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.
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, 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.
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 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.
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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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.