This week has been an active one, with discussions taking place around government investments in supercomputing and the importance of advanced HPC systems in the oil and gas industry. There has also been plenty of movement on the software side of supercomputing this week.
DOE pushing for more funding
Recent advances in supercomputing point to the rise of exascale computing systems in the relatively near future, and the Department of Energy has set a goal to have an exascale device built by 2020. The DOE is pushing for the finances necessary to move forward on such an endeavor, FCW reported.
Supercomputing in the oil and gas sector
The oil and gas industry is an incredibly competitive marketplace in which research efforts are central to competitive balance. Organizations that can complete reservoir analysis effectively and quickly can gain an edge when moving to new markets and trying to beat competitors to prime drilling sites. A recent International Business Times report explained that supercomputing use has emerged as one of the most important technological innovations in the oil and gas industry as a whole.
In recent years, major oil and gas companies have become the second-largest investors in supercomputing technology. HPC solutions allow oil and gas organizations to analyze reservoirs in four dimensions, creating incredible value. The news source explained that the industry was once limited to two-dimensional imaging until advances in supercomputing made three-dimensional analysis possible. Now, data-intensive research functions also introduce a fourth dimension – time – that enables oil and gas companies to accurately evaluate how oil reservoirs are changing in real time. This enables businesses to more precisely analyze prospects at a drilling site and maximize the value of the project.
Rogue Wave establishes distribution partnership with Cray
Rogue Wave, maker of leading software solutions for debugging and optimization in the supercomputing sector, recently announced a strategic distribution partnership with Cray, Scientific Computing World reported. Because of this, Cray will be able to offer customers Rogue Wave software directly as a certified distributor, making the industry-leading technologies more accessible to customers.
Portland Group reveals new compiler
The Portland Group (PGI) recently announced the availability of a beta release of new PGI Accelerator™ Fortran, C and C++ compilers designed to work with the OpenACC API. The solution is specifically designed to support performance gains for accelerators based on AMD discrete GPUs and accelerated processing units. These types of technologies are proving integral in many sectors of supercomputing, and the new compilers could help maximize their value. Douglas Miles, director of PGI, explained that these solutions are particularly valuable for organizations using supercomputing systems for science and engineering.
“The OpenACC standard was developed in direct response to the HPC community’s interest for a vendor-neutral, platform-independent, directive-based accelerator programming model,” said Miles. “Adding PGI Accelerator support for AMD APUs and GPUs is the latest step in the evolution of OpenACC and compiler technology for heterogeneous parallel computing at PGI.”
Next-generation searching on the horizon
Supercomputing systems can contribute to major advances in many fields, with web searching among them. A recent HPCWire report explained that the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center is partnering with CFL Software to contribute to advances toward next-generation search functionality. New development efforts from CFL Software are at the center of this strategic venture. CFL Software is working on software that could completely change how people search through text documents by making them more intelligent.
According to the news source, current search methods are severely limited because they are based on metadata added to web content, not the information itself. The new software could add precision to searches by understanding the terms being queried and identifying information that is related to them, making it easier to deliver the most relevant results possible. Within this broad goal, the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center is contributing system resources to help with the data analysis processes needed to develop such software.
Happenings in software, government and oil and gas headlined this week’s supercomputing news. Check back with us again next Friday to keep up with more developments in the sector.