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When Data’s Deep, Dark Places need to be Illuminated

Much of the data of the World Wide Web hides like an iceberg below the surface. The so-called 'deep web' has been estimated to be 500 times bigger than the 'surface web' seen through search engines like Google. For scientists and others, the deep web holds important computer code and its licensing agreements. Nestled further inside the deep web, one finds the 'dark web,' a place where images and video are used by traders in illicit drugs, weapons, and human trafficking. A new data-intensive supercomputer called Wrangler is helping researchers obtain meaningful answers from the hidden data...

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NCAR Launches Five-Petaflop Supercomputer

The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) has begun operation of Cheyenne, a 5.34-petaflop supercomputer that will support a range of research related to weather, climate, and other Earth sciences. The system is currently ranked as the 20th most powerful system in the world, with a Linpack mark of 4.79 petaflops. Cheyenne was built by SGI, which is now a part of Hewlett Packard Enterprise. The hardware consists of Intel “Broadwell” Xeon processors (18-core 2.3GHz E5-2697v4) and Mellanox EDR InfiniBand. The system encompasses more than four thousand dual-socket nodes, one-fif...

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NVIDIA Rolls Out New Quadro Pascal GPUs

Today Nvidia introduced a range of Quadro GPUs based on its Pascal architecture. The new GPUs “transform desktop workstations into supercomputers with breakthrough capabilities for professional workflows across many industries.” Workflows in design, engineering and other areas are evolving rapidly to meet the exponential growth in data size and complexity that comes with photorealism, virtual reality and deep learning technologies. To tap into these opportunities, the new NVIDIA Quadro Pascal-based lineup provides an enterprise-grade visual computing platform that streamlines design a...

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Supermicro Deploys 30,000+ MicroBlade Servers to Enable One of the World’s Highest Efficiency Datacenters

Super Micro Computer, Inc., a global leader in compute, storage and networking technologies including green computing, has announced deployment of its disaggregated MicroBlade systems at one of the world’s highest density and energy efficient data centers. A technology-leading Fortune 100 company has deployed over 30,000 Supermicro MicroBlade servers, at its Silicon Valley data center facility with a Power Use Effectiveness (PUE) of 1.06, to support the company’s growing compute needs. Compared to a traditional data center running at 1.49 PUE, or more, the new datacenter achieves an 8...

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Artificial Intelligence Is About to Conquer Poker, But Not Without Human Help

As Friday night became Saturday morning, Dong Kim sounded defeated. Kim is a high-stakes poker player who specializes in no-limit Texas Hold ‘Em. The 28-year-old Korean-American typically matches wits with other top players on high-stakes internet sites or at the big Las Vegas casinos. But this month, he’s in Pittsburgh, playing poker against an artificially intelligent machine designed by two computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon. No computer has ever beaten the top players at no-limit Texas Hold ‘Em, a particularly complex game of cards that serves as the main event at the World ...

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China to develop prototype super, super computer in 2017

China plans to develop a prototype exascale computer by the end of the year, state media said Tuesday, as it seeks to win a global race to be the first to build a machine capable of a billion, billion calculations per second. If successful, the achievement would cement its place as a leading power in the world of supercomputing. The Asian giant built the world's fastest supercomputer, the Sunway TaihuLight machine, in June last year, which was twice as fast as the previous number one. It used only locally made microchips, making it the first time a country has taken the top spot without u...

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MIT Lincoln Laboratory Takes the Mystery Out of Supercomputing

The introduction of multicore and manycore processors capable of handling highly parallel workflows is changing the face of high performance computing (HPC). Many supercomputer users, like the big DOE labs, are implementing these next generation systems. They are now engaged in significant code modernization efforts to adapt their key present and future applications to the new processing paradigm, and to bring their internal and external users up to speed. For some in the HPC community, this creates unanticipated challenges along with great opportunities. Here at MIT Lincoln Laboratory wi...

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Applications for Two PRACE Summer Activities Are Now Being Accepted

Both activities are expense-paid programs and will allow participants to travel and stay at a hosting location and learn about HPC: The 2017 International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences as well as The PRACE Summer of HPC 2017 program. The summer school is sponsored by Compute/Calcul Canada, the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) and the RIKEN Advanced Insti­tute for Computational Science (RIKEN AICS). Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from institutions in Canada, Euro...

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Caltech Upgrading Demo Cluster with Intel Xeon-Phi x200 Processor

Nor-Tech reports that Caltech is upgrading its Nor-Tech demo cluster with Intel Xeon Phi. The demo cluster is a no-cost, no-strings opportunity for current and prospective clients to test-drive simulation applications on a cutting-edge Nor-Tech HPC equipped with Intel Xeon Phi and other high-demand platforms installed and configured. Users can also integrate their existing platforms into the demo cluster. Integrating Nor-Tech clusters with bootable Intel Xeon Phi processors eliminates node bottlenecks, simplifies code modernization, and builds on a power-efficient structure. The bootable ...

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OpenPOWER Academic Group Carries 2016 Momentum to New Year

Academia has always been a leader in pushing the boundaries of science and technology, with some of the most brilliant minds in the world focused on how they can improve the tools at their disposal to solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges. That’s why, as the Leader of the OpenPOWER Academic Discussion Group, I believe working with academics in university and research centers to develop and adopt OpenPOWER technology is key to growing the ecosystem. The Academia Group is enabling several academicians to do research and development activities using Power CPUs and systems an...

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