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Primeur weekly 2011-06-27

Exascale supercomputing

Intel equipped to lead industry to era of exascale computing ...

Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe collaborates with Australian National University on supercomputer research ...

The Cloud

Fujitsu launches Global Cloud Platform service powered by Microsoft Windows Azure ...

Interxion joins the Cloud Industry Forum ...

BMC Software continues its commitment to the mainframe through the acquisition of IMS products from NEON Enterprise Software ...

BMC Software and Unisys join forces to deliver advanced Cloud solutions ...

IBM takes University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to the Cloud ...

Zoo and Aquarium Association uses IBM Cloud technology to support endangered species programme ...

IBM launches Smart Cloud for disaster recovery and data archive ...

Oracle Health Sciences delivers Oracle Argus safety from the Cloud ...

EuroFlash

Firestorm from Danish Vestas - a 150 Tflop/s supercomputer - will start operating mid June ...

New supercomputer at the Technical University of Denmark will chase novel genes ...

BBVA relies on a new Bull supercomputer ...

NGD Europe Data Centre begins $20 million expansion to meet growing customer demand ...

HP helps energy companies and academic institutions advance critical research ...

USFlash

Center for Composite Materials acquires lightning fast shared memory supercomputer ...

Tianhe-1A supercomputing simulations promise better c-Si understanding ...

McGill University and IBM develop Quebec's most powerful and energy-efficient supercomputer cluster ...

IBM's Watson computing system honoured as "Person of the Year" ...

SGI marks supercomputing milestone with over 500 Altix UV systems delivered ...

Fujitsu and Platform computing partner to deliver enhanced HPC and cluster management solutions ...

NeSI to be launched ...

iVEC@Murdoch supercomputer launched ...

NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center enters new phase ...

New IBM Analytics technology helps clients unlock big data ...

Putting a new spin on computing ...

Center for Composite Materials acquires lightning fast shared memory supercomputer

14 Jun 2011 Newark - Thee University of Delaware Center for Composite Materials (CCM) recently bought an Altix supercomputer from SGI, which they named Bugatir.

"The challenge to model flexible fabrics is immense", Dr. Gillespie stated. "Applications consist of dozens of layers of stacked fabric. In turn, each fabric layer consists of thousands of woven yarns, each yarn consists of hundreds of individual filaments, and each filament surface interacts with adjacent filaments on a micrometer to nanometer scale."

The result is a mathematical problem of monumental proportions that taxes the computational capability of high-performance computing clusters.

"The key to fundamentally understanding the impact behaviour of these fabrics is bridging the various length scales through innovative numerical multi-scale modeling techniques", stated Dr. Gillespie.

"Predictive numerical models provide us with a unique materials-by-design capability that helps drive the innovation of new materials including fibers, interphases and polymers as well as new architectures that will dramatically improve the overall performance of composites at minimal weight for a variety of applications in the aerospace, automotive, wind and national security sectors."

According to Gauray Nilakantan, what makes the UV1000 so appealing is that all memory is globally shared and therefore available to all processors.

"This allows extremely large models to be run", he stated. "All processors can communicate with each other through very fast interconnects based on proprietary SGI technology, preventing the typical communication bottleneck issues associated with slow data interconnects. Finally, large models scale very well with an increased number of processors."

"Another benefit", he added, "is that with a single-system image, the UV1000 essentially acts like one large desktop unit, which considerably simplifies administration and management."

Jim Byrnes, manager of information technologies for the UD College of Engineering, sees great potential in the supercomputer as a research resource.

"When engineers and scientists have easy access to vast quantities of CPU resources along with immense magnitudes of shared memory, real-world problems, once intractable, suddenly are in reach", he stated. "The frontiers of science can be stretched in ways not previously possible. Exciting discoveries become imminent. This is what the SGI UV brings to CCM."

According to Dr. Gillespie, modelling fabric impact is just one important use of the new technology. CCM researchers will also use Veyron to model, at multiple length scales, the permeability, consolidation, and infusion of polymer composites and to simulate electromagnetic and thermal responses, impact, and wave propagation through heterogeneous materials and fluid-structure interactions in support of various ongoing programmes funded by the Department of Defense, the National Science Foundation, and industry.

The Altix UV1000 is made by Silicon Graphics International. CCM's Veyron was initially configured with 384 cores (4.1 teraflops), 2.5 terabytes (TB) of globally shared memory, and 38 TB of hard disk space. It is scalable up to 2,048 cores and 16 TB of memory (21.8 teraflops in a single system image).
Source: University of Delaware

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2011-06-27

Exascale supercomputing

Intel equipped to lead industry to era of exascale computing ...

Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe collaborates with Australian National University on supercomputer research ...

The Cloud

Fujitsu launches Global Cloud Platform service powered by Microsoft Windows Azure ...

Interxion joins the Cloud Industry Forum ...

BMC Software continues its commitment to the mainframe through the acquisition of IMS products from NEON Enterprise Software ...

BMC Software and Unisys join forces to deliver advanced Cloud solutions ...

IBM takes University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to the Cloud ...

Zoo and Aquarium Association uses IBM Cloud technology to support endangered species programme ...

IBM launches Smart Cloud for disaster recovery and data archive ...

Oracle Health Sciences delivers Oracle Argus safety from the Cloud ...

EuroFlash

Firestorm from Danish Vestas - a 150 Tflop/s supercomputer - will start operating mid June ...

New supercomputer at the Technical University of Denmark will chase novel genes ...

BBVA relies on a new Bull supercomputer ...

NGD Europe Data Centre begins $20 million expansion to meet growing customer demand ...

HP helps energy companies and academic institutions advance critical research ...

USFlash

Center for Composite Materials acquires lightning fast shared memory supercomputer ...

Tianhe-1A supercomputing simulations promise better c-Si understanding ...

McGill University and IBM develop Quebec's most powerful and energy-efficient supercomputer cluster ...

IBM's Watson computing system honoured as "Person of the Year" ...

SGI marks supercomputing milestone with over 500 Altix UV systems delivered ...

Fujitsu and Platform computing partner to deliver enhanced HPC and cluster management solutions ...

NeSI to be launched ...

iVEC@Murdoch supercomputer launched ...

NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center enters new phase ...

New IBM Analytics technology helps clients unlock big data ...

Putting a new spin on computing ...