Data-intensive computing is a central point in this week’s news, as systems pertaining to advanced research, storage functionality and big data have all made headlines.
Blue Waters gets performance upgrade
The Blue Waters supercomputer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications located at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is already widely respected in the industry for its ability to deliver results. The high-performance computing system was recently upgraded with 12 new cabinets . According to a recent Daily Illini report, the upgrade represents a major performance increase.
Bill Gropp, computer science professor and principal investigator at Blue Waters, told the news source that the upgrade to Blue Waters increases the system’s performance to an extent that the upgrade alone is more substantial than many computational centers have in their entire repertoire.
Trish Barker, NCSA spokeswoman, echoed Gropp’s excitement and told the Daily Illini that the performance capabilities of the upgraded Blue Waters machine are considerable, and come in response to operational demands.
“Your laptop can probably do billions of those calculations per second – maybe 40 billion, maybe 50 billion, but tens of billions,” Barker told the news source. “When you compare that to Blue Waters, we’re not talking about billions anymore, we’re talking about quadrillions … It’s hugely more powerful than your laptop.”
Spider II enhancement to introduce major operational gains
A recent HPCWire report explained that the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s project to transform the Jaguar supercomputer into the current Titan system has revolutionized the facility’s ability to handle data-intensive research. The lab did not rest on its laurels there, however, as it has since upgraded its Spider parallel file system to Spider II.
According to the news source, the Spider II system will have more than three-times the capacity of the current system and offer a major upgrade. In an Oak Ridge National Laboratory report detailing the upgrade, Sarp Oral, the task lead for File and Storage Systems projects in the Technology Integration Group, within the National Center for Computational Sciences, explained that the Lustre-based Spider II system will likely end up being among the best devices in its class.
“At that speed we expect Spider II to be safely in league with the top three parallel file systems in the world,” Oral told the news source.
Gordon users can run myHadoop setups
The Hadoop system has emerged as one of the most prominent big data solutions on the market, and the people at the San Diego Supercomputing Center have developed an architecture that will enable users to run the myHadoop system on the Gordon supercomputer, Inside Big Data reported.
Citing a report from industry expert and San Diego Supercomputing Center employee Glenn Lockwood, the report explained that Gordon has been configured in a way that it enables companies using the supercomputing system to quickly create and run myHadoop clusters within the HPC platform.
Data-intensive supercomputing contributes to key scientific advance
Wind farms have the potential to contribute to a revolution in how energy resources are developed. Furthermore, wind turbines can handle the cold and the rain. What they cannot overcome, however, is ice that limits and prevents the movement of the various parts of the device. According to a recent Design, Products & Applications report, researchers with GE are working with the Titan supercomputer at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to freeze models of water molecules in time and develop solutions to freezing precipitation on wind turbines.