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The MHL Specification, created and maintained by the MHL Consortium, defines a high-definition video and digital audio interface intended for connecting mobile smart devices, such as tablets and cell phones, with high-definition televisions and other pers

Understanding Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) Technology

January 12, 2015 | by John R. Joyce, Ph.D. | Comments

Okay, for today's pop-quiz, what is Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) technology and what can it do? Is it a new NASA deep space communication protocol? Is it an upgrade to Google's street cams? Have you even heard of it? It turns out that many of you are equipped with devices that incorporate this technology. Specifically, many, though not all, of the current crop of smart phones and tablets support MHL.

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

The Power of Regular Expressions

January 22, 2015 10:49 am | by Mark A. Anawis | Comments

A.J. Jacobs wrote: “I think there's something to the idea that the divine dwells more easily in text than in images.” Since there has been an explosion in the amount of text, sacred and secular, available to anyone with an Internet connection, the need for processing tools has grown. Regular expressions can be used to extract specific text from documents due to their ability to replace many lines of code with as little as one line.

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This live panel discussion looks at how big data and data science have fast become the next frontier for innovation, competition and productivity.

Big Data Insights: Accelerating Discovery in Medicine, Research & More

January 20, 2015 11:51 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

On Wednesday, January 21, Scientific Computing will host a live panel discussion that looks at how big data and data science have fast become the next frontier for innovation, competition and productivity. One of today’s significant advances in data science introduces us to the Next Generation Cyber Capability (NGCC) at Arizona State University (ASU)...

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Students who take part in these competitions jumpstart their careers in technology and research. They typically spend six months of their time preparing for this competition, all the while learning an incredible amount of skills in software, hardware and

Join us in Sponsoring the HPC Workforce of the Future

January 15, 2015 8:55 am | by Brian Sparks, HPC Advisory Council Media Relations and Events Director | Comments

It’s no secret that finding good talent is hard. It’s even harder in the HPC and scientific community. To help bridge the gap between the next wave of HPC professionals and the commercial vendors that require their talent, the HPC Advisory Council has joined forces with ISC Events to host the fourth HPCAC-ISC Student Cluster Competition 2015.

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NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has created a fictional Exoplanet Travel Bureau that is sure to add fuel to your daydreams. A new exoplanet travel series, posted on the PlanetQuest Web site, features “travel posters” of several planets

The Grass is always Redder on the Other Side

January 14, 2015 10:18 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

Have you ever dreamed about vacationing on another planet? Or wondered what it would be like to explore “strange new worlds”? If so, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has created a fictional Exoplanet Travel Bureau that is sure to add fuel to your daydreams. A new exoplanet travel series features travel posters of several planets that the folks at NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration Program think you just might want to check out...

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Astronomers have found evidence that the “recipe” for creating Earth also applies to terrestrial exoplanets orbiting distant stars. Courtesy of David A. Aguilar (CfA)

How Do You Create an Earth-like Planet?

January 6, 2015 10:39 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

In the on-going search for habitable exoplanets, astronomers have been searching for evidence of how planets orbiting distant stars were created. Although planet Earth’s "test kitchen" has provided a detailed recipe, it hasn’t been clear whether other planetary systems followed the same formula. Now, researchers are reporting evidence that the formula for Earth also applies to terrestrial exoplanets orbiting distant stars.

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On-the-Go is an extension to the Universal Serial Bus (USB) standard, more commonly seen as USB OTG.

On-the-Go! Fascinating Facts about USB OTG

January 5, 2015 4:10 pm | by John R. Joyce, Ph.D. | Comments

No, as much as it might be needed, this column doesn't address how to deal with the numerous frenetic projects that we are tasked with handling every day. On-the-Go is an extension to the Universal Serial Bus (USB) standard, more commonly seen as USB OTG. We'll forgo trying to determine who came up with a name like this and, instead, take a look at some of the fascinating things it allows us to do.

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Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source

Here They Are — The Most-read Stories of 2014

December 23, 2014 2:15 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

Certain stories hit home more than others. As 2014 winds to a close, we take a look back at some of the year's biggest hits. These are the articles, blogs and images that you, our readers, visited the most, including Text Mining: The Next Data Frontier...

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The Internet Archives Book Images Project was launched to catalog the imagery from half a millennium of books.

Unlocking the Imagery of 500 Years of Books

December 22, 2014 4:49 pm | by Library of Congress | Comments

Over 14.7 million images were extracted from over 600 million pages covering an enormous variety of topics and stretching back to the year 1500. Yet, perhaps what is most remarkable about this montage is that these images come not from some newly-unearthed archive being seen for the first time, but rather from the books we have been digitizing for the past decade that have been resting in our digital libraries.

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ISC has announced the ISC Cloud & Big Data conference, which has merged into a three-day event to take place in Frankfurt, Germany, on September 28 to 30, 2015.

ISC Cloud & Big Data Conferences to Merge in 2015

December 16, 2014 12:11 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

ISC has announced the ISC Cloud & Big Data conference, which has merged into a three-day event to take place in Frankfurt, Germany, on September 28 to 30, 2015. The new format offers attendees two full days of multi-track sessions, highlighting current and future technologies, and applications most relevant in the cloud and big data fields. In addition, there will be one full day of workshops.

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While most genome centers focus on research, the CPGM develops new clinical tests as a starting point for next‐generation medical treatments to improve outcomes in patients.

Applying HPC to Improve Business ROI

December 9, 2014 3:31 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

At the SC14 conference, which took place recently in New Orleans, IDC’s HPC Innovation Excellence Award Program continued to showcase benefits of investment in high performance computing (HPC). Initiated in 2011 to recognize innovative achievements using HPC, the program is designed to provide a means to evaluate the economic and scientific value HPC systems contribute.

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Most recently released at the SC14 conference, this “much anticipated, much watched and much debated twice-yearly event” reveals the 500 most powerful commercially available computer systems, ranked by their performance on the LINPACK Benchmark.

Ranking the World’s Top Supercomputers

December 3, 2014 12:42 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

Twice each year, a ranking of general purpose systems that are in common use for high-end applications is compiled and published by the TOP500 Project. Most recently released at the SC14 conference, this “much anticipated, much watched and much debated twice-yearly event” reveals the 500 most powerful commercially available computer systems, ranked by their performance on the LINPACK Benchmark.

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This year’s team from The University of Texas – Austin won in the SC14 Student Cluster Competition overall category. Courtesy of TACC

Showcasing Student Expertise

November 25, 2014 2:55 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

After 48-hours of real-time, spirited competition, two triumphant winners emerged in this year’s SC14 Student Cluster Competition. The annual challenge is designed to introduce the next generation of students to the high-performance computing community. Over the last few years, it has drawn teams of undergraduate and/or high school students from around the world, including Australia, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Germany, Russia and Taiwan.

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In the latest issue of HPC Source, “A New Dawn: Bringing HPC to the Enterprise,” we look at how small- to-medium-sized manufacturers can realize major benefits from adoption of high performance computing in areas such as modeling, simulation and analysis.

HPC for All

November 21, 2014 4:32 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

In the latest issue of HPC Source, “A New Dawn: Bringing HPC to the Enterprise,” we look at how small- to-medium-sized manufacturers can realize major benefits from adoption of high performance computing in areas such as modeling, simulation and analysis.

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Brandenburg Gate on December 1, 1989. The structure is already freely accessible from the East, however, the crossing to the Western side will not be officially open until December 22nd.

Another Brick in the Wall: The Legendary Rescue of a Doomed Project

November 20, 2014 2:08 pm | by Randy C. Hice | Comments

Of course, I remember the Berlin Wall being pummeled to gravel 25 years ago. I always hated what it symbolized, and I was excited.  I was in Fayetteville, AR, at the finest hotel in town (a multi-story Holiday Inn at the time) when I saw the Germans storming the wall and whack-a-mole-ing the wall with ballpeen hammers. How I came to be in Arkansas is a rather remarkable and foreboding story.

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John Joyce is a laboratory informatics specialist based in Richmond, VA.

Still Holiday Shopping? 19 Great Gifts for Just about Anyone

November 19, 2014 1:35 pm | by John R. Joyce, Ph.D. | Comments

Welcome to the second installment of Scientific Computing's holiday gift guide. This section focuses on gifts of more general interest, so that they'll be suitable for your giftees without a technical background — you know, muggles!  But don't worry, many of these are suitable for the Geeks in your life as well. Part I focuses on more technical items, though there are a number that might appeal to your more sophisticated muggle as well.

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