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

Rebooting Supercomputing

April 10, 2015 | by Erik DeBenedictis, IEEE Rebooting Computing Initiative | Comments

Most of the principles behind supercomputing were set in place during the 1940s, so it is not surprising they are in need of rethinking or rebooting. Turing’s computability theory helped many people discover the potential of computers and, with von Neumann’s concept of software stored in memory, enabled some of those people to program computers with easy-to-understand abstractions. This ultimately led to a long period of growth...

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Between March and April 2003, researchers used NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to capture detailed images of Saturn's Southern Hemisphere and the southern face of its rings. Saturn is seen here in ultraviolet light. Particles in Saturn's atmosphere reflect

A Celestial Silver Celebration: Commemorating the Hubble Space Telescope’s 25th Anniversary

April 22, 2015 4:40 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

On April 25, 1990, astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery deployed the Hubble Space Telescope into Earth orbit and launched a new era of astronomical discovery. In its quarter-century in orbit, the world’s first space telescope has transformed our understanding of our solar system and beyond. Now, 25 years later, organizations around the world are joining in a celebration of this remarkable observatory.

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Leo Reiter is a cloud computing pioneer who has been designing, developing, and evangelizing large scale, on demand systems and technologies since the mid-1990s. Currently, Leo serves as Chief Technology Officer of Nimbix, Inc., a global provider of High

Big Data is Driving HPC to the Cloud

April 21, 2015 2:09 pm | by Leo Reiter, CTO, Nimbix, Inc. | Comments

For many computationally-intensive applications, such as simulation, seismic processing and rendering, overall speed is still the name of the game. However, new branch of HPC is gaining momentum. IDC calls it “High Performance Data Analysis” (HPDA for short). Essentially, it’s the union of big data and HPC. How will these architectures evolve? Let’s start by looking at the data.

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There are (so far) 1,800 known planets beyond our solar system, but among all of them, there's no place like Earth. This Earth Day, April 22, NASA is asking you to share pictures and video of your favorite places on Earth using social media – and tag them

#NoPlaceLikeHome: Amazing Places and Landscapes on Our Home Planet

April 7, 2015 10:03 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

NASA’s question is a simple one: What is your favorite place on Earth? The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Earth Day project is seeking “to get the public involved in highlighting the great diversity of the places, landscapes and ecosystems of our home planet” by issuing an open invitation to share photos and videos on social media using the hashtag #NoPlaceLikeHome.

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Genomics processing is now moving mainstream to clinical applications, as new approaches to diagnosing and treatment involving genomics are gaining interest.

Efficient, Time Sensitive Execution of Next-gen Sequencing Pipelines Critical for Translational Medicine

April 6, 2015 3:26 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

Demand for genomics processing is rapidly spreading from research labs to the clinical arena. Genomics is now a "must have" tool for researchers in areas of oncology and rare diseases. It is also becoming a requirement in the clinical space for precision medicine, translational medicine and similar "bench to bedside" initiatives.

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April 2, 2015 9:02 am | by Bea Riemschneider, Editorial Director, ABM Science Group | Comments

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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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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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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 9:42 am | 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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Mark Anawis is a Principal Scientist and ASQ Six Sigma Black Belt at Abbott

Understanding Reliability Models

March 11, 2015 8:25 am | by Mark Anawis | Comments

Cicero said: “The shifts of fortune test the reliability of friends.” Fortunately, the reliability of processes can be more easily understood than friends. It is defined as the probability of performing a specific function under certain conditions for a specific period of time without failure

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

AI and Robot Scientists: The Lab of the Future?

March 10, 2015 8:44 am | by Paul Denny-Gouldson, IDBS | Comments

Pharmaceutical companies are under intense pressure. With patents expiring and cost pressures growing, the speed and productivity of drug discovery and manufacturing are under the microscope. It is timely, then, that researchers recently shared promising findings on Eve — an artificially-intelligent robot scientist. Eve discovered a compound with anti-cancer properties. Is this a glimpse of what the lab of the future might look like?

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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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According to Chief Research Officer Christopher Willard, Ph.D. “2015 will see increased architectural experimentation. Users will test both low-cost nodes and new technology strategies in an effort to find a balance between these options that delivers the

Top 6 Predictions for High Performance Computing in 2015

March 2, 2015 12:41 pm | by Intersect360 Research | Comments

The drive toward exascale computing, renewed emphasis on data-centric processing, energy efficiency concerns, and limitations of memory and I/O performance are all working to reshape HPC platforms, according to Intersect360 Research’s Top Six Predictions for HPC in 2015. The report cites many-core accelerators, flash storage, 3-D memory, integrated networking, and optical interconnects as just some of the technologies propelling future...

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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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