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Intel-based HPC Systems Make Disney Movie Magic

Hundreds of million core-hours now routinely used for animated features The days when Disney relied on hand-drawn animation are a thing of the past. All its current animated movies are computer-generated and that relies on a lot of high-performance computing (HPC) resources. For example, Walt Disney Animation Studios used five …

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NCAR Launches New Supercomputer for Atmospheric Research

5+ petaflop Xeon Supercomputer ready for initial group of researchers to make use of its power The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) has launched its new Intel Xeon-based Cheyenne supercomputer and has made it available to a small group of initial researchers after completing its acceptance testing. Cheyenne, which …

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Florida Universities to Use Supercomputer to Study Zika Virus

CDC Grant gives millions to 4 Florida Universities to collaborate on Zika virus prevention Four Florida universities have received a $10 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to collaborate on research aimed at stopping the Zika virus – and they will use an Intel Xeon-based supercomputer …

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Colfax Hands-On Webinar Series: Deep Dive into Performance Optimization

Free 20-hour webinar series includes parallel programming, performance optimization, remote access to advanced servers Intel partner Colfax Research is offering a free 20-hour hands-on in-depth training on parallel programming and performance optimization in computational applications on Intel architecture. The first run in 2017 begins January 16, 2017. Broadcasts start at …

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Saudi Supercomputer Aids in Oil and Gas Exploration

Xeon-based Shaheen II to complete ‘trillion cell reservoir simulation’ Saudi Aramco, a state-owned petroleum and gas company in Saudi Arabia, has used the Intel Xeon-based Shaheen II supercomputer to complete the world’s first “trillion cell reservoir simulation,” a feat that will boost the company’s efforts to find oil and gas …

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Top Poker Players Vs. Supercomputer – Who Will Win Rematch?

  20-Day marathon will showcase over 100,000 hands of Texas hold’em An artificial intelligence (AI) computer program developed by Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) will play poker against four of the world’s top poker players in a humans vs. machine rematch that begins next week. Four poker professionals – Jason Les, …

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Italy Gives Supercomputer Xeon Phi Boost

Adding Xeon Phi processors has brought a supercomputer run by Italy’s non-profit Cineca  a 6.2 petaflop rating Italy’s new Intel Xeon-based Marconi supercomputer, which reaches 6.2 petaflops-per-second, is currently ranked the 12th fastest supercomputer in the world – and it’s about to get even faster. Cineca, a non-profit made up …

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Climate Change Worsened 2015 South Asian Killer Heat Wave: Supercomputers

Researchers used supercomputer simulations to confirm that deadly heat waves in India and Pakistan during the summer of 2015 were made worse by climate change. The two countries typically suffer extreme heat in the summer, but in 2015, a heat wave in late May and early June in India caused …

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Supercomputing Quieter Jet Engines

  A researcher from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is using supercomputer resources to help the Navy and NASA build quieter jets. Daniel Bodony, the Blue Waters associate professor of Aerospace Engineering at the university, is using supercomputing resources from XSEDE (Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment) to calculate …

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Supercomputer Predictions To Increase Aviation Safety

Forecasting dust storms will greatly benefit flight safety in EMEA, worldwide U.S.-based avionics equipment maker Rockwell Collins has inked a deal to use Barcelona Supercomputing Center’s (BSC) dust storm forecast system, which will help improve business aviation flight safety, particularly in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The forecast system …

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