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Primeur weekly 2013-09-30

Focus

2013: Another year on the road to Exascale - An Interview with Thomas Sterling and Satoshi Matsuoka - Part I ...

The Cloud

VEP 2.1 is now available ...

Cloud-for-Europe gears up for the future ...

Cloud computing must tackle the security challenge ...

European Space Agency delivers its SuperSites Exploitation Platform on Interoute Virtual Data Centre ...

Oracle announces roadmap for Nimbula Director and OpenStack API integration with Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud ...

IBM announces US $17 million investment in new Cloud data centre ...

HP Enterprise Services launches new Cloud-based Analytics as a Service based on HP’s Big Data analytics platform ...

EuroFlash

Bull and Sinequa announce unmatched performance on bullion servers, enabling new real time Big Data experience ...

ADVA Optical Networking shows first SDN-automated end-to-end provisioning for dispersed data centres ...

European Landscape Study of Research Data Management ...

HPC Midlands and Bull lead the way in making supercomputing accessible to industry ...

Domain walls as new information storage medium ...

Counting on neodymium ...

USFlash

CoolIT Systems selected by CoinTerra to partner for liquid cooling solutions ...

Agilent Technologies accelerates smartphone and defense simulations by a factor of 64 ...

University of Utah's Christopher Johnson, leader in scientific visualization and computing, will receive 2013 IEEE Computer Society Sidney Fernbach Award ...

LSU researchers receive $4 million NSF grant for new supercomputing cluster ...

Convey Computer launches hybrid-core Memcached appliance - speeds performance, reduces cost of ownership ...

Terascala advances its vision of optimizing high-performance computing work flows for faster time to results ...

Teradata named in two Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for 4th consecutive year ...

Clot busting simulations test potential stroke treatment ...

Supercomputers help solve a 50-year homework assignment ...

LSU researchers receive $4 million NSF grant for new supercomputing cluster

23 Sep 2013 Baton Rouge - Researchers at the Louisiana State University (LSU) Center for Computation & Technology, or CCT, have received a $4 million Major Research Instrumentation, or MRI, award from the National Science Foundation, or NSF, for the acquisition of SuperMIC, a new supercomputer cluster. This is the largest NSF MRI award LSU has ever received.

The instrumentation, which will be harnessed for a variety of research projects involving discovery of new drugs, modelling coastal processes and forecasting hurricane-generated waves and storm surges, will bring Louisiana to the next level in supercomputing. It will also allow LSU to prepare students and faculty for the next generation of high-performance supercomputers.

"We are thinking that even the number one supercomputer today could be the new smartphone in 20 years", stated Honggao Liu, deputy director of CCT and principal investigator of the project. "Right now, developing software for these machines is really a burden for the developer, so people really need to learn how to do that. So that is the goal with SuperMIC, to train the next generation of researchers to use this type of new architecture and to help students today learn the skills to program the smartphones and laptops of the future."

The new supercomputing cluster, the first of its kind in Louisiana, will be housed in the LSU Frey Computing Services Center machine room. However, hundreds of scientists throughout the state of Louisiana will be able to use the instrumentation for research projects that require processing of large amounts of data. SuperMIC is also intended to have an impact at the national level, with 40 percent of its computational resources reserved for participants in the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment, a virtual system that scientists can use to interactively share computing resources, data and expertise.

"In the past, LSU was connected to the national cyberinfrastructure via the TeraGrid programme, now the SuperMIC project will re-connect the university to the national infrastructure via the XSEDE programme", Honggao Liu stated. "This is a unique opportunity for LSU to again become a significant player on the national scene, and this award will be an exemplar for how the national community and the university infrastructures can interact for the benefit of both."

The total computing capacity, or processing speed, of SuperMIC will be more than a Petaflop, equivalent to the ability of a computer to do one quadrillion calculations per second.

In addition to being used for research purposes, SuperMIC will support education projects throughout the state, including CCT and LA-SiGMA research experiences for undergraduates programmes, bootcamps to introduce high-school students to the field of supercomputing and distance-learning classes.

The NSF MRI programme supports the acquisition of major state-of-the-art instrumentation, improving access to, and increased use of, modern research and research training instrumentation by a diverse workforce of scientists, engineers, and graduate and undergraduate students. For more information about the NSF MRI programme, you can visit http://www.nsf.gov/od/iia/programs/mri/ .
Source: Louisiana State University

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2013-09-30

Focus

2013: Another year on the road to Exascale - An Interview with Thomas Sterling and Satoshi Matsuoka - Part I ...

The Cloud

VEP 2.1 is now available ...

Cloud-for-Europe gears up for the future ...

Cloud computing must tackle the security challenge ...

European Space Agency delivers its SuperSites Exploitation Platform on Interoute Virtual Data Centre ...

Oracle announces roadmap for Nimbula Director and OpenStack API integration with Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud ...

IBM announces US $17 million investment in new Cloud data centre ...

HP Enterprise Services launches new Cloud-based Analytics as a Service based on HP’s Big Data analytics platform ...

EuroFlash

Bull and Sinequa announce unmatched performance on bullion servers, enabling new real time Big Data experience ...

ADVA Optical Networking shows first SDN-automated end-to-end provisioning for dispersed data centres ...

European Landscape Study of Research Data Management ...

HPC Midlands and Bull lead the way in making supercomputing accessible to industry ...

Domain walls as new information storage medium ...

Counting on neodymium ...

USFlash

CoolIT Systems selected by CoinTerra to partner for liquid cooling solutions ...

Agilent Technologies accelerates smartphone and defense simulations by a factor of 64 ...

University of Utah's Christopher Johnson, leader in scientific visualization and computing, will receive 2013 IEEE Computer Society Sidney Fernbach Award ...

LSU researchers receive $4 million NSF grant for new supercomputing cluster ...

Convey Computer launches hybrid-core Memcached appliance - speeds performance, reduces cost of ownership ...

Terascala advances its vision of optimizing high-performance computing work flows for faster time to results ...

Teradata named in two Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for 4th consecutive year ...

Clot busting simulations test potential stroke treatment ...

Supercomputers help solve a 50-year homework assignment ...