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Primeur weekly 2012-04-16

Exascale supercomputing

Eurotech to receive 1.2 million euro order for Aurora HPC from German Research Centre Jülich ...

The Cloud

HP delivers Agility without compromise with HP Converged Cloud ...

IBM sets the stage for the next era of computing ...

Oracle expands communications portfolio with new Netra x86 servers ...

European Commission to issue Call for Participation for Research in Future Cloud Computing ...

IBM, Honda, and PG&E enable smarter charging for electric vehicles ...

Aimes Grid Services and Keysource to provide next generation Cloud computing data centre infrastructure ...

Oracle completes acquisition of Taleo ...

Global IT companies support IBM PureSystems ...

Desktop Grids

BOINC 7.0 released to public ...

EuroFlash

First-ever model simulation of the structuring of the observable universe ...

Securing UK's leadership in climate science ...

USFlash

Terascala and Intel to showcase storage optimization for high throughput storage appliances at 2012 NAB Show ...

GE Global Research to partner with Livermore National Lab and Universities on supercomputing project ...

Groundbreaking research collaboration creates a new economic cornerstone for Canada ...

Paper co-authored by Indiana University cybersecurity expert among top 20 on HPDC list ...

Oracle achieves world record two processor result with SPECjEnterprise2010 benchmark ...

Oracle introduces new Sun x86 servers - the industry's best x86 platform for Oracle applications ...

Chronopolis earns high marks as Trustworthy Digital Repository in CRL TRAC audit ...

Opening the gate to robust quantum computing ...

Quantum computer built inside a diamond ...

GE Global Research to partner with Livermore National Lab and Universities on supercomputing project

9 Apr 2012 Niskayuna - GE Global Research has been selected by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) to participate in an incubator programme that will use high-performance computing (HPC) in an effort to accelerate development of next-generation fuel injectors for GE's engine fleet. Global Research will collaborate with Arizona State University (ASU) and Cornell University on this project.

GE mechanical engineer Madhu Pai, from the Computational Combustion Lab (ATMS) will have six months of dedicated access to a portion of the Sierra supercomputer - one of the most powerful in the world - to study the physics behind the working of the fuel injector to optimize its design. Madhu Pai discussed the importance of supercomputing in supporting these studies.

"Currently fuel injectors are designed after lengthy optimization trials, partly because today's fuel injectors have complex geometries that challenge conventional wisdom on how these injectors work. High-fidelity computer simulations can significantly reduce the number of trials and can provide insight into why a fuel injector behaves the way it does", stated Madhu Pai.

Scientists hope to gain a better understanding of critical unsteady spray phenomena observed in fuel injectors used in today's liquid-fueled engines. These unsteady spray phenomena are sometimes inaccessible to experimental measurements. Computer simulations can provide much needed insight into the origin of the unsteadiness, but doing this requires very powerful supercomputers to accurately capture the underlying physics.

"Using the supercomputer, we will apply a methodology called Large Eddy Simulation (LES) to model the fuel injector. The supercomputer will give us a 360 degree view of the inside of the injector, so that we can better understand the physics behind the design", stated Madhu Pai. "Having a better understanding of how the fuel/air mixture combusts will help us ultimately build more powerful engines that consume less fuel and have lower emissions. HPC will ultimately help in reducing development time and cost of the fuel injector."

Aircraft fuel injectors are being studied in this trial, but successful testing of this computer simulation methodology could yield new insights that benefit other GE products, including the fuel injectors used in locomotives and land-based gas turbines. The methodology can potentially be applied to study nebulizers for aerosol delivery.

Access to LLNL's supercomputing pilot programme, known as "hpc4energy", was highly sought after. More than 30 companies applied; GE Global Research was one of six selected. The goal of the programme is to facilitate more R&D engagement between the National Labs and energy companies to help increase America's economic competitiveness.

The supercomputing project will begin in April at the LLNL's facility in California. Details on the LLNL incubator programme are available at http://hpc4energy.org/incubator/ .
Source: GE Global Research

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Primeur weekly 2012-04-16

Exascale supercomputing

Eurotech to receive 1.2 million euro order for Aurora HPC from German Research Centre Jülich ...

The Cloud

HP delivers Agility without compromise with HP Converged Cloud ...

IBM sets the stage for the next era of computing ...

Oracle expands communications portfolio with new Netra x86 servers ...

European Commission to issue Call for Participation for Research in Future Cloud Computing ...

IBM, Honda, and PG&E enable smarter charging for electric vehicles ...

Aimes Grid Services and Keysource to provide next generation Cloud computing data centre infrastructure ...

Oracle completes acquisition of Taleo ...

Global IT companies support IBM PureSystems ...

Desktop Grids

BOINC 7.0 released to public ...

EuroFlash

First-ever model simulation of the structuring of the observable universe ...

Securing UK's leadership in climate science ...

USFlash

Terascala and Intel to showcase storage optimization for high throughput storage appliances at 2012 NAB Show ...

GE Global Research to partner with Livermore National Lab and Universities on supercomputing project ...

Groundbreaking research collaboration creates a new economic cornerstone for Canada ...

Paper co-authored by Indiana University cybersecurity expert among top 20 on HPDC list ...

Oracle achieves world record two processor result with SPECjEnterprise2010 benchmark ...

Oracle introduces new Sun x86 servers - the industry's best x86 platform for Oracle applications ...

Chronopolis earns high marks as Trustworthy Digital Repository in CRL TRAC audit ...

Opening the gate to robust quantum computing ...

Quantum computer built inside a diamond ...