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Michael King is Senior Director of Marketing at DataDirect Networks (DDN).

Winds of Change are Bringing Fresh Solutions to High Performance Data Storage

June 30, 2015 | by Michael King, DataDirect Networks | Comments

Large-scale scientific organizations are grappling with the implications of rapid data growth. Massive data collections, analytics and the need for data collaboration are driving the need for high-performance storage solutions that can deliver time to results, fast. A different breed of technologies developed originally for the supercomputing industry are being adapted to meet the needs of technical computing organizations.

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Tsinghua University Team Members: Fangrui Song, Yuxin Wu, Yang Zhang, Youwei Zhuo, Dun Liang, Miao Wang

How HPC can Influence our World: HPCAC-ISC Student Cluster Competition Highlights

July 27, 2015 2:10 pm | by Pak Lui, HPC Advisory Council | Comments

The 4th annual HPCAC-ISC Student Cluster Competition was a joint event hosted by the HPC Advisory Council and the organizers of the International Supercomputing Conference. The SCC event was held during ISC 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany. The competition featured 11 small teams of undergraduate students from nine different countries that compete to showcase the small clusters of their own design on the ISC’15 exhibit floor.

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Steve Levine is executive director of the Living Heart Project and chief strategy officer, Dassault Systèmes, Simulia.

The Future of Cardiology in 3-D with the Living Heart Project

July 24, 2015 9:12 am | by Steve Levine, Ph.D., Living Heart Project | Comments

As technology continues to play a significant role in developing medical devices, Dassault Systèmes has placed a special focus on cardiovascular treatment with its Living Heart Project initiative. Recently made commercially available after 18 months of development under the guidance of institutions across the academic and medical fields, the project produced the world’s first scientifically accurate, 3-D simulation model...

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Arlon Martin is Senior Director of Marketing at Mellanox.

Silicon Photonics: Enabling the Transition to 100Gb/s Networks

July 23, 2015 8:51 am | by Arlon Martin, Mellanox | Comments

Last week, at the ISC High Performance conference, there was one announcement that might have escaped your attention. For the first time, EDR 100Gb/s solutions appeared on the TOP500 list. This is significant because it marks the transition from networks constructed around 40 and 56Gb/s fabrics to ones of 100Gb/s. Likewise, in the Ethernet market, hyper-scale data centers are also making the transition from 40Gb/s to 100Gb/s networks.

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Using New Horizons closest-approach images, NASA has created a simulated flyover of Pluto’s icy Norgay Montes (Norgay Mountains) and Sputnik Planum (Sputnik Plain), which make up the dwarf planet’s equatorial Tombaugh Regio (Tombaugh Region), named for Cl

NASA Releases Animated Flyover of Pluto’s Icy Mountains and Plains

July 21, 2015 9:01 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

Using New Horizons closest-approach images, NASA has created a simulated flyover of Pluto’s icy Norgay Mountains and Sputnik Plain, which make up the dwarf planet’s equatorial Tombaugh Region. After a decade-long, three-billion-mile journey, the images were acquired on July 14, 2015, during New Horizon’s closest approach at a distance of 48,000 miles. Features as small as a half-mile across are visible.

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Marking 46 years since the 1969 moon landing, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum has launched a crowdsourcing project that would help to conserve and digitize the famous Apollo 11 spacesuit Neil Armstrong wore when he first set foot on the moon

Reboot the Suit: Bring Back Neil Armstrong’s Spacesuit

July 20, 2015 2:48 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

Marking 46 years since the 1969 moon landing, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum has launched a crowdsourcing project that would help to conserve and digitize the famous Apollo 11 spacesuit Neil Armstrong wore when he first set foot on the moon in time for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landing.

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California fires: This Envisat's MERIS image, acquired on 22 October 2007, shows desert winds blowing smoke from wildfires in Southern California. Sand is visible being blown from Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula over the Gulf of California to the east

My Planet from Space: Spectacular Images of Beautiful, Remote Places on Earth

July 17, 2015 11:37 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

"My Planet from Space: Fragility and Beauty," is an exhibition of spectacular satellite images and videos on view this summer at the United Nations General Assembly building in New York. Coordinated by ESA in close partnership with United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, the exhibition takes visitors on a journey to some of the most beautiful and remote places on Earth.

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John Kirkley, President of Kirkley Communications, is a writer and editor who specializes in HPC.

Intel Talks Modern Code at IDF in San Francisco

July 16, 2015 9:06 am | by John Kirkley | Comments

So, you have this nice shiny new HPC cluster — or you are in line for development cycles on a powerful supercomputer — loaded up with the latest parallel processors and co-processors, impressive amounts of on-board memory and a fabric to die for. You spend hours daydreaming about running your applications at blinding speeds. You reach down into the bag where you store your apps — a moth flies out. You’re a candidate for code modernization

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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Deputy Director Horst Simon still displays the 1988 Gordon Bell Prize he shared in. Behind him is the 2009 Gordon Bell Prize awarded to a team he was a part of. Courtesy of Roy Kaltschmidt, LBNL.

Horst Simon: 1988 Gordon Bell Prize Created Foundation for Successful HPC Career

July 15, 2015 3:34 pm | by SC15 | Comments

In the foyer of the main building at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, a panel displaying the 13 Nobel Prize-winning researchers and projects associated with the lab takes pride of place. Just down the hallway, Deputy Lab Director Horst Simon has two awards displayed prominently in his office, Gordon Bell Prize certificates from 1988 and 2009. The prizes endowed by Gordon Bell are highly valued ...

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July 2015 ISC'15 Special Edition

Understanding Health, Disease and the Human Brain

July 13, 2015 8:40 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

As 2015 ISC High Performance kicks off, Scientific Computing is excited to present a sneak peak at two life sciences sessions taking place this year in Frankfurt. In our cover story, “Advanced Computation plays Key Role in Accelerating Life Sciences Research,” Manuel Peitsch and Thomas Lippert provide exclusive previews of the “Supercomputing and the Human Brain Project — a 10-year Quest” andUnderstanding Health and Disease” sessions.

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Survival analysis is a method where a time to an event, such as death or equipment failure, is measured and modeled.

Survival Models: An important technique employed in medical and engineering sciences

July 7, 2015 3:59 pm | by Mark A. Anawis | Comments

Carl Sagan once said: “Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” In either case, survival analysis is a method where a time to an event, such as death or equipment failure, is measured and modeled. The determination of whether the event has occurred or not, the event status, is also noted. Observations in a study are prone to censoring...

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Digital Living Network Alliance, normally just referred to as DLNA, is both a non-profit trade organization and a protocol for simplifying the connection of multimedia devices in your home.

How Digital Living Network Alliance can make Life Easier

June 29, 2015 4:43 pm | by John R. Joyce, Ph.D. | Comments

I'm not sure which sounds more ominous, DLNA or Digital Living Network Alliance. Somehow, they both sound very Borg-like. However, in this case, they can actually make your life easier! The Digital Living Network Alliance, normally just referred to as DLNA, is both a non-profit trade organization and a protocol for simplifying the connection of multimedia devices in your home.

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The specifications for Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning, more commonly known as WebDAV, were created by an Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) group headed by James Whitehead, Jr.

WebDAV: Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning

June 25, 2015 3:27 pm | by John R. Joyce, Ph.D. | Comments

The World Wide Web was originally developed to be both a readable and writable medium. As the Web developed, for most people it became just a readable medium, as most Web browsers did not support writing to the Web. This created a few obstacles to Tim Berners-Lee's dream to develop an interactive, collaborative, media. However, as obstacles are meant to be overcome, people found various crevices through what was becoming a one-way wall.

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Tau proponents say that, for many mathematical problems, tau makes more sense and makes calculations easier.

Are you a Tau-ist? Pi Day is Under Attack

June 23, 2015 4:51 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

As June 28, 2015, approaches, the Internet is once again anticipating controversy as the mathematical constant pi comes under threat from a group of detractors who will be marking "Tau Day." Tau Day’s revelers are campaigning for a constant twice as large as pi (about 6.28) to take its place, hence the June 28 celebration. Tau proponents say that, for many mathematical problems, tau makes more sense and makes calculations easier.

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Tapping at mobile phone games, waking up to sunlight on a pleasant morning or watching a Formula One race — such experiences are at the heart of modern life, and mathematics is working behind the scenes on all of them. Math is also used in many discipline

Free Online Course to teach how Math drives Formula One and launches Angry Birds

June 20, 2015 8:54 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

Tapping at mobile phone games, waking up to sunlight on a pleasant morning or watching a Formula One race — such experiences are at the heart of modern life, and mathematics is working behind the scenes on all of them. Math is also used in many disciplines — from economics to engineering, biology to geography. But many of us struggle with math, and find formulas and theories difficult to grasp. A free online course could help.

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Harmony of the Spheres: More than 30 exhibits, created exclusively by MoMath, are designed to reveal the wonders of math in an “interactive, hands-on, engaging and fun” way.

MoMATH: Hands-on Mathematics Inspiring Young Minds

June 19, 2015 11:17 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

My first impression upon entering the National Museum of Mathematics could be described as complete mathematical mayhem. Pre-teenagers were swarming dozens of exhibits in what seemed more like a huge play area than a museum dedicated to the study of an abstract science of numbers, quantity and shapes. However, as I waded in and began to understand specific exhibits, it quickly became obvious that this was a special place.

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