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Primeur weekly 2013-10-28

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Both citizens and scientific communities to benifit from Desktop Grid technology within the IDGF-SP project ...

Desktop Grids technically integrated into wider Grid and Cloud infrastructure for scientific computing ...

Users are now able to build their own Desktop Grid infrastructure in the Cloud ...

Exascale supercomputing

Indiana University Center scores funds for exascale supercomputing ...

The Cloud

Innovative HPC-in-the-Cloud service for China enabled by Bright Cluster Manager ...

City of Rotterdam selects Oracle HCM Cloud to help reduce costs, automate HR processes and improve HR activities ...

HP Aurasma boosts scalability and performance for augmented reality with HP Cloud ...

eMeter, a Siemens Business, provides real-time access to data analytics in the Cloud ...

Oracle buys BigMachines ...

IBM opens Federal Cloud Innovation Center in Washington, D.C. ...

EuroFlash

Notre Dame scales up HPC with Allinea Software's tools ...

ZIB and Intel have established a research centre for many-core high performance computing in Berlin ...

ZIB successfully concluded Phase I of the acceptance test of the HLRN-III Cray supercomputer ...

AMS-IX exceeds 10 Tb/s of connected capacity ...

Saarbrücken physicists aim to make transition to quantum world visible ...

New Belarus-Russian Union State programme on SKIF supercomputers possible in 2014 ...

USFlash

Univa completes acquisition of Grid Engine assets, becoming the sole commercial provider of Grid Engine software ...

Fusion-io expands relationship with Fujitsu worldwide to accelerate PRIMERGY and PRIMEQUEST servers ...

New IDC worldwide HPC end-user study identifies latest trends in high performance computing usage and spending ...

BP opens new facility in Houston to house the world's largest supercomputer for commercial research ...

New explanation for star formation: Computer simulations to provide physical explanation for Larson's Laws ...

SGI launches portfolio of new solutions to enable Big Data innovations and big breakthroughs ...

SGI empowers enterprises with Big Data innovations for big results ...

Game-changing classroom opens in library at Clemson University ...

IBM licenses new ARM technology for custom chips aimed at networking and communications ...

Oracle licenses VMware vSphere storage APIs for Oracle storage ...

NIST/JQI team gets the edge on photon transport in silicon ...

When scaling the quantum slopes, veer for the straight path ...

Indiana University Center scores funds for exascale supercomputing

24 Oct 2013 Bloomington - The Indiana University (IU) Center for Research in Extreme Scale Technologies has secured a pair of grants worth more than $400,000. The National Science Foundation money will be used for supercomputing initiatives designed to improve manufacturing and surgery.

High performance computing (HPC) has brought about many revelations, from the likely origins of the moon - a collision between a celestial body and Earth - to the constant, accelerating expansion of the universe. Before HPC - also known as supercomputing, it was next to impossible to crunch the numbers behind these revelations within a lifetime.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded Indiana University's Center for Research in Extreme Scale Technologies (CREST) two grants totalling nearly $430,000. Together, the grants will help develop a skilled HPC workforce and improve technologies that could make robots more useful in a number of areas, including manufacturing and surgery.

The first NSF grant totals nearly $200,000 and provides funding to develop an on-line HPC course to improve America's reach in the little-tapped world of exascale computing. Exascale computing is the gold standard of all HPC, with a capacity of at least one exaflops, which is 1,000 times more powerful than the first petascale supercomputer from just five years ago. Few people are qualified to work with computers of this scale. CREST Executive Associate Director and Chief Scientist Thomas Sterling and his partner, CREST Director Andrew Lumsdaine, aim to change that with this course.

"There is a dearth of experts in computational sciences and in HPC systems design in this country, and we have to reverse that, or frankly it will have a negative economic impact on the nation", Thomas Sterling stated.

An on-line HPC course has its advantages, Thomas Sterling said. The course does not meet at all, so schedule conflicts are not an issue. Lectures are recorded and course work is available at any time, so students can complete the curriculum at their convenience. Because the lessons are recorded and sourced from anywhere, the on-line HPC course will draw from some of the world's finest HPC experts to teach the class. CREST also hopes to make the class available to students at institutions that are not equipped to provide such courses.

"Unfortunately, the quality of your educational life is often predetermined by your demographics and socio-economics, and that's wrong", Thomas Sterling stated. "Everyone should have equal access to quality education so they have maximum choice, and that's one of the goals here."

A second NSF grant totalling $230,000 will help IU further develop technologies that could ultimately make robots more useful. IU has designed a multiprocessor execution model known as ParalleX, which tells supercomputers how to carry out computations. The grant will help researchers make ParalleX suitable for exascale computing, enabling the largest supercomputers in the world to run on multiple processors. To do that, researchers must first make several improvements to ParalleX, namely to its reliability, energy use, debugging capability, and ability to manage how a computation is distributed across an exascale computing platform.

Researchers must also make it so ParalleX can understand the notion of time. Combined with the other advancements, this understanding could move ParalleX into the realm of embedded computing, which can theoretically enhance a robot's ability to perform certain tasks. For example, technology like the Mars rover, Curiosity, could one day benefit from ParalleX. Curiosity is the size of a small car and run by only one processor. Each real-time programme is written one instruction at a time. While this is a very reliable method, it is also labour intensive. It would be much less so if multiple processors could be used, which is something ParalleX - once modified for exascale computing and real-time control - could help with, according to Thomas Sterling.

"Our ability to include real-time semantics means that we can offer an alternative approach to real-time control that takes advantage of much more processing power and performance", Thomas Sterling stated. "If you combine that with our dynamic approach to reliability, it also means that it can provide greater confidence and reliability to the process that's taking place. I really think it allows us to complete the software abstraction we need in order to make robots more widely useful."
Source: Indiana University

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Primeur weekly 2013-10-28

Special

Both citizens and scientific communities to benifit from Desktop Grid technology within the IDGF-SP project ...

Desktop Grids technically integrated into wider Grid and Cloud infrastructure for scientific computing ...

Users are now able to build their own Desktop Grid infrastructure in the Cloud ...

Exascale supercomputing

Indiana University Center scores funds for exascale supercomputing ...

The Cloud

Innovative HPC-in-the-Cloud service for China enabled by Bright Cluster Manager ...

City of Rotterdam selects Oracle HCM Cloud to help reduce costs, automate HR processes and improve HR activities ...

HP Aurasma boosts scalability and performance for augmented reality with HP Cloud ...

eMeter, a Siemens Business, provides real-time access to data analytics in the Cloud ...

Oracle buys BigMachines ...

IBM opens Federal Cloud Innovation Center in Washington, D.C. ...

EuroFlash

Notre Dame scales up HPC with Allinea Software's tools ...

ZIB and Intel have established a research centre for many-core high performance computing in Berlin ...

ZIB successfully concluded Phase I of the acceptance test of the HLRN-III Cray supercomputer ...

AMS-IX exceeds 10 Tb/s of connected capacity ...

Saarbrücken physicists aim to make transition to quantum world visible ...

New Belarus-Russian Union State programme on SKIF supercomputers possible in 2014 ...

USFlash

Univa completes acquisition of Grid Engine assets, becoming the sole commercial provider of Grid Engine software ...

Fusion-io expands relationship with Fujitsu worldwide to accelerate PRIMERGY and PRIMEQUEST servers ...

New IDC worldwide HPC end-user study identifies latest trends in high performance computing usage and spending ...

BP opens new facility in Houston to house the world's largest supercomputer for commercial research ...

New explanation for star formation: Computer simulations to provide physical explanation for Larson's Laws ...

SGI launches portfolio of new solutions to enable Big Data innovations and big breakthroughs ...

SGI empowers enterprises with Big Data innovations for big results ...

Game-changing classroom opens in library at Clemson University ...

IBM licenses new ARM technology for custom chips aimed at networking and communications ...

Oracle licenses VMware vSphere storage APIs for Oracle storage ...

NIST/JQI team gets the edge on photon transport in silicon ...

When scaling the quantum slopes, veer for the straight path ...