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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 ...

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

10 Jun 2011 Beijing - The Chinese Academy of Sciences' Institute of Process Engineering (CAS-IPE) researchers used Tianhe-1A, which was named the world's fastest supercomputer in 2010 by the Top 500 organisation. Tianhe-1A performed a simulation on 7,168 NVIDIA Tesla GPUs, creating 5x better performance than the previous highest-performing molecular simulation, and on a scope twice as big. The simulation modelled the behaviour of 110 billion atoms at 1.87 petaflops of performance. The previous record for a simulation of this kind was 49 billion atoms at 369 teraflops of performance.

The simulations came "closer than ever" to modelling real crystalline silicon material behaviour and true properties in various conditions, said Dr. Wenlai Huang, research associate at CAS-IPE, who noted that the simulations take less time and money than experimental exercises.

"Computer simulations are critical to the study of new materials and production methods as it can reveal far more details than experimental measurements, at much less cost", stated Dr. Wenlai Huang, research associate at CAS-IPE. "The levels of performance we achieved by using all 7,168 NVIDIA GPUs in the Tianhe-1A supercomputer enabled us to run simulations that come closer than ever to reproducing the behaviour of the material in different aspects and its true bulk properties under different conditions, which are more meaningful for engineering and industrial purposes."

CAS-IPE research in this field is ongoing and new world records in the sustainable performance of molecular dynamics simulations are expected by the institute. Members of the CAS-IPE research team will present the research at the GPU Tech Conference (GTC) in San Jose, California, May 14-17, 2012, and at GTC China, December 15-16, 2011 in Beijing.

NVIDIA expertise in programmable GPUs has led to breakthroughs in parallel processing that make supercomputing inexpensive and widely accessible.

Tianhe-1A, located at the National Supercomputing Center in Tianjin, China, was named the world's fastest supercomputer in November 2010 by the Top 500 organization, the first time the title was given to a Chinese supercomputing centre. In addition to the CAS-IPE led research, it is being used to explore the areas of oil exploration, drug discovery and weather modelling.

Source: Chinese Academy of Sciences' Institute of Process Engineering - CAS-IPE

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 ...