Early August has been a busy time in the supercomputing industry, so without further ado, here is a quick look at some of the key happenings in the sector.
Darter supercomputer completes weather analysis
The Darter supercomputer, a Cray XC30™ system used by researchers from the University of Oklahoma Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms recently completed an important set of simulations of major storms that took place this year. A Supercomputing Online report detailing the effort explained that simulating storms that have already happened helps researchers identify key data that could help them predict future extreme weather more effectively. The project was completed as part of a broad National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration initiative to annually perform advanced simulations of extreme storms to support better predictive analysis.
John Josephakis named vice president of worldwide sales for Cray
Cray recently named John Josephakis vice president of worldwide sales, a position that lets him apply his more than 20 years of HPC sales experience to Cray’s global sales efforts. Peter Ungaro, president and CEO of Cray, said that Josephakis can bring incredible value to the company.
“John has a strong, proven track record, and his successes in the HPC and storage markets will be immensely valuable to Cray as we work to scale our business and extend our leadership position in supercomputing to the big data analytics, storage and cluster markets,” said Ungaro. “He is a customer-focused sales executive and highly regarded in our industry, and I am thrilled to have him be a part of our team at Cray.”
Edward Seidel discusses his impending role as director of the NCSA
Edward Seidel was recently named the heir apparent to the director position at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois. In a recent interview with The News-Gazette, Seidel explained that the Cray Blue Waters supercomputer was a positive contributor to his excitement for the role. Seidel played a part in the initial development of the Blue Waters project, but his excitement is not just sentiment. He explained that Blue Waters is the supercomputing equivalent of the Large Hadron Collider and should enable scientists to perform extremely exciting research.
Blue Waters upgraded
Speaking of Blue Waters, the supercomputer was recently equipped with 12 new Cray XK racks, adding 96 nodes to the already powerful device, HPCWire reported.
The upgrade pushes performance capabilities to 13 petaflops by expanding the total number of nodes in the device to 4,152. Bill Gropp, the chief applications architect for the Blue Waters, told the news source that adding nodes is a refinement bred out of the initial results of using the system.
“In the first few months that Blue Waters has been in operation, we’ve seen a rapid increase in the demand for the XK nodes from the science and engineering teams using the system,” Gropp told the news source. “This upgrade will substantially increase the compute power available to the applications that are ready to use GPUs, and will therefore increase the productivity of the researchers who rely on Blue Waters.”
Check back with us again next week for another update on what’s happening in the supercomputing sector.