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Primeur weekly 2016-07-18

Special

SoftBank Group to acquire ARM for about 29 billion euro (24 billion GBP) ...

Focus

Moore's Law is all about economics but there are alternative technologies on the way ...

CMOS is still here to stay but we need to think out of the box to reclaim efficiency ...

Why the hunt for killer applications to run on quantum computers is challenging ...

Quantum computing

Researchers at UCSB blur the line between classical and quantum physics by connecting chaos and entanglement ...

Soprano and quantum computer combine for world first performance ...

Focus on Europe

New data centre Amsterdam Science Park for SURFsara supercomputers is completed ...

Middleware

Mellanox simplifies RDMA deployments with enhanced RoCE software ...

Hardware

Researchers devise secure, efficient anonymity network ...

Berkeley Lab scientists grow atomically thin transistors and circuits ...

Final expansion stage of the high-performance computer at DKRZ starts operation ...

Huaxintong Semiconductor licenses ARMv8-A architecture ...

SiFive introduces industry's first open-source chip platforms ...

AMAX launches GPU solutions based on latest NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPU accelerators ...

Applications

Netherlands eScience Center initiates three new Path-Finding projects ...

Physicists couple distant nuclear spins using a single electron ...

Supercomputers fire lasers to shoot gamma ray beam ...

Physics researchers question calcium-52's magic ...

Jack Wells brings HPC expertise to seismology meeting ...

Bridges connects evolutionary biologists with genomes of wild species ...

The Cloud

IBM Cloud ranked second in worldwide Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) ...

Jack Wells brings HPC expertise to seismology meeting


By attending such meetings as that of the National Academy of Sciences' Committee on Seismology and Geodynamics, OLCF Director of Science Jack Wells can network with prospective OLCF users.
5 Jul 2016 Oak Ridge - Jack Wells, director of science for the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), a US Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility located at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, recently served on a panel to discuss the future of high-performance computing (HPC) and its applications in seismology and geophysics.

The panel, whose topic was "Future Vision and Sustaining Mechanisms", was one of three at the spring meeting of the National Academy of Sciences' (NAS's) Committee on Seismology and Geodynamics (COSG) held in Washington, DC. Jack Wells was joined on the panel by Geoffrey Fox from Indiana University, Colin Thomson (remotely) from Schlumberger, and moderator Bill Walter from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Princeton University's Jeroen Tromp, a NAS COSG member, recommended Jack Wells as a potential speaker. Through the Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment programme, Jeroen Tromp is a principal investigator on user projects on HPC resources, including the OLCF's Titan.

"The fact that Professor Tromp, as an OLCF user, thought we had something to offer as a unique outside voice says a lot about how we're revered in the science community", Jack Wells stated. "We are very much defining the state of the art in terms of HPC, and they wanted to hear from us to get a sense of where things are going."

The panel members discussed shared interests in solid Earth science across government, academia, and industry; training and development initiatives happening now; and needs for the future. One of the challenges in the seismology and geophysics fields is sustaining a diverse and interdisciplinary scientific workforce, which NAS meeting attendees agreed is crucial for making progress in solid Earth science.

Current graduate-level training initiatives include workshops, summer schools, Gordon Research Seminars, and other short courses. The existing programmes build cadres of students within disciplines, but the interdisciplinary training and computational components are not always consistent. The COSG meeting's objective was to discuss how existing programmes could be better integrated and leveraged across government, academia, and industry.

“This meeting was about raising the quality of HPC education and training in seismology and geophysics and doing it broadly, as a community", Jack Wells stated. "We talked a lot about specific training methods and ways to enhance and standardize the graduate training in HPC and seismology."

Attending meetings such as the NAS's is also an avenue to reach future OLCF users. "These meetings are a way to make a broader set of scientists aware of our facility and our computing resources and of how they could be future users", Jack Wells stated. "It's actually a pretty frequent occurrence that one or two of the attendees will apply for a project at the OLCF after attending one of these workshops, so it does pay off."
Source: Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility - OLCF

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2016-07-18

Special

SoftBank Group to acquire ARM for about 29 billion euro (24 billion GBP) ...

Focus

Moore's Law is all about economics but there are alternative technologies on the way ...

CMOS is still here to stay but we need to think out of the box to reclaim efficiency ...

Why the hunt for killer applications to run on quantum computers is challenging ...

Quantum computing

Researchers at UCSB blur the line between classical and quantum physics by connecting chaos and entanglement ...

Soprano and quantum computer combine for world first performance ...

Focus on Europe

New data centre Amsterdam Science Park for SURFsara supercomputers is completed ...

Middleware

Mellanox simplifies RDMA deployments with enhanced RoCE software ...

Hardware

Researchers devise secure, efficient anonymity network ...

Berkeley Lab scientists grow atomically thin transistors and circuits ...

Final expansion stage of the high-performance computer at DKRZ starts operation ...

Huaxintong Semiconductor licenses ARMv8-A architecture ...

SiFive introduces industry's first open-source chip platforms ...

AMAX launches GPU solutions based on latest NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPU accelerators ...

Applications

Netherlands eScience Center initiates three new Path-Finding projects ...

Physicists couple distant nuclear spins using a single electron ...

Supercomputers fire lasers to shoot gamma ray beam ...

Physics researchers question calcium-52's magic ...

Jack Wells brings HPC expertise to seismology meeting ...

Bridges connects evolutionary biologists with genomes of wild species ...

The Cloud

IBM Cloud ranked second in worldwide Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) ...