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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 | 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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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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David Turek is Vice President, Technical Computing OpenPOWER at IBM Corporation

The World of Supercomputing Must Become Data Centric

November 17, 2014 8:37 am | by David Turek, IBM | Comments

It has been a commonly held belief that supercomputing capability is a predictable phenomenon with the "fastest" system in the world increasing in power by three orders of magnitude about every 11 years. I put the term "fastest" in quotes, because very few ask the question: Fastest in what way? It turns out that this notion of "fastest" is limited to a narrow consideration of system performance that focuses on floating point capability.

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Radhika Kulkarni, Ph.D. is SAS Vice President for Advanced Analytics R&D, and a 2014 INFORMS Fellow.

Predictive Analytics: Harnessing Insights from Text and Network Data

November 14, 2014 10:44 am | by Radhika Kulkarni, Ph.D., SAS | Comments

The predictive analytics landscape covers a wide variety of techniques and methods designed to derive insights from data. These techniques have been used successfully for many years on structured data. In recent times, the volume and variety of data available for analysis has exploded, and most of this data is in non-traditional forms.

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

Holiday Shopping? 25 Gifts Sheldon and Friends would Love

November 13, 2014 8:40 am | by John R. Joyce, Ph.D. | Comments

Welcome to Scientific Computing's annual holiday gift guide. In this section, we've focused on identifying gifts suitable for the true Geeks out there. However, I believe everyone has a little geek in them, it just needs to be properly nurtured for it to catch fire.

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

HPC Matters – Now More than Ever

November 12, 2014 11:07 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

In our November issue, Don Johnston looks at how “HPC Matters to our Quality of Life and Prosperity” and at how, through the HPC Impact Showcase, SC14 aims to underscore just how far-reaching high performance computing’s influence has become. Our cover story takes a look at several examples of how supercomputing capabilities are now being applied to problems that help businesses be more competitive and improve the quality of daily life.

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

Cloud Meets GMP

November 10, 2014 9:45 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

As companies move from traditional physical infrastructure operated in house to cloud computing, there are several important factors they must take into consideration. With this in mind, Scientific Computing has published a special series that examines the impact of good manufacturing practice regulations on cloud computing.

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

ISC Celebrates 30 Years

November 5, 2014 12:48 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

As the 30th anniversary of Hans Werner Meuer’s first “Supercomputer Seminar” approaches, ISC is making a number of significant transformations, beginning with a name change to ISC High Performance and a new corporate identity that is reflected on their new Web site. The 2015 ISC High Performance conference will be held in a new and very modern venue at Forum Messe Frankfurt.

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3rd Place Winner: Jumping Spider Eyes; Reflected Light; 20X. Noah Fram-Schwartz, Greenwich, Connecticut, USA.

Seeing the World in a New Perspective

October 31, 2014 10:10 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

Floating 40 floors above street level, at the New York Academy of Sciences, winners and judges recently gathered to celebrate the 40th annual Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition — a forum to recognize proficiency and photographic excellence of photography taken under the microscope. The competition, which is open to anyone with an interest in microscopy and photography, is international in scope.

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Each of eight participating teams will play for a charitable organization, which will receive a $26,000 donation from Intel in recognition of the 26th anniversary of the Supercomputing conference.

Single Elimination Tournament Raises Awareness of Parallelization’s Importance

October 30, 2014 1:03 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

As the SC14 conference approaches, Intel is preparing to host the second annual Intel Parallel Universe Computing Challenge (PUCC) from November 17 to 20, 2014. Each of eight participating teams will play for a charitable organization, which will receive a $26,000 donation from Intel in recognition of the 26th anniversary of the Supercomputing conference.

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Rob Farber is an independent HPC expert to startups and Fortune 100 companies, as well as government and academic organizations.

High Performance Parallelism Pearls: A Teaching Juggernaut

October 13, 2014 9:52 am | by Rob Farber | Comments

High Performance Parallelism Pearls, the latest book by James Reinders and Jim Jeffers, is a teaching juggernaut that packs the experience of 69 authors into 28 chapters designed to get readers running on the Intel Xeon Phi family of coprocessors, plus provide tools and techniques to adapt legacy codes, as well as increase application performance on Intel Xeon processors. 

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