Most Recent Design Posts RSS



Human Pros Beat Poker-Playing Supercomputer

Humans have outsmarted and out-bluffed a supercomputer in a two-week poker tournament that pitted four of the world’s top poker players vs. artificial intelligence. The four poker professionals — Bjorn Li, Doug Polk, Dong Kim and Jason Les — faced off against Claudico, a computer program developed by Carnegie Mellon …

Read Full Post Posted in Design | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Supercomputer Helps Prove Cloud Seeding Pays Off

A University of Wyoming professor has used supercomputer models to study whether cloud seeding produces more snow. His conclusion? It can produce anywhere from 10 percent to double the amount of snow, depending on the type of storm. “We found that it tends to increase the concentration of snowflakes, and, …

Read Full Post Posted in Design | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Building a Supercomputer in One Day

More than 100 staffers and volunteers have built Purdue University’s latest research supercomputer in one day. The new supercomputer, called Rice, features HP compute nodes running on Intel Xeon E5 processors. The installation took place on May 8 at Purdue’s Mathematical Sciences Building. It’s the 8th supercomputer that the university …

Read Full Post Posted in Design | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Nepal Disaster Relief Aided by Supercomputer 3D Models

University researchers who use high-resolution satellite images to study glaciers are using the technology to help Nepal with earthquake relief and long-term stabilization efforts. When a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal on April 25, resulting in more than 8,000 deaths and more than 17,000 injuries, research teams from Ohio State University …

Read Full Post Posted in Design | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Intel launches First-Ever IPCC in China

Intel recently announced that the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Supercomputing Center has become the first Intel Parallel Computing Center (IPCC) in China. The designation will provide Chinese researchers with Intel resources to modernize software code for molecular dynamics models, so they can take advantage of the latest Intel Xeon processors …

Read Full Post Posted in Design | Tagged , | Leave a comment

NERSC’s Cori Phase 1: ‘Haswell’-Based Cray Supercomputer

The Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) is still on track to install a new $70 million supercomputer, named Cori, by mid-2016, but in the meantime, the center plans to deploy an intermediate supercomputer for researchers this summer. The new system, called Cori Phase 1, is …

Read Full Post Posted in Design | Tagged , | Leave a comment

NASA Triples Supercomputer Performance

The NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCCS) has tripled the performance of its Discover supercomputer to more than 3.3 petaflops per second, an upgrade the agency describes as unprecedented but necessary to meet the exploding demands for Earth science modeling. The NCCSS is replacing portions of Discover that date back …

Read Full Post Posted in Design | Tagged , | Leave a comment

New Supercomputer Powers Earthquake, Volcano Research

Scientists seeking to reduce the amount of damage caused by earthquakes and volcanic eruptions now have a much faster supercomputer for their research. The Earthquake and Volcanic Information Center of the Earthquake Research Institute at the University of Tokyo has deployed a new SGI high-performance computing system that provides six …

Read Full Post Posted in Design | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Will Moore’s Law Continue to Drive Supercomputing for Another Decade?

Moore’s Law predicts improvements in silicon, but is more important for the role it plays in pushing the entire computer industry ahead. Intel recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of Moore’s Law by predicting computer power would continue to grow and circuits would continue to shrink for at least another 10 …

Read Full Post Posted in Design | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Engineered ‘Rocker’ Protein Could Shake Up Energy, Medicine

University of California San Francisco (UCSF) researchers have engineered a new protein that could one day improve batteries and allow physicians to better target cancer cells with medicine. The newly designed “transporter” protein can “transport ions across the membrane, a process crucial to cell and organismal survival in various functions, …

Read Full Post Posted in Design | Tagged , | Leave a comment