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People celebrate Pi Day around the world with pie-eating, pie-throwing and even pi-recitation contests, where participants recite digits of this irrational number from memory. Courtesy of Medea Material

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

March 12, 2015 | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

An e-pi-c day is coming! On 3.14.15 at 9:26:53; the date/time will correspond to the first 10 digits of the mathematical constant pi (3.141592653). This happens only once per century — a truly once-in-a-lifetime event for most people.

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Lights go out at Singapore’s 2014 flagship Earth Hour event

Lights in Over 7,000 Cities will go out for Earth Hour this Saturday

March 25, 2015 5:26 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

The World Wildlife Fund’s ninth annual Earth Hour is set to roll across the globe at 8:30 pm local time on Saturday, March 28, 2015. The world’s largest grassroots movement will range across six continents and the world’s 24 time zones in order to unify a global community bound by individual actions on climate. As in past years, many of the world's most famous landmarks and other non-essential lights will go dark for one hour.

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The winning teams from those tournaments join the global competition at FIRST Championship, bringing skills, enthusiasm, infectious good will and, of course, hundreds of amazing robots of all sizes to engage in friendly competition.

FIRST Championship: The Ultimate Sport for the Mind

March 20, 2015 2:43 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

FIRST Championship is an annual three-and-a-half-day robotics competition that is the culmination of several FIRST programs. The high-tech spectator event brings together three separate robotics competitions. The winning teams from those tournaments join the global competition at FIRST Championship, bringing skills, enthusiasm, infectious good will and, of course, hundreds of amazing robots.

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John Renick is Director of Partner Solutions at Meridium.

3 Key Function Areas for Improved Asset Management and Industrial Success

March 19, 2015 5:18 pm | by John Renick, Director of Partner Solutions, Meridium | Comments

Having a strategy in place for effective asset performance management (APM) is critical in today’s zero downtime world. To guarantee that you are fully utilizing your assets, you should consider implementing the three “M” strategy: Measure, Monitor and Manage. This allows you to best gauge the state and quality of your assets, make changes where needed before a problem arises and strategically plan for future production.

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TeleGeography’s Submarine Cable Map has been updated for 2015. The latest edition depicts 299 cable systems that are currently active, under construction, or expected to be fully-funded by the end of 2015. Courtesy of TeleGeography

Whimsical Map Depicts All Undersea Telecommunication Cables Currently Crossing World’s Oceans

March 18, 2015 3:27 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

This year’s Submarine Cable Map pays tribute to pioneering mapmakers of the Age of Discovery, incorporating elements of medieval and renaissance cartography. In addition to serving as navigational aids, maps from this era were works of art, often adorned with fanciful illustrations of real and imagined dangers. TeleGeography’s 2015 map brings back the lost design aesthetic to provide a view of the network through the lens of a bygone era.

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HPC User Forum meetings are open to anyone with an interest in high performance computing or high performance data analysis.

HPC User Forum to Feature Major Sessions on Life Sciences, Big Data, Storage, Cloud and Government Computing

March 9, 2015 4:24 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

Registration is now open for the 56th HPC User Forum, taking place April 13 to 15, 2015, in Norfolk, VA. The forum offers the chance to hear top experts on high-innovation, high-growth areas of the high performance computing market.  Participants will also hear about government initiatives to get ready for future-generation supercomputers.

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Colorized scanning electron micrograph of filamentous Ebola virus particles (green) attached to and budding from a chronically infected VERO E6 cell (blue) (25,000x magnification). Courtesy of NIAID

Combatting the World’s Deadliest Ebola Outbreak

March 2, 2015 4:37 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, affecting multiple countries in West Africa. As of February 26, 2015, the CDC had tracked 23,816 cases, and Ebola had already claimed nearly 10,000 lives. 

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Rube did not build the machines he drew, but his cartoons have become an inspiration to aspiring engineers and scientists across the world. Courtesy of Jeff Kubina

A Comically Involved, Complicated Invention, Laboriously Contrived to Perform a Simple Operation

February 24, 2015 10:34 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

Of course, I’m talking about the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest! This annual international competition challenges teams of students from middle school to college-age to build the most elaborate and hilarious contraption that successfully achieves the task at hand. This year’s contest is already off and running. The 2015 Task: Erase a Chalkboard.

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Stephen Jones is Product Manager, Strategic Alliances at NVIDIA.

Powering a New Era of Deep Learning

February 20, 2015 12:42 pm | by Stephen Jones, NVIDIA | Comments

GPU-accelerated applications have become ubiquitous in scientific supercomputing. Now, we are seeing increased adoption of GPU technology in other computationally demanding disciplines, including deep learning, one of the fastest growing areas in the machine learning and data science fields

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What would a submarine to explore the liquid methane seas of Saturn's Moon Titan look like? This design concept was developed for the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program, by NASA Glenn's COMPASS Team, and technologists and scientists from the

Exploring the Depths of Kraken Mare — by Space Submarine!

February 18, 2015 3:23 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

Named after a legendary sea monster, Kraken Mare is believed to be the largest body of liquid on the surface of Saturn's moon Titan. It extends nearly 150,000 square miles across the moon's north-polar region and is made of liquified hydrocarbons. According to a conference presentation given at the 2015 NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts Symposium, NASA hopes to send a submarine to explore the frigid methane sea by 2040.

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Building on two decades of incremental research on data storage, IMDEA Networks launches the scientific project ATOMICDFS, with the aim to tackle the challenge of “Seeking Efficient Atomic Implementations of Distributed Data Storage.”

Achieving Efficient, Strongly Consistent Data Storage

February 18, 2015 12:15 pm | by Nicolas Nicolaou, IMDEA Networks Institute | Comments

One of the fundamental and open problems in computer science is effective data storage. Unfortunately, magnetic and flash storage devices alone have proven to be unreliable to guarantee data availability and survivability, due to their frequent and unpredictable failures. ATOMICDFS aims to investigate the existence of highly efficient DFS able to provide atomic guarantees in harsh environments.

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Tim Cutts is Head of Scientific Computing at Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

Modern DNA Sequencing Requires a Modern Day Approach

February 13, 2015 2:27 pm | by Tim Cutts, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute | Comments

The sequencing machines that run today produce data several orders of magnitude faster than the machines used in the Human Genome Project. We at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute currently produce more sequences in one hour than we did in our first 10 years of operation. A great deal of computational resource is then needed to process that data.

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In the United States, big data environments are utilizing advanced computing systems to map phenotype to underlying process and to compare those who develop disease with those who don’t. To accomplish this, the researchers are assembling publically availa

Reversing the Global Diabesity Epidemic

February 5, 2015 2:38 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

Diabesity has been identified as a major global health problem by researchers and healthcare professionals world-wide, including England’s National Health Service, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Ain Shams University Hospital in Cairo, Egypt, and a research consortium of the European Union.

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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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