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Primeur weekly 2011-05-02

EuroFlash

Altair's PBS Professional added to Dell's high-performance computing solution portfolio ...

Research consortium led by University Bordeaux 1 chooses ClusterVision to deliver TOP500-class supercomputer ...

DEISA PRACE Symposium 2011 attracted over 200 participants from 26 countries ...

1,000th person trained in supercomputer techniques ...

USFlash

HP becomes SAP-certified global provider of Cloud services ...

L-3 Communications selects Digipede for high-throughput image processing Grid ...

Securities firm boosts data centre performance with solutions from HP ...

Mellanox introduces SwitchX with Virtual Protocol Interconnect technology ...

NASA Center for Climate Simulation doubles computational power for users ...

NNSA launches new advanced supercomputing website with a week of on-line features ...

NNSA announces new space debris modelling ...

PHH Corporation selects Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud and Oracle Exadata Database Machine as part of a complete Oracle technology solution for its next-generation Common Technology Platform ...

healthAlliance selects Oracle Exadata to deliver a shared services platform to five New Zealand District Health Boards ...

Indiana University supports researchers, inspires innovation and secures more research grants with web-based data environment ...

SOURCECORP BPS turns to Oracle Exadata Database Machine for improved performance and scalability of transactional content management solutions ...

WebNMS integrates MySQL and Oracle Database 11g to help communications service providers to achieve high scalability, performance and reliability ...

Platform Computing marks launch of Symphony 5.1 with significant momentum in financial services market ...

Diamonds shine in quantum networks ...

Sandia National Laboratories powers one of world's fastest, most energy efficient supercomputers with Oracle's Sun servers ...

TeraGrid: Paying it forward in the wake of disaster ...

Asia@home Hackfest videos are now available ...

Voxel enhances its Cloud hosting services by offering free SaaS application performance management from New Relic ...

SGI announces major upgrades to Rackable and CloudRack product families ...

Supermicro introduces supercompact, high-efficiency power supply ...

Supermicro's expanding product line ideal for next generation of embedded applications ...

NASA Center for Climate Simulation doubles computational power for users

28 Apr 2011 Greenbelt - The NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) has made available to users the newest unit of its "Discover" supercomputer. The 14,400-processor Dell PowerEdge C6100 server doubles Discover's computational power to more than 320 Tflop/s peak.

"Our vendor partners Dell, Intel, Mellanox, Coolcentric, and Force10 went the extra mile in building an innovative computing system that equals all of Discover's previous resources but uses less than 40 percent of the space and only 45 percent of the electricity", stated Phil Webster, NCCS project manager and chief of the Computational and Information Sciences and Technology Office at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. "The expanded capabilities are supporting NASA contributions to international climate science programs as well as advancing the state-of-the-art in modeling and simulation."

The PowerEdge C6100 uses current-generation Intel Xeon 5600 "Westmere" (2.8 GHz) processor technology and offers 28.8 terabytes of memory. Its 40 gigabit-per-second InfiniBand network enables the fastest inter-processor communication on Discover, a trait particularly useful for climate simulation with its frequent passing of information among computational grid points.

Offering more than three times the performance of any other unit on Discover, this newest unit represents the largest single expansion of the supercomputer. The unit has already demonstrated a reduction in turnaround times for the heavily used computing system. Since 2008, NCCS has quadrupled Discover's performance to support NASA Science Mission Directorate high-end computing needs.

Through at least July 1, 2011, NCCS is reserving 8,640 processors of the new unit for "large-scale research runs, those using 1,000 processors or more at a time", stated Dan Duffy, NCCS lead architect. "Our users have an opportunity to see how well their software codes can profit from thousands of processors, both in terms of faster time to solution and increased science capabilities. After July 1, we will evaluate and either keep these processors for large runs or open them up to general use."

Harnessing a significant portion of the unit's remaining 5,760 processors and other Discover resources, the Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO) and the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) are busy running simulations for the Fifth Assessment Report of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5 (CMIP5). Using a variety of modelling techniques and resolutions, NASA simulations will collectively span the years 1000 through 2100. Data from these simulations will be available to the climate science community on the NCCS node of the Earth System Grid.

With the large-scale research partition GMAO researchers are moving towards the next version of the Goddard Earth Observing System (GEOS) Model, GEOS-6. Efforts include extending the duration of 3.5-kilometer-resolution (and eventually finer-resolution) global simulations, employing updated model physics to explore the role of atmospheric convection in adverse weather events, and coupling the Goddard Chemistry Aerosol Radiation and Transport (GOCART) Model for aerosol-weather interactions and observing system science for future NASA missions.
Source: NASA

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2011-05-02

EuroFlash

Altair's PBS Professional added to Dell's high-performance computing solution portfolio ...

Research consortium led by University Bordeaux 1 chooses ClusterVision to deliver TOP500-class supercomputer ...

DEISA PRACE Symposium 2011 attracted over 200 participants from 26 countries ...

1,000th person trained in supercomputer techniques ...

USFlash

HP becomes SAP-certified global provider of Cloud services ...

L-3 Communications selects Digipede for high-throughput image processing Grid ...

Securities firm boosts data centre performance with solutions from HP ...

Mellanox introduces SwitchX with Virtual Protocol Interconnect technology ...

NASA Center for Climate Simulation doubles computational power for users ...

NNSA launches new advanced supercomputing website with a week of on-line features ...

NNSA announces new space debris modelling ...

PHH Corporation selects Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud and Oracle Exadata Database Machine as part of a complete Oracle technology solution for its next-generation Common Technology Platform ...

healthAlliance selects Oracle Exadata to deliver a shared services platform to five New Zealand District Health Boards ...

Indiana University supports researchers, inspires innovation and secures more research grants with web-based data environment ...

SOURCECORP BPS turns to Oracle Exadata Database Machine for improved performance and scalability of transactional content management solutions ...

WebNMS integrates MySQL and Oracle Database 11g to help communications service providers to achieve high scalability, performance and reliability ...

Platform Computing marks launch of Symphony 5.1 with significant momentum in financial services market ...

Diamonds shine in quantum networks ...

Sandia National Laboratories powers one of world's fastest, most energy efficient supercomputers with Oracle's Sun servers ...

TeraGrid: Paying it forward in the wake of disaster ...

Asia@home Hackfest videos are now available ...

Voxel enhances its Cloud hosting services by offering free SaaS application performance management from New Relic ...

SGI announces major upgrades to Rackable and CloudRack product families ...

Supermicro introduces supercompact, high-efficiency power supply ...

Supermicro's expanding product line ideal for next generation of embedded applications ...