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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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University of Waikato Master of Engineering student Pinwei Jin with his Snake Robot prototype at the Carter Holt Harvey Pulp & Paper Engineering Design Show.

Snake Robot to the Rescue

November 11, 2014 3:17 pm | by University of Waikato | News | Comments

Pinwei Jin has designed and built a remote control robotic snake, which he hopes will be used in the future for rescue operations. Differing from the existing mobile rescue robot systems currently in the market place, Jin says his Snake Robot provides the flexibility of movement needed in cluttered and irregular environments created by disasters.

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Recent gender diversity reports from Google, Facebook and Apple (to name a few) have spurred a number of positive efforts to bring more women into computer science, including the SC14 Women in HPC workshop, NVIDIA’s Women who CUDA campaign, and Google’s $

Women Who Compute: Overcoming Lack of Gender Diversity in Science and Technology

November 11, 2014 3:17 pm | by Rob Farber | Articles | Comments

Recent gender diversity reports from Google, Facebook and Apple (to name a few) have spurred a number of positive efforts to bring more women into computer science, including the SC14 Women in High Performance Computing workshop, NVIDIA’s Women who CUDA campaign, and Google’s $50M Women Who Code program.

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The USS Macon inside Hangar One at Moffett Field on October 15, 1933 — following a transcontinental flight from Lakehurst, New Jersey.

Google Signs 60-year, $1 Billion NASA Lease

November 11, 2014 3:07 pm | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google has signed a long-term lease for part of a historic Navy air base, where it plans to renovate three massive hangars and use them for projects involving aviation, space exploration and robotics. The giant Internet company will pay $1.16 billion in rent over 60 years for the property, which also includes a working air field, golf course and other buildings. The 1,000-acre site is part of the former Moffett Field Naval Air Station.

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TOP500, long renowned for its semi-annual lists naming the 500 top-performing supercomputers in the world, will now feature ongoing news, research and information about the HPC industry.

Intersect360 Becomes Market Research Partner for New TOP500 Portal

November 11, 2014 2:48 pm | by Intersect360 Research | News | Comments

Intersect360 Research, an industry analyst firm providing market forecasting, research and consulting for the worldwide HPC market, will be the market research partner of Prometeus, promoters of the newly re-launched TOP500 information portal. TOP500, long renowned for its semi-annual lists naming the 500 top-performing supercomputers in the world, will now feature ongoing news, research and information about the HPC industry.

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Parasitic Snails on a Featherstar -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Parasitic Snails on a Featherstar

November 11, 2014 2:30 pm | News | Comments

This 10X photo shows parasitic snails (Annulobalcis maculatus) on an echinoderm featherstar (Comanthus wahlbergi). 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 a stereomicroscope with LED light and strobes

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The Renaissance Computing Institute’s high performance computing cluster quickly generates better intelligence about coastal hazards and risk. Courtesy of RENCI

HPC Matters to our Quality of Life and Prosperity

November 11, 2014 2:22 pm | by Don Johnston | Articles | Comments

The complexity of high-end computing technology makes it largely invisible to the public. HPC simply lacks the Sputnik sex appeal of the space race, to which current global competition in supercomputing is often compared. Rather, it is seen as the exclusive realm of academia and national labs. Yet, its impact reaches into almost every aspect of daily life. Organizers of SC14 had this reach in mind when selecting the “HPC Matters” theme.

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This simulation depicts two electron bunches — containing 5 billion to 6 billion electrons each — that were accelerated by a laser-generated column of plasma inside an oven of hot lithium gas during experiments at SLAC. Courtesy of SLAC National Accelerat

Milestone in Accelerating Particles with Plasma Powerful Enough to Drive Future Accelerators

November 10, 2014 12:40 pm | by SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory | News | Comments

Scientists from the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and the University of California, Los Angeles have shown that a promising technique for accelerating electrons on waves of plasma is efficient enough to power a new generation of shorter, more economical accelerators. This could greatly expand their use in areas such as medicine, national security, industry and high-energy physics research.

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This artist's concept shows the Comet Siding Spring approaching Mars with NASA’s orbiters preparing to make science observations of this unique encounter. A pristine distant comet created a once-in-eight-million-year fireworks show on Mars and no humans w

Comet Creates Once-in-8-million-year Fireworks Show above Mars

November 10, 2014 12:37 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

A pristine distant comet created a once-in-8-million-year fireworks show above Mars last month. But no one got to see it live. New NASA data from satellites circling Mars shows that when the comet named Siding Spring skimmed the red planet, tons of comet dust bombarded the Martian sky with thousands of fireballs an hour. It warped the Martian atmosphere leaving all sorts of metals and an eerie yellow afterglow.

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Small Floating Sea Slug -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Small Floating Sea Slug

November 10, 2014 11:51 am | News | Comments

This 10X photo shows a small floating sea slug, Clione (Pteropoda:Gymnosomata). 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 stereomicroscopy.

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The IPCC at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is performing code modernization work on NWChem.

A Focus on Code Modernization: Observing Year One of the Intel Parallel Computing Centers

November 10, 2014 11:11 am | by Doug Black | Articles | Comments

One year ago, recognizing a rapidly emerging challenge facing the HPC community, Intel launched the Parallel Computing Centers program. With the great majority of the world’s technical HPC computing challenges being handled by systems based on Intel architecture, the company was keenly aware of the growing need to modernize a large portfolio of public domain scientific applications, to prepare these critically important codes for multi-core

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

Cloud Meets GMP

November 10, 2014 9:45 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Blogs | Comments

As companies move from traditional physical infrastructure operated in house to cloud computing, there are several important factors they must take into consideration. With this in mind, Scientific Computing has published a special series that examines the impact of good manufacturing practice regulations on cloud computing.

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Scientific Computing November 2014

November 2014 SC14 Special Edition

November 10, 2014 9:33 am | Digital Editions | Comments

Scientific Computing | November 2014 SC14 Special Edition

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A time-lapse photograph of the CIBER rocket launch, taken from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia in 2013. This was the last of four launches of the Cosmic Infrared Background Experiment (CIBER). Sub-orbital rockets are smaller than those that boo

Rocket Experiment Finds Surprising Cosmic Light

November 7, 2014 3:37 pm | by Kathy Svitil, Caltech | News | Comments

Using an experiment carried into space on a NASA suborbital rocket, astronomers have detected a diffuse cosmic glow that appears to represent more light than that produced by known galaxies in the universe. The researchers say the best explanation is that the cosmic light originates from stars that were stripped away from their parent galaxies and flung out into space as those galaxies collided and merged with other galaxies.

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