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What’s Around the Corner?

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It starts with the excitement and anticipation. Then it’s down to business — making lists, counting days, packing and shipping, and maybe just a little bit of stress. No, I’m not talking about getting ready for the holidays. I’m talking about SC13! We’re less than one week away from the biggest event of the year for Cray. The annual supercomputing conference (SC) will kick off on November 17 in Denver, Colorado. SC brings together some of the best minds in the world to both share and hear about our rapidly changing industry. It’s also a week where we celebrate noteworthy achievements — from scientific breakthroughs to new and innovative products that will ultimately turn great ideas into brilliant discoveries. This year … [Read more...]

Extreme Scaling in CAE Applications

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With all the change that has happened around the high performance computing (HPC) environments used in manufacturing over the past 20 years, two constants have remained: 1) the computer-aided engineering (CAE) workload – and hence the demand for compute power – have nearly doubled every year; and 2) the names of the ISV applications used today for CAE simulations are pretty much the same as 20 years ago (e.g. NASTRAN, Abaqus, Fluent, LS-DYNA). The first constant is a direct result of CAE becoming a core element in the product design process. The second is a result of the constant enhancements in both features and performance made by the ISVs. The Move to Extreme Scalability It is the HPC performance, and specifically the parallel … [Read more...]

Supercomputing Creates Innovation Under the Hood


German love for the engineering industries is renowned, so it isn't surprising that one of the biggest HPC systems in Europe is used to make innovations through technology a reality. The automotive sector, like many other research-centric industries, faces major challenges when it comes to taking new ideas and having them impact real-world products. The process of experimentation and trial needed to make new ideas a reality is long and expensive, both issues that supercomputing solutions are helping to address. For a clear example of this trend, look no further than the High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS) of the University of Stuttgart. HLRS is among the leading supercomputing centers in Europe and has strong links to the … [Read more...]

Another Milestone for Computational Chemistry

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On October 9, the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2013 was jointly awarded to Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel “for the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems.” A New York Times article said the three researchers were awarded the Nobel Prize “for work that did not involve test tubes or lab coats. Instead, they explored the world of molecules virtually, with computers.” This is another key milestone in the solidification of computational chemistry as an important discipline for current and future researchers. It has been more than 50 years since the Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Linus Pauling “for his research into the nature of the chemical bond and its application to the elucidation … [Read more...]

OpenACC for HPC Accelerator Programming

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In a blog post last month, Cray’s Jay Gould examined the critical role of software in a supercomputer.  In this latest software series, David Wallace, Cray’s Director of HPCS Software Product Management, provides a thorough understanding of OpenACC, its programming benefits and how the industry coalition is evolving.      Why does OpenACC exist? OpenACC was established for several reasons; however, the most compelling reason is that users needed an industry standard set of accelerator directives immediately and the OpenACC founding members each had directive sets that were somewhat alike.  PGI and CAPS had both already release their own set of directives and Cray was preparing to release a set as well.  All three of these … [Read more...]