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Primeur weekly 2019-06-24

Focus

EuroHPC and the TOP500 of supercomputers ...

TOP500 list of supercomputers slowly swallowed by dark matter ...

Exascale supercomputing

VECMA VVUQ Toolkit month 12 release: FabSim3, EasyVVUQ, QCG and application tutorials are available now ...

Quantum computing

Secure quantum communications in the microwave range for the first time ...

ISARA COO Mark Pecen re-elected Chairman of ETSI Quantum-safe Cryptography Working Group ...

A sound idea: a step towards quantum computing ...

Focus on Europe

e-IRG to publish new policy document on national e-Infrastructure landscape in Europe ...

Middleware

Jardine OneSolution (JOS) in Singapore joins the Bright Reseller programme ...

Hardware

DDN's dominance of data-intensive storage continues with record benchmarks and expanded market position ...

SDSC receives new funding for West Big Data Innovation Hub ...

Mississippi State University to host supercomputer to power NOAA research ...

Researchers to take advantage of DOE's advanced supercomputers ...

WekaIO named HPE Momentum Technology Partner of the Year 2019 ...

Applications

Supercomputers aid in novel simulations of gamma ray generation research ...

Self-learning machines hunt for explosions in the universe ...

AMAX unveils new series of servers for Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning ...

EU-project S2S4E launches new, global long-term forecasts ...

ALCF workshop helps attendees advance use of supercomputing resources ...

TOP500

MSU's new supercomputer ranks 4th fastest in U.S. academia and continues tradition of calculating real-world research solutions ...

LLNL's Lassen supercomputer leaps to no. 10 on TOP500 list, Sierra remains no. 2 ...

The Cloud

SDSC's Sherlock partners with Boise State University ...

SUSE provides platform for Cloud-native, containerized applications as enterprises move to hybrid and multi-Cloud ...

MSU's new supercomputer ranks 4th fastest in U.S. academia and continues tradition of calculating real-world research solutions


Orion, MSU's newly installed supercomputer, is capable of more than 5 quadrillion calculations per second. A new TOP500 Supercomputer Site ranking just released reveals that "Orion" is the 4th fastest academic system in the U.S. The TOP500.org list, which ranks the world's most powerful non-distributed computer systems, also gives the MSU supercomputer an overall worldwide ranking of no. 62. Photo by Logan Kirkland.
19 Jun 2019 Starkville - From improving weather forecasts to making safer and more fuel-efficient vehicles to better securing the cyber world, Mississippi State University's (MSU) technologically-advanced supercomputers have been helping researchers identify solutions to real-world challenges for decades.
Trey Breckenridge, director of high performance computing at Mississippi State's High Performance Computing Collaboratory, said MSU's new supercomputer Orion will enable scientists to conduct more advanced computational research benefiting citizens across Mississippi, the U.S. and world. Photo by Logan Kirkland.

With this month's installation of a new supercomputer capable of more than 5 quadrillion - that's 5.000.000.000.000.000 - calculations per second, the university is strengthening its reputation as a leader for cutting-edge computational research. A new TOP500 Supercomputer Site ranking just recently released reveals that MSU's "Orion" is the 4th fastest academic system in the U.S. The TOP500.org list, which ranks the world's most powerful non-distributed computer systems, also gives the MSU supercomputer an overall worldwide ranking of no. 62.

Trey Breckenridge, director of high performance computing at Mississippi State's High Performance Computing Collaboratory, known as HPC2, said supercomputing capabilities are imperative to the university's research enterprise.

"Orion is capable of over 5 petaFLOPS, or Trillion Floating Point Operations Per Second, of computer power", Trey Breckenridge stated. "That is five thousand trillion calculations per second."

Located in the Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park adjacent to the Starkville campus, Orion is MSU's largest supercomputer to date. It has 72.000 processing cores and nearly 350 terabytes of Random Access Memory, or RAM.

Trey Breckenridge described the magnitude of Orion's physical size as 28 computer cabinets, with each cabinet being the size of an industrial refrigerator. It requires a megawatt of power to run and 250 tons of chilled water for cooling.

"Our previous system, Shadow, was capable of over 593 trillion calculations per second. This new system is nearly 10 times larger", Trey Breckenridge stated.

Orion is funded through grants totaling $22 million from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to support NOAA research activities in environmental modelling, including weather modelling and simulation. The Dell-EMC system is providing additional high performance computing capacity to run large, more complex and more detailed environmental models, while advancing the historic and on-going relationships between MSU and NOAA scientists.

MSU has been a leader in computing research for decades, having a supercomputer appear on 27 of the last 48 TOP500 lists, dating back to 1996.

Trey Breckenridge said a supercomputer is one of the fastest, most powerful computers in the world at any given point in time. He explained that a supercomputer allows researchers and scientists to conduct tedious calculations and simulations of physical phenomena, ultimately resulting in a better understanding of the world around us.

One of MSU's historic "super" computations occurred in 1998 during what has become known as the "John Glenn Mission".

During NASA's space shuttle mission STS-95, the scientific agency called on MSU researchers to ensure the shuttle's safe return after a steel plate protecting the aircraft's drag chute became dislodged. The uncovered parachute, likelihood of accidental deployment, and unknown possibilities with the shuttle's reentry into the earth's atmosphere had NASA relying on MSU scientists to perform a simulation using unstructured grid technology developed by the university. What could have taken some researchers months to complete was successfully done in two days at MSU, and the astronauts' return was safeguarded.

"NASA could have called on any other lab, university or centre to do a simulation, but they called us", Trey Breckenridge stated. "We devoted half of our largest supercomputer resource to do the analysis, which indicated that there would be no ill effect during the launch without the panel."

Trey Breckenridge said HPC2's supercomputing resources have been used for other projects, including simulations of a fully configured submarine for the U.S. Navy; military ground vehicle design for the U.S. Department of Defense; data analytics for the U.S. Department of Energy; cybersecurity research for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; and ocean and storm surge modelling for NOAA.

"High performance computing is becoming prevalent in nearly every aspect of our lives", Trey Breckenridge stated. "Supercomputers are becoming more mainstream, and we are seeing greater adoption of them. These tools are all about making life better for all of us."

Trey Breckenridge said Mississippi is home to two of the five Department of Defense Supercomputing Resource Centers (DSRC) - the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center DSRC in Vicksburg and the U.S. Navy DSRC at NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center in Hancock County.

"As we move into the future, this new supercomputer will enable us to do more and more advanced research at Mississippi State University", he stated. "There are numerous areas where we will be able to utilize this resource to benefit the citizens of this state, nation and world."

Located in the Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park adjacent to the Starkville campus, MSU's new supercomputer Orion has 72.000 processing cores and nearly 350 terabytes of Random Access Memory, or RAM. It requires a megawatt of power to run and 250 tons of chilled water for cooling. Photo by Logan Kirkland.
Source: Mississippi State University

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Primeur weekly 2019-06-24

Focus

EuroHPC and the TOP500 of supercomputers ...

TOP500 list of supercomputers slowly swallowed by dark matter ...

Exascale supercomputing

VECMA VVUQ Toolkit month 12 release: FabSim3, EasyVVUQ, QCG and application tutorials are available now ...

Quantum computing

Secure quantum communications in the microwave range for the first time ...

ISARA COO Mark Pecen re-elected Chairman of ETSI Quantum-safe Cryptography Working Group ...

A sound idea: a step towards quantum computing ...

Focus on Europe

e-IRG to publish new policy document on national e-Infrastructure landscape in Europe ...

Middleware

Jardine OneSolution (JOS) in Singapore joins the Bright Reseller programme ...

Hardware

DDN's dominance of data-intensive storage continues with record benchmarks and expanded market position ...

SDSC receives new funding for West Big Data Innovation Hub ...

Mississippi State University to host supercomputer to power NOAA research ...

Researchers to take advantage of DOE's advanced supercomputers ...

WekaIO named HPE Momentum Technology Partner of the Year 2019 ...

Applications

Supercomputers aid in novel simulations of gamma ray generation research ...

Self-learning machines hunt for explosions in the universe ...

AMAX unveils new series of servers for Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning ...

EU-project S2S4E launches new, global long-term forecasts ...

ALCF workshop helps attendees advance use of supercomputing resources ...

TOP500

MSU's new supercomputer ranks 4th fastest in U.S. academia and continues tradition of calculating real-world research solutions ...

LLNL's Lassen supercomputer leaps to no. 10 on TOP500 list, Sierra remains no. 2 ...

The Cloud

SDSC's Sherlock partners with Boise State University ...

SUSE provides platform for Cloud-native, containerized applications as enterprises move to hybrid and multi-Cloud ...