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Primeur weekly 2017-05-08

Focus

Construction started for European Institute for Neuromorphic Computing building in Heidelberg ...

Quantum computing

IBM and Raytheon BBN scientists demonstrate quantum computer performance advantage over classical computers ...

Delft, Aachen and Jülich join forces to build scalable quantum technologies ...

More than 100 million euro for Dutch top science - 18,8 million for quantum computing ...

Five ways quantum computing will change the way we think about computing ...

Focus on Europe

Frauke Gräter is the winner of the 2nd PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC ...

Survey on requirement elicitation for a common e-infrastructure service catalogue now available ...

Supercharging the computers that might save the world ...

HPC-Europa3, new European H2020 project, started on 1st May ...

e-IRG Open Workshop to discuss long-term sustainability of e-Infrastructures ...

Middleware

Altair announces an impressive speaker line-up for its 2017 PBS Works User Group ...

Hardware

University of Waterloo launches new national supercomputer to fuel Big Data research and machine learning ...

Cray reports first quarter 2017 financial results ...

Cray awarded contract to install Cray CS400 cluster supercomputer at Argonne National Laboratory ...

Solarflare and LDA Technologies harness the power of Xilinx FPGAs to achieve breakthrough performance in electronic trading ...

Net Futures 2017 Conference to launch programme ...

SDSC to double Comet supercomputer's graphic processor count ...

Applications

Scientific impacts from just three years of Blue Waters ...

NASA launches challenge to accelerate design software operations on supercomputer ...

Scientists discover how world's biggest volcanoes formed ...

Case Western Reserve University research reveals important cancer clues ...

Tsinghua University won ASC17 championship big time ...

Deep learning helps scientists keep track of cell's inner parts ...

Supercomputers assist in search for new, better cancer drugs ...

Best paper award for IST Austria Cryptographers and their collaborators ...

Getting better drugs to market, more quickly ...

The first one bit chemical memory unit: The 'chit' ...

Sandia develops math techniques to improve computational efficiency in quantum chemistry ...

Exa and BP sign multi-year commercial agreement for Exa DigitalROCK relative permeability simulation technology ...

The Cloud

On-Demand LS-DYNA licenses now available in Europe on Rescale Cloud HPC platform ...

Aegis Data, vScaler and GCX unveil three-pronged partnership to provide customers a complete HPC proposition ...

Oracle and AT&T enter into strategic agreement ...

Oracle announces EU Region expansion in Germany ...

NASA launches challenge to accelerate design software operations on supercomputer

3 May 2017 Ames - Do you want to help aerospace engineers solve problems faster? Does the phrase "non-linear partial differential equations used for unsteady computations" excite you? Do you want to try yourself with the complex computational software that NASA scientists use? This might be the challenge for you. The programme offers two opportunities to compete as well as cash prizes of up to $55,000 in total for the first and second placers under the two categories.

NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) is responsible for developing technologies that will enable future aircraft to burn less fuel, generate fewer emissions and make less noise. Every U.S. aircraft and U.S. air traffic control tower has NASA-developed technology on board. It's why NASA likes to say, NASA is with you when you fly.

NASA needs to increase the speed of computations on the Pleiades supercomputer, specifically for computational fluid dynamics, by orders of magnitude, and could use your help.

NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) is tasked with innovating at the cutting edge of aerospace. Their work includes Innovation in Commercial Supersonic Aircraft, Ultra-efficient Commercial Vehicles and Transitioning to Low-Carbon Propulsion while also supporting the development of launch vehicles and planetary entry systems. These strategic thrusts are supported by advanced computational tools, which enable reductions in ground-based and in-flight testing, provide added physical insight, enable superior designs at reduced cost and risk, and open new frontiers in aerospace vehicle design and performance.

The advanced computational tools include the NASA FUN3D software which is used for solving non-linear partial differential equations, known as Navier-Stokes equations, used for steady and unsteady flow computations including large eddy simulations in computational fluid dynamics (CFD). Despite tremendous progress made in the past few decades, CFD tools are too slow for simulation of complex geometry flows, particularly those involving flow separation and multi-physics, e.g. combustion, applications. To enable high-fidelity CFD for multi-disciplinary analysis and design, the speed of computation must be increased by orders of magnitude.

NASA is seeking proposals for improving the performance of the NASA FUN3D software running on the NASA Pleiades supercomputer. The desired outcome is any approach that can accelerate calculations by a factor of 10-1000x without any decrease in accuracy and while utilizing the existing hardware platform.

This challenge is being supported by HeroX and Topcoder and proposals are being accepted for 2 separate opportunities:

1. Ideation: Ideas and approaches may include, but are not limited to exploiting algorithmic developments in such areas as grid adaptation, higher-order methods and efficient solution techniques for high performance computing hardware. Ideation responses can be submitted by clicking the accept challenge button.

2. Architecture (Topcoder): Optimize individual software module code and inter-node processing in order to reduce overall model computation time and parallelization efficiency is the goal of this second challenge. Ideal submission may include algorithm optimization of the existing code base, Inter-node dispatch optimization or a combination of the two. Unlike the Ideation challenge, which is highly strategic, this challenge focuses on measureable improvements of the existing FUN3D suite and is highly tactical. You can visit Topcoder for full details.

The FUN3D software is written predominantly in Modern Fortran. The software is evolving steadily in multi-language directions for reasons other than performance. Currently, a standard computational task in the CFD area takes from thousands to millions of computational core-hours.

FUN3D is:

  • Code developed by the US Government at US taxpayer expense
  • Flow analysis solver is written in Fortran, other components are written in C++ and Ruby
  • Code which can be applied to a wide range of fluid dynamic problems
  • Has a number of code features which represent leading-edge technology
  • Is export controlled research code

This isn't a quest for the faint of heart. As a participant, you'll need to gain access to FUN3D software through an application process with the US Government. Although this software usually runs on the Pleiades supercomputer, you can download and run it locally after applying .

Source: NASA

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Primeur weekly 2017-05-08

Focus

Construction started for European Institute for Neuromorphic Computing building in Heidelberg ...

Quantum computing

IBM and Raytheon BBN scientists demonstrate quantum computer performance advantage over classical computers ...

Delft, Aachen and Jülich join forces to build scalable quantum technologies ...

More than 100 million euro for Dutch top science - 18,8 million for quantum computing ...

Five ways quantum computing will change the way we think about computing ...

Focus on Europe

Frauke Gräter is the winner of the 2nd PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC ...

Survey on requirement elicitation for a common e-infrastructure service catalogue now available ...

Supercharging the computers that might save the world ...

HPC-Europa3, new European H2020 project, started on 1st May ...

e-IRG Open Workshop to discuss long-term sustainability of e-Infrastructures ...

Middleware

Altair announces an impressive speaker line-up for its 2017 PBS Works User Group ...

Hardware

University of Waterloo launches new national supercomputer to fuel Big Data research and machine learning ...

Cray reports first quarter 2017 financial results ...

Cray awarded contract to install Cray CS400 cluster supercomputer at Argonne National Laboratory ...

Solarflare and LDA Technologies harness the power of Xilinx FPGAs to achieve breakthrough performance in electronic trading ...

Net Futures 2017 Conference to launch programme ...

SDSC to double Comet supercomputer's graphic processor count ...

Applications

Scientific impacts from just three years of Blue Waters ...

NASA launches challenge to accelerate design software operations on supercomputer ...

Scientists discover how world's biggest volcanoes formed ...

Case Western Reserve University research reveals important cancer clues ...

Tsinghua University won ASC17 championship big time ...

Deep learning helps scientists keep track of cell's inner parts ...

Supercomputers assist in search for new, better cancer drugs ...

Best paper award for IST Austria Cryptographers and their collaborators ...

Getting better drugs to market, more quickly ...

The first one bit chemical memory unit: The 'chit' ...

Sandia develops math techniques to improve computational efficiency in quantum chemistry ...

Exa and BP sign multi-year commercial agreement for Exa DigitalROCK relative permeability simulation technology ...

The Cloud

On-Demand LS-DYNA licenses now available in Europe on Rescale Cloud HPC platform ...

Aegis Data, vScaler and GCX unveil three-pronged partnership to provide customers a complete HPC proposition ...

Oracle and AT&T enter into strategic agreement ...

Oracle announces EU Region expansion in Germany ...