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ANSYS 16.0's structural mechanics suite supports Xeon Phi with shared-memory and distributed-memory parallelism for both the Linux and Windows platforms.

ANSYS, Intel Collaborate to Spur Innovation

March 13, 2015 9:10 am | by ANSYS | News | Comments

Ansys has announced that engineers using ANSYS 16.0 in combination with Intel Xeon technology can realize a 300 percent decrease in solution time. The ANSYS and Intel partnership ensures that simulation engineers performing structural analysis can expect seamless high-performance computing (HPC) operations with multi-core Xeon E5 v3 processors and many-core Xeon Phi coprocessors.

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

Optimizing Application Energy Efficiency Using CPUs, GPUs and FPGAs

March 13, 2015 8:43 am | by Rob Farber | Articles | Comments

The HPC and enterprise communities are experiencing a paradigm shift as FLOPs per watt, rather than FLOPs (floating-point operations per second), are becoming the guiding metric in procurements, system design, and now application development. In short, “performance at any cost” is no longer viable, as the operational costs of supercomputer clusters are now on par with the acquisition cost of the hardware itself.

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A view of the LHC (large hadron collider) in its tunnel at CERN (European particle physics laboratory) near Geneva, Switzerland. After a two-year shutdown and upgrade, Europe’s multi-billion dollar Large Hadron Collider is about to ramp up for its second

Far more Violent Crashes Promised in Run 2 of Large Hadron Collider

March 12, 2015 3:31 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Scientists will soon debut the blockbuster sequel to the so-called Big Bang Machine, which already found the elusive Higgs Boson. They're promising nearly twice the energy and far more violent particle crashes this time around.

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The Apollonian circle packing fractal is a quantification of the sandpile fractal’s ability to remember that it used to live on a square grid. Courtesy of Lionel Levine, Wesley Pegden and Charles Smart

Self-organized Criticality: One Fractal Quantifies Another

March 12, 2015 3:07 pm | by Anne Ju, Cornell University | News | Comments

To humor mathematicians, picture a pile of sand grains — say, a billion — in one square of a vast sheet of graph paper. If four or more grains occupy a single square, that square topples by sending one grain to each of its four neighboring squares. Keep zooming out so the squares become very small, and something strange happens — the sand still “remembers” that it used to live on a square lattice, and a distinctive pattern emerges.

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This June 28, 2009 image provided by NASA, taken by the international Cassini spacecraft, shows Enceladus, one of Saturn’s moons. A new study suggests there are ongoing interactions between hot water and rocks beneath the surface of the icy moon. (AP Phot

Hunt for Alien Life: Do Hot Springs Bubble beneath the Ice of Saturn Moon?

March 12, 2015 2:44 pm | by Alicia Chang, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

New research suggests there are hot springs bubbling beneath the icy surface of a tiny Saturn moon. If confirmed, it would make the moon Enceladus (ehn-SEHL'-uh-duhs) the only other known body in the solar system besides Earth where hot water and rocks interact underground. That activity would make the moon an even more attractive place in the hunt for microbial life.

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Island of Hawaii seen from the International Space Station -- Courtesy of NASA/ESA/Samantha Cristoforetti – click to enlarge

Island of Hawaii seen from the International Space Station

March 12, 2015 12:19 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

From the International Space Station, European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti took this photograph of the island of Hawaii and posted it to social media on February 28, 2015. Cristoforetti wrote, "And suddenly as we flew over the Pacific... the island of #Hawaii with its volcanoes! #HelloEarth"

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Debra 6.2 Laboratory Information Management System

Debra 6.2 Laboratory Information Management System

March 12, 2015 11:17 am | Lablogic Systems Limited | Product Releases | Comments

Debra 6.2 laboratory information management system (LIMS) is designed for radiolabelled metabolism studies. The system offers a protocol set-up for adsorption/desorption studies, together with flexible reporting for all study parameters. Other key features include soil dispensing options for aqueous sediment study types, the ability to convert aliquot volumes to weights by addition of a density value ...

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MATLAB 8.5 (R2015a) Numerical Computing Environment

MATLAB 8.5 (R2015a) Numerical Computing Environment

March 12, 2015 10:36 am | The Mathworks, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

MATLAB 8.5 is a high-level language and interactive environment used by engineers and scientists to explore and visualize ideas and to collaborate across disciplines, including signal and image processing, communications, control systems and computational finance.

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People celebrate Pi Day around the world with pie-eating, pie-throwing and even pi-recitation contests, where participants recite digits of this irrational number from memory. Courtesy of Medea Material

Once-in-a-Century: Celebrating 10 Digits of Pi on 3.14.15 at 9:26:53

March 12, 2015 9:42 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Blogs | Comments

An e-pi-c day is coming! On 3.14.15 at 9:26:53; the date/time will correspond to the first 10 digits of the mathematical constant pi (3.141592653). This happens only once per century — a truly once-in-a-lifetime event for most people.

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The appearance of fractal patterns on the surface of cancer cells. Courtesy of M. Dokukin and I. Sokolov

Fractal Patterns Offer New Line of Attack on Cancer

March 11, 2015 2:19 pm | by Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Studying the intricate fractal patterns on the surface of cells could give researchers a new insight into the physical nature of cancer, and provide new ways of preventing the disease from developing. This is according to scientists who have, for the first time, shown how physical fractal patterns emerge on the surface of human cancer cells at a specific point of progression towards cancer.

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Chalcogenide glass: Using conventional fiber drawing techniques, microfibers can be produced from chalcogenide (glasses based on sulphur) that possess a variety of broadband photoinduced effects, which allow the fibers to be switched on and off.

Optical Fibers Light Way for Brain-like Computing

March 11, 2015 12:36 pm | by University of Southampton | News | Comments

Computers that function like the human brain could soon become a reality thanks to new research using optical fibers made of specialty glass, which has the potential to allow faster and smarter optical computers capable of learning and evolving. Researchers have demonstrated how neural networks and synapses in the brain can be reproduced, with optical pulses as information carriers, using special fibers made from chalcogenides.

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Clam Shrimp Larva -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World -- 2014 Nikon Small World Honorable Mention -- Click to enlarge

Clam Shrimp Larva

March 11, 2015 11:50 am | News | Comments

This 250x photo of clam shrimp larva received an honorable mention in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. It was taken using confocal microscopy.

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To qualify for the DRC Finals, the new teams had to submit videos showing successful completion of five sample tasks.

$3.5 Million in Prizes at Stake in DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals

March 11, 2015 11:40 am | by Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency | News | Comments

The international robotics community has turned out in force for the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals, a competition of robots and their human supervisors to be held June 5 to 6 outside of Los Angeles. In the competition, human-robot teams will be tested on capabilities that could enable them to provide assistance in future natural and man-made disasters.

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Mark Anawis is a Principal Scientist and ASQ Six Sigma Black Belt at Abbott

Understanding Reliability Models

March 11, 2015 8:25 am | by Mark Anawis | Blogs | Comments

Cicero said: “The shifts of fortune test the reliability of friends.” Fortunately, the reliability of processes can be more easily understood than friends. It is defined as the probability of performing a specific function under certain conditions for a specific period of time without failure

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Common Blue Butterfly -- Courtesy of Erk Dallmeyer – Click to enlarge

Common Blue Butterfly

March 10, 2015 12:39 pm | News | Comments

For the Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus), by far the most common Gossamer in Germany, collected data shows a statistically significant decline of population. Grassland butterfly populations have declined dramatically over the last two decades.

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