Just before the European HPC community meets in Dublin for the PRACE Scientific and Industrial Conference 2015, the spotlight has fallen on German supercomputing with several announcements about European-wide research which Germany’s Gauss Centre for Supercomputing enables.
The latest list of the top 100 HPC systems in China has now been released in English, exclusively on TOP500.org. The list is released by the Specialty Association of Mathematical & Scientific Software (SAMSS), CSIA.
Two years ago I accepted a challenge by Anwar Osseyran from SURFsara in Amsterdam to cooperate on a book about industrial HPC. Not from the classical industrial sense of a supplier, but from the perspective of HPC usage by industry. There are very few centers in the world that serve industry in this way and, as a consequence, little understanding of the science and engineering depth accomplished by the private sector.
Back in 2008, the global economy came crashing down sending many organizations and individuals into a state of financial ruin. Three major banks in Iceland collapsed, forcing the country into a deep recession. Fingers were pointed at the banking institutions — bank officers and mortgage lenders were blamed for abusing their fiduciary duties toward their customers by putting indulgence and manipulative greed above the stability of the society.
The Wednesday keynote at this year’s ISC High Performance conference by HPC veteran Dr. Thomas Sterling promises to be an enlightening and lively presentation of the HPC year in review. And if previous years are a guide, Dr. Sterling will deliver it with the unique humor and style that has become his trademark.