From gene mapping to space exploration, humanity continues to generate ever-larger sets of data — far more information than people can actually process, manage or understand. Machine learning systems can help deal with this ever-growing flood of information. Some of the most powerful of these tools are based on a branch of geometry called topology, which deals with properties that stay the same even when something is bent and stretched.
From a bird’s-eye view of a shantytown to an illustration of dendrites, the new CCS Visualization Lab allows faculty members, researchers, scientists and students to display high-resolution images, data, charts and other information in visually stunning formats. A plug-and-play system, the 22-foot-long 2-D display monitor is capable of displaying one large image or breaking up components of data into as many as 10 individual screens.
Cray announced the Company has signed a $36 million contract to upgrade and expand the Cray XC supercomputers and Sonexion storage system at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts. When the project is completed, the enhanced systems will allow the world-class numerical weather prediction and research center to continue to drive improvements in its highly-complex models to provide more accurate weather forecasts.
Forget about selfies. In California, residents are using smartphones and drones to document the coastline's changing face. Starting this month, The Nature Conservancy is asking tech junkies to capture flooding and coastal erosion that come with El Nino. The idea is that crowd-sourced, geotagged images of storm surges and flooded beaches will give scientists a brief window into what the future holds as sea levels rise from global warming.
The Code Contributors: Experts offer Insights on Future-proofing Algorithmic Code with the NAG LibraryJanuary 22, 2016 4:15 pm | by NAG | Articles | Comments
The NAG Library is a set of mathematical and statistical algorithms used by thousands around the world for solution of numerical problems. Every release has included numerical code contributed by professionals working in industry and academia. These esteemed “Code Contributors” generously give their code to help others gain benefit from their expert algorithms. Each code donated is then documented, tested, maintained and supported by NAG.
Data integrity continues to be the hottest regulatory topic for the pharmaceutical industry, with citations from all major regulatory authorities on a global scale. In September 2015, WHO issued a draft document entitled Guidance on Good Data and Record Management Practices or, in other words, a data integrity guidance.
Innovative Strategy Advances Renewable Energy Research, Creates World’s Most Energy-efficient Data CenterJanuary 22, 2016 1:46 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Articles | Comments
In the research projects it conducts and in the way it conducts research, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory lives out the true meaning of its energy-efficient creed. In this way, NREL is that rarest of entities: a preacher of virtue that incorporates virtue into its daily life. NREL’s sincerity of purpose begins with its Peregrine supercomputer and the ultra-efficient data center in which it resides.
Here they are — the five most-visited stories from the past week. Entire buildings 3-D mapped in just 10 minutes to with a mobile device; a super supernova that easily outshines our entire Milky Way; building a mirror for one of the world’s biggest telescopes; the brain’s memory capacity found to be as the entire Web; and discovery of the largest known prime number — almost 5M digits larger than the previous record...
Adaptive Computing announced it has set a new record in high throughput computing in collaboration with Supermicro. Supermicro SuperServers, custom optimized for Nitro, the new high throughput resource manager from Adaptive, were able to launch up to 530 tasks per second per core on Supermicro based low latency UP SuperServer and over 17,600 tasks per second on its 4-Way based SuperServer.
Since the 1960s, computer chips have been built using a process called photolithography. But in the past five years, chip features have gotten smaller than the wavelength of light, which has required some ingenious modifications of photolithographic processes. Keeping up the rate of circuit miniaturization that we’ve come to expect will eventually require new manufacturing techniques. Block copolymers are one promising alternative...
Researchers have been awarded over $28 million to develop advanced machine learning algorithms by pushing the frontiers of neuroscience. The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity funds large-scale programs that address the most difficult challenges facing the intelligence community. IARPA’s challenge: figure out why brains are so good at learning, and use that information to design computer systems...
In Star Trek, a transporter can teleport a person from one location to another without actually making the journey along the way. Such a transporter has fascinated many people. Quantum teleportation shares several features of the transporter and is one of the most important protocols in quantum information. Researchers proposed a scheme to create a Schrödinger's cat state in which a microorganism can be in two places at the same time.
Winter is bearing down anew, and Harvard University students have been engineering new ways to deal with it. Eighteen juniors representing several engineering disciplines in professor David Mooney's problem-solving and design class spent the fall semester inventing a robotic remote-control rooftop snowblower, a superheated icicle cutter and a freeze-resistant doormat.
NASA and NOAA satellites tracked a large winter storm that brought heavy snowfall to the U.S. Mid-Atlantic region on January 22 and 23. The low pressure area from the Eastern Pacific Ocean moved into the western U.S. and tracked across the four corners region into Texas where NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite observed the clouds associated with the storm.
Our five closest planetary neighbors are putting on a heavenly show. Starting this week, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are gathering together in the pre-dawn sky. It's the first time these five planets have converged like this in more than a decade. All five planets will appear together until February 20, 2016. Astronomers put optimal viewing at 45 minutes before sunrise.