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Steve Conway is Research VP, HPC at IDC.

Machine Learning: The Need for HPC

October 1, 2015 | by Steve Conway | Comments

The dream of true thinking machines has long loomed in the human psyche. The dream dates back at least to ancient Greece and phenomena such as the tripods that Hephaestus purportedly crafted to walk on their own to Mount Olympus: early driverless vehicles. Not surprisingly, in each era, the proposed mechanism for the machine "brain" closely mirrored the presumed mechanism for the human brain. As computer capabilities have advanced...

Roger Smith is the Chief Technology Officer for Florida Hospital's Nicholson Center.

Gamers Today, Surgeons Tomorrow?

October 8, 2015 2:04 pm | by Roger Smith, Ph.D., Florida Hospital Nicholson Center | Comments

The best video gamers possess quick reaction times and expert hand-eye coordination, all similar qualities of a great surgeon. These similarities present the question of whether or not gaming skills have any effect on basic robotic surgery skills, which the Florida Hospital Nicholson Center recently put to the test. Research on whether or not gaming influences surgical aptitude has been an ongoing focus ...

The Argonne Training Program for Extreme-Scale Computing is geared for scientists and engineers who intend to dedicate their career to research that requires very high-end computing.

Training for Extreme-scale Computing

October 7, 2015 2:29 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

The two-week Argonne Training Program for Extreme-Scale Computing (ATPESC) is described as a “can’t-miss opportunity” for the next generation of HPC scientists. The program is designed to provide intensive training on the key skills, approaches and tools needed to design, implement and execute computational science and engineering applications on current high-end computing systems and the leadership-class computing systems of the future.

Apollo 9 Hasselblad image from film magazine 20/E - Earth orbit, EVA - posted to the Project Apollo Archive.

Incredible High-res Project Apollo Archive Photos now on Flickr

October 6, 2015 9:57 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

To date, 11,661 public domain images have been posted to the Project Apollo Archive. The incredible high-resolution photos contained in its 88 albums were taken during every manned mission to the Moon, both on the way there and back, and include never-before-seen images of the Moon landing. The archive contains every photo taken on the Moon’s surface.

Mike Morris is the general manager of crowdsourcing at Appirio.

Ready, Set, Go: 5 Ways Crowdsourcing is Transforming Today’s Workforce

September 30, 2015 4:37 pm | by Mike Morris, Appirio | Comments

Ask any IT or HR director what keeps them up at night and, no doubt, talent is top-of-mind. Finding employees with the skills and resources needed to deliver a great mobile and digital experience is a huge challenge, and swamps the resources of most companies. In order for companies to remain competitive, they need a business strategy that incorporates digital and mobile. With crowdsourcing, hey have access to a massive, global community.

Weather permitting, viewers can see the supermoon unmasked after nightfall, and the eclipse will cast it into shadow beginning at 8:11 p.m. EDT.

Look to the Sky for a Rare Sight: A Dramatic Supermoon Eclipse

September 25, 2015 10:33 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

For the first time in more than 30 years, a total lunar eclipse will occur at the same time as a “supermoon,” masking the moon’s larger-than-life face this Sunday, September 27, 2015. These events have taken place simultaneously only five times since the start of the 20th century — the last time was in 1982 — and they will not happen again until 2033. The eclipse will spawn a deep red “blood moon.”

To most people, a mole is a small mammal. But to chemists, it's a basic measuring unit they can't live without. Celebrated annually in commemoration of Avogadro’s Number, National Mole Day was conceived to help get children interested in chemistry.

May the MOLES be with You

September 23, 2015 3:45 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

In case you weren’t aware, October 23, 2015, from exactly 6:02 a.m. to 6:02 p.m., will be National Mole Day. Celebrated annually in commemoration of Avogadro’s Number, the 24-year tradition was conceived to help get children interested in chemistry. Avogadro’s Number (6.02 x 1023) is a basic measuring unit in chemistry. Hence, the chosen time of its celebration: 6:02 10/23.


1,000 Researchers and 300+ Projects: Meeting the Storage Demands of Multidisciplinary Research

September 17, 2015 1:57 pm | by Mike Shuey, Purdue University | Comments

My position at Purdue University involves designing high-end research compute systems to enable scientific research, providing consultation for computational research demands, and leading the teams that implement and operate these systems for the University. Three of the University’s HPC systems are currently listed in the internationally known TOP500 list of most powerful supercomputers.

Jorge Titinger is president and CEO of SGI.

How High-Performance Computing is Redefining Seismic Simulations

September 16, 2015 3:29 pm | by Jorge Titinger, SGI | Comments

Industries and research institutions that study or use seismology or seismic imaging have made significant progress in the last several years thanks to advances in HPC technologies. When we consider devastating effects of earthquakes or increased global interest in more efficient oil and gas exploration, the importance of processing and analyzing massive amounts of data with large-scale computing technology becomes vitally important.

Trish Meek is Director of Product Strategy at Thermo Fisher Scientific.

Regulatory Compliance, Defensible Data, Traceability and Brand Protection: Four Key Benefits of an Integrated Informatics Solution

September 15, 2015 4:41 pm | by Trish Meek, Thermo Fisher Scientific | Comments

To understand why an integrated informatics solution is important to manufacturers in the food and beverage industry, it helps to first consider the unique challenges this industry faces. Simply put, food production has scaled into a global business so rapidly that oversight has hardly kept pace. Even the stricter regulatory stances taken by the FDA and the European Union in the past decade are effectively catch-up efforts.

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

Near Field ... Communications?

September 14, 2015 4:03 pm | by John R. Joyce, Ph.D. | Comments

Okay, surely by now everyone has heard the term. It seems like every new smart phone commercial is blaring about the magic of near field communications, more frequently referred to as NFC. I think we can start off by agreeing that it is not magic, at least the technology, I don’t know about the hype. Is NFC something we should embrace or eschew? To make a decision like that, it helps to know just what it is.

Charlotte Soneson is an analyst at Qlucore AB.

Machine Learning Techniques Help find Patterns in Big Data Sets

September 14, 2015 2:05 pm | by Charlotte Soneson, Qlucore | Comments

As data sets grow larger and more complex, machine learning methods are becoming more pervasive in the biomedical community to explore data, as well as to build predictive models for phenotypes of interest. Here, I will describe two types of machine learning methods; clustering and classification models, and discuss how and when they can be used and how to avoid some common pitfalls.

Researchers are using genomics, evolutionary history and the “Magnus” Cray XC40 supercomputer at the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre to understand and eliminate the whitefly threat — a species complex of at least 34 morphologically indistinguishable species.

Creating the World’s Most Fearsome Fly Swatter

September 3, 2015 2:23 pm | by Kristi Lanier, Cray | Comments

The silverleaf whitefly is like a horrible house guest. It arrives uninvited with thousands of friends, trashes the place, eats everything in sight and then sticks you with a clean-up bill that runs into the billions of dollars. Scientists have struggled to develop consistent defense strategies but, with the aid of supercomputing, Operation Fly Swat is quickly transforming them from hapless hosts to super-charged swatters.

rosy maple moth

#CuteOff: Scientists weighing in on World’s Cutest Creature

September 3, 2015 11:01 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

In a fierce competition, scientists and others around the world are uploading photos to Twitter of the most adorable-looking animal and insect subjects they’ve encountered in their line of work. Biologists, ecologists and conservationists are all in the friendly fight over the most adorable animals on the planet. The tweets are highlighting the huge diversity of insects, mammals, reptiles and birds being studied by researchers.

Beyond the Bulb launched at the O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, IL,on July 2015. The large prints are in a highly visible location in the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) concourse, a 1,000-foot-long corridor that connects the CTA stop to Terminal

Celebrating Light-based Science: Beyond the Bulb

September 2, 2015 2:45 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

LIGHT: Beyond the Bulb is an open-source exhibition program that showcases the incredible variety of light-based science being researched today across the electromagnetic spectrum, scientific disciplines and technological platforms. The exhibit is designed to show participants some examples of the myriad of wonderful things that light can do, and how it plays a critical role in our lives every day.

Jack Dongarra addresses the press at SC14.

Supercomputing Serengeti: SC Perennials offer Reflections on Annual Migration

September 2, 2015 8:45 am | by Mike Bernhardt | Comments

How many of you can say you’ve attended any type of annual event 27 years in a row? When it comes to the SC conferences, that claim to fame would only apply to 18 very hardy souls we like to refer to as the SC Perennials. SC15 in Austin, TX, will be the 28th annual migration for this group. Professor Jack Dongarra is one of the SC Perennials. Jack’s name is known to both seasoned conference attendees and the community’s newest entrants.



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