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May 6, 2015

The 25 April Nepal earthquake has killed more than 7,000 people and destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes. The deadliest earthquake in Nepal since 1934, the tremor killed at least 19 climbers and crew on Mount Everest and reportedly produced casualties in the adjoining countries of Bangladesh, China, and India.

In response, scientists at The Ohio State University and the University of Minnesota are directing supercomputing resources to aid in the disaster relief.

April 15, 2015

Cancer researchers at the University of Oslo are using the Abel supercomputer to detect which parts of the genetic code may cause bowel and prostate cancer.

February 25, 2015

The South African Center for High Performance Computing (CHPC) held its ninth national meeting in December last year. At the event, eight hard-working teams fought to be crowned champions of the student cluster competition.


February 25, 2015

Video courtesy DEEP-ER project.

January 28, 2015

Toni Collis, the coordinator of the Women in HPC initiative, shares her personal experiences and tells us about the efforts she’s leading to address these issues.



December 17, 2014

Between 2005 and 2013, over 26,000 cyclists were either killed or seriously injured in the UK. Researchers from Cardiff University are using supercomputing resources provided by HPC Wales to examine how 3D-printed materials can be used to manufacture ultra-lightweight customized bicycle helmets to improve their safety performance during impacts.

November 12, 2014

The shock financial crisis that started in 2007 provided a vivid demonstration of the unstable nature of our global financial system. Yet, academics from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland argue that a lack of globally-agreed standards for modeling financial contracts means that accurate comparison of risk exposures between banks is still almost impossible today.

October 1, 2014

The popular ISC Cloud and ISC Big Data events are being held this week in Heidelberg, Germany. Follow iSGTW on social media for highlights from the events and read our in-depth interviews with top speakers.

July 2, 2014

Last week, iSGTW attended the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC’14) in Leipzig, Germany. The event featured a range of speakers representing a wide variety of research domains. Awards given by PRACE and Germany’s Gauss Centre for Supercomputing highlighted some of the outstanding research on show at the event. And, of course, the new TOP500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers was announced.

March 20, 2013

High-performance computing veteran Thomas Sterling will be delivering a keynote speech on HPC achievement and impact at this year's International Supercomputing Conference in Leipzig Germany (ISC'13). He speaks exclusively to Nages Sieslack...

March 13, 2013

How do scientists use supercomputers to predict complex things like weather, climate, earthquakes, and the formation of galaxies? Watch this video to see how supercomputers handle mathematical modeling.

February 20, 2013

A new graph analytics appliance – Sherlock – is designed to speed up the modeling process and open doors to a wide range of scientific research. Launched in February, Sherlock will enable scientists and researchers to better understand the often hidden, complex relationships in big data.

February 20, 2013

ISC'13 keynote speaker Gerhard Wellein on how he got into supercomputing and why parallel programming is just like going for a run.

February 6, 2013

Using an ultraviolet telescope and imaging spectrograph, NASA's IRIS (Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph) spacecraft will set out on a two-year mission to answer how the sun's corona gets so hot.

January 30, 2013

Scientists in the US and France are gaining new insights into the genetic processes underlying brain development. The research has the potential to revolutionize the way mental disorders are both diagnosed and treated — and could have major repurcussions for the way drugs are designed in the future.

November 28, 2012

This month, the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center opened its doors in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Read about the partnerships and goals of this 90,000-square-foot facility.


November 28, 2012

Extreme science continues to advance, making increased computational resources critical to ongoing discovery. The role of exascale systems in this advancement remains a question, as does the US role in moving exascale forward.

November 21, 2012

Graphical processing units have certainly helped today's high performance computers reach improved levels of energy efficiency, but will they be able to deliver similar power savings in the future to help overcome the looming 'power wall'?

November 21, 2012

Last week, iSGTW was at The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis – more commonly known as SC12 – in Salt Lake City, Utah. Read our interview with general chair, Jeff Hollingsworth, and find out about one of the world's fastest networks.

November 21, 2012

Speakers at the SC12 conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, highlight the role of scientific research in continuing to drive and benefit from high performance computing. They argued that a strong voice for the continued advancement of technology is vital in ensuring evolving research and economic leadership.

October 31, 2012

Catherine Gater reports from the e-Challenges 2012 conference in Lisbon on the difficulties of multiscale modeling and asks where a future with peta- and exascale computing might take us.

July 20, 2011

Researchers in Edinburgh used graphical processor units to create the most realistic synthesizations of musical instruments so far. And once they'd done that, they started creating an entirely new class of 'virtual' instruments in order to design music that is unlike anything you've ever heard before.

March 30, 2011

Supercomputers are usually judged by their speed. How do they measure up in another way?

March 16, 2011

In the race to have the fastest high-performance computer in the world, mainland China's Tianhe-1A (Milky Way One) now leads the way globally. But Taiwan is hot on their heels. A new Taiwanese teraflop-capable machine will enable Taiwan’s scientific research to be greatly advanced — and not just on land, but in the oceans too. How long will Tianhe-1A remain in the top spot?

March 2, 2011

The name “Puerto Rico” means “Rich Port.” Recently, the island was rich in computing education.