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James Reinders is an expert in the area of parallelism and Intel’s leading spokesperson on tools for parallelism.

New Years Resolution: Invest in Yourself Thinking Parallel

December 24, 2015 | by James Reinders, Intel | Comments

For 2016, I have a resolution to deepen my ability to “think parallel.” Despite years of parallel programming, I know there is always more to learn. Whether you are new to parallel programming, or do it in your sleep, 2016 is a good year to invest more in yourself. In regards to learning parallel programming, I have no greater advice than to “think parallel.” Programming is dependent on our ability to reason logically ...

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A set of "travel posters" from NASA/JPL depicts various cosmic destinations. Courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA Envisions Exotic Cosmic Locales

February 11, 2016 4:01 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

“Imagination is our window into the future,” JPL says. The leading U.S. center for the robotic exploration of the solar system, JPL is currently responsible for conducting missions with more than two dozen spacecraft. So, it stands to reason that the lab might occasionally take some time out to envision a day when the creativity of scientists and engineers will allow us to do things we can only dream of now.

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The Watson 2016 Foundation believes that “Watson will be able to analyze trends in employment, markets, interest rates, education, poverty, crime, taxes, and policy to assess what actions are most suitable to accelerate investment in the nation’s future.”

Watson for President?

February 10, 2016 3:01 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

Would the U.S. be better off with an algorithmically controlled Commander-in-Chief? The Watson 2016 Foundation is proposing that the cognitive computer (famous for winning Jeopardy) run for president. They explain: “It is our belief that Watson’s unique capabilities to assess information and make informed and transparent decisions define it as an ideal candidate for the job responsibilities required by the president.”

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A new collection of emulated malware programs — typically viruses that were distributed in the 1980s and 1990s on home computers — launched just few days ago on the Internet Archive and has already attracted more than 100,000 visitors.

A Night at the Malware Museum

February 9, 2016 8:42 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

Offering a glimpse of an important part of computer history, the new Malware Museum is an online collection featuring emulated versions of MS-DOS viruses from a simpler time. Assembled by Mikko Hermanni Hyppönen, the chief resource officer at Finnish security firm F-secure, the new collection of emulated malware programs launched just few days ago and has already attracted more than 100,000 visitors.

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The Green500 list states that it puts a premium on energy-efficient performance for sustainable supercomputing.

Energy is as Important as Performance: The Green500

February 2, 2016 11:51 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

The Green500 list ranks the top 500 supercomputers in the world by energy efficiency. A focus of “performance-at-any-cost computer operations” led to emergence of supercomputers that consume vast amounts of electrical power and produce so much heat that large cooling facilities must be constructed. In order to address this trend, the Green500 list puts a premium on energy-efficient performance for sustainable supercomputing.

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ExaNeSt Consortium members

How Do You Fit 10 Million Computers into a Single Supercomputer?

February 2, 2016 10:04 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

The ExaNeSt Consortium working to develop the technology needed to build next-generation high performance computing systems. These systems achieve performance in the range of 1 ExaFLOPS = 1018 FLOPS. The project states that “HPC is, today, a tool of capital importance in the hands of humankind.” As such, it is developing and prototyping solutions for some of the crucial problems on the path to production of exascale-level supercomputers.

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Sean Martin is Chief Technical Officer at Cambridge Semantics.

The Future of Data Lakes: Four Predictions for 2016

January 29, 2016 3:38 pm | by Sean Martin, Cambridge Semantics | Comments

Gartner recently revealed that data lake interest is “becoming quite widespread.” In a world where organizations are confronted daily with new and different technologies, tools and platforms, data lakes offer something of an oasis: a one-stop hub that makes big data more manageable and valuable. But what will data lakes bring to the table in 2016? Here are four ways that data lakes will influence the big data landscape in the New Year...

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Opposing the sharing of data may soon find as little overt support within the research community as opposing the theory of gravity.

2016 could be the Year Medical Research Converges on Data Sharing as a Universal Standard

January 29, 2016 12:58 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

According to a series of articles published this month in PLOS Medicine, data sharing in medical research could soon become the norm. The papers represent authors from the World Health Organization, the pharmaceutical corporation GlaxoSmithKline, the US National Library of Medicine and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. In an accompanying editorial by the PLOS Medicine editors is summarized.

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Randy Hice is a leading authority in the field of laboratory informatics and currently works for a global healthcare company.

Of Memory and Memories: Strange Recollections from the Rain Man

January 29, 2016 10:00 am | by Randy C. Hice | Comments

Has it really been 20 years? In 1995, I first contributed a column to the precursor publication to Scientific Computing called Scientific Computing and Automation, entitled “New Rules for LIMS Project Justification and Implementation.” Then in 1996, I was asked to become a monthly columnist. My first “regular” column was written April 24, 1997 and was entitled “LIMS Requirements Specifications: Green Kryptonite for Scientists.”

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Barry Bolding is Chief Strategy Officer at Cray.

5 Predictions: Where Supercomputing is Heading in 2016

January 7, 2016 9:31 am | by Barry Bolding, Cray | Comments

From new processor technologies to quantum computing, 2016 promises to be another exciting year for supercomputing. Here are five predictions as to how the industry will push ahead in 2016...

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 All locations mentioned in the New York Times (green) and BBC (yellow/orange) during the month of March 2015

What Does the Future of Real-time Mass-scale Mapping of Global Information Look Like?

December 24, 2015 9:12 am | by Kalev Hannes Leetaru, George Washington University Center for Cyber & Homeland Security | Comments

Information occurs against a rich backdrop of geography: every document is created in a location, intended for an audience in the same or other locations, and may discuss yet other locations. Social media embraced location a decade ago through transparent geotagging. What would it look like to literally map the world’s information as it happens?

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Crowdsourcing enables institutions to tap vast resources of volunteer labor, to gather and process information faster than ever, despite the daunting volume of raw data and limitations of in-house resources.

Embracing Crowdsourcing

December 23, 2015 4:32 pm | by Mike Ashenfelder, Library of Congress | Comments

Many cultural institutions have accelerated development of their digital collections and data sets by allowing citizen volunteers to help with the millions of crucial tasks that archivists, scientists, librarians and curators face. One of the ways institutions are addressing these challenges is through crowdsourcing. In this post, I’ll look at a few sample projects from libraries and archives in the U.S. and around the world.

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Millions visit the NORAD Tracks Santa Web site every December to track Santa on his global journey.

NORAD’s Santa Tracker Celebrates 60 Years

December 21, 2015 2:46 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

In 1955, a misprint in a Sears ad that ran in a Colorado Springs newspaper accidentally encouraged kids to call Santa at the wrong phone number — a secret military hotline number that rang through on a cold-war era “red phone.” The first child’s call was answered by the Continental Air Defense Command Operations Center’s then-Director of Operations Colonel Harry Shoup, who heard a small boy ask, “Is this Santa Claus?”

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Once-in-a-Century: Celebrating 10 Digits of Pi on 3.14.15 at 9:26:53

Top 5 of 2015: Leading Exclusive Features

December 21, 2015 8:38 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

Another year gone by, another selection of top-rated stories… controversy as the mathematical constant pi comes under threat ; pop-quiz: what is mobile high-definition link (MHL) technology?; a truly once-in-a-lifetime event — an e-pi-c day — on 3.14.15 at 9:26:53; the date/time corresponds to the first 10 digits of pi; and On-the-Go! fascinating facts about USB OTG — here are the exclusive stories that you, our readers, visited the most.

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God Does Not Play Dice: Testing Einstein's Principle of Local Realism

Top 5 of 2015: The Year’s Most Popular News Stories

December 17, 2015 1:56 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

Certain stories hit home more than others. “God Does Not Play Dice” — an amazing experiment calls for extremely fast, unpredictable decisions about how to measure electron orientations; approval for use of radar to verify that Queen Nefertiti's crypt may be hidden behind King Tut's tomb; coming closer than ever to finding Earth twins in a habitable zone; code from the movie Interstellar leading to new black hole discoveries...

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EPIC Selfie: Entire Sunlit Side of Earth from a Million Miles Away

Top 5 of 2015: This Year’s Favorite Images

December 16, 2015 3:27 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

As 2015 winds to a close, we’ve taken a look back at some of the year's biggest hits. From Las Vegas with its grid-like urban plan sitting in a basin of the Mojave Desert; to a” ghostly puff of smoke” that is actually a mass of swirling gas and cloud at Venus’ south pole; to a new image that combined observations from three telescopes to highlight flaring, active regions of our sun, these are the images readers, visited the most.

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