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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 ...

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

24 Jun 2013 San Diego - The High Performance GeoComputing Laboratory (HPGeoC) at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), an organized research unit at the University of California, San Diego, was named a winner of the HPC Innovation Excellence Award by the International Data Corporation (IDC) for developing a highly-scalable computer code that promises to dramatically cut both research times and energy costs in simulating seismic hazards throughout California and elsewhere.

The announcement of the award's recipients came during the ISC'13 supercomputing industry conference in Leipzig, Germany. The award recognizes "noteworthy achievements by users of high performance computing (HPC) technologies", particularly "scientific success stories involving HPC".

"We are grateful to IDC for this award which recognizes our efforts to speed regional earthquake simulations for use in earthquake engineering and disaster management as part of a larger computational effort co-ordinated by the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC)", stated Yifeng Cui, a computational scientist at SDSC and the leader of the HPGeoC lab, jointly funded by SCEC.

The IDC award cites Yifeng Cui's team for the development of a highly scalable and efficient code - using GPUs (graphical processing units) as opposed to CPUs, or central processing units - that accelerate a widely-used wave propagation code called AWP-ODC, which stands for Anelastic Wave Propagation by Olsen, Day, and Cui - named for Kim Olsen and Steven Day, geological science professors at San Diego State University and SDSC's Yifeng Cui. This community code, developed and supported by SCEC, simulates the dynamic rupture and wave propagation that occurs during large-scale earthquakes.

The GPU code was restructured to maximize throughput for reduced time-to-solution, achieving a sustained 2.3 petaflops (quadrillion calculations per second) on a recent benchmark run for a problem twice as large as the previous M8, a magnitude-8 earthquake simulation on the southern San Andreas fault. The Titan supercomputer, based at Oak Ridge National Laboratories and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, was used for this simulation. Titan is equipped with Cray XK7 systems and NVIDIA's Tesla K20X GPU accelerators.

Moreover, the restructured code resulted in a 110-fold speed-up over a heavily optimized CPU code for a key strain tensor calculation critical to probabilistic seismic hazard analysis (PSHA), a standard used by decision-makers to help reduce seismic risk and increase community response to earthquakes.

"The results are expected to take physics-based seismic hazard analysis to a new level with petascale computers, with the potential of saving hundreds of millions of core-hours of computing time", stated Yifeng Cui.

Also contributing to the code's development was Jun Zhou and Efecan Poyraz, graduate students of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) with the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego; Dong Ju Choi, a computational scientist at SDSC; and Clark Guest, associate professor of ECE.

Other winners of this year's HPC Innovation Excellence Awards are Alenia Aermacchi, Italy; DOD High Performance Computing Modernization Programme; ESTECO and Airworks Engineering, Italy; University College London and NAG HECTOR dCSE, UK; Bottero S. p. A., Italy; Polestar Racing, Sweden; and RENCI, US.
Source: San Diego Supercomputer Center - SDSC

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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 ...