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Primeur weekly 2016-02-15

Quantum computing

Nanoscale cavity strongly links quantum particles ...

Focus on Europe

The Academy of Finland is funding research infrastructures with 13,6 million euro ...

Record for fastest data rate set ...

Middleware

SDSC and Intel open second Intel Parallel Computing Center at SDSC ...

Hardware

New supercomputer to address needs of Ohio researchers ...

Altera SoC FPGA technology demonstrations showcase the future of embedded designs ...

Further expansion in the Netherlands of Bull supercomputer at SURFsara in 2016 ...

Cray reports 2015 full year and fourth quarter financial results ...

GridGain Enterprise Edition 7.5 increases speed and scalability of the In-Memory Data Fabric ...

Chip could bring deep learning to mobile devices ...

Applications

Researchers to use supercomputer to 'hack' Ebola ...

Seven University of Wyoming projects awarded use of Cheyenne supercomputer ...

Cornell astrophysicists play vital role to validate detection of gravitational waves ...

Study challenges widely accepted theory of Yellowstone formation ...

What was NCSA's role in the discovery of gravitational waves? ...

Georgia Gwinnett College physicist leads team in innovative black hole research ...

The Cloud

NICE to join forces with Amazon Web Services ...

Bell teams up with IBM to bring new hybrid Cloud capabilities to Canadian market ...

IBM achieves highest U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency authorization for Cloud services ...

VMware introduces next-generation hyper-converged software enabling simple, high performance infrastructure for the software-defined data centre ...

VMware accelerates the shift to digitization and hybrid Cloud with the introduction of vRealize Suite ...

SDSC and Intel open second Intel Parallel Computing Center at SDSC


An image from an animation of wave propagation during a magnitude-7.8 earthquake rupturing the San Andreas Fault from northeast to southwest. Red-blue colours reflect the intensity of shaking; green colours indicate areas of permanent ground deformation. Simulation by Daniel Roten, Kim Olsen, and Steven Day at the Department of Geological Sciences at San Diego State University, and Yifeng Cui at the San Diego Supercomputer Center. Visualization by Daniel Roten (SDSU). Simulation on UIUC Blue Waters.
9 Feb 2016 San Diego - Intel has opened a second parallel computing centre at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), at the University of California, San Diego. The focus of this new engagement is on earthquake research, including detailed computer simulations of major seismic activity that can be used to better inform and assist disaster recovery and relief efforts.

The new Intel Parallel Computing Center (Intel PCC) continues an interdisciplinary collaboration between SDSC and the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC), one of the largest open research collaborations in geoscience. In addition to UC San Diego, the new PCC includes researchers from the University of Southern California (USC), San Diego State University (SDSU), and the University of California, Riverside (UCR).

The Intel PCC programme provides funding to universities, institutions, and research labs for modernizing key community computer codes used across a wide range of disciplines to run on current industry-standard parallel architectures. In September 2014, SDSC and Intel announced SDSC's first such centre, focused on improving the parallelism, efficiency, and scalability of widely used molecular and neurological simulation technologies.

The Intel PCC at SDSC for Earthquake Simulation will be an interdisciplinary research center with the goal of modernizing SCEC's highly scalable 3D earthquake modelling environment, called AWP-ODC. The modernizations will leverage the latest multi-core Intel Xeon processors and many-core, self-hosted, next-generation Intel Xeon Phi processors architecture.

"These are exciting times for computational seismology, as Intel's new technology and this additional support will help accelerate earthquake modeling research", stated Yifeng Cui, director of the High Performance GeoComputing Laboratory at SDSC. Yifeng Cui also is an adjunct professor with SDSU, and Principal Investigator for the new Intel PCC at SDSC.

California comprises about three-quarters of the nation's long-term earthquake risk, and Southern California accounts for nearly 50 percent of the national annualized earthquake loss, according to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) data.

"The primary goal of the software development is to integrate the modernized code elements into a software ecosystem used by SCEC for production size of physics-based seismic hazard analysis in the U.S. and elsewhere", noted Yifeng Cui.

"Realistic, physics-based earthquake ground motion computational models can help key decision-makers identify effective ways to reduce seismic risk", stated Thomas Jordan, project co-Principle Investigator and SCEC Director. "This new partnership with Intel provides us the opportunity to substantially broaden the frequency band covered by such detailed simulations, allowing researchers to predict ground motions at frequencies relevant for common dwellings."

Other members of the SDSC's new Intel PCC include Alexander Breuer (SDSC), Daniel Roten (SDSU), and Jeffrey Chen (UCR).

"Intel is pleased to collaborate with SDSC in geosciences to help extract the full capability of modern parallel CPUs in wave propagation applications as used in earthquake simulation", stated Joseph Curley, senior director, HPC Platform and Ecosystem Enabling at Intel Corporation. "By fully exploiting the capabilities of modern CPU technology like the Intel Xeon and Intel Xeon Phi processors, we hope that a greater number of geoscientists will be able to improve their time to results, utilize increased model sizes, and provide a more precise understanding of seismic ground motion to help our society prepare for the next 'Big One'."
Source: San Diego Supercomputer Center - SDSC

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2016-02-15

Quantum computing

Nanoscale cavity strongly links quantum particles ...

Focus on Europe

The Academy of Finland is funding research infrastructures with 13,6 million euro ...

Record for fastest data rate set ...

Middleware

SDSC and Intel open second Intel Parallel Computing Center at SDSC ...

Hardware

New supercomputer to address needs of Ohio researchers ...

Altera SoC FPGA technology demonstrations showcase the future of embedded designs ...

Further expansion in the Netherlands of Bull supercomputer at SURFsara in 2016 ...

Cray reports 2015 full year and fourth quarter financial results ...

GridGain Enterprise Edition 7.5 increases speed and scalability of the In-Memory Data Fabric ...

Chip could bring deep learning to mobile devices ...

Applications

Researchers to use supercomputer to 'hack' Ebola ...

Seven University of Wyoming projects awarded use of Cheyenne supercomputer ...

Cornell astrophysicists play vital role to validate detection of gravitational waves ...

Study challenges widely accepted theory of Yellowstone formation ...

What was NCSA's role in the discovery of gravitational waves? ...

Georgia Gwinnett College physicist leads team in innovative black hole research ...

The Cloud

NICE to join forces with Amazon Web Services ...

Bell teams up with IBM to bring new hybrid Cloud capabilities to Canadian market ...

IBM achieves highest U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency authorization for Cloud services ...

VMware introduces next-generation hyper-converged software enabling simple, high performance infrastructure for the software-defined data centre ...

VMware accelerates the shift to digitization and hybrid Cloud with the introduction of vRealize Suite ...