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Major Universities’ Powerful New Supercomputers Make the Grade

Universities in Virginia, Delaware and St. Petersburg are providing their professors and students with faster, more powerful supercomputers to conduct their research. The University of Virginia has built a new $2.4 million Cray computing cluster, named “Rivanna.” It features 4,800 physical cores spread across 240 compute nodes and uses Intel …

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Air Force Fires Up New Supercomputer to Build Next-Gen War Machines

The Air Force Research laboratory (AFRL) has launched a new $20.8 million supercomputer to research, develop and test new warfighting systems and capabilities, including hypersonics and rocket propulsion. The new Cray XC-30 supercomputer, named “Lightning,” reaches 1.28 petaflops per second speeds and runs on Intel Xeon E-52697 v2 processors. It …

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Supercomputer Advances Potential Drug Treatments for Brain Diseases

Researchers using a supercomputer have discovered that Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia are associated with malfunctions of a brain receptor. Neuroscientists at Stony Brook University partnered with computational biophysicists to make the discovery using a combination of lab experiments and computer models and simulations. More specifically, they learned “that …

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‘Cherry Creek’ Brings World-Class Supercomputing Power to UNLV

Intel is giving the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) access to a supercomputer that will speed up scientific research and help bolster economic development in the region. The “Cherry Creek” supercomputer, built a year ago, reaches 131.5 teraflops per second, and last year, it was ranked as the 400th …

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Latest Supercomputer Center to Get Big Boost From Intel

The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at UC San Diego has joined the Intel Parallel Computing Center (IPCC) program, a move that will allow the research unit to optimize its molecular and neuroscience research applications for parallel computing. Intel’s IPCC program provides funding and resources to universities, institutions and labs …

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Parallel Coders Face Off Again at Supercomputing Conference

Intel is set to kick off its second Intel Parallel Universe Computing Challenge, a game show charity event in which eight teams will compete for a $26,000 prize for the charity of their choice. The competition, to be held at the SC14 conference in New Orleans in November, will include …

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Congress Passes Bill to Support Next-Gen Supercomputing

In an effort to keep the nation competitive, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that would require the Department of Energy to develop a plan for next-generation exascale computing. The American Supercomputing Leadership Act of 2014 (H.R. 2495) had bipartisan support and was passed by a voice …

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How TBB Goes Atomic

Threading Building Blocks includes several atomic functions. But how does it make these atomics work? Jeff Cogswell looks under the hood of TBB to find what assembly code it uses.   Threading Building Blocks  contains several atomic operations that allow you to run lockless parallel applications. In order to accomplish …

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Parallelizing Tachyon Ray Tracer

Parallel Studio includes a sample program called Tachyon, which is an open-source ray tracer. Intel has included versions of the code that add parallelization, greatly speeding it up. Jeff Cogswell shows you how to try it out. When you install Parallel Studio XE, you get several sample applications that live …

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Flood-Forecasting Supercomputer Could Save Lives

Scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) are using a supercomputer in hopes of better predicting severe storms and floods in Colorado and to provide enough warning time for residents to evacuate and for authorities to deploy emergency management resources. Their goal is to prevent a repeat of …

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