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Klaus Schulten, Leader in Biophysics and Computational Modeling Field, Passes Away

Tue, 11/01/2016 - 06:31

Nov. 1 — Schulten, who led Beckman’s Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group, was a leader in the field of biophysics, conducting seminal work in the area of dynamic computer simulations, illuminating biological processes and structures in ways that weren’t possible before.

Klaus Schulten

Schulten’s goal from his start as an original Beckman researcher was to use mathematics and physics to study the natural world through advanced computation.

“When I was a young man, my goal was to look with mathematical and computational means at the inside of cells, one atom at a time, to decipher how living systems work,” Schulten said. “That is what I strived for and I never deflected from this goal.”

Schulten’s group has created simulations that have provided never-before-seen views of such function as the chemical structure of the HIV capsid and the first-ever simulation of an entire life form, the complete satellite tobacco mosaic virus.

Schulten received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1974. He was Swanlund Professor of Physics and was affiliated with the Department of Chemistry as well as with the Center for Biophysics and Computational Biology. Schulten’s professional interests included theoretical physics and theoretical biology. His research focused on the structure and function of supramolecular systems in the living cell, and on the development of non-equilibrium statistical mechanical descriptions and efficient computing tools for structural biology.

Visit the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics site for more on Schulten’s work: http://www.ks.uiuc.edu/

Source: Steve McGaughey, Maeve Reilly, Beckman Institute

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Computer Science/STEM Leaders Explain How to Spark STEM Interest in Youth

Tue, 11/01/2016 - 06:30

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Nov. 1 — The future demands a large, diverse pool of innovative scientists, engineers and mathematicians who can work together to solve big problems. The working scientists who lead SC16, the premier international conference showcasing high performance computing coming up this November, envision and advocate for a future talent pool that looks far larger and more diverse.

“Teams are always more successful at solving problems when they include thinkers with many life experiences and perspectives,” said Trish Damkroger, Acting Associate Director for Computation at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, who directs a 1,000-employee workforce enabling scientific discovery through large-scale computational analysis, visualization and mathematical modeling, and serves as one of the members of the SC16 leadership team. “I am saddened that there are not more women scientists and engineers. I can no longer believe it will just happen. I realized we have to work together to change the demographics.”

“In 2016, many of us encourage our children, girls and boys alike, to pursue whatever studies and careers call to them. We like to believe we are living in more egalitarian times,” said Damkroger. “However, I have found that students still experience discrimination in the classroom and beyond,” she said.

“Recent studies have shown that scientists of both genders are more likely to hire male applicants for laboratory positions than equally qualified female applicants,” Damkroger said. “The ways that our biases play out may be subtle. My female friends and I call each other when we start acting ‘too female,’ like questioning whether we are capable of a new role. Using the talents and styles of all minds is imperative if we are going to have the workforce of tomorrow.”

“Of course we all know that not every engineer or theoretical mathematician needs to look the same or conform to a rigid set of gender or personality expectations,” said Jeanine Cook, Students@SC16 Chair from Sandia National Laboratories. “More of us have to act on that knowledge—that diversity makes us stronger and more effective,” she said.

“There’s no doubt we have a long way to go,” Cook said. “My female colleagues and I still witness and experience professional slights, both overt and subtle. The oft-repeated jokes about gender. The lack of diversity in many leadership positions. It all adds up to a steady drumbeat that can drive people out of science study and work,” she said. “But I see reasons to hope that the culture of scientific work environments both outside and inside the academy are slowly evolving to become more inclusive,” Cook said. “As a woman in the field, I share the responsibility to help ensure that our future talent pool is both deeper and wider.”

The motivation is high, as the future is bright for people who are interested and qualified for lucrative and rewarding careers in science, technology, engineering and math. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the average wage for all STEM occupations is $85,570, nearly double the average for all occupations ($47,230), and only five of the 100 STEM jobs pay below the average for all occupations. The outlook is bright for STEM jobs.

STEM is coming into our national consciousness as a priority, and everyone agrees that we need to encourage our youngest innovators. Education and government are putting the vision into action, and all over the country, coding clubs, robotics classes, maker spaces and other hands-on STEM experiences for all age groups are popping up. The Obama administration has spearheaded a nation-wide effort to prioritize STEM education, garnering $700 million in public-private partnerships, working to preparing 100,000 new and effective STEM teachers over the next decade, showcasing and bolstering federal investment in STEM, and broadening participation to inspire a more diverse talent pool for STEM jobs. The first ever White House Science Fair was hosted by Obama in 2010, in an effort to hold up our scientists in as high a regard as we do our athletes and entertainers.

So what’s a parent to do? The leaders of SC16 suggest that parents can help open the door to STEM learning and eventually fulfilling, rewarding work and lucrative careers in STEM fields. The following tips are drawn from SC16 leader experience as well as a variety of community organizations working to enhance STEM learning opportunities for girls and boys of all ages. For more information, visit Project Lead the Way (www.pltw.org), Girls Who Code (https://girlswhocode.com/) or a local STEM educator near you, such as Bricks 4 Kidz (http://www.bricks4kidz.com) or C&A Robot Factory (http://carobotfactory.com).

Six Tips For Parents to Open STEM Doors

  1. Consider and reckon with your own experiences with math, science and academic achievement. Did you personally struggle with these classes as a young student? Do you have preconceived notions about what “kind of person” succeeds in science and math? Even the most egalitarian people can have deep-seated ideas about gender “norms” and it’s helpful if you are honest with yourself. Resolve to leave any antiquated notions behind and refrain from allowing your personal biases or experiences to constrain your own or any other child.
  2. Read to your young children about science, math and technology, no matter what interest you have on the subjects personally. Make it part of your mission to expose your children to simple science experiments, shows and museum exhibits. Visit the nonfiction stacks at the library and stock your home with lots of books about animals and the natural world, as well as biographies about famous scientists. Read newspaper and magazine articles about science topics together.
  3. Encourage curiosity and reward it from a very young age. Scientists and engineers seek out answers for a living, and 65% of scientists & STEM graduate students say they developed their interest in elementary school.3 Encourage your child’s questions and efforts to find the answers. Set up your home environment to be conducive to your child’s experimentation. Your kitchen, basement, garage and yard are excellent starter laboratories—treat them that way, allowing your learners to make (and clean up) their own messes. Ask the children you meet what they are reading, what problems they’re solving and what questions they’re asking. Engage all the children you meet as fellow thinkers.
  4. Tap into after-school enrichment activities and experiences to kindle a child’s interest. Sign them up for coding clubs and robotics classes. Take them to a workshop at a maker space or hands-on STEM experience at your local library. Subscribe to mail-order STEM activity kits (Tinkercrate.com) to get your child playing and thinking. Keep exposing them to new experiences, but don’t stop there—watch for where their excitement is sparked and keep feeding the flames with related books, museum visits, and new learning experiences that build on each other.
  5. Identify and seek out mentors and teachers who work in the fields and find ways for your older student to learn from them. Many people who have become successful in STEM fields cite the inspiration of a family member or good teacher who propelled them to keep asking questions and solving problems and coached and supported them along the way. Recruit parents from your child’s school who work in the sciences, engineering and technology to participate in a STEM career day. Arrange for you and your child to spend time with your friend who works as a chemist. Keep seeking out supportive relationships, especially for older students who have demonstrated interest and aptitude. All young scientists benefit from mentor relationships, but young women pursuing undergraduate, graduate and doctoral science and math studies are especially wise to seek out female classmates and mentors to help them navigate and thrive.
  6. Most importantly, know that many students give up on math and science before they’ve had a chance to understand, appreciate and fall in love with their true beauty and interconnectedness. Keep encouraging your child to grapple with hard problems and do the work necessary to understand science and math, at all ages. Invest time and money in good academic coaching if your child is struggling to stay with these subjects. Encourage them to persist—the rewards will be great.

For more information, or to connect with these professionals about STEM industry diversity or other related topics, contact Brian Ban, SC16 Communications, (773) 454-7423.

About SC16

SC16 is the premier international conference showcasing the many ways high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis lead to advances in scientific discovery, research, education and commerce. The annual event, created and sponsored by IEEE Computer Society and the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery), attracts HPC professionals and educators from around the globe to participate in its complete technical education program, workshops, tutorials, a world class exhibit area, demonstrations and opportunities for hands-on learning.

Source: SC16

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SGI Positioned in Visionaries Quadrant of Gartner 2016 Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 07:29

MILPITAS, Calif., Oct. 31 — Today, SGI (NASDAQ: SGI), a global leader in high-performance solutions for compute, data analytics and data management, announced that it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the “Visionaries” quadrant of the October 2016 Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems.

SGI believes the move to the “Visionaries” quadrant, since last year’s position within “Niche Players,” represents a progression of SGI’s completeness of vision. According to Gartner, “‘Visionaries’ are typically vendors that are focusing on strong innovation and product differentiation, but are smaller vendors with limited reach or achievement to date, or larger vendors with innovation programs that are still unproven.”

Integrated systems are defined by Gartner as “combinations of server, storage and network infrastructure, sold with management software that facilitates the provisioning and management of the combined unit.”

The report notes that, “the integrated system market is outgrowing other data center segments, but the growth has been stabilized. According to Gartner statistics (see ‘Market Share Analysis: Data Center Hardware Integrated Systems, Worldwide, 2015’), in 2015, integrated system sales grew 11.2% over 2014, totaling $9.6 billion, constituting approximately 5.6% of all server, external controller-based storage and data center networking spend by the end of 2015.”

Gartner subscribers can view the new 2016 Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems at www.gartner.com or at www.sgi.com/GartnerMQIS.

“SGI’s commitment in high-performance computing continues to lead the way for advancing HPDA solutions,” said Jorge Titinger, president and CEO, SGI. “Since 2014, SGI has successfully expanded beyond our HPC roots to become a leading vendor of high-end SAP HANA appliances. We are extremely pleased with Gartner’s continued recognition of SGI. We believe we are trailblazers in the integrated systems market.”

Over 30 Years of Innovation

SGI is building on over 30 years of technology leadership with scale out and scale up compute solutions to deliver industry-leading speed, scale and efficiency to some of the world’s most powerful supercomputer systems – helping find answers to the world’s biggest challenges. SGI is committed to innovation and focused on delivering high-performance solutions for compute, data management, and data analytics with unmatched performance, scalability and efficiency for a broad range of customers.

About the Magic Quadrant

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About SGI

SGI is a global leader in high-performance solutions for compute, data analytics and data management that enable customers to accelerate time to discovery, innovation, and profitability. Visit sgi.com for more information.

Source: SGI

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Cavium Introduces 10/25GbE Adapter Family for OCP Servers

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 06:45

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 31 — Today, Cavium, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAVM), a leading provider of semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing for enterprise and cloud data centers, today unveiled QLogic FastLinQ adapters for Open Compute Project (OCP) servers along with a rich suite of management software. The new line of adapters allows Cavium to extend its reach to the growing number of OCP servers being deployed at hyperscale and cloud service providers.

“New 25GbE technology is expected to displace 10GbE as the standard for server connectivity in the data center. By adding OCP adapters to their portfolio, Cavium expands its ability to address the fastest growing segment of the market, cloud service providers,” said Frank Berry, Senior Analyst, IT Brand Pulse.

“QLogic FastLinQ OCP adapters are designed from the ground up for software defined data centers where server connectivity has become critically important,” said Rajneesh Gaur, general manager and vice president of Ethernet Adapter Group, Cavium. “QLogic FastLinQ Ethernet adapters bring higher bandwidth, lower latency, and offload a long list of networking protocols so that cloud service providers can preserve server resources for workloads that generate revenue.”

Cavium QLogic FastLinQ QL34512 Adapters 

Designed to accelerate Network Virtualization workloads, the FastLinQ QL34512 adapter delivers intelligent offloads for NVGRE, VxLAN and GENEVE tunneling protocols, providing an innovative solution delivering flexibility and cost savings for next generation enterprise, hyperscale CSP, tier 2/3 CSP, and telco data centers. The 10Gb version QL34152HOCU is available today and the 25Gb version scheduled for release in early 2017.

The FastLinQ OCP Ethernet Adapter provides the following key capabilities:

  • Accelerates Server Performance: Boosts network performance with full line-rate throughput across both ports, optimizes infrastructure costs and increases virtual machine density by leveraging in-built technologies like SR-IOV and Network Partitioning (NPAR) that deliver acceleration and QoS for tenant workloads and infrastructure traffic.
  • Network Virtualization Offloads – Acceleration for Network Virtualization by offloading protocol processing for VxLAN, NVGRE, GRE and GENEVE, enabling customers to build and scale virtualized networks without impacting network performance.
  • Comprehensive Management – Single pane of glass, web-based and distributed adapter management solution with QConvergeConsole (QCC) available across heterogeneous platforms and OSes, automates and simplifies the deployment and orchestration of physical and virtual infrastructure.
  • OpenStack Integration: Cavium QLogic technologies like the Plug-in for Mirantis Fuel for automatic SR-IOV configuration across multiple OpenStack nodes, QCC driven OpenStack physical and logical topology maps and the ability to deliver QoS for network functions enable hyperscale deployments with Cavium QLogic Ethernet NICs to be accelerated with OpenStack.
  • Industry’s Most Comprehensive Network Adapter portfolio – Cavium as a company offers the broadest set of Ethernet networking adapters – FastLinQ Standard Ethernet Adapters, Converged Networking Adapters and LiquidIO Intelligent NICs that cover the entire spectrum of customer Ethernet connectivity and offload requirements.

For more information go to www.qlogic.com and www.opencompute.org

About OCP

The OCP is creating a set of technologies that are disaggregated and fully open, allowing for rapid innovation in the data center. The OCP aims to facilitate the development of network hardware and software – together with trusted project validation and testing – in a truly open and collaborative community environment. The OCP project was initiated by Facebook and is now a widely accepted standard.

About Cavium

Cavium, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAVM), offers a broad portfolio of integrated, software compatible processors ranging in performance from 1Gbps to 100Gbp that enable secure, intelligent functionality in Enterprise, Data Center, Broadband, Mobile and Service Provider Equipment, highly programmable switches which scale to 3.2Tbps and Ethernet and Fibre Channel adapters up to 100Gbps. Cavium processors are supported by ecosystem partners that provide operating systems, tools and application support, hardware reference designs and other products. Cavium is headquartered in San Jose, CA with design centers in California, Massachusetts, India, Israel, China and Taiwan.

Source: Cavium

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Intel Offering Multiple SC16 Opportunities for Discovery

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 01:01

At SC16, Intel offers a number of opportunities to fuel your insight.

Intel® Community Hub

The Intel Community Hub in Intel booth #1819 is where the supercomputing community will gather to hear the latest from international HPC luminaries on issues that matter to our community and suggested by HPC press and analysts.

A sampling from the three days of presentations includes:

  • The future of Exascale, neuromorphic computing and AI
  • CPUs vs GPUs
  • Architecting with Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA)
  • Updates on current and future top supercomputers from Argonne, LANL, LLNL, TACC and more
  • Advances in Precision Medicine
  • Beyond Traditional HPC
  • Code Modernization insights from the Intel Parallel Computing Centers
  • Author signings of free copies of the Intel Xeon Phi processor edition of Parallelism Pearls for Multicore and Many-core Programming

Get details and download calendar notices on the Intel SC16 web site.

Win a free Fossil smart watch! Intel Community Hub attendees will be eligible to participate in the giveaway of a watch to be awarded after each presentation.

Life Science demonstrations

Demos in the Intel booth will show how Intel innovations are transforming key steps of the drug development pipeline for cancer and other diseases. Running on an Intel® Scalable System Framework certified cluster, these demos illustrate life science challenges ranging from structural biology to genome analytics. The demos show diverse workloads, including deep learning, big data analytics, modeling and simulation, and visualization.

Intel® Learning Zone

Want to talk to an Intel technologist about compute, fabric, memory or storage? The experts—and nothing against the marketing folks, but we are talking about the real HPC technology geeks—will be offering focused mini-presentations and doing hands-on demos to help you learn how to further optimize your core applications. Check the Intel SC16 web site for the Intel Learning Zone schedule.

Intel® Discovery Zone

Join us in our Discovery Zone to speak with experts and see demonstrations of some of our latest technologies for supercomputing including FPGA and Intel® Xeon Phi™ processor based solutions.

Intel® HPC Developer Conference

Developers who want to accelerate applications, future-proof their code, and gain deeper insights, should check out the 2016 Intel® HPC Developer Conference held the weekend before SC16. Join HPC industry leaders and Intel experts for this free event to get technical and hands-on knowledge, learn from case studies and real world examples, and gain insights about future technologies. Get details and register for the Intel® HPC Developer Conference.

Fellow Traveler Tours

Do you want to get an overview of SC16 exhibits? Stop by the Intel both to reserve your spot on one of our popular guided tours. Or, take advantage of one of our interactive, self-guided tours on your own device that will highlight the latest technologies and offerings from various companies.

Technical Session Schedule
While at SC16, don’t miss attending Intel’s technical sessions. Click on the schedule to explore the many available sessions over the four days that include tutorials, workshops, posters, panels, papers, and Birds of a Feather (BoF) sessions.

Check the technical session schedule and join us!

Intel Channel Pavilion

If you’re looking for performance, flexibility, cost-savings, or space-savings, you’ll find one of our partners with the kind of solution you need. Find Intel® Technology Providers demonstrating twelve applications of (almost all) Intel HPC technologies over the course of the show at the Intel Channel Pavilion.

Intel® Solutions for Lustre* Software Opportunities

Join in a vision briefing, go for a deep dive with a day long training, or learn about the other opportunities to connect with our Lustre software experts during SC16 and HP-CAST.

See the multiple Lustre software events

Celebrate with Us

At Intel, we love to celebrate and at SC16 there are a couple of opportunities for you to join us. On Monday night we’ll have a special reception and announcement in our booth during the Exhibition Opening Gala. Then on Wednesday afternoon, join us for the “I survived SC16” celebration. You can download calendar invites for both of these events on the Intel SC16 web site.

Join us for the latest news:

www.intel.com/sc16  |  @intelHPC

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