China’s Top Supercomputer Dramatically Speeds Genomics Pipeline

It has been somewhat difficult to ascertain what problems the fastest supercomputer on the planet has been chewing on since it was announced in 2013, but there are some signs that China is now pinning the machine’s mission on the future of genomics, among other areas.

New Sandia Director Jill Hruby Transcends Glass Ceiling

Sandia National Laboratories has named Jill Hruby to its highest post. On July 17, she becomes Sandia’s 14th director in its 60-plus year history as well as the first woman to lead one of the three National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) laboratories.

Applying HPC for the benefit of society

By Sharan Kalwani; One of the main reasons I got into computing, admittedly a long time ago, was the potential that I personally saw in using this unbelievably powerful new tool towards addressing the needs of the society we live in.

Supernova hunting with supercomputers

As the yardstick against which outer space is measured, type Ia supernovae are famous for consistency, yet new observations suggest their origins may not be so uniform.

Diversity in HPC Won’t Improve Until We Start Counting

By John West; I have chosen to work in HPC because the work we do makes the world a better place. As SC has illustrated effectively over the past two years, #hpcmatters.

The Race to Build the World's Greatest Supercomputer

For the past two years, since June 2013, the top supercomputer in the world has been Tianhe-2. (Its name translates to Sky River—the Milky Way.) Tianhe-2 lives in Guangzhou, China, and on a benchmark test, it reached 33.86 petaflop per second.

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This Week in HPC

Dell Launches New PowerEdge Server and D-Wave Doubles Up on Qubits

This Week In HPC Episode 76 featuring Addison Snell and Michael Feldman.