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IDF14: Tech Sessions with Parallel Programming Experts

The upcoming Intel Developers Forum (IDF) Sept 9-11 in San Francisco is chock-full of sessions that should whet the appetite for the parallel processing and HPC community. Below is a look at just a sample of what you can expect when you attend this year’s IDF. Technical sessions include: • …

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New Weapon in Hunt for Extraterrestrial Life

Researchers have used supercomputers to develop a new methane-detection tool that can help astronomers search for extraterrestrial life. Methane, the simplest organic molecule, is a sign of potential life, and scientists at University College London (UCL) and the University of New South Wales say they have developed the most accurate …

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NCAR’s ‘Dropbox for Big Data’ Gets Speed Boost

Scientists and other researchers now have faster and better access to climate and weather data for their high-performance computing (HPC) research needs. The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) has implemented a data sharing service, called Globus Plus, which will improve collaboration by allowing researchers to share data with other …

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Groundbreaking Quake Simulation Supercomputer Up for Top HPC Prize

Quake simulation gives clearer picture of seismic waves cause damage after researchers blow away speed records by running it on three of the world’s fastest supercomputers. The SeisSol application uses 191,089,540 tetrahedrons in an unstructured mesh to map the elastic effect of seismic waves on the ground. Credit: Heinecke, A., …

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Intel True Scale Fabric Covers Needs of New Supercomputer

The Vienna University of Technology has improved its Vienna Scientific Cluster (VSC-3) with Intel True Scale Fabric, a solution that includes adapters for servers, edge, top-of-rack and director switches and management tools, according to a recent InsideHPC article. VSC-3, a high-performance computing system that’s now in its third-generation, supports scientific …

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Intel Ships Self-Encrypting SSD for Datacenter, IoT

Intel Pro 2500 SSD series is self-encrypting, remotely manageable and business-friendly in either a glass house or in the wild as an Internet-of-Things device. Intel has announced a new series of solid state drives (SSD) with features that could make them a staple of high-performing datacenters or keep them secure …

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Supercomputers Keep Satellites Safe From Space Junk

The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is using computer modeling to help satellites evade the 19,000 pieces of space junk that orbit the Earth. The goal is to create new simulations to model the effects of space weather on satellite orbits. The sun’s heat and solar storms can cause …

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New Hope for Moore’s Law Lies in Smarter Plastic, Better Light

Intel and Berkeley Lab researchers design a new circuit-etching photoresist material that could keep chip power growing and extend Moore’s Law far beyond 2020. Researchers from Intel and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory may have developed a plastic so advanced it could help shrink microprocessor circuits 30 percent smaller than …

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Oceans Crucial to Supporting Alien Life

In the quest to find life on other planets, researchers say oceans — not just the atmosphere — is key to sustaining life on other planets because it helps regulate temperature. Researchers at the University of East Anglia, in Norwich, England, said previous computer simulations have focused on the atmosphere …

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Supercomputer Powers Energy Grid Update Effort

The Energy Department wants to strengthen the U.S. electrical grid and make it more reliable, cost-effective and more environmentally friendly — and it’s using a supercomputer to help do it. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), a national lab funded by the Energy Department, is using its Peregrine supercomputer to …

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