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Paul Denny-Gouldson is VP of Strategic Solutions at IDBS.

Is Europe falling behind in the Global R&D Race?

November 12, 2015 | by Paul Denny-Gouldson is VP of Strategic Solutions at IDBS | Comments

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?

John Samborsk is CEO at Ace Computers.

Forensic Workstations: Making the World Less Safe for Criminals

November 25, 2015 10:10 am | by John Samborski, CEO Ace Computers | Comments

Nearly all forensic investigations involve digital evidence. With current forensic workstations, what used to take days to download can now be accomplished in a matter of hours. This is extremely important when the suspect remains on the street until the contents are downloaded and reviewed. Forensic workstation builders, working with the legal community, learned how to configure hardware and software to preserve the chain of evidence...

For the Tsinghua University team, this was their third win, coming on the heels of victories at the International Supercomputing Conference in Germany and the Asia Supercomputing Community Student Supercomputer Challenge.

China’s Team Diablo Turns Up the Heat to Win SC15 Student Cluster Competition

November 20, 2015 3:08 pm | by SC15 | Comments

Team Diablo, a team of undergraduate students from Tsinghua University in China, won the top prize in the Student Cluster Competition at the SC15 conference. A team from Germany, Team TUMuch Phun from the Technical University of Munich, won the award for achieving highest performance for the Linpack benchmark. For the Tsinghua team, this was their third win, coming on the heels of victories at ISC'15 and Asia Supercomputing Community...

Students from specialized science schools in eastern Australia spent a week at SC15 with the goal of bringing home information that will help them with computing projects at their schools and experiences that will spur their classmates’ interest in high p

Australian Teens Pick Up Supercomputing Knowledge, Souvenirs on Trip to SC15

November 20, 2015 8:43 am | by SC15 | Comments

Eight students from three specialized science schools in eastern Australia spent a week at the SC15 conference in Austin, TX, with the goal of bringing home more than the usual conference swag — they came looking for information that will help them with computing projects at their schools and experiences that will spur their classmates’ interest in high performance computing.

To understand the spirals in pinecones, pineapples, daisies and many other things in nature, we can look to the mathematician Leonardo Pisano, better known as Fibonacci.

Celebrating Fibonacci Day 2015 on Monday, November 23

November 19, 2015 8:25 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

Have you ever pulled petals off of a daisy? If you looked closely at the center, you would have seen that it is not solid, but made up of sets of spirals radiating out from the center. And it’s not just daisies. If you look at the bottom of a pinecone, it has the same kinds of spirals. To understand the spirals in pinecones, daisies, pineapples, and many other things in nature, we can look to Leonardo Pisano, better known as Fibonacci.

HPC is transforming our everyday lives, as well as our not-so-ordinary ones. From nanomaterials to jet aircrafts, from medical treatments to disaster preparedness, and even the way we wash our clothes; the HPC community has transformed the world in multif

Sparking New Conversations, New Connections and New Ideas

November 11, 2015 3:22 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

Next week, The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC15) will return to Austin, TX, for the first time since 2008. Established in 1988, the SC conference continues to grow steadily in size and impact each year. This year’s theme is appropriately titled HPC Transforms. Approximately 5,000 people are expected to participate in the technical program, with about 11,000 attendees overall.

Marty Smuin is CEO at Adaptive Computing.

Deploying a Converged HPC, Cloud and Big Data Solution for SickKids and Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

November 10, 2015 12:57 pm | by Marty Smuin, Adaptive Computing | Comments

Adaptive Computing worked with HPC4Health to create a converged HPC, cloud and big data environment capable of bringing multiple organizations together to share resources dynamically, securely and equitably. Together, we are building the engine that will help make personalized medicine and diagnostics a reality. HPC4Health has been an amazing project.

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28 Unique Holiday Gift Ideas

November 9, 2015 3:37 pm | by John R. Joyce, Ph.D. | Comments

It seems that the leaves have started changing color and falling while I had my back turned, which can only mean that the holiday season is sneaking up on us again. As such, it behooves you to start giving thought to what to get those you think are deserving of your gifts, before the malls again turn into war zones. It is my honor to once more gather a unique list of items suitable for gifting to those you hold dear...

Pat McGarry is Vice President of Engineering at Ryft.

Start with Business Needs, then Drive High Performance Computing Architectures

November 9, 2015 10:44 am | by Pat McGarry, Ryft | Comments

In the business world, data scientists seeking insights from the big data deluge are looking for ways to maximize the potential of all their contemporary and high-performance computing analytics systems. Many are trying for force-fit what they have to answer their business questions. In reality, what’s happening in many cases is that technology is dictating what businesses can do with — and ask from — their valuable data.

Marine mathematicians: From front: Nina Ribbat (Ph.D. candidate), Dr. Paulina Cetina-Heredia and Dr. Amandine Schaeffer – Coastal and Regional Oceanography Lab Location: Botany Bay, Sydney © Tamara Dean

Wild Researchers: Scientists in their Element

November 6, 2015 11:59 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

In a unique collaboration, UNSW, Sydney, and Australian photographer Tamara Dean set out to “show our knowledge seekers in a different light, in their environment. Not in a way the public normally sees them and their work.” They had the ingenious idea to “help take our research out into the world” to showcase scientists working in the elements to address problems like climate change, endangered species and marine pollution.

Interactive computer simulation of brain models is central to the success of the Human Brain Project (HBP). Courtesy of VR Group, RWTH Aachen

European Researchers Model the Human Brain

November 3, 2015 3:50 pm | by Duncan Roweth, Cray | Comments

You may have seen recent news items regarding the Human Brain Project, a 10-year European neuroscience research initiative. Interactive computer simulation of brain models is central to its success. Cray was recently awarded a contract for the third and final phase of an R&D program to deliver a pilot system on which interactive simulation and analysis techniques will be developed and tested.

David Bollig is President and CEO of Nor-Tech.

Portable Supercomputers: Out of the Datacenter and into the Field

October 29, 2015 2:03 pm | by David Bollig, Nor-Tech | Comments

Want to slip a supercomputer in your back pocket? Technology isn’t quite there yet. But there are supercomputers on wheels that you can roll from room to room, supercomputers that can regularly be shipped around the world, supercomputers with no special power requirements, and supercomputers that function well in environments that range from the African rainforest to the Arctic.

Paul Messina is Senior Computational Scientist and Argonne Fellow at Argonne National Laboratory.

HPC Transforms: Three Examples of HPC as an Agent of Change

October 29, 2015 12:21 pm | by Paul Messina, Argonne National Laboratory | Comments

HPC has traditionally advanced research that depends on simulation and modeling by enabling calculations with finer grids, more variables and multiple interacting phenomena. From time to time, HPC transforms the way certain problems are solved or opens up completely new applications of computing. Recently, there have been quite a few instances of HPC transforming the way certain R&D is carried out. I will briefly describe three...

Geoffrey Noer is Vice President of Product Management at Panasas.

The Increasing Need for High Reliability, High Performance Data Storage

October 27, 2015 11:30 am | by Geoffrey Noer, Panasas | Comments

Over the last few years, HPC workflows have become much more prevalent — compute clusters and storage on a scale previously used only by universities and government labs are now commonly deployed by enterprise companies for product design especially CAE simulation, genomic research, seismic processing, and other business-critical use cases. Meanwhile, on the upper end of HPC, government labs have been busy planning for exascale...

Erik DeBenedictis is on the staff at Sandia National Labs and participates in the IEEE Rebooting Computing initiative and International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors.

Three Scenarios for the Evolution of Exascale Computing

October 23, 2015 11:26 am | by Erik DeBenedictis, IEEE Rebooting Computing Initiative | Comments

While the DOE’s ambitious Exascale Computing Initiative is to build an exaflop-scale supercomputer sometime in the 202X timeframe, the planning horizon extends further. ECI is about continuing performance scaling in the absence of technology scaling of the underlying substrate. This makes it appropriate to consider post Exaflops scenarios, developing a de facto roadmap for long-lifespan issues such as software and career paths.

A photo of Pluto discoverer Clyde Tombaugh is embedded in this mosaic of hundreds of images shared during the #PlutoTime campaign. Courtesy of NASA/JPL

NASA Pluto Time: Connecting People with Science

October 22, 2015 11:53 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

NASA is unveiling mosaics of Pluto and its largest moon Charon, representing the global response to its #PlutoTime social media campaign. Since the Pluto Time campaign was announced in June 2015, NASA received more than 339,000 visits to the Pluto Time widget and almost 7,000 image submissions from across the globe. Thousands of those submissions have now been assembled into three stunning mosaics.



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