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Primeur weekly 2015-06-01

The Cloud

Registration opens for ISC Cloud & Big Data ...

EMC to acquire Virtustream ...

EuroFlash

Snapwallet: a safe photo service for smart phone ...

Dutch Government plans 135 million euro funding for supercomputers ...

Tackling the fastest and most powerful computing systems on the planet ...

Understanding and controlling the propagation of waves ...

USFlash

Lawrence Livermore breaks ground on unclassified supercomputing facility ...

Silicon Mechanics announces recipients of 4th Annual Research Cluster Grant ...

RAPTOR turbulent combustion code selected for next-gen supercomputer readiness project ...

Cavium announces collaboration with Pegatron on server platforms based on Cavium's ThunderX workload optimized processor family ...

Ohio State University researchers prove magnetism can control heat and sound ...

OLCF names CAAR projects at IDC HPC User Forum ...

Physicists solve quantum tunneling mystery ...

Using the forest to see the trees ...

Tsinghua University crowned champions of 2015 ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge ...

OLCF shares Lustre knowledge at International Workshop ...

National Science Foundation extends the Kraken project ...

Woodside, Australia's largest independent oil and gas company, uses IBM Watson to enhance decision making and increase efficiencies ...

OLCF outreach projects garner awards ...

The first round of 2015 hackathons gets underway ...

Premier announces $21.6 million funding for Pawsey Supercomputing Centre ...

Fujitsu supports King Abdulaziz University research capabilities with new supercomputing system ...

Doctor Evidence brings valuable health data to IBM Watson ecosystem ...

SRC Computers launches Saturn 1 Server, the first reconfigurable hyperscale server ...

BG Brasil and Senai CIMATEC launch Latin America's fastest supercomputer ...

Lawrence Livermore breaks ground on unclassified supercomputing facility


28 May 2015 Livermore - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has broken ground on a modular and sustainable supercomputing facility that will provide a flexible infrastructure able to accommodate the Laboratory's growing demand for high performance computing (HPC).

The $9.875 million building, located on the Laboratory's east side, will ensure computer room space to support the Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) Programme's unclassified HPC systems. ASC is the high-performance simulation effort of the National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) stockpile stewardship programme to ensure the safety, security and reliability of the nation's nuclear deterrent without testing.

“Unclassified high performance computing is critical to the stockpile stewardship programme's success and the need for this capability will continue to grow", stated Laboratory Director Bill Goldstein. "Modernizing the Lab's computing infrastructure will enable us to better exploit next-generation supercomputers for NNSA by tapping the talents of top academic and private sector partners."

“The ASC Programme always has believed that forward-thinking programmes depend on labs being healthy and able to engage bright minds in solving tough problems", stated Bob Meisner, NNSA ASC programme director. "For this reason, we have encouraged strong unclassified computing environments, which not only build a powerful and broad science and technology (S&T) base vital to the success of stewardship, but also facilitate collaboration with universities like the ASC Alliance Centers, other government agencies and American industry. We also are pleased with the innovative and cost-efficient design, which reiterates the labs' commitment to sustainable S&T investments."

The new building addresses a pressing need for space designed to accommodate a variety of high performance computing architectures, including water-cooled systems. Computing buildings at Lawrence Livermore range from 10 to 60 years in age and most were not designed to house HPC systems. These aging structures have inherent limitations that make upgrades to their electrical and mechanical infrastructures prohibitively expensive.

The new dual-level unclassified building - to be called Bldg. 654 Livermore Computing Complex - will consist of a 6,000-square-foot machine floor flanked by support space. The main computer structure is flexible in design to allow for expansion and accommodate future computer technology advances. The ceiling height will assure proper forced air circulation and allow for the installation of utilities and HPC systems.

In-house modelling and simulation expertise in energy-efficient building design was used in drawing up the specifications for the facility; heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems will meet sustainable design requirements to promote energy conservation. The flexible design will be able to accommodate future liquid cooling solutions for HPC systems. The building will be able to scale to 7.5 megawatts of computational capacity in the future and was designed so that power and mechanical resources can be added as HPC technologies evolve.

Construction of the building is expected to take about one year. M&W Architects and Engineers designed the facility and WE Lyons is the construction contractor.
Source: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2015-06-01

The Cloud

Registration opens for ISC Cloud & Big Data ...

EMC to acquire Virtustream ...

EuroFlash

Snapwallet: a safe photo service for smart phone ...

Dutch Government plans 135 million euro funding for supercomputers ...

Tackling the fastest and most powerful computing systems on the planet ...

Understanding and controlling the propagation of waves ...

USFlash

Lawrence Livermore breaks ground on unclassified supercomputing facility ...

Silicon Mechanics announces recipients of 4th Annual Research Cluster Grant ...

RAPTOR turbulent combustion code selected for next-gen supercomputer readiness project ...

Cavium announces collaboration with Pegatron on server platforms based on Cavium's ThunderX workload optimized processor family ...

Ohio State University researchers prove magnetism can control heat and sound ...

OLCF names CAAR projects at IDC HPC User Forum ...

Physicists solve quantum tunneling mystery ...

Using the forest to see the trees ...

Tsinghua University crowned champions of 2015 ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge ...

OLCF shares Lustre knowledge at International Workshop ...

National Science Foundation extends the Kraken project ...

Woodside, Australia's largest independent oil and gas company, uses IBM Watson to enhance decision making and increase efficiencies ...

OLCF outreach projects garner awards ...

The first round of 2015 hackathons gets underway ...

Premier announces $21.6 million funding for Pawsey Supercomputing Centre ...

Fujitsu supports King Abdulaziz University research capabilities with new supercomputing system ...

Doctor Evidence brings valuable health data to IBM Watson ecosystem ...

SRC Computers launches Saturn 1 Server, the first reconfigurable hyperscale server ...

BG Brasil and Senai CIMATEC launch Latin America's fastest supercomputer ...