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Learning How to Fight Fires with HPC

Researchers at the Building Research Establishment instrumented a mock apartment and set a fire so they could closely observe what happened as the fire burned and judge the effectiveness of an HPC-based numerical system called FireGrid that could eventually be used in real time by fire fighting teams.
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Sandia Advances Internet-scale Research with One Million Linux Kernels on its cluster

Researchers [at Sandia] have run a million Linux kernels as virtual machines on Thunderbird, an 8,960-processor Dell Linux cluster, all in the name of security.
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SGI Affirms Commitment to Itanium

Responding to reports in the media lately wondering aloud when SGI would finally axe the Itanium from it’s roadmap, SGI CEO Mark Barrenechea said “not gonna do it” on his blog last week
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NERSC Doubles Franklin’s Capability

The Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center [NERSC] has officially accepted a series of upgrades to its Cray XT4 supercomputing system.  The upgrade to Franklin included a phased series of quad-core processor upgrades and memory upgrades.
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Fireflies and Ants

  Large insect populations synchronize globally, but communicate locally. Is there a lesson for parallel computing?
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