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Mount St. Helens at 35 -- Courtesy of NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen and Joshua Stevens, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey and ASTER GDEM2 data from NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team – Click to en

Mount St. Helens at 35

July 10, 2015 3:01 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

On May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens gave way to a cataclysmic flank collapse, avalanche and explosion that killed 57 people and displaced many others. The event dramatically reshaped the volcano and surrounding land in southwest Washington. Now, 35 years later, satellites in orbit and scientists on the ground still monitor the mountain and track its recovery. This image shows a three-dimensional view of the mountain.

The researchers were able to make a network of flash-based servers competitive with a network of RAM-based servers by moving a little computational power off of the servers and onto the chips that control the flash drives.

Flash Memory helps to cut Big Data Cost, Power Consumption

July 10, 2015 2:55 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT | News | Comments

Random-access memory is where computers like to store the data they’re working on. A processor can retrieve data from RAM tens of thousands of times more rapidly than it can from the computer’s disk drive. But in the age of big data, data sets are often much too large to fit in a single computer’s RAM. Flash memory could provide an alternative for big-data applications. It’s about 1/10 as expensive and consumes about 1/10 as much power

The iPlant Collaborative provides an array of platforms, services and tools empowering data scientists in all disciplines. Originally created for plant science research, the iPlant infrastructure borrowed concepts and technologies from other disciplines,

Taming the 'Genomical Beast' with Big Data Resources

July 10, 2015 2:34 pm | by Shelley Littin, iPlant Collaborative | News | Comments

The iPlant Collaborative, headquartered at the University of Arizona, is a National Science Foundation-funded cyberinfrastructure project providing computational support to life science researchers in the form of secure data storage, services for data analysis, and the underlying infrastructure to share datasets among collaborators anywhere in the world with an Internet connection.

Flaring, Active Regions of our Sun

Stories You Shouldn’t Miss — July 3-9

July 10, 2015 1:55 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | News | Comments

Here they are — the top most visited stories from the past week. A spyware peddler suffers a major hack; experimental artificial heart is a success; 8-minute video of Rover Opportunity’s Epic Mars Marathon; astounding new mosaic image of our Sun’s surface, and a series of intriguing spots along Pluto’s’ equator are all among the top hits.

Montage of images of solar activity between August 1991 and September 2001 taken by the Yohkoh Soft X-ray Telecope, showing variation in solar activity during a sunspot cycle. Courtesy of Yohkoh/ISAS/Lockheed-Martin/NAOJ/U. Tokyo/NASA

Sun’s Irregular Heartbeat driven by Double Dynamo

July 10, 2015 8:29 am | by Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) | News | Comments

A new model of the Sun’s solar cycle is producing unprecedentedly accurate predictions of irregularities within the Sun’s 11-year heartbeat. The model draws on dynamo effects in two layers of the Sun, one close to the surface and one deep within its convection zone. Predictions from the model suggest that solar activity will fall by 60 percent during the 2030s to conditions last seen during the ‘mini ice age’ that began in 1645.

NASA has released a new video in which a compilation of images taken by the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity’s hazard-avoidance cameras between January 2004 and April 2015 reveals an awe-inspiring rover's-eye-view of the 26.2-mile marathon from its land

Time-lapse! 8-minute NASA Video shows Opportunity’s Epic Mars Marathon

July 9, 2015 6:50 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | News | Comments

NASA has released a new video in which a compilation of images taken by the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity’s hazard-avoidance cameras between January 2004 and April 2015 reveals an awe-inspiring rover's-eye-view of the 26.2-mile marathon from its landing location, as a corresponding map of the rover's path appears alongside. Audio is derived from vibration measurements from the rover’s accelerometer.

View from an F-15D Eagle Aircraft – Courtesy of NASA/Jim Ross – Click to enlarge

View from an F-15D Eagle Aircraft

July 9, 2015 4:34 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA pilot Jim Less and photographer Jim Ross pull their F-15D #897 aircraft away from a KC-135 refueling tanker. NASA is supporting the Edwards Air Force Base F-15 program with safety and photo chase expertise. NASA research support aircraft are commonly called chase planes and fill the role of escort aircraft during research missions.

Teradata Appliance for Hadoop 5

Teradata Appliance for Hadoop 5

July 9, 2015 4:20 pm | by Teradata | Product Releases | Comments

Teradata Appliance for Hadoop 5 is configurable, ready-to-run and offers a choice of the latest version of Hadoop from Hortonworks (HDP 2.3), and for the first time, Cloudera (Cloudera Enterprise 5.4). The appliance facilitates integration with the Teradata Unified Data Architecture (UDA), a framework for organizations to address all types of data and multiple Teradata systems.

Dr. Michael Liehr (left) of SUNY Polytechnic Institute's Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering and Bala Haran (right) of IBM Research inspect a wafer comprised of 7nm (nanometer) node test chips in a clean room in Albany, NY. IBM Research, working

Research Alliance Produces First 7nm Node Test Chips, Clears Path for Next-gen Semiconductors

July 9, 2015 2:22 pm | by IBM Research | News | Comments

IBM Research announced that, working with SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, it has produced the semiconductor industry’s first 7nm node test chips with functional transistors. The accomplishment is driven by a $3 billion investment, where researchers are pushing the limits of chip technology to meet the demands of cloud computing, big data systems, cognitive computing and mobile products.

Conference sessions will take place in the Frankfurt Messe Forum and the exhibition will be held in Hall 3.

Just in Time: A Few Final ISC High Performance Updates

July 9, 2015 2:11 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | News | Comments

This Sunday, Frankfurt will become a hot spot in the HPC community, as 2,600 enthusiasts from 53 countries and 153 exhibitors make their way to the city to kick off the ISC High Performance conference and exhibition. The international conference will take place from July 12 to 16, 2015, and ISC reports that current registration points toward a record number of attendees. In particular, international attendance is surging...

Users can now view live-spectral, chromatographic and curve data in their notebook entries for deeper insight, more accurate knowledge capture and data analysis. Users can also transition directly into ACD/Labs’ Spectrus Platform to manipulate the analyti

ACD/Labs and IDBS Partnership Delivers Live Analytical Data to ELN Interface

July 9, 2015 12:05 pm | by IDBS | News | Comments

ACD/Labs and IDBS announced a new partnership to deliver an enhanced analytical sciences environment for IDBS Electronic Laboratory Notebook (ELN) users in the chemistry and biology space. The collaborative effort has begun with an integration of ACD/Labs’ Spectrus and IDBS’ E‑WorkBook 10 web technologies to bring live analytical data into the scientists’ ELN interfaces.

Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology faculty members Saurabh Sinha, a professor of computer science, left; and Gene Robinson, a professor of entomology and IGB director; and their colleagues warn that genomics data will likely surpass other Big Dat

Genomics to Lead in Data Acquisition, Storage, Distribution and Analysis Needs

July 9, 2015 10:36 am | by Liz Ahlberg, University Of Illinois | News | Comments

Each cell in the body contains a whole genome, yet the data packed into a few DNA molecules could fill a hard drive. As more people have their DNA sequenced, that data will require massive computational and storage capabilities beyond anything previously anticipated. Computational biologists and computer scientists compared data needs of genomics with three of the biggest players in big data: astronomy, Twitter and YouTube.

From agricultural disruptions in Illinois to rising sea levels on the East Coast, changing climate conditions have far-reaching impacts that require local and regional attention.  Armed with more accurate regional climate projections, policymakers and sta

Zooming In: From Global to Regional Climate Models

July 9, 2015 9:43 am | by Jim Collins, Argonne Leadership Computing Facility | News | Comments

From agricultural disruptions to rising sea levels, changing climate conditions have far-reaching impacts that require local and regional attention. With dynamical downscaling, researchers can use outputs from coarse-resolution global models to drive higher-resolution regional climate models. The enhanced resolution allows models to better account for topographic details, while also improving simulation of surface variables.

ActiveStor 18 Hybrid Scale-out NAS Appliance

ActiveStor 18 Hybrid Scale-out NAS Appliance

July 9, 2015 9:02 am | Panasas | Product Releases | Comments

The ActiveStor 18 hybrid scale-out NAS appliance increases scalability to more than 20 petabytes (PB) and 200 gigabytes per second (GB/s) by adopting 8 terabyte (TB) drive technology. It also offers increased CPU power and twice the storage cache capacity to further accelerate mixed workload performance.

Flaring, Active Regions of our Sun -- Courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/GSFC/JAXA – Click to enlarge

Flaring, Active Regions of our Sun

July 9, 2015 8:46 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Flaring, active regions of our sun are highlighted in this new image combining observations from several telescopes. High-energy X-rays from NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) are shown in blue; low-energy X-rays from Japan's Hinode spacecraft are green; and extreme ultraviolet light from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) is yellow and red. All three telescopes captured their solar images around the same time.



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