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January 21, 2015

The Center for Computational Astrophysics in Japan recently upgraded its ATERUI supercomputer, doubling the machine’s theoretical peak performance to 1.058 petaFLOPS. Eiichiro Kokubo, director of the center, tells iSGTW how supercomputers are changing the way research is conducted in astronomy.

November 5, 2014

Professor Stephan Roche of the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in Spain is one of the early adopters of high-performance computing in Europe’s Graphene Flagship initiative. His latest project has received 22 million core hours from PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe. 

Roche has fifteen years of experience in developing novel algorithms and computational approaches that can be used to investigate quantum transporting in complex materials such as graphene. Here, we speak to him about his experience of working with PRACE.

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.

April 23, 2014

Researchers are using PRACE supercomputing resources to tackle the seasonal flu bug. By modeling the process through which viruses insert their genetic material into our cells, they hope to further development of vaccines.

February 19, 2014

After serving fusion research for four years, Europe's High Performance Computer for Fusion has now completed its operations, with fusion modeling work moving to the significantly more powerful Helios computer in Rokkasho, Japan. Helios is a Japanese-European facility and has a peak performance of around 1.5 petaFLOPS.

December 11, 2013

Image courtesy Christian Schulz, KIT.

Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology have developed open-source software capable of significantly speeding up complex computations.

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 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.

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.

April 27, 2011

In the wake of the Fukushima disaster, Japan is investing even more in the future of nuclear power. This time, though, they’re setting their hopes on fusion rather than fission, signing an agreement to dedicate a supercomputer to fusion calculations for the next five years.

March 30, 2011

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