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Daniel Chow is Chief Operating Officer/Chief Technology Officer at Silicon Mechanics.

The Supercomputer is Cool Again? Thanks Obama!

August 13, 2015 2:09 pm | by Daniel Chow, Silicon Mechanics | Blogs | Comments

Once considered a top priority, supercomputers today are often overlooked, as they aren't considered mainstream anymore. The IT industry is now more concerned with hyperscale, big data and the commoditization of hardware and, as a result, applications that process big data and cloud-hosted web frameworks are garnering the majority of media headlines. That is, until President Obama recently delivered an “HPC moon shot.”

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Sandia National Laboratories researcher Mike Haass demonstrates how an eye tracker under a computer monitor is calibrated to capture his eye movements on the screen. Haass and others are working with a San Diego-based small business, EyeTracking, to figur

Designing Computational Information Systems to Improve Human-data Interaction

August 13, 2015 12:38 pm | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Intelligence analysts working to identify national security threats in warzones or airports often flip through multiple images to create a video-like effect. They also may toggle between images at lightning speed, pan across images, zoom in and out or view videos or other moving records. These dynamic images demand tools that help analyze the images more effectively and efficiently extract useful information from quickly changing data.

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Researchers looked at using neutral atoms for quantum computing and investigated ways to individually locate and address an atom to store and retrieve information.

Quantum Computing Advance Locates Neutral Atoms

August 13, 2015 12:22 pm | by A'ndrea Elyse Messer, Pennsylvania State University | News | Comments

For any computer, being able to manipulate information is essential, but for quantum computing, singling out one data location without influencing any of the surrounding locations is difficult. Now, physicists have a method for addressing individual neutral atoms without changing surrounding atoms.

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At the start of the simulation, a biped robot controlled by a computationally evolved brain stands upright on a 16 meter by 16 meter surface. The simulation proceeds until the robot falls or until 15 seconds have elapsed. Courtesy of Joel Lehman

Computer Scientists find Mass Extinctions can Accelerate Robot Evolution

August 13, 2015 12:00 pm | by Marc Airhart, University of Texas at Austin | News | Comments

A computer science team has found that robots evolve more quickly and efficiently after a virtual mass extinction modeled after real-life disasters, such as the one that killed off the dinosaurs. Beyond its implications for artificial intelligence, the research supports the idea that mass extinctions actually speed up evolution by unleashing new creativity in adaptations.

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Jim Rogers is CEO at Nextrials.

FDA Helps Drive EDC/EHR Integration Projects

August 13, 2015 11:45 am | by Jim Rogers, Nextrials | Blogs | Comments

The FDA has formally announced that it is interested in supporting the use of electronic health records used in conjunction with electronic data capture technology in clinical trials to streamline the drug discovery process. After posting a notice in the Federal Registry, the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research commented that a standards-based, integrated solution could not only facilitate quicker study starts, ...

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This 100X photo shows the underside of brown dog tick and lonestar tick mouthparts. It received an honorable mention in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope, a

Close-up: Tick Mouth Parts

August 13, 2015 11:24 am | News | Comments

This 100X photo shows the underside of brown dog tick and lonestar tick mouthparts. It received an honorable mention in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope, and was taken using confocal microscopy.

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People from different continents harbor distinct bacterial strains. Gut microbiomes from five continents (red flags) contain strains with significantly different genes, as shown by their phylogenetic relationships (tree superimposed on the map with black

Statistical Software Helps Unlock Mysteries of Human Microbiome

August 13, 2015 11:04 am | by American Statistical Association | News | Comments

Advances in statistics are helping unlock mysteries of the human microbiome — the vast collection of microorganisms living in and on the bodies of humans. It is important to determine not only the types of microbes present in a given sample, but also the genetic makeup of each strain. This presents a considerable big data challenge, requiring advances in statistical methodology and new software for accurate analysis of metagenomics data.

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The XDet software is placed between the cloud server and distributed file storage rather than on the perimeter of the cloud network as might be the case with other security measures, the team points out. This has three main advantages. First, it is itself

Powerful New Security Tool Detects Malware Uploading to Cloud Servers

August 13, 2015 10:14 am | by David Bradley, Inderscience | News | Comments

A powerful new computer security tool called XDet can detect malicious files being uploaded to a cloud computing service. The software is placed between the cloud server and distributed file storage rather than on the perimeter of the cloud network as might be the case with other security measures. This has three main advantages.

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DIAdem 2015 Software

DIAdem 2015 Software

August 13, 2015 8:30 am | National Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

DIAdem is software specifically designed to help engineers and scientists quickly locate, inspect, analyze, and report on measurement data collected during data acquisition and/or generated during simulations using one software tool. It is designed to meet the demands of testing environments.

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Nytro XF1440 and XM1440 NVMe SSDs

Nytro XF1440 and XM1440 NVMe SSDs

August 12, 2015 3:42 pm | Seagate Technology, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Nytro XF1440 2.5”and Nytro XM1440 M.2 non-volatile memory express solid state drives are power efficient, high performance NVMe SSDs available in ultra-small form factors. Offering a balance of power and performance, these drives are engineered to increase storage density, while reducing the storage footprint and power use in data centers.

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Figshare for Institutions Online Digital Repository

Figshare for Institutions Online Digital Repository

August 12, 2015 3:17 pm | by Digital Science | Product Releases | Comments

Figshare is online digital repository designed for academic researchers. The research data management platform was developed to address the specific needs of academic institutions to store research data securely. Functionality includes portals that showcase research of an institution or department, ability to group content into collections, data curation and administrative workflows and flexible storage options.

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The high-density 1U 4x GPU SuperServer (SYS-1028GQ-TR/-TRT) maximizes performance and density through pioneering non-preheat GPU architecture and PCIe direct connect (no extension cables, re-drivers, or bridge chips) for lowest latency. It supports up to

1U 4x GPU SuperServer

August 12, 2015 2:51 pm | Super Micro Computer, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The high-density 1U 4x GPU SuperServer (SYS-1028GQ-TR/-TRT) maximizes performance and density through pioneering non-preheat GPU architecture and PCIe direct connect (no extension cables, re-drivers, or bridge chips) for lowest latency. It supports up to four NVIDIA Tesla K80 dual-GPU accelerators.

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BeeGFS Parallel File System

BeeGFS Parallel File System

August 12, 2015 2:23 pm | by ThinkParQ | Product Releases | Comments

BeeGFS 2015.03-r1 parallel file system — the new name for the parallel file system FhGFS — features high availability for storage servers as an enterprise feature. Based on data replication across different storage servers, automatic failovers will happen in case of storage server failures and self-healing will resynchronize the server when it comes back. It includes BeeOND (BeeGFS on demand), a stand-alone package that can create complete BeeGFS...

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 Stormy Seas in Sagittarius -- Courtesy of NASA, ESA, J. Trauger (Jet Propulson Laboratory) – Click to enlarge

Stormy Seas in Sagittarius

August 12, 2015 12:04 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Some of the most breathtaking views in the Universe are created by nebulae — hot, glowing clouds of gas. This image shows the center of the Lagoon Nebula, an object with a deceptively tranquil name, in the constellation of Sagittarius. The region is filled with intense winds from hot stars, churning funnels of gas, and energetic star formation, all embedded within an intricate haze of gas and pitch-dark dust.

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A cutaway view of the proposed ARC reactor. Thanks to powerful new magnet technology, the much smaller, less-expensive ARC reactor would deliver the same power output as a much larger reactor. Courtesy of the MIT ARC team

Small, Modular, Efficient Fusion Plant could bring Long-sought Power Source within a Decade

August 12, 2015 11:54 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT | News | Comments

It’s an old joke that many fusion scientists have grown tired of hearing: Practical nuclear fusion power plants are just 30 years away — and always will be. But now, finally, the joke may no longer be true: Advances in magnet technology have enabled researchers at MIT to propose a new design for a practical compact tokamak fusion reactor — and it’s one that might be realized in as little as a decade, they say.

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