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This map of Greenland ice sheet velocity was created using data from Sentinel-1A in January to March 2015 and complemented by the routine 12-day repeat acquisitions of the margins since June 2015. About 1200 radar scenes from the satellite’s wide-swath mo

International Effort reveals Greenland Ice Loss

November 13, 2015 4:25 pm | by ESA | News | Comments

One of Greenland’s glaciers is losing five billion tons of ice a year to the ocean, according to researchers. While these new findings may be disturbing, they are reinforced by a concerted effort to map changes in ice sheets with different sensors from space agencies around the world. It is estimated that the entire Zachariae Isstrom glacier in northeast Greenland holds enough water to raise global sea levels by more than 46 centimeters.

Deb Oliver, a former Lockheed Martin and Vencore executive with over 30 years of experience working with the federal government, will lead Seagate Government Solutions.

Seagate Government Solutions Group to Focus on Federal Big Data, HPC and Security Needs

November 13, 2015 3:35 pm | by Seagate Technology | News | Comments

Seagate Technology has announced the formation of Seagate Government Solutions, a new U.S.-based business entity dedicated to helping address the growing data-management needs of government agencies. The new Seagate entity will focus on the federal government’s big data, HPC and security needs. Seagate Government Solutions will draw from Seagate’s purpose-engineered HPC and security storage technology...

The HPC Advisory Council Stanford High-Performance Computing Conference 2016 will focus on high performance computing usage models and benefits, the future of supercomputing, latest technology developments, best practices and advanced HPC topics, as well

HPC Advisory Council Announces Stanford High-Performance Computing Conference 2016

November 13, 2015 3:20 pm | by HPC Advisory Council | News | Comments

The HPC Advisory Council, a leading organization for high-performance computing research, outreach and education, today announced the HPC Advisory Council Stanford High-Performance Computing Conference 2016. The conference will focus on HPC usage models and benefits, the future of supercomputing, latest technology developments, best practices and advanced HPC topics, as well as new topics surrounding machine learning and big data.

The OpenHPC Project’s goal is to create a stable environment for testing and validation, as well as provide a robust and diverse open-source software stack that minimizes user overhead and associated costs.

Cray to Join OpenHPC Community

November 13, 2015 3:10 pm | by Cray | News | Comments

Global supercomputer company Cray announced plans to join the OpenHPC Project, led by The Linux Foundation. Cray’s participation in OpenHPC will focus on making technology contributions that will help to standardize software stack components, leverage open-source technologies, and simplify the maintenance and operation of the software stack for end-users. The OpenHPC Project is designed to create a unified community of key stakeholders...

The ArxLab platform will enable Broad scientists to leverage their data in new ways across a spectrum of research in biology and chemistry.

Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard to Leverage Data in New Ways

November 13, 2015 2:44 pm | by Arxspan | News | Comments

The Broad Institute has entered into an agreement for use of the ArxLab cloud-based suite of biological and chemical discovery information management tools. The tools will be used for managing the Institute's electronic laboratory notebook, compound and assay registration, scientific analysis and search, biological visualization, and inventory management functions.

Satellites Set for Ambitious Test of Einstein’s Most Famous Theory

Stories You Shouldn’t Miss — November 6-12

November 13, 2015 2:03 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | News | Comments

Five must-read stories from the past week include the most extreme entanglement between pairs of photons ever seen in the lab; thermal scanning in Egypt's pyramids identifying anomalies, including a major one in the largest pyramid; a unique list of items suitable for gifting to those you hold dear; an ambitious satellite test of Einstein’s most famous theory; and how computers broke science — and what we can do to fix it.

Among other findings, the Blacklight simulations suggested that the lumbar spine would experience higher stress when a driver starts in a more reclined position. Courtesy of Wake Forest University Center for Injury Biomechanics

Crash Test Simulations Expose Real Risks

November 13, 2015 12:11 pm | by NSF | News | Comments

More than 33,000 Americans die in motor vehicle crashes annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Modern restraint systems save lives, but some deaths and injuries remain — and restraints themselves can cause some injuries. The Crash Injury Research and Engineering Network has created a database of real-world vehicle crashes for researchers to test with computer models.

The system uses a machine-learning algorithm to characterize the effects of the manipulation according to a few basic parameters, most of which concern variations in the luminance, or brightness, of the pixels in the patch.

Mobile Image Processing in the Cloud Cuts Bandwidth Use More than 98 Percent

November 13, 2015 12:02 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT | News | Comments

As smartphones become people’s primary computers and cameras, there is growing demand for mobile versions of image-processing applications. Image processing, however, can be computationally intensive and could quickly drain a cellphone battery. Some mobile apps try to solve this problem by sending image files to a central server, which processes the images and sends them back. But with large images, this introduces significant delays.

Venus Express has shown that the polar vortices of Venus are among the most variable in the Solar System. This series of images of Venus’ south pole was taken with the VIRTIS instrument from February 2007 (top left) to April 2008 (bottom right). -- Courte

Dramatic Changes in Venus’s Vortex Core

November 13, 2015 11:49 am | by ESA | News | Comments

On November 9, 2005, Venus Express spacecraft left Earth and began its 153-day journey to Venus. The craft spent eight years studying the planet in detail. One of the aims was to observe the atmosphere continuously over long periods in a bid to understand its behavior. The shape of the vortex core changes dramatically as it is buffeted by turbulent winds and can resemble an ‘S,’ figure-eight, spiral — quickly morphing one day to the next.

Tim Moran is Product Manager, Life Science Research at Dassault Systèmes BIOVIA.

Quality by Design in Biopharma R&D: Bringing Quality Forward Pays Off

November 13, 2015 11:10 am | by Tim Moran, BIOVIA | Blogs | Comments

With biologics filling the pipelines of life sciences companies, the biopharmaceutical industry needs to rethink its view of quality. Once primarily considered a focus in downstream drug development and manufacturing, quality now demands just as much attention in upstream discovery research. The need to focus on quality during early biologics research stems in part from complexity, but it also results from increased regulatory scrutiny...

Ebola transmission within Sierra Leone, 2014-15, inferred by computer model.

Computer Model Reveals Deadly Ebola Route, can be Used in Real-time for Future Disease Outbreaks

November 12, 2015 2:47 pm | by Columbia University | News | Comments

Using a novel statistical model, researchers mapped the spread of the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, providing the most detailed picture to date on how and where it spread, and identifying two critical opportunities to control the epidemic. The result matches details known about the early phase of the outbreak, suggesting real-time value to health authorities planning interventions to contain future disease outbreaks.   

During SC15, an International team of high energy physicists, computer scientists and network engineers led by Caltech, SPRACE Sao Paulo and University of Michigan, together with teams from FIU, Vanderbilt and support from vendors including Dell, Mangstor

Showcasing Cutting-edge Developments in High Performance Networking

November 12, 2015 11:15 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | News | Comments

For SC15, SCinet will once again be providing a venue for quality demos and technical papers that showcase the latest technologies and practices in high performance networking used as a platform for HPC around the world. There will be two components to this year’s program: the Network Research Exhibition (NRE) and the academic-driven Innovating the Network for Data-intensive Science (INDIS) workshop. 

Northern Italy -- Courtesy of Copernicus Sentinel data (2015)/ESA – Click to enlarge

Northern Italy

November 12, 2015 10:39 am | by ESA | News | Comments

Lakes on the southern side of the Italian Alps are pictured in this early acquisition by the Sentinel-2A satellite. Processed using the high-resolution infrared channel of the satellite’s multispectral camera, the image shows healthy vegetation in red, such as the hills and mountains in the upper part of the image. From the top of the image, we see the southern part of Lake Maggiore.

Paul Denny-Gouldson is VP of Strategic Solutions at IDBS.

Is Europe falling behind in the Global R&D Race?

November 12, 2015 10:17 am | by Paul Denny-Gouldson is VP of Strategic Solutions at IDBS | Blogs | Comments

Europe’s research and development (R&D) ecosystem is undoubtedly evolving. Many of the key aspects that define R&D in the region are changing, from funding and patent law to competitive pressures and business practices. These changes are converging to create a new set of challenges, threats and opportunities for R&D-driven organizations. What are the key changes, and how will the industry respond?

Los Alamos National Laboratory sits on top of a once-remote mesa in northern New Mexico with the Jemez mountains as a backdrop to research and innovation covering multi-disciplines from bioscience, sustainable energy sources, to plasma physics and new mat

Los Alamos to Explore New Methods of Computing as Part of National Strategic Computing Initiative

November 12, 2015 9:08 am | by D-Wave Systems | News | Comments

D-Wave Systems announced that Los Alamos National Laboratory will acquire and install the latest D-Wave quantum computer, the 1000+ qubit D-Wave 2X system. Los Alamos, a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security, will lead a collaboration within the Department of Energy and with select university partners to explore the capabilities and applications of quantum annealing technology.



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