HPC

Bionimbus Applies Cloud Power to Genetic Data-Crunching

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An ambitious project at the University of Chicago aims to lead the nation in biomedical computation, by making the region the largest hub in the world for genetic and medical information. At the forefront of the effort is Bionimbus, an open source cloud-based system for managing, analyzing and sharing genomic data. Read More

Cray Offers Air-Cooled Version of its XC30 Supercomputer

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Cray announced a new addition to its XC30 systems, with the XC30-AC (air-cooled) supercomputer. The new model includes all of the advanced high performance computing (HPC) technologies offered in the Cray XC30 system, and features aggressive price points intended to attract a new a class of HPC users — the technical enterprise. Read More

USPS Leverages Big Data To Fight Fraud

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As it processes more than 528 million pieces of mail each day, the USPS has become an active participant in the big data revolution, and operates one of the most powerful non-classified supercomputing databases in the world. Read More

What is a FLOP?

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Ever wonder about the meaning of a FLOP? This video from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, explores what FLOP means for computing, and more specifically, supercomputing. It also gives an overview of trends in supercomputing and how they impact this measure of computing speed. Read More

NREL To Use Hot Water Cooling From Asetek

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The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Lab will be installing Asetek RackCDU (Rack Coolant Distribution Unit) direct-to-chip liquid cooling system in its new data center at the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) in Golden, Colorado. Read More

Blue Waters Supercomputer Debuts At 11.6 Petaflops

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Pushing into a new frontier in the field of U.S. supercomputing with 11.6 petaflops of power, the $350 million Blue Waters supercomputer was dedicated last week at the University of Illinois’ National Center for Supercomputing Applications. The Cray supercomputer is made up of over 300 cabinets, with 25,000 nodes, over 380,000 cores, aided by more than 3,000 NVIDIA GPU’s, and has over 25 Petabytes of usable storage. Read More

In Texas, A Stampede of Petaflops

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In its first days of operation, the new Stampede system at the University of Texas at Austin’s Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) debuted as the world’s seventh-fastest supercomputer. But there’s plenty more power in the pipeline. Read More

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