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Primeur weekly 2015-09-07

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Supercomputer visualization complements physical experiments in car design ...

Focus

Oort Cloud down to Earth - new Dutch HPC Cloud cluster at SURFsara ...

Crowd computing

BOINC 7.6.9 release for Windows and Mac now available ...

Quantum computing

QuTech quantum institute enters into collaboration with Intel ...

Focus on Europe

ISC High Performance calls on researchers to join the 2016 Research Paper sessions ...

Middleware

NEC and Hortonworks partner in distributed processing of Big Data ...

ORNL-developed building efficiency software now available ...

Hardware

Mellanox begins shipping Spectrum, industry's first open Ethernet 25/50/100 Gigabit switch, to Cloud, Web 2.0 and enterprise data centre customers ...

New supercomputer at UC Merced can advance diverse array of research ...

Seagate delivers industry's broadest portfolio of 8TB hard drives ...

Supermicro debuts embedded motherboard and system solutions supporting the new 6th Gen Intel Core processor family ...

Supermicro debuts 115TB All-Flash software-defined storage solution for enterprise and Cloud scale environments ...

Gigabyte introduces a high performance 4 x GPU capable 1U server ...

Applications

NASA Arctic field campaign to examine ecosystem impacts of changing climate ...

CT scan of Earth links deep mantle plumes with volcanic hotspots ...

The Cloud

IBM and ARM collaborate to accelerate delivery of Internet of Things ...

Mellanox simplifies Cloud deployments with CloudX hyper-converged platforms for enterprise and telecom ...

Mellanox Ethernet solutions enable Cloud-based businesses to achieve higher level of efficiency and scalability over VMware vSphere 6 ...

Oracle Canadian data centre now available to support localized data residency ...

Oracle Service Cloud granted U.S. Department of Defense authority to operate ...

New supercomputer at UC Merced can advance diverse array of research


Professors Suzanne Sindi, Hrant Hratchian and Jian-Qiao Sun are all part of a new NSF grant that has brought a supercomputer to campus
2 Sep 2015 Merced - A new supercomputer assembled on campus this summer is the first step toward making University of California at Merced a computational training ground for researchers throughout the Central Valley.

"We can do extraordinarily diverse research with this computer, from quantum mechanics to the topology of ancient China", quantum chemistry Professor Hrant Hratchian stated.

Hrant Hratchian and his fellow principal investigators - mathematical biology Professor Suzanne Sindi, who, like Hrant Hratchian, is with the School of Natural Sciences, and mechanical engineering Professor Jian-Qiao Sun, with the School of Engineering - applied for the $600,000-plus National Science Foundation (NSF) grant.

That money purchased what is essentially the supercomputing starter kit - a cluster of nodes, each featuring different kinds of computing architecture. The new computer even has a name: the Multi-Environment Research Computer for Exploration and Discovery, or MERCED.

MERCED's structure means the computer is expanded and updated as researchers purchase nodes that are specific to their work.

"Each node makes the machine that much bigger", Suzanne Sindi stated. "It increases our capacity without buying a whole new machine."

Nodes can run between $6,000 and $25,000, and Hrant Hratchian said researchers across campus are encouraged to include the costs for new computing nodes in their grant proposals.

So far, about 40 percent of the computing power has been purchased. There are 33 active nodes with 20 high-speed processing cores that can do 14 trillion functions each second.

The system has drawn the interest of researchers from all three schools.

"Across campus, we have very heavy computational research needs", Jian-Qiao Sun stated. "Chemistry, applied math, engineering, robotics, computational biology, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, Big-Data analysis - even management. The new computer is a pretty intense, high-level training ground for faculty members, postdocs and grad students."

Suzanne Sindi, Hrant Hratchian and Jian-Qiao Sun formed a committee that includes faculty members from all three schools to guide the intelligent growth of centralized research computing at UC Merced. An educational component of the grant proposal calls for training researchers from the University of the Pacific and California State University, Stanislaus.

"It's a great opportunity for the students from those universities to use this regional resource", Suzanne Sindi stated. "They'll get to do research in ways they wouldn't otherwise have access to."

The professors plan to hold workshops and training sessions on how to use the computer starting this fall.

The supercomputing centre, housed in the Science and Engineering 2 Building, also features a desktop set-up with graphic processing units that can complete "a phenomenal number" of parallel functions, which is a system Jian-Qiao Sun said he has long dreamed of.

"Twenty or 30 years ago, all of this was science fiction", he stated. "But now, using supercomputers to advance research is just a fact of life."
Source: University of California - Merced

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2015-09-07

Special

Supercomputer visualization complements physical experiments in car design ...

Focus

Oort Cloud down to Earth - new Dutch HPC Cloud cluster at SURFsara ...

Crowd computing

BOINC 7.6.9 release for Windows and Mac now available ...

Quantum computing

QuTech quantum institute enters into collaboration with Intel ...

Focus on Europe

ISC High Performance calls on researchers to join the 2016 Research Paper sessions ...

Middleware

NEC and Hortonworks partner in distributed processing of Big Data ...

ORNL-developed building efficiency software now available ...

Hardware

Mellanox begins shipping Spectrum, industry's first open Ethernet 25/50/100 Gigabit switch, to Cloud, Web 2.0 and enterprise data centre customers ...

New supercomputer at UC Merced can advance diverse array of research ...

Seagate delivers industry's broadest portfolio of 8TB hard drives ...

Supermicro debuts embedded motherboard and system solutions supporting the new 6th Gen Intel Core processor family ...

Supermicro debuts 115TB All-Flash software-defined storage solution for enterprise and Cloud scale environments ...

Gigabyte introduces a high performance 4 x GPU capable 1U server ...

Applications

NASA Arctic field campaign to examine ecosystem impacts of changing climate ...

CT scan of Earth links deep mantle plumes with volcanic hotspots ...

The Cloud

IBM and ARM collaborate to accelerate delivery of Internet of Things ...

Mellanox simplifies Cloud deployments with CloudX hyper-converged platforms for enterprise and telecom ...

Mellanox Ethernet solutions enable Cloud-based businesses to achieve higher level of efficiency and scalability over VMware vSphere 6 ...

Oracle Canadian data centre now available to support localized data residency ...

Oracle Service Cloud granted U.S. Department of Defense authority to operate ...