Registration is now open for the 60th HPC User Forum, taking place April 11-13 at the Loews Ventana Canyon in Tucson, AZ. The forum offers the chance to hear top experts on high-innovation, high-growth areas of the high performance computing market. HPC User Forum meetings are open to anyone with an interest in high performance computing or high performance data analysis (big data using HPC), including users, vendors, funders and others.
This photograph shows the spore capsule of a moss. It was the 15th place winner in the 2015 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope and was taken using reflected light.
Five must-read stories from the past week include the world’s smallest integrated optical switch, which operates at level of individual atoms; developing the technology needed to build next-gen HPC systems; an automatic bug-repair system that fixes 10x as many errors; cracking an infamous soviet cold war cipher; and solving the impossible problem of how many ways you can arrange 128 tennis balls.
We create words to label people, places, actions, thoughts and more, so we can express ourselves meaningfully to others. Do humans' shared cognitive abilities and dependence on languages naturally provide a universal means of organizing certain concepts? By measuring how closely words’ meanings are related within and between languages, researchers revealed the world’s languages feature a common structure of semantic relatedness.
Expedition 46 flight engineer Tim Peake of the European Space Agency shared this stunning nighttime photograph with his social media followers on January 25, 2016, writing, "Beautiful night pass over Italy, Alps and Mediterranean." Peak, who was launched to the International Space Station, on December 15, 2015, is the first British ESA astronaut.
Researchers designed a computer program capable of beating a top Go player — an important threshold in development of AI. It stresses once more that humans aren’t at the center of the universe, and human cognition isn’t the pinnacle of intelligence. As an AI researcher, I realize how impressive it is. Yet, it’s still not a big step toward the type of AI used by the thinking machines we see in movies. For that, we need new approaches.
Researchers have constructed the first comprehensive model of how neurons in the brain behave when faced with a complex decision-making process, and how they adapt and learn from mistakes. The mathematical model is the first biologically realistic account of the process, and is able to predict not only behavior, but also neural activity.
Carnegie Mellon University is embarking on a five-year, $12 million research effort to reverse-engineer the brain, seeking to unlock the secrets of neural circuitry and the brain’s learning methods. Researchers will use these insights to make computers think more like humans. The research project is funded by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity through its Machine Intelligence from Cortical Networks research program.
Computer scientists and statisticians at Colorado State University are turning disease outbreak planning exercises into a game. They’re creating powerful new software that can predict, simulate and analyze a major disease outbreak — all in the form of an intuitive, multiplayer game. Computer scientists are used to dealing with hundreds or thousands of variables and running what-if scenarios...
This digitally-colorized scanning electron micrograph depicts some of the ultrastructural morphologic details of an oblong-shaped Giardia protozoan cyst, revealing the filamentous nature of the cyst wall. Each cyst-wall filament is approximately 7-20 nm thick. Note that this cyst was undergoing "excystation," and was captured at a point in the process where a flagellated trophozoite was beginning to emerge from the right side of the cyst.
MIT researchers have developed a low-power chip for processing 3-D camera data that could help visually impaired people navigate their environments. The chip consumes only one-thousandth as much power as a conventional computer processor executing the same algorithms. Using their chip, the researchers also built a prototype of a complete navigation system for the visually impaired.
Imagine communicating with your bank, the IRS or your doctor by way of an Internet that was perfectly secure. Your most private data would be protected with absolute certainty and, better yet, if any bad actor were to try to eavesdrop you would know immediately. Such is the promise of secure quantum communication. Researchers have created a novel quantum light source that might someday serve as the basis for quantum communication.
The Soviet VIC cipher used in the early 1950s, long known for being complex and secure, may not be as impossible to crack as initially assumed. Cracking the infamous Soviet VIC cipher is possible if one understands the enciphering algorithm. If one does not know the algorithm, the cipher indeed lives up to its reputation, and becomes nearly impossible to decipher.
This week, the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility, a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility, turns one decade old. ALCF is home to Mira, the world's fifth-fastest supercomputer, along with teams of experts that help researchers from all over the world perform complex simulations and calculations in almost every branch of science. To celebrate its 10th anniversary, we're highlighting 10 accomplishments...
A $1.8-million National Institutes of Health grant to the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center will make a next-generation Anton 2 supercomputer developed by DESRES available to the biomedical research community. A specialized system for modeling the function and dynamics of biomolecules, the Anton 2 machine will be the only one of its kind publicly available to U.S. scientists.