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Since its inception in 1966, ACM’s Turing Award has honored the computer scientists and engineers who created the systems and underlying theoretical foundations that have propelled the information technology industry.

Turing Award Prize Raised to $1 Million Cash

November 14, 2014 2:25 pm | by ACM | News | Comments

ACM has announced that the funding level for the ACM A.M. Turing Award is now $1,000,000, to be provided by Google. The new amount is four times its previous level. The cash award, which goes into effect for the 2014 ACM Turing Award to be announced early next year, reflects the escalating impact of computing on daily life through the innovations and technologies it enables.

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Radhika Kulkarni, Ph.D. is SAS Vice President for Advanced Analytics R&D, and a 2014 INFORMS Fellow.

Predictive Analytics: Harnessing Insights from Text and Network Data

November 14, 2014 10:44 am | by Radhika Kulkarni, Ph.D., SAS | Blogs | Comments

The predictive analytics landscape covers a wide variety of techniques and methods designed to derive insights from data. These techniques have been used successfully for many years on structured data. In recent times, the volume and variety of data available for analysis has exploded, and most of this data is in non-traditional forms.

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A New Dawn: Bringing HPC to Smaller Manufacturers

HPC Source - A New Dawn: Bringing HPC to Smaller Manufacturers

November 13, 2014 3:43 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

Welcome to SCIENTIFIC COMPUTING's "Bringing HPC to Smaller Manufacturers" edition of HPC Source, an interactive publication devoted exclusively to coverage of high performance computing.

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Panasas SiteSync

November 13, 2014 2:43 pm | Panasas | Product Releases | Comments

SiteSync is a high-speed, parallel replication and file transfer solution designed to solve the challenge of moving massive data sets across the LAN quickly and with ease. The software can replicate data up to 10x faster than conventional file transfer utilities. It provides fast and flexible parallel data migration and synchronization for disaster recovery, disk-to-disk backup and remote archive applications.

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IBM and Pathway Genomics are aiming to revolutionize the health and wellness industry by leveraging the natural language processing and cognitive capabilities of Watson. For the first time consumers will be able to ask the Pathway Panorama app questions t

IBM Watson Group Invests in Pathway Genomics

November 13, 2014 2:28 pm | by IBM | News | Comments

Cognitive apps are in market today and continue to change the way professionals and consumers make decisions. To help accelerate this transformation, the IBM Watson Group announced an investment in Pathway Genomics, a clinical laboratory that offers genetic testing services globally, to help deliver the first-ever cognitive consumer-facing app based on genetics from a user’s personal makeup.

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Top down view of the gmon qubit chip (0.6 cm x 0.6 cm) connected to microwave frequency control lines (copper) with thin wire bonds. Courtesy of Michael Fang, Martinis Lab

Piece of the Quantum Puzzle: Achieving Controllability to Explore Simulation

November 13, 2014 1:57 pm | by Julie Cohen, UC Santa Barbara | News | Comments

While the Martinis Lab at UC Santa Barbara has been focusing on quantum computation, former postdoctoral fellow Pedram Roushan and several colleagues have been exploring qubits (quantum bits) for quantum simulation on a smaller scale. In conjunction with developing a general-purpose quantum computer, Martinis’ team worked on a new qubit architecture, which is an essential ingredient for quantum simulation.

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Microscopic Clam Larva -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Microscopic Clam Larva

November 13, 2014 1:47 pm | News | Comments

This 60X photo shows microscopic clam larva (glochidia). 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 using confocal microscopy and autofluorescence.

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John Kirkley, President of Kirkley Communications, is a writer and editor who specializes in HPC.

A New Dawn: Bringing HPC to Smaller Manufacturers

November 13, 2014 11:26 am | by John Kirkley | Articles | Comments

Folk wisdom can sometimes be right on target. For example, there’s that old bromide about leading a horse to water. In this case, the water is high performance computing, and the reluctant equine is the huge base of small- to medium-sized manufacturers in the U.S. According to the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, there are approximately 300,000 manufacturers in the U.S. Over 95 percent of them can be characterized as SMMs.

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John Joyce is a laboratory informatics specialist based in Richmond, VA.

Holiday Shopping? 25 Gifts Sheldon and Friends would Love

November 13, 2014 8:40 am | by John R. Joyce, Ph.D. | Blogs | Comments

Welcome to Scientific Computing's annual holiday gift guide. In this section, we've focused on identifying gifts suitable for the true Geeks out there. However, I believe everyone has a little geek in them, it just needs to be properly nurtured for it to catch fire.

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Black pine (Pinus nigra), one of the species whose life history data is part of the database, is seen against a stunning backdrop of New Zealand. Courtesy of Yvonne Buckley

Big Data Takes Root in the World of Plant Research

November 12, 2014 3:47 pm | by Trinity College Dublin | News | Comments

Botanists have launched a database with information that documents significant ‘life events’ for nearly 600 plant species across the globe. They clubbed together with like-minded individuals working across five different continents to compile the huge database of plant life histories, for which data have been gathered over a near 50-year span.

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Specific bits of a digital image file that have been replaced with the bits of a secret steganographic payload permit a covert agent to post top-secret documents on their Facebook wall by simply uploading what appear to be cute images of kittens on any ty

Leading the Eyewitness: Digital Image Forensics in a Megapixel World

November 12, 2014 3:42 pm | by William Weaver, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

Current research in the area of digital image forensics is developing better ways to convert image files into frequencies, such as using wavelet transforms in addition to more traditional cosine transforms and more sensitive methods for determining if each area of an image belongs to the whole.

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The High Performance Computing — Power Application Program Interface is intended to standardize and control power and energy features of high-performance computing systems.

Interface Helps Standardize Supercomputer Power and Energy Systems

November 12, 2014 3:38 pm | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

To help moderate the energy needs of increasingly power-hungry supercomputers, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have released an application programming interface (API) with the goal of standardizing measurement and control of power- and energy-relevant features for HPC systems. The High Performance Computing — Power API specification, still open to collaborators for future development and is vendor-neutral.

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By using a technique called ion doping, the team of researchers have discovered a material that could use light to bring together different computing functions into one component, leading to all-optical systems.

Lighting the Way for Super-fast Computers

November 12, 2014 3:28 pm | by University of Surrey | News | Comments

Findings demonstrate how glass can be manipulated to create a material that will enable computers to transfer information using light. This development could significantly increase computer processing speeds and power in the future. The findings show that it’s possible to change the electronic properties of amorphous chalcogenides, a glass material integral to data technologies such as CDs and DVDs.

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Buckling Hydrogel Bilayer -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Close-up: Buckling Hydrogel Bilayer

November 12, 2014 3:23 pm | News | Comments

This 10X photo shows the buckling of a hydrogel bilayer due to swelling. 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 using fluorescence.

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Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source

HPC Matters – Now More than Ever

November 12, 2014 11:07 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Blogs | Comments

In our November issue, Don Johnston looks at how “HPC Matters to our Quality of Life and Prosperity” and at how, through the HPC Impact Showcase, SC14 aims to underscore just how far-reaching high performance computing’s influence has become. Our cover story takes a look at several examples of how supercomputing capabilities are now being applied to problems that help businesses be more competitive and improve the quality of daily life.

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