Supercomputer Shaheen II Flying Full Speed at KAUST

At King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, high-performance computing is in our DNA. We launched our first supercomputer Shaheen I at our university’s founding in 2009. Six years later, we put Shaheen II, our second system, into service. Since its launch in 2015, Shaheen II has been the computational engine behind several record-breaking simulations and many significant discoveries. It’s the largest and most powerful supercomputer in the Middle East, and its speed and performance have attracted some of the brightest computationally oriented scholars from all over the world. As such, Shaheen II has been integral in assisting KAUST to grow as a destination for science and technology research. A fun fact about Shaheen is that ... [ Read More ]

Supercomputing Powers Clean Wind Energy

Dr. Lawrence Cheung and the team from GE Global Research are maximizing the power production of clean energy wind farms. As a clean, renewable energy source, wind power is unbeatable. Research studies show that wind, harnessed effectively, could meet all the world’s energy demands. But a gap still exists between potential and reality ... a gap that Lawrence Cheung and GE Global Research are working on closing. “We’re trying to understand what the wind is doing around the turbines, why it might not be getting enough power here or why it’s not efficient there." Dr. Cheung is a lead mechanical engineer at GE Global Research Center’s Aerothermal discipline. There, he studies wind and noise — elements critical to the design of wind ... [ Read More ]

Exascale Can’t Wait: Cray for Oil & Gas in the Microsoft Azure Cloud

A path to exascale in upstream oil and gas processing with Cray in the Microsoft Azure cloud At the 11th annual Rice Oil and Gas HPC Conference (March 12-13), a premier industry event, many presentations will address the (mostly US) exascale roadmap with emphasis on algorithm development and applications enablement to make this program especially relevant in oil and gas. This author has long stated how “a perfect storm in seismic processing requirements is ensuring that the O&G industry will be an early adopter of exascale computing technologies.” That was in 2014, before the great oil crash. For a long while this author feared he was going to have to eat crow. After all, how much supercomputing power is needed to run a shale play? ... [ Read More ]

How HPC Can Help Tap the Power of Ocean Waves

“What’s amazing about ocean wave energy is the enormity of the resource sitting there,” says Ashkan Rafiee. “Whoever solves this riddle will make a huge impact on the world.” Dr. Rafiee is the hydrodynamics team leader for Carnegie Clean Energy — an Australian wave, solar and battery energy company well on its way to making wave power a reality. For the last decade, Carnegie has been developing a wave energy device that converts ocean swell into zero-emission, renewable power and desalinated freshwater. Dubbed “CETO,” the device is already in use off of Western Australia’s Garden Island, helping power the country’s largest naval base. But deploying wave energy technology at scale is another matter. “The potential is phenomenal,” says ... [ Read More ]

Supercomputing in Oil and Gas: Cray CEO Looks Forward

At the 2017 Rice Oil & Gas HPC Conference, Cray CEO Peter Ungaro provided insight into current and future realities for HPC in oil and gas. According to Ungaro, “What got us here today will not get us where we want to be tomorrow. As we start to think about things going forward, a lot of new possibilities open up to us which weren’t really available before. It’s going to require us to think a little differently.” “What got us here today will not get us where we want to be tomorrow." The O&G industry, Ungaro said, is at a transition point in HPC deployment that is characterized by: A transition from a “best-price” mentality to a “best-value” mentality. New survey techniques and technologies that are driving new ... [ Read More ]