works - we actually drive the discovery."
Source: West Virginia University

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2013-02-25

Exascale supercomputing

Indiana University receives grant for supercomputer work ...

The Cloud

Rackspace announces new data centre for expanding UK base ...

HP enables partners to accelerate Cloud Services delivery ...

Red Hat unveils Big Data and open hybrid Cloud direction ...

Cloud9 IDE builds on-line development environment with Red Hat OpenShift ...

EuroFlash

Modern museum techniques: projectiondesign helps visitors better comprehend the stories of First World War ...

Bern computer simulation helps to better understand the origin of our solar system ...

Advancing research collaboration with GÉANT's high-speed infrastructure ...

Partnership puts computational science at the heart of Unilever's R&D ...

USFlash

New Emerson Network Power media processing accelerator offers performance breakthrough in server applications ...

HP extends Converged Infrastructure leadership ...

HP delivers simplicity, profitability and consistency for partners ...

Introducing Intel Cache Acceleration Software for use with Intel SSD data centre family ...

ManTech announces financial results for fourth quarter and fiscal year 2012 ...

Mellanox FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand accelerates the fastest supercomputer in India ...

Enterprises perform faster and operations run more efficiently on new NetApp high-end, Flash-optimized storage systems ...

NetApp expands Flash portfolio, extending leadership in enterprise Flash storage ...

NVIDIA introduces GeForce GTX TITAN: DNA of the world's fastest supercomputer, powered by world's fastest GPU ...

NREL and partners demonstrate quantum dots that assemble themselves ...

New supercomputer to aid genomics research ...

Supercomputers used to supercharge antioxidants ...

Supercomputer Titan could advance progress in development of solar energy at West Virginia University ...