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Primeur weekly 2019-11-04

Focus

European Processor Initiative to develop Common Platform for general purpose microprocessor and accelerators for exascale machines and automotive industry ...

Video registration of the presentation "The UK Exascale Project" by Mark Parsons at the HPC User Forum in Edinburgh ...

Exascale supercomputing

Cray introduces ClusterStor E1000 storage to fuel converged workloads of the Exascale Era ...

Quantum computing

ColdQuanta Awarded $2.8M from the U.S. Government to Advance its Quantum Core Technology ...

Focus on Europe

Gauss Centre for Supercomputing supports German student team in the SC19 Student Cluster Competition ...

Joris van Eijnatten appointed director of Netherlands eScience Center ...

Eni announces plans for a new supercomputer at the Green Data Center ...

European Processor Initiative to present its first year of activities ...

Hardware

Powerful new supercomputer supports campus research in physical sciences ...

BittWare and Achronix Announce Strategic Collaboration and Introduction of Enterprise-class PCIe Accelerator Product Featuring 7nm Speedster7t FPGA ...

Pavilion Achieves VMware Ready Status for Its Hyperparallel Flash Array ...

Mellanox delivers record revenue for the third quarter of 2019 ...

Supermicro delivers performance boost to high-density, entry-level, and embedded servers with the new Intel Xeon E-2200 processors ...

Atos enhances scientific research at the University of the Balearic Islands with its BullSequana X supercomputer ...

Applications

Barcelona Supercomputing Center to collaborate in an ESA project for the provision of Generative Artificial Intelligence in space domain ...

Supercomputer analyzes web traffic across entire internet ...

Energy Department announces $4 million for High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation  ...

Marvell joins Green Computing Consortium ...

Predictive Science Inc. researchers use SDSC's Comet supercomputer for flu forecasting models ...

Powerful new supercomputer supports campus research in physical sciences


Astrophysicist Brant Robertson (left) and team members Nicholas Brummell (Applied Mathematics) and Brad Smith (Computer Science and Engineering) with the new lux supercomputer recently installed in the UCSC Data Center. Photos by C. Lagattuta.
30 Oct 2019 Santa Cruz - A new supercomputer at UC Santa Cruz is providing a state-of-the-art high-performance computing system for researchers in a wide range of fields. The new system, called lux, is substantially more powerful than previous campus supercomputers and was designed with the latest technologies to enable advanced computational studies in areas such as climate modelling, astrophysical simulations, and machine learning.
The lux system

"I'm excited about leveraging these new technologies to do computational studies we weren't able to do before at UC Santa Cruz", stated Brant Robertson, associate professor of astronomy and astrophysics.

Brant Robertson led a team of 20 UCSC faculty members from six departments to put together a proposal for the project, which won a $1,5 million grant from the National Science Foundation's Major Research Instrumentation programme. The team includes faculty in the Departments of Astronomy & Astrophysics, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Physics, Applied Mathematics, and Computer Science & Engineering.

High-performance computing has become an increasingly important tool for researchers throughout the physical sciences. Sophisticated computer simulations can be used to model extremely complex phenomena, from the behavior of Earth's climate system to the evolution of galaxies. In addition, scientists in a growing number of fields are applying the computationally intensive techniques of machine learning to problems involving large datasets.

"In astronomy, we are just starting to deploy deep learning at large scale. When we are able to automate the analysis of astronomical images from large surveys, it will revolutionize how we do astronomy", Brant Robertson stated.

Although researchers may have access to much bigger supercomputers than lux at national computing facilities operated by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy, Brant Robertson said it is crucial for UC Santa Cruz to have its own local system.

"If you want to develop code to run on the largest supercomputer in the world, you need to have a local system that has the same high-end components. We designed lux so that it can serve as a springboard for our researchers to get time on the national systems", he stated.

Lux is also important for training students in the latest computational techniques. It will be available to students in advanced computational courses and programs such as the Lamat programme in computational astrophysics, as well as visiting scientists and participants in summer programmes.

Brant Robertson said there are already about 100 different accounts on the lux system. "People are up and running on it", he stated.
Source: University of California - Santa Cruz

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Primeur weekly 2019-11-04

Focus

European Processor Initiative to develop Common Platform for general purpose microprocessor and accelerators for exascale machines and automotive industry ...

Video registration of the presentation "The UK Exascale Project" by Mark Parsons at the HPC User Forum in Edinburgh ...

Exascale supercomputing

Cray introduces ClusterStor E1000 storage to fuel converged workloads of the Exascale Era ...

Quantum computing

ColdQuanta Awarded $2.8M from the U.S. Government to Advance its Quantum Core Technology ...

Focus on Europe

Gauss Centre for Supercomputing supports German student team in the SC19 Student Cluster Competition ...

Joris van Eijnatten appointed director of Netherlands eScience Center ...

Eni announces plans for a new supercomputer at the Green Data Center ...

European Processor Initiative to present its first year of activities ...

Hardware

Powerful new supercomputer supports campus research in physical sciences ...

BittWare and Achronix Announce Strategic Collaboration and Introduction of Enterprise-class PCIe Accelerator Product Featuring 7nm Speedster7t FPGA ...

Pavilion Achieves VMware Ready Status for Its Hyperparallel Flash Array ...

Mellanox delivers record revenue for the third quarter of 2019 ...

Supermicro delivers performance boost to high-density, entry-level, and embedded servers with the new Intel Xeon E-2200 processors ...

Atos enhances scientific research at the University of the Balearic Islands with its BullSequana X supercomputer ...

Applications

Barcelona Supercomputing Center to collaborate in an ESA project for the provision of Generative Artificial Intelligence in space domain ...

Supercomputer analyzes web traffic across entire internet ...

Energy Department announces $4 million for High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation  ...

Marvell joins Green Computing Consortium ...

Predictive Science Inc. researchers use SDSC's Comet supercomputer for flu forecasting models ...