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Primeur weekly 2014-10-06

The Cloud

Oracle unveils latest Cloud applications at Oracle OpenWorld ...

Fujitsu and Midokura strengthen partnership to jointly develop global Cloud business ...

EuroFlash

Altera Programmable Logic inspires innovation at 2014 Maker Faire Europe ...

Human Brain Project (HBP) Pre-Commercial Procurement under way ...

UberCloud to host NICE software solutions in the UberCloud marketplace ...

Quantum environmentalism ...

Atos to initiate buyout offer followed by a squeeze-out on Bull's shares ...

USFlash

CoolIT Systems liquid cools Intel 'Cherry Creek' supercomputer for UNLV deployment at SUPERNAP to boost scientific research ...

Altera and ARM expand strategic partnership for SoC development tools ...

New report explores the value of government leadership in supercomputing for industrial competitiveness ...

Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology to roll out supercomputer ...

Iowa State physicists among teams preparing for new Energy Department supercomputer ...

Four projects headed by University of Wyoming researchers selected for supercomputer use ...

ICL becomes the newest Intel Parallel Computing Center (IPCC) ...

Laying the groundwork for data-driven science ...

Cray launches next-generation supercomputer and cluster systems ...

DataDirect Networks introduces industry's first enterprise-class scale-out parallel file system appliance, making customers’ Big Data deployments effortless and infinitely scalable ...

Indiana University boots up new supercomputer ...

SDSC granted $1.3 million award for 'SeedMe.org' data sharing infrastructure ...

Brain cell linker dependence shown by XSEDE/TACC supercomputer simulations ...

A deep dive into plasma ...

University of Virginia's new $2.4 million computing cluster to enhance and facilitate Big Data research ...

Carnegie Mellon leads new NSF project mining educational data to improve learning ...

A new approach to on-chip quantum computing ...

Princeton scientists observe elusive particle that is its own antiparticle ...

HP extends benefits of ARM architecture into the data centre with new servers ...

IBM provides clients superior alternative to x86-based commodity servers ...

Oracle announces Exalytics In-Memory Machine X4-4 ...

Oracle introduces Oracle Virtual Networking support for OpenStack ...

National Institute of Biomedical Genomics (NIBMG) deploys DataDirect networks storage to achieve significant oerformance improvement in world-class genomics research and collaboration for oral cancer ...

Iowa State physicists among teams preparing for new Energy Department supercomputer


30 Sep 2014 Ames - A team of Iowa State University nuclear physicists is preparing to scale up its computer codes for Cori, the next-generation supercomputer being developed by the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center. Iowa State's Pieter Maris and James Vary want to use the supercomputer to study the basic physics of the burning sun and exploding stars. Those studies could one day lead to safer, more efficient forms of nuclear power.

"We'll work with a select group of top computer scientists and applied mathematicians to co-develop new math algorithms and new schemes in order to get the best science out of this new supercomputing architecture", stated James Vary, an Iowa State professor of physics and astronomy.

The $70 million supercomputer is expected to go online in 2016. It's named after Gerty Cori, the first American woman to win a Nobel Prize in science. And it's being developed by the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center based at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California. The centre is the primary high-performance computing centre for scientific research sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science.

Cori is designed to be extremely energy efficient, lowering one of the barriers to developing supercomputers at the exascale - machines capable of a quintillion calculations per second.

Research teams across the country recently competed for a head start on scaling up their codes for Cori. The 20 winners will now work with staff from the computing center and with Cori’s developers from Cray Inc. and Intel Corp.

Those research teams "will be doing the 'heavy lifting' during the project and will help us ensure that the workload is ready when Cori is deployed", Harvey Wasserman of the computing centre said in a statement. "This exciting machine architecture is now being followed by exciting science in the national interest."

The Iowa State research will be led by Pieter Maris, a research associate professor of physics and astronomy. He and James Vary have collaborated on other projects and have won supercomputing time to study the structure and reactions of rare and exotic nuclei.

They'll use Cori to study two classes of nuclear states - the weakly bound states and the resonant states - in the nuclei of various isotopes of light elements such as hydrogen, helium, lithium and beryllium. Isotopes of the elements contain varying numbers of neutrons and often have very short lifetimes yet play critical roles in nuclear fusion, a valuable energy source for the future.

Helium-4, for example, is stable and has two protons and two neutrons. But the isotope helium-6 has two extra neutrons and quickly decays.

Those neutrons can be weakly bound to the nucleus or, in a resonant state, the extra neutrons come and go, forming a kind of cloud around the nucleus.

So why do we need to understand those isotopes and their reactions? And why would the energy department include a study of them in its latest supercomputer project?

First, James Vary and Pieter Maris have already developed supercomputer software (called "Many Fermion Dynamics - nuclear physics") to study isotopes, their structures and their reactions, studies that are very difficult and expensive to do in a laboratory.

And second, "We're seeking to understand how the sun burns and how stars explode", James Vary stated. "We want to understand how these astronomical environments tick."

That, he said, could lead to a much better understanding of fusion and fission energy.

"The value of precise information about how fission works is the ability to design better reactors, reactors with less waste and more safety", James Vary stated. "We need the basic science to predict what's unknown. And that can help the fission and fusion energy industries."
Source: Iowa State University

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Primeur weekly 2014-10-06

The Cloud

Oracle unveils latest Cloud applications at Oracle OpenWorld ...

Fujitsu and Midokura strengthen partnership to jointly develop global Cloud business ...

EuroFlash

Altera Programmable Logic inspires innovation at 2014 Maker Faire Europe ...

Human Brain Project (HBP) Pre-Commercial Procurement under way ...

UberCloud to host NICE software solutions in the UberCloud marketplace ...

Quantum environmentalism ...

Atos to initiate buyout offer followed by a squeeze-out on Bull's shares ...

USFlash

CoolIT Systems liquid cools Intel 'Cherry Creek' supercomputer for UNLV deployment at SUPERNAP to boost scientific research ...

Altera and ARM expand strategic partnership for SoC development tools ...

New report explores the value of government leadership in supercomputing for industrial competitiveness ...

Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology to roll out supercomputer ...

Iowa State physicists among teams preparing for new Energy Department supercomputer ...

Four projects headed by University of Wyoming researchers selected for supercomputer use ...

ICL becomes the newest Intel Parallel Computing Center (IPCC) ...

Laying the groundwork for data-driven science ...

Cray launches next-generation supercomputer and cluster systems ...

DataDirect Networks introduces industry's first enterprise-class scale-out parallel file system appliance, making customers’ Big Data deployments effortless and infinitely scalable ...

Indiana University boots up new supercomputer ...

SDSC granted $1.3 million award for 'SeedMe.org' data sharing infrastructure ...

Brain cell linker dependence shown by XSEDE/TACC supercomputer simulations ...

A deep dive into plasma ...

University of Virginia's new $2.4 million computing cluster to enhance and facilitate Big Data research ...

Carnegie Mellon leads new NSF project mining educational data to improve learning ...

A new approach to on-chip quantum computing ...

Princeton scientists observe elusive particle that is its own antiparticle ...

HP extends benefits of ARM architecture into the data centre with new servers ...

IBM provides clients superior alternative to x86-based commodity servers ...

Oracle announces Exalytics In-Memory Machine X4-4 ...

Oracle introduces Oracle Virtual Networking support for OpenStack ...

National Institute of Biomedical Genomics (NIBMG) deploys DataDirect networks storage to achieve significant oerformance improvement in world-class genomics research and collaboration for oral cancer ...