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Primeur weekly 2016-07-04

Special

European Commission reorganisation affects supercomputing and e-Infrastructures ...

Focus

The next flagship supercomputer in Japan will be the "post K" with a CPU based on ARM V8 with HPC extension ...

Crowd computing

Book about volunteer computing released ...

Quantum computing

New, better way to build circuits for world's first useful quantum computers ...

Focus on Europe

ISC 2016 breaks record with attendance and programme in Frankfurt ...

PRACE Council elects new leadership ...

PRACE launches Fourth Call for Applications under SHAPE ...

International Data Corporation lauds innovations in supercomputing with Innovation Excellence Awards ...

PRACE looks back on successful ISC 2016 Conference in Frankfurt ...

Hardware

New age of computing launched at the University of Melbourne ...

Computing density of scalable energy-efficient RSC Tornado solution with the newest Intel Xeon Phi processor has increased by 2 times to 528 Teraflops per cabinet ...

CFMS selects Cray for next generation HPC platform ...

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory dedicates new supercomputer facility ...

Applications

Supercomputers on the trail of dark matter ...

New Quantum Mechanics algorithm fast on GPU desktop, not like older algorithms that need a supercomputer ...

Seeds of supermassive black holes could be revealed by gravitational waves ...

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs enlists IBM's Watson in the war on cancer ...

New ocean current simulations alter view of climate change impacts ...

Computer simulations help scientists glimpse why life can't happen without water ...

Nine University of Wyoming projects awarded summer use of supercomputer in Cheyenne ...

TOP500

MSU supercomputer recognized for power and energy efficiency ...

DDN increases its TOP500 HPC leadership to an unprecedented 70 percent of global supercomputing centres ...

The Cloud

Oracle announces Pfizer's Selection of Oracle Cloud for clinical data management and trial management across its clinical trial portfolio ...

IBM unveils new Bluemix OpenWhisk tools to speed development of IoT apps on IBM Cloud ...

Oracle brings SPARC to the Cloud ...

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory dedicates new supercomputer facility


Officials from the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration and government representatives dedicate a new supercomputing facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. From left: Michael Macial, Tracy mayor; Charles Verdon, LLNL principal associate director for Weapons and Complex Integration; Kathleen Alexander, National Nuclear Security Administration; Pat Falcone, LLNL deputy director for Science and Technology; Nicole Nelson-Jean, Livermore Field Office manager; and John Marchand, Livermore mayor. Photos by Julie Russell/LLNL.
29 Jun 2016 Livermore - Officials from the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and government representatives dedicated a new supercomputing facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). The $9.8 million modular and sustainable facility provides the Laboratory flexibility to accommodate future advances in computer technology and meet a rapidly growing demand for unclassified high-performance computing (HPC). The facility houses supercomputing systems in support of NNSA's Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) program. ASC is an essential and integral part of NNSA's Stockpile Stewardship Programme to ensure the safety, security and effectiveness of the nation's nuclear deterrent without additional underground testing.

"High performance computing is absolutely essential to the science and engineering that underpins our work in stockpile stewardship and national security. The unclassified computing capabilities at this facility will allow us to engage the young talent in academia on which NNSA's future mission work will depend", stated NNSA Administrator Lt. Gen. Frank G. Klotz USAF (Ret.).

Also in attendance at the dedication was Livermore Mayor John Marchand. Charles Verdon, LLNL principal associate director for Weapons and Complex Integration, presided over the ceremony.

"The opening of this new facility underscores the vitality of Livermore's world-class efforts to advance the state of the art in high performance computing", stated Bill Goldstein, LLNL director. "This facility provides the Laboratory the flexibility to accommodate future computing architectures and optimize their efficient use for applications to urgent national and global challenges."

Located on Lawrence Livermore's east side, the new facility adjoins the Livermore Valley Open Campus. Located outside LLNL's high-security perimeter, the open campus is home to LLNL's High Performance Computing Innovation Center and facilitates collaboration with industry and academia to foster the innovation of new technologies.

The new dual-level building consists 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 the testing of future computer technology advances.

The facility is now home to some of the systems acquired as part of the Commodity Technology Systems-1 (CTS-1) procurement announced in October. Delivery of those systems began in April. The Laboratory also intends to house in FY18 a powerful, but smaller, unclassified companion to the IBM "Sierra" system. It will support academic alliances, as well as other efforts of national importance, including the DOE-wide exascale computing project. The Sierra supercomputer will be delivered to Livermore starting in late 2017 under the tri-lab Collaboration of Oak Ridge, Argonne and Livermore (CORAL) multi-system procurement announced in November 2014. The Sierra system is expected to be capable of about 150 petaflops (quadrillion floating operations per second).

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 to meet federal sustainable design requirements to promote energy conservation. The flexible design will accommodate future liquid cooling solutions for HPC systems. The building is able to scale to 7.5 megawatts of electric power to support future platforms and was designed so that power and mechanical resources can be added as HPC technologies evolve.
Source: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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Primeur weekly 2016-07-04

Special

European Commission reorganisation affects supercomputing and e-Infrastructures ...

Focus

The next flagship supercomputer in Japan will be the "post K" with a CPU based on ARM V8 with HPC extension ...

Crowd computing

Book about volunteer computing released ...

Quantum computing

New, better way to build circuits for world's first useful quantum computers ...

Focus on Europe

ISC 2016 breaks record with attendance and programme in Frankfurt ...

PRACE Council elects new leadership ...

PRACE launches Fourth Call for Applications under SHAPE ...

International Data Corporation lauds innovations in supercomputing with Innovation Excellence Awards ...

PRACE looks back on successful ISC 2016 Conference in Frankfurt ...

Hardware

New age of computing launched at the University of Melbourne ...

Computing density of scalable energy-efficient RSC Tornado solution with the newest Intel Xeon Phi processor has increased by 2 times to 528 Teraflops per cabinet ...

CFMS selects Cray for next generation HPC platform ...

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory dedicates new supercomputer facility ...

Applications

Supercomputers on the trail of dark matter ...

New Quantum Mechanics algorithm fast on GPU desktop, not like older algorithms that need a supercomputer ...

Seeds of supermassive black holes could be revealed by gravitational waves ...

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs enlists IBM's Watson in the war on cancer ...

New ocean current simulations alter view of climate change impacts ...

Computer simulations help scientists glimpse why life can't happen without water ...

Nine University of Wyoming projects awarded summer use of supercomputer in Cheyenne ...

TOP500

MSU supercomputer recognized for power and energy efficiency ...

DDN increases its TOP500 HPC leadership to an unprecedented 70 percent of global supercomputing centres ...

The Cloud

Oracle announces Pfizer's Selection of Oracle Cloud for clinical data management and trial management across its clinical trial portfolio ...

IBM unveils new Bluemix OpenWhisk tools to speed development of IoT apps on IBM Cloud ...

Oracle brings SPARC to the Cloud ...