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Primeur weekly 2014-06-02

Special

Interview with Jan Bot and Cristina Aiftimiei about the SURFsara MOOC on-line training on Grid computing ...

Interview with Yuliya Fetyukova and Peter Ittzes about the BioVeL biodiversity portal and Crowd computing ...

Counting and analyzing butterfly species and their occurrence in Europe with BioVeL ...

Teaching Grid computing in a Massive Open Online Course ...

Exascale supercomputing

20 years of Beowulf: Workshop to honour Thomas Sterling's 65th birthday ...

The Cloud

IBM opens Mainframe Linux and Cloud Center in Beijing ...

EuroFlash

Allinea Software's tools simplify development of High Performance Embedded Computing ...

Allinea DDT adds day-one support for NVIDIA CUDA 6 ...

Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod officially launched the "Lobachevsky" supercomputer ...

PRACEdays14 concludes with 3 Awards ...

USFlash

Worldwide server market revenues decreased -2.2% in first quarter as volume server demand improves, according to IDC ...

Fujitsu Awarded Imperial Invention Prize for High-Dimensional Supercomputer Interconnect Technology ...

NEC receives order for SX-ACE vector supercomputer from Tohoku University, Osaka University and the National Institute for Environmental Studies ...

Sandia gets ready for the computers of the future ...

More realistic than ever before: CAST releases beta version of wysiwyg R33 ...

wysiwyg makes light of Macao's 'Rhythm of Life' celebration ...

Silicon Mechanics awards 2014 Research Cluster Grant to Wayne State University ...

Supermicro introduces 1U 32" 12x 3.5" HDD storage solutions ...

Cirrascale launches SM4490D with NexentaStor 4.0, the industry's first enterprise-class Software-Defined Storage solution ...

New University of Colorado study illuminates how cancer-killing gene may actually work ...

Silicon Mechanics awards 2014 Research Cluster Grant to Wayne State University

30 Apr 2014 Bothell - Wayne State University (WSU) is the recipient of Silicon Mechanics' 3rd Annual Research Cluster Grant, a programme in which the company and its partners are donating a complete high-performance compute cluster. The university, located in midtown Detroit, is one of the nation's 50 largest public universities, with annual research expenditures of nearly $260 million, and among only 3.5 percent of U.S. universities with the Carnegie Foundation's highest research classification. The addition of the Silicon Mechanics cluster to the WSU facility is expected to provide a powerful and flexible new research tool.

As a significant update to WSU's current computing Grid, the cluster will be shared by a variety of the most computation-intensive research groups on campus. The grant application was submitted jointly by two interdisciplinary collaborative research teams, and includes both computer scientists and domain scientists focusing on chemistry, mathematics, physics, and biology, along with cancer and biomedical research.

Examples of the types of projects to be worked on include developing new experimental tools used to understand grain growth dynamics, crucial to the control of hardness and strength of a wide range of engineering materials. Another project is improving Monte Carlo molecular simulations, which are used to investigate why certain molecular systems exhibit certain characteristics as well as evaluate novel molecular solutions.

Graduate and undergraduate students will use the new HPC cluster in research projects, and the cluster will also be part of new courses to be offered on computing with Graphics Processing Units (GPUs). The high-end system is expected to prove useful for students testing their code, allowing them to observe the maximum benefits of GPU programming. In addition, the cluster will also be used for education and demonstration of the state-of-the-art technology at a variety of events promoting STEM education, which will in turn popularize the HPC concept among students and the thriving high-tech business in Detroit.

Wayne State's Vice President for Research, Hilary Ratner, Ph.D., stated: "We are thrilled to be a recipient of Silicon Mechanics' generous grant programme. Our research faculty are pushing the boundaries of discovery, and this high performance computing equipment will help accelerate innovative work across our campus."

According to Art Mann, Silicon Mechanics' education, research, and government vertical group manager, WSU stood out in the field of applicants, based on the high level of collaboration across departments, the clear and convincing description of the need for the cluster, as well as specific applications that would use the processors, graphic processing units and Phi co-processors, and the extremely high level of benefit and positive impacts to faculty, students, and the greater Detroit community.

The HPC cluster includes hardware and software donated by Intel, NVIDIA, HGST, Mellanox Technologies, Supermicro, Seagate, Kingston Technology, Bright Computing, and LSI Logic. This year's HPC cluster contains eight compute nodes, one head node, Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors, NVIDIA Tesla GPUs, and InfiniBand and gigabit Ethernet networking.
Source: Silicon Mechanics

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2014-06-02

Special

Interview with Jan Bot and Cristina Aiftimiei about the SURFsara MOOC on-line training on Grid computing ...

Interview with Yuliya Fetyukova and Peter Ittzes about the BioVeL biodiversity portal and Crowd computing ...

Counting and analyzing butterfly species and their occurrence in Europe with BioVeL ...

Teaching Grid computing in a Massive Open Online Course ...

Exascale supercomputing

20 years of Beowulf: Workshop to honour Thomas Sterling's 65th birthday ...

The Cloud

IBM opens Mainframe Linux and Cloud Center in Beijing ...

EuroFlash

Allinea Software's tools simplify development of High Performance Embedded Computing ...

Allinea DDT adds day-one support for NVIDIA CUDA 6 ...

Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod officially launched the "Lobachevsky" supercomputer ...

PRACEdays14 concludes with 3 Awards ...

USFlash

Worldwide server market revenues decreased -2.2% in first quarter as volume server demand improves, according to IDC ...

Fujitsu Awarded Imperial Invention Prize for High-Dimensional Supercomputer Interconnect Technology ...

NEC receives order for SX-ACE vector supercomputer from Tohoku University, Osaka University and the National Institute for Environmental Studies ...

Sandia gets ready for the computers of the future ...

More realistic than ever before: CAST releases beta version of wysiwyg R33 ...

wysiwyg makes light of Macao's 'Rhythm of Life' celebration ...

Silicon Mechanics awards 2014 Research Cluster Grant to Wayne State University ...

Supermicro introduces 1U 32" 12x 3.5" HDD storage solutions ...

Cirrascale launches SM4490D with NexentaStor 4.0, the industry's first enterprise-class Software-Defined Storage solution ...

New University of Colorado study illuminates how cancer-killing gene may actually work ...