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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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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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Supercomputer-Designed Racecar Sets Speed Record

Ohio State University engineering students have set a new speed record with an electric racecar they designed using a supercomputer. The racecar, driven by a professional driver for the university’s Venturi Buckeye Bullet team, averaged 212.615 miles per hour during two runs at Bonneville Salt Flats near Wendover, Utah in …

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Cisco Retools UCS for Hyperscale Datacenter, Cloud

Disaggregating server CPU, memory, storage and networking pieces into high-speed cloud fabric may deliver super-dense, scalable, Xeon-power servers for hyperscale datacenters. Cisco Systems has launched a new version of its Unified Computing System (UCS) that puts metal behind a server-design concept similar to one rolled out by Intel earlier this …

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Intel Aims to Power the Cloud with New ‘Haswell’ Chip

Per-core power controls and per-thread management make each Xeon E5-2600 V3 chip as manageable and load-balancing as a whole datacenter The datacenter of the future will be defined by software, but only if the silicon it runs on is designed for the cloud rather than the desktop, according to Intel …

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Using Atomic Operations in TBB

Threading Building Blocks (TBB) can make use of low-level processor operations to accomplish atomic operations. Jeff Cogswell looks at the template functions available to use atomic operations in TBB.

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Future Drone Designs Inspiration: Hummingbirds?

Scientists have used a supercomputer to better understand how hummingbirds hover–research that can be used to help develop future drones. Vanderbilt University mechanical engineer Haoxiang Luo and his colleagues performed computer simulations using the Lonestar supercomputer at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC). The researchers studied the three-dimensional flow patterns …

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Melting Glaciers Threaten Coastal Megacities

Antarctica glaciers that are melting because of climate change could raise sea levels faster than previously thought and threaten large coastal cities like Shanghai or New York, according to a new European study that relied on high-performance computing (HPC) simulations.  A new study by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact …

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