Two U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded supercomputers, Stampede and Blue Waters, recently moved closer to their goals of advancing major human-centered scientific projects pertaining to the environment, genomics, disaster preparedness, and epidemiology.
Dell and Intel's Stampede launched into large-scale distributed research, while the Cray-backed Blue Waters system at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications is poised for formal introduction as well.
NSF’s Alan Blatecky says these are two major NSF investments in high-performance computing created with diverging goals. Stampede will serve a high volume of users with an emphasis on boosting the range of applications available and increasing data-crunching capacity. Blue Waters will provide a very small user base of possibly a dozen people with deep, specific research applications.
Users will face challenges in leveraging the supercomputers' many cores, and NSF will provide programming and computer science support to help domain specialist scientists. Stampede and Blue Waters will primarily focus on socially-oriented missions such as earthquake predictions, flood outcomes, disaster response situations, and HIV and epidemic modeling.
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