CUG’14 Just Around the Corner

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It’s time again for the annual Cray User Group meeting. This year’s event will be hosted by the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) in the picturesque town of Lugano, Switzerland. From May 4-8 Cray users and system owners from around the ... [ Read More ]

The Right Tool for the Job

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I love Swiss Army Knives; their ingenuity and utility are legendary. As you can see in the picture, it is a thing of beauty, with an array of some 20 tools ready to help you solve a dizzying variety of everyday problems. Some of the tools have ... [ Read More ]

Unconventional Ways Supercomputers are Used

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Supercomputers power a diverse array of scientific research, including calculating the airflow of aircrafts, simulating the earth’s climate, producing data for hurricane predictions to help save communities, providing managers with the tools to make ... [ Read More ]

NERSC’s “Edison” Unleashed

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Now that our new flagship supercomputer Edison, a 2.5-petaflop Cray® XC30™, has been in full production mode for a couple of months, it seems like a good time to check in and see how scientists are using it. At the top of the list of hours used ... [ Read More ]

MSU Turns to Liquid-Cooled Cluster Supercomputer

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Mississippi State University had a need for a powerful and efficient new primary supercomputing system for their High Performance Computing Collaboratory (HPC2) –  a coalition focused on advancing the state of the art in computational science and ... [ Read More ]

HPC Centers Role in Driving CAE Simulation

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My recent blog posts have focused on performance enhancements to CAE applications and especially the scalability of ISV applications. A key point of this discussion is that it takes team effort to achieve these results. You need production models ... [ Read More ]

When Surgery and Big Data Collide

My mom thought she had bronchitis.  Turns out she needed a quadruple bypass.  So I’ve been spending a lot of time in the hospital recently.  It’s amazing that they can perform this surgery–when the doctors were describing how they do it, I’m sure ... [ Read More ]

What’s in a (Supercomputer) Name?

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Think “discovery” and you can see why NERSC, the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center, names their supercomputers after famous scientists and inventors. Operated by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and serving the Department of ... [ Read More ]

Sochi or S—Oh no!—chi?

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I love the spirit surrounding the Olympic Games; in fact, I’ve been fascinated by their cultural significance ever since I learned about first Olympics in Ancient Greek history. A sporting event so important that the ancients dated their calendar ... [ Read More ]