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How European Researchers are Modeling the Human Brain with Supercomputers

From new processor technologies to quantum computing, 2016 promises to be an exciting year for advances in supercomputing. Cray's Chief Strategy Officer, Senior Vice President Barry Bolding, maps out five predictions about how the industry will push ahead in the coming year.

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Supercomputers Lower the Cost of Space Access

With a vision to reach space from Earth, Dave Masten founded Masten Space Systems, a company that tests hardware and software designed for planetary landers. Customers such as NASA and Draper Laboratories use Masten Space Systems rockets as test beds for their own technologies designed to help rocket-powered landers touch down safely on airless worlds like the moon or in the rarefied atmosphere of Mars. While those test bed vehicles have been the company’s bread and butter for more than a decade, Masten’s vision has always been to reach space from Earth. And to do that, it will have to build rockets that go faster. Much faster. Fast enough, in fact, to require Masten engineers to spend significant resources on calculating the effects of aerodynamic forces on their designs or see them disintegrate in the more-than-gale-force winds of hypersonic flight.
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Supercomputers in the Oil & Gas Landscape

Low oil prices have sent many industry exploration and production companies scrambling to optimize their current production and find new low-cost drilling targets to meet huge consumer demand. High performance computing has become critical for companies looking to become ever more efficient. Supercomputers enable oil and gas organizations to run simulations, modelling and other tasks with the idea of making more informed decision. As the hardware has advanced, so have the algorithms used to generate these outcomes. This simple fact has significantly altered the playing field, requiring companies to implement increasingly powerful, purpose-built solutions in order to stay competitive.
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Met Office Enhances Weather Prediction Accuracy and Modeling with New HPC Tools

The Met Office, the United Kingdom's national weather service, has been at the forefront of global weather and climate science for 150 years. It is continuing this leadership in weather prediction and climate modeling with the installation of one of the world’s most advanced HPC systems. According to Dave Underwood, deputy director of the High Performance Computing Programme at the Met Office, “The new supercomputer will enable the U.K. to lead the world in weather, climate and environmental science high performance computing. In addition, the power of the computer will be a catalyst for regional growth supporting collaboration and partnerships between science, business and academia.”
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Inside Look: Reading's World-Class Weather Centre

The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts is home to one of the most powerful supercomputers used for weather simulations, predictions and forecasts. This article and video gives you a behind-the-scenes look into the facility, which uses science, supercomputers and robots to give countries around the world their weather information.
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