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Rob Farber is an independent HPC expert to startups and Fortune 100 companies, as well as government and academic organizations.

High Performance Parallelism Pearls: A Teaching Juggernaut

October 13, 2014 9:52 am | by Rob Farber | Blogs | Comments

High Performance Parallelism Pearls, the latest book by James Reinders and Jim Jeffers, is a teaching juggernaut that packs the experience of 69 authors into 28 chapters designed to get readers running on the Intel Xeon Phi family of coprocessors, plus provide tools and techniques to adapt legacy codes, as well as increase application performance on Intel Xeon processors. 

Algae Micrasterias Americana -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Desmid Micrasterias Americana

October 10, 2014 3:51 pm | News | Comments

This 50X photo shows the algae Micrasterias Americana. It received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope, and was taken by Marek Mis using polarized light.

Male Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea). The Scarlet Tanager is a vibrant songster of eastern hardwood forests. Widespread breeders in the East, they are long-distance migrants that move all the way to South America for the winter. Courtesy of Kelly Colga

NSF Awards $15 Million to Environmental Science Data Project

October 10, 2014 3:38 pm | by NSF | News | Comments

As with the proverbial canary in the coal mine, birds serve as an indicator of the health of our environment. Many common species have experienced significant population declines within the last 40 years. Suggested causes include habitat loss and climate change, however to fully understand bird distribution relative to the environment, extensive data are needed.

The PLANTOID prototype was designed with two functional roots: one root demonstrates bending capabilities, responding to input from the sensors at the tip of the root. A second root demonstrates artificial growth. Courtesy of PLANTOID

Revolutionary Robotic Solutions are Inspired by Plants

October 10, 2014 12:42 pm | by European Commission | News | Comments

Researchers are demonstrating revolutionary robotic techniques inspired by plants, featuring a 3-D-printed ‘trunk,’ ‘leaves’ that sense the environment and ‘roots’ that grow and change direction. Humans naturally understand problems and solutions from an animal’s perspective, tending to see plants as passive organisms that don’t ‘do’ much of anything, but plants do move, and they sense, and they do so in extremely efficient ways.

The system is being used to cool Magnus, one of the center's supercomputers, which is able to deliver processing power in excess of a petaflop. Courtesy of iVEC

Pawsey Magnus Supercomputer Utilizing Water-saving Groundwater System

October 10, 2014 12:27 pm | by Teresa Belcher, ScienceNetwork WA | News | Comments

More than 2.8 megaliters of water has been saved in just under a year using groundwater to cool the Pawsey Centre supercomputer in Perth.To make that happen, scientists have undertaken stringent tests to ensure that returning heated water to the Mullalloo aquifer has no adverse effects.

“The collective expertise of NeuroLINCS investigators provides a unique opportunity to increase our knowledge of what makes brain cells unique and what happens during neurodegenerative diseases," said UC Irvine's Leslie M. Thompson.

Novel NIH Program will Create Database of Human Brain Cell Activity

October 10, 2014 12:08 pm | by UC Irvine | News | Comments

UC Irvine will receive $8 million from the NIH to establish one of six national centers dedicated to creating a database of human cellular responses that will accelerate efforts to develop new therapies for many diseases. The center will partner with researchers from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s Regenerative Medicine Institute, the Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease, UC San Francisco, Johns Hopkins University and MIT.

NASA’s Traffic and Atmospheric Information for General Aviation (TAIGA) technology system is capable of showing pilots the altitude of nearby terrain via color. Yellow identifies terrain that is near the aircraft’s altitude and red shows the terrain that

New NASA Technology Brings Critical Data to Pilots over Remote Alaskan Territories

October 10, 2014 11:58 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA has formally delivered to Alaskan officials a new technology that could help pilots flying over the vast wilderness expanses of the northern-most state. The technology is designed to help pilots make better flight decisions, especially when disconnected from the Internet, telephone, flight services and other data sources normally used by pilots.

Crops growing in an Egyptian oasis, with the Pyramids of Giza in the background. Courtesy of Purdue University

Powerful Web-based Geospatial Data Project puts Major Issues on the Map

October 9, 2014 2:02 pm | by NSF | News | Comments

Technology is putting complex topics like severe weather and climate change on the map — literally. Mapping data associated with specific geographic locations is a powerful way to glean new and improved knowledge from data collections and to explain the results to policymakers and the public. Particularly useful is the ability to layer different kinds of geospatial data on top of one another and see how they interact.

Results confirm the time dilation predicted for high velocities in the theory of relativity with an accuracy that has never before been achieved. Furthermore, the team provided the first direct proof of a spectral line in highly charged bismuth ions.

Physics Fundamentals Confirmed: Testing Einstein’s Time Dilation, Quantum Electrodynamics

October 9, 2014 1:56 pm | by Technische Universität Darmstadt | News | Comments

The special theory of relativity of Albert Einstein and quantum electrodynamics, which was formulated by, among others, Richard Feynman, are two important fundaments of modern physics. The research group of Wilfried Nörtershäuser re-examined these theories in experiments at the GSI Helmholtz Center for Heavy Ion Research. Nörtershäuser’s team has accelerated ions to velocities near the speed of light and illuminated them with a laser.

Artist's impression: Bill Saxton, NRAO/AUI/NSF

Astronomers See Right into Heart of Exploding Star

October 9, 2014 12:43 pm | by University of Manchester | News | Comments

An international team of astronomers has been able to see into the heart of an exploding star, by combining data from telescopes that are hundreds or even thousands of kilometers apart. Highly-detailed images produced using radio telescopes from across Europe and America have pinpointed the locations where a stellar explosion (called a nova), emitted gamma rays (extremely high energy radiation).

First Spacewalk of Expedition 41 -- Courtesy of NASA/ESA/Alexander Gerst

Astronaut Reid Wiseman on the First Spacewalk of Expedition 41

October 9, 2014 12:25 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

On October 7, 2014, NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman and European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst completed the first of three spacewalks for the Expedition 41 crew aboard the International Space Station. The spacewalkers worked outside the space station's Quest airlock for 6 hours and 13 minutes, relocating a failed cooling pump to external stowage and installing gear that provides back up power to external robotics equipment.

The Columbia Supercomputer at NASA's Advanced Supercomputing Facility at Ames Research Center. Courtesy of Trower, NASA

SC14 Plenary, led by SGI and NASA, to Focus on Importance of Supercomputers in Society

October 9, 2014 12:18 pm | by SC14 | News | Comments

Supercomputing 2014 (SC14) is announcing a new “HPC Matters” plenary that will examine the important roles that high performance computing (HPC) plays in every aspect of society from simplifying manufacturing to tsunami warning systems and hurricane predictions to improving care for cancer patients.

UN-SCAN-IT Gel 7.1 Gel Analysis Software

UN-SCAN-IT Gel 7.1 Gel Analysis Software

October 9, 2014 9:32 am | Silk Scientific, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

UN-SCAN-IT Gel 7.1 gel analysis software converts virtually any scanner, digital camera or other image input device into an accurate high‑speed densitometer and digitizer system. Features include a zoomable and scalable analysis screen, lane analysis, segment analysis, dot blot analysis, color and grayscale gel analysis, clone drawing mode, MW calculation and calibration curves.

A comparison of two weather forecast models for the New Jersey area. At left shows the forecast that doesn't distinguish local hazardous weather. At right shows the High Resolution Rapid Refresh (HRRR) model that clearly depicts where local thunderstorms,

Weather Service Storm Forecasts Get More Localized

October 8, 2014 11:53 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The next time some nasty storms are heading your way, the National Weather Service says it will have a better forecast of just how close they could come to you. The weather service started using a new high-resolution computer model that officials say will dramatically improve forecasts for storms up to 15 hours in advance. It should better pinpoint where and when tornadoes, thunderstorms and blizzards are expected.

A new principle, called data smashing, estimates the similarities between streams of arbitrary data without human intervention, and without access to the data sources.

Data Smashing Could Unshackle Automated Discovery

October 8, 2014 11:45 am | by Cornell University | News | Comments

A little-known secret in data mining is that simply feeding raw data into a data analysis algorithm is unlikely to produce meaningful results. New discoveries often begin with comparison of data streams to find connections and spot outliers. But most data comparison algorithms today have one major weakness — somewhere, they rely on a human expert. But experts aren’t keeping pace with the complexities of big data.



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