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Obama Administration Makes HPC a Priority

A recent White House memo calls on government departments and agencies to consider high-performance computing among their top science and technology priorities as they plan their budget requests for the 2017 fiscal year. “Agencies should coordinate with each other and with the private sector to promote innovation in high-performance computing; …

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Caterpillar, Rolls-Royce Accelerate Supercomputing Power

Two major manufacturers of divergent products recently made some big supercomputing news. Construction equipment maker Caterpillar entered a partnership that will step up its supercomputing resources, while aircraft engine maker Rolls-Royce has inked a separate deal for on-demand high-performance computing resources. Caterpillar signed a new partnership with the University of …

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Intel Paves Path for Next-Gen Supercomputer Coders

Intel has launched the Intel Modern Code Developer Community to educate and encourage software programmers to optimize their code for parallel computing. Intel’s effort provides tools, training and support to developers and partners that are focused on high-performance computing (HPC), the company announced last week at the International Supercomputing Conference …

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Tianhe-2 Holds onto Fastest Supercomputing Crown

China’s Tianhe-2 is now the world’s fastest supercomputer for two years running, according to the newest Top500 list released last week. It’s the fifth straight time, the Tianhe-2 has topped the twice-yearly list, which uses the Linpack benchmark to rank the world’s most powerful supercomputers. The Chinese supercomputer, which reaches …

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Powerful ‘Skylake’ Xeon to Debut Soon, but Not for HPC Yet

The “Skylake” Xeon aimed at the “enthusiast” market boost power up to 29% more than current chips, but the much bigger server boost isn’t due until 2017. Intel may be planning to release the first of its “Skylake” line of 14nm powerhouse processors at Gamecon Aug. 5, but it will …

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Supercomputer Links High Blood Pressure to Lower Alzheimer’s Risk

A new study suggests that people who are genetically predisposed to high blood pressure – or are taking anti-hypertension medication – have a lower risk for Alzheimer’s Disease. The researchers from Brigham Young University (BYU) and several other universities analyzed genetic data from 17,008 people with Alzheimer’s and another 37,154 …

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Analyzing Andromeda for Clues of Milky Way’s Origins

A group of astronomers have spent the past four years mapping the Andromeda Galaxy to better understanding the Milky Way’s own origins. The astronomers took advantage of the Hubble Space Telescope to observe the Andromeda Galaxy and to record details of its stars, and then they used the Texas Advanced …

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Deep Dive into Mysteries of Ocean ‘Weather’

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) have developed a new computer model that shows how heat and carbon emissions flow into the vast eddies in the deep ocean, a development that will increase global climate simulation accuracy in the future. The new computer model, called Lagrangian In-situ, Global, High-Performance …

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NASA Explores How ‘Hot Jupiters’ Are Formed

Researchers are using a NASA supercomputer to simulate massive planets and their stars in an effort to better understand how they are formed. These giant stars, called “hot Jupiters,” are about the same size as Jupiter, but they are much closer to their host stars, meaning they have faster orbits …

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Stanford, Army Solve Billions of Equations in Minutes

A Stanford professor and his research team believe they have set a computational record by using a supercomputer to solve more than 10 billion equations in just over three minutes. Stanford professor Charbel Farhat and his team at the Army High Performance Computing Research Center (AHPCRC) recently used Excalibur, a …

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