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Paul Messina is Director of Science at Argonne Leadership Computing Facility.

Observations on the Evolution of HPC Environments

September 1, 2015 | by Paul Messina, Argonne Leadership Computing Facility | Comments

Starting almost 10 years ago, the scientific and engineering community has been identifying advances that exascale computing might enable, as well as challenges involved in building and using affordable exascale computers. The challenges have led to a great deal of anxiety and predictions that most of the current HPC ecosystem will have to be discarded. I have been mulling over whether the transition will be dramatically different...

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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.

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

A Few Good Tips on Finding Electronic Component Information

August 31, 2015 8:39 am | by John R. Joyce, Ph.D. | Comments

Whether working in the laboratory or simply locating parts for our recommended holiday gift guide kits, eventually many of you are going to be attempting to hunt down electronic components or information on them. Unfortunately, the days when you could just run over to RadioShack and pick-up a diverse pile of electronic components are long gone. However, all is not lost...

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Landsat 7 images show damage from Hurricane Katrina along the Mississippi Gulf Coast from Biloxi, MS, to the edge of Mobile, AL. Courtesy of NSF

10 Years Later, Researchers are still Gaining Insight from Hurricane Katrina Impact Data

August 27, 2015 9:59 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

Ultimately, Katrina was responsible for 1,833 deaths and damage estimated at $151 billion, including $75 billion in the New Orleans area and along the Mississippi coast. Over the past decade, researchers have been working steadily to collect and analyze data on the storm’s aftermath, including coastal change, science for recovery and restoration, and census data.

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Mark Anawis is a Principal Scientist and ASQ Six Sigma Black Belt at Abbott.

Data Structures: Lists, Matrices and Arrays

August 14, 2015 9:58 am | by Mark A. Anawis | Comments

Eddie Cantor said: “When I see the Ten Most Wanted lists, I always have this thought: If we'd made them feel wanted earlier, they wouldn't be wanted now.” In a more analytical vein, lists are data structures that have powerful capabilities as data containers. Lists store character strings, variables, numbers, expressions and matrices. They have many applications, such as game theory, graphics, probability, statistics and electronics.

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Daniel Chow is Chief Operating Officer/Chief Technology Officer at Silicon Mechanics.

The Supercomputer is Cool Again? Thanks Obama!

August 13, 2015 2:09 pm | by Daniel Chow, Silicon Mechanics | Comments

Once considered a top priority, supercomputers today are often overlooked, as they aren't considered mainstream anymore. The IT industry is now more concerned with hyperscale, big data and the commoditization of hardware and, as a result, applications that process big data and cloud-hosted web frameworks are garnering the majority of media headlines. That is, until President Obama recently delivered an “HPC moon shot.”

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Jim Rogers is CEO at Nextrials.

FDA Helps Drive EDC/EHR Integration Projects

August 13, 2015 11:45 am | by Jim Rogers, Nextrials | Comments

The FDA has formally announced that it is interested in supporting the use of electronic health records used in conjunction with electronic data capture technology in clinical trials to streamline the drug discovery process. After posting a notice in the Federal Registry, the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research commented that a standards-based, integrated solution could not only facilitate quicker study starts, ...

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Taha A. Kass-Hout, M.D., M.S., is FDA’s Chief Health Informatics Officer and Director of FDA’s Office of Health Informatics.

Advancing Precision Medicine by Enabling a Collaborative Informatics Community

August 7, 2015 9:33 am | by Taha A. Kass-Hout, M.D., M.S., and David Litwack, Ph.D., FDA | Comments

FDA plays an integral role in President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative, which foresees the day when an individual’s medical care will be tailored in part based on their unique genetic make-up. Achieving the this vision requires working collaboratively to ensure the accuracy of genetic tests in detecting and interpreting genetic variants. We are developing an informatics community and supporting platform we call precisionFDA.

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"I invite you to help spread the word and help us redefine ‘what an engineer should look like’ #iLookLikeAnEngineer,” Isis Wenger, a 22-year-old platform engineer in San Francisco wrote on Medium.

#ILookLikeAnEngineer: Challenging Stereotypes about Who Works in Tech

August 6, 2015 12:06 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

“Do you feel passionately about helping spread awareness about tech gender diversity? Do you not fit the ‘cookie-cutter mold’ of what people believe engineers ‘should look like?’ If you answered yes to any of these questions, I invite you to help spread the word and help us redefine ‘what an engineer should look like’ #iLookLikeAnEngineer,” Isis Wenger wrote. She posted a photo and launched the #iLookLikeAnEngineer hashtag on Twitter.

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Jeff Brown is Product Manager at Infogix.

Make or Break your Data IQ: The Intersection between Integrity and Quality

August 3, 2015 12:39 pm | by Jeff Brown, Infogix | Comments

Big data can become a company’s savior or a scam — depending on how well or poorly it is leveraged. Before it goes through the analytics process, data must score high in “data IQ,” which is a combination of data integrity and data quality. It is critical that leadership across functions recognize the importance of reliable data, because without a willingness throughout the enterprise to ensure its integrity and quality...

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Unlike many Open Source applications, ownCloud appears to come with extensive documentation. It supports data encryption both when transferring data between devices and when storing data on an external server.

Setting Up Your Own Personal Cloud

August 3, 2015 11:48 am | by John R. Joyce, Ph.D. | Comments

Okay, let's have a show of hands. How many of you are sick of being pelted with the term “The Cloud”? For that matter, what is this cloud thing? As I'm sure many of you have discovered by now, just like the term “LIMS”, it seems that everyone has their own definition of what “The Cloud” is. You will frequently find the term used to refer to anything that incorporates the Internet. Several formal definitions have actually been attempted...

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Facebook's solar-powered drone, Aquila, is now complete and ready for flight testing.

Facebook One Step Closer to Beaming Data from Drones

July 31, 2015 12:11 pm | by Jay Parikh, Facebook | Comments

Since we launched Internet.org, it’s been our mission to find ways to provide Internet connectivity to the more than 4 billion people who are not yet online. Our work in the last year with mobile operators across 17 countries has provided more than a billion people with access to relevant basic internet services. But 10 percent of the world’s population lives in remote locations with no Internet infrastructure.

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The Voyager Golden Record recordings are now available on Soundcloud, which means that anyone with an Internet connection can experience NASA’s “time capsule” for themselves, knowing that the originals are still traveling through empty space or the helios

Perhaps Aliens like Continuous Streaming, Too

July 30, 2015 10:36 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

The Voyager Golden Records, included aboard both Voyager spacecraft launched in 1977, are phonograph records — 12-inch gold-plated copper disks — containing sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth. The recordings are now available on Soundcloud, which means that anyone with an Internet connection can experience NASA’s “time capsule” for themselves.

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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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