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Primeur weekly 2013-07-01

Special

A decade of HPC in evolution - Thomas Sterling takes the stage as the Charles Darwin of supercomputing ...

The Cloud

Cloud Summer School 2013 - Final Call for Participation ...

EuroFlash

Atos wins contract for the second most powerful supercomputer in Spain ...

Eurotech, University of Regensburg and University of Wuppertal sign co-operation agreement for QPACE2 ...

Eurotech supercomputers Eurora and Aurora Tigon score first and second place in the Green500 list ...

Projectiondesign to amaze visitors to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex's newest attraction - Space Shuttle Atlantis ...

Towards a Second EUDAT Roadmap of common services ...

Grants available for Europeans to attend the 2nd RDA plenary meeting ...

Cray awarded supercomputer contract from the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) ...

Programming model for supercomputers of the future ...

Allinea tools to help Professor Stephen Hawking's Consortium get more Bang from COSMOS ...

Researchers unmask Janus-faced nature of mechanical forces with the Julich supercomputer ...

SPEX Group announces Scotland's fastest growing young company doubles turnover ...

IBM harnesses power of Big Data to improve Dutch flood control and water management systems ...

USFlash

13th edition of the Green500 List to make use of new energy measurement methodologies ...

GPU-accelerated SGI servers enable Department of Geosciences at Princeton University to simulate seismic activity in record time ...

Clemson supercomputer is 5th among U.S. universities ...

University of Florida lands $8 million federal award for supercomputing research ...

China shocks the supercomputer community again with HUST's HPL Championship at ISC'13 ...

Understanding a novel enzyme from a family of marine crustaceans may bolster biofuels development ...

NVIDIA Tesla GPU accelerators power world's most energy efficient supercomputer ...

Researchers use TACC supercomputers to simulate orbital debris impacts on spacecraft and fragment impacts on body armour ...

Purdue builds nation's fastest campus supercomputer - again ...

Sequoia tops Graph 500 list of 'Big Data' supercomputers ...

New project aims to make New York's Lake George the "smartest lake" in the world ...

Lawrence Livermore's Vulcan brings 5 petaflops computing power to collaborations with industry and academia to advance science and technology ...

SDSC GeoComputing Lab named Winner of HPC Innovation Excellence Award by IDC ...

Lawrence Livermore's Vulcan brings 5 petaflops computing power to collaborations with industry and academia to advance science and technology


Two racks of Vulcan, the new 24-rack IBM Blue Gene/Q system
11 Jun 2013 Livermore - The Vulcan supercomputer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is now available for collaborative work with industry and research universities to advance science and accelerate the technological innovation at the heart of U.S. economic competitiveness. A 5 petaflops (quadrillion floating point operations per second) IBM Blue Gene/Q system, Vulcan will serve Lab-industry projects through Livermore's High Performance Computing (HPC) Innovation Center as well as academic collaborations in support of DOE/National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) missions. The availability of Vulcan effectively raises the amount of computing at LLNL available for external collaborations by an order of magnitude.

"High performance computing is a key to accelerating the technological innovation that underpins U.S. economic vitality and global competitiveness", stated Fred Streitz, HPC Innovation Center director. "Vulcan offers a level of computing that is transformational, enabling the design and execution of studies that were previously impossible, opening opportunities for new scientific discoveries and breakthrough results for American industries."

Six recently concluded industrial collaboration projects from Livermore Lab's initiative called the hpc4energy incubator illustrate benefits companies have realized through the application of supercomputer technologies and expertise to energy applications. Beyond these examples the availability of Vulcan enables even larger systems to be simulated over longer time periods with greater fidelity and resolution.

In addition to publishable incubator programmes, the HPC Innovation Center provides on-demand, proprietary access to Vulcan and connects companies and academic collaborators with LLNL's computational scientists and engineers, and computer scientists to help solve high-impact problems across a broad range of scientific, technological and business fields. As projects are initiated, the HPC Innovation Center rapidly assembles teams of experts and identifies the computer systems needed to develop and deploy transformative solutions for sponsoring companies. The HPCIC draws on LLNL's decades of investment in supercomputers, HPC ecosystems, and expertise, as well as the technology and know-how of HPC industry partners. Companies interested in access to Vulcan, along with other supercomputing services are invited to respond to the posted Notice of Opportunity .

Vulcan also will serve as an HPC resource for LLNL's Grand Challenge programme and other collaborations involving the Laboratory's Multi-programmatic and Institutional Computing effort. Such collaborations with academic and research institutions serve to advance science in fields of interest to DOE/NNSA including security, energy, bioscience, atmospheric science and next generation HPC technology.

On the November 2012 industry-standard Top500 list of the world's fastest supercomputers, Vulcan would rank as the world's sixth fastest HPC system. This makes it one of the world's most powerful computing resources available for collaborative projects.

During its shakeout period, Vulcan was combined with the larger Sequoia system, producing some breakthrough computation, notably setting a world speed record of 504 billion events per second for a discrete event simulation - a collaboration with the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). This achievement opens the way for the scientific exploration of complex, planetary-sized systems.

Housed in LLNL's high performance computing facility, Vulcan consists of 24 racks, 24,576 compute nodes and 393,216 compute cores.
Source: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2013-07-01

Special

A decade of HPC in evolution - Thomas Sterling takes the stage as the Charles Darwin of supercomputing ...

The Cloud

Cloud Summer School 2013 - Final Call for Participation ...

EuroFlash

Atos wins contract for the second most powerful supercomputer in Spain ...

Eurotech, University of Regensburg and University of Wuppertal sign co-operation agreement for QPACE2 ...

Eurotech supercomputers Eurora and Aurora Tigon score first and second place in the Green500 list ...

Projectiondesign to amaze visitors to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex's newest attraction - Space Shuttle Atlantis ...

Towards a Second EUDAT Roadmap of common services ...

Grants available for Europeans to attend the 2nd RDA plenary meeting ...

Cray awarded supercomputer contract from the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) ...

Programming model for supercomputers of the future ...

Allinea tools to help Professor Stephen Hawking's Consortium get more Bang from COSMOS ...

Researchers unmask Janus-faced nature of mechanical forces with the Julich supercomputer ...

SPEX Group announces Scotland's fastest growing young company doubles turnover ...

IBM harnesses power of Big Data to improve Dutch flood control and water management systems ...

USFlash

13th edition of the Green500 List to make use of new energy measurement methodologies ...

GPU-accelerated SGI servers enable Department of Geosciences at Princeton University to simulate seismic activity in record time ...

Clemson supercomputer is 5th among U.S. universities ...

University of Florida lands $8 million federal award for supercomputing research ...

China shocks the supercomputer community again with HUST's HPL Championship at ISC'13 ...

Understanding a novel enzyme from a family of marine crustaceans may bolster biofuels development ...

NVIDIA Tesla GPU accelerators power world's most energy efficient supercomputer ...

Researchers use TACC supercomputers to simulate orbital debris impacts on spacecraft and fragment impacts on body armour ...

Purdue builds nation's fastest campus supercomputer - again ...

Sequoia tops Graph 500 list of 'Big Data' supercomputers ...

New project aims to make New York's Lake George the "smartest lake" in the world ...

Lawrence Livermore's Vulcan brings 5 petaflops computing power to collaborations with industry and academia to advance science and technology ...

SDSC GeoComputing Lab named Winner of HPC Innovation Excellence Award by IDC ...