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U.S. to build two new world-class supercomputers
— The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today two major efforts to push supercomputing power well beyond where it is today. DOE will spend $325 million on two extreme-scale computers to be built at national labs in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and Livermore, California.

Chinese supercomputer stays No. 1, Titan at ORNL still No. 2
— For the fourth consecutive time, Tianhe-2, a supercomputer developed by China’s National University of Defense Technology, has retained its position as the world’s number one system. Meanwhile, Titan at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which was the top supercomputer in November 2012, remains number two.

Joint effort nabs next wave of US supercomputers
— Once locked in an arms race with each other for the fastest supercomputers, US national laboratories are now banding together to buy their next-generation machines.

NVIDIA Highlights GPU Progress on Titan Supercomputer
— The GPU Technology Conference this week in San Jose offered plenty of material for the supercomputing set with a number of presentations focused on specific programming challenges for large-scale scientific and enterprise HPC applications.

OpenCore seeks to help businesses make best use of data
— Working as a research assistant at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, James Horey helped a number of federal agencies use their data more effectively.

Titan propels GE wind turbine research into new territory
— The amount of global electricity supplied by wind, the world’s fastest growing energy source, is expected to increase from 2.5 to as much as 12% by 2020. Under ideal conditions, wind farms can be three times more efficient than coal plants, but going wherever the wind blows is not always so easy.

CORAL: the next big thing in supercomputing; next-gen machines for Oak Ridge, Argonne, Livermore
— Three of the nation’s premier national labs — Oak Ridge, Argonne and Lawrence Livermore — are banding together to push the boundaries of supercomputing and acquire next-generation supercomputers for each of the labs at the best value for the U.S. government.

Graphene forms template for two-dimensional hybrid materials
— Researchers have developed a new technique for forming a two-dimensional, single-atom sheet of two different materials with a seamless boundary.

Supercomputer Helps Design Wind Turbines
— Since 2005, scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have been researching, developing and testing materials in freezing conditions. By developing more efficient materials for wind turbines, researchers can increase turbine efficiency and reduce potential downtime for wind turbines in cold climates, the U.S. Department of Energy says.

DOE Supercomputing Aims for 100-200 PFLOPS in 2017
— In a recent post on Atomic City Underground, Frank Munger examines the progress made by the CORAL project, which HPCwire detailed last year.

 
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