The 8th Kazakhstan-China-Korea (KCK) workshop on stellar dynamics and related fields (star clusters, stellar evolution, gravitational waves, black holes in galaxies) will take place
Dec 19-21, 2016, in Kunming, Yunnan (hosted by YNAO, detailed location follows later)
Hosted and organized by Jinming Bai (YNAO), Hyung Mok Lee (SNU), Rainer Spurzem (NAOC/KIAA), and Chingis Omarov (NCSRT). See 8th KCK Workshop
The current list of 500 fastest supercomputers in the world shows for the first time two Chinese supercomputers on the two top spots - number 2 is the already well known Tianhe-2 Supercomputer using Intel processors and accelerator. But the new number 1 system is the Taihu Supercomputer, which solely uses Chinese processor technology, reaches 125 Pflop/s with more than ten million cores, and puts a considerable distance in performance to the still fastest US supercomputer. See this link for the news on Taihu, and this link on the top 500 list.
The 7th Korea-China-Kazakhstan Workshop (organized by Hyung Mok Lee, Rainer Spurzem, Chingis Omarov) took place at NAOC Dec. 14-16. For conference picture (low res) (high res), links to talks, program see http://silkroad.bao.ac.cn/web/index.php/conferences/7th-korean-chinese-meeting (Pictures Riko Schadow)
SIlk Road Project Team Member Long Wang (last year Ph.D. student at KIAA/PKU) has been awarded a bottle of whisky by Douglas Heggie during the MODEST-15S Conference in Kobe, Dec. 7-11. In 2010 Douglas Heggie announced the award of a 50 EUR bottle of whisky at the
Lorentz Center Workshop, see p. 7 of
http://www.lorentzcenter.nl/lc/web/2010/400/presentations/Heggie.pdf to encourage more and better simulations of globular clusters.
Link to picture (by Steven Rieder). ______________________________________________________________
For the sixth consecutive time, Tianhe-2, a supercomputer developed by China’s National University of Defense Technology and running at the Guangzhou Supercomputing Center has defended its position as the world’s fastest supercomputer, according TOP500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers released earlier this month. It has 16000 nodes with a total of 48000 Intel Phi accelerator boards.
Horst Simon, deputy director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California, who had visited NAOC once in 2012, California, said in an interview with China Daily why Tianhe-2 keeps holding the top spot: “It is an exceptional system that is ahead of its competition and is mainly powered by Chinese technology,” He noted that Lenovo, Sugon and Inspur are the Chinese companies provide the technology. (See the news in China Daily)
It should be noted though that the processor technology used in Tianhe-2 for both the CPU and the accelerators is from Intel, which is a US company. (Rainer Spurzem)