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Schatz and colleagues describe genomics as a “four-headed beast.”  They refer to the separate problems of data acquisition, storage, distribution and analysis.

The Alpha Beast in the Big Data Forest: Genomics

July 13, 2015 | by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory | Comments

Who’s about to become the biggest beast in the Big Data forest? Math and computing experts have arrived at what they say is a clear answer. It’s not YouTube or Twitter, social media sites that gobble up awesome quantities of bandwidth. And it’s not astronomy or particle physics, two of the highest-tech sciences. No, the alpha beast in the Big Data forest, the experts say, turns out to be genomics.

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The 2015 COMSOL Conference world tour begins on October 7 in Boston. The event focuses on advancing cross-discipline and multiphysics simulation and application design, bringing together more than 2,000 engineers, researchers and scientists worldwide thro

COMSOL Announces Keynotes for Boston 2015 COMSOL Conference on Multiphysics Simulation

September 2, 2015 12:29 pm | by COMSOL | Comments

COMSOL announced three featured customers who have been invited as keynote speakers for the 11th Annual COMSOL Conference event for multiphysics simulation and application design. The 2015 COMSOL Conference world tour begins on October 7 in Boston. The event focuses on advancing cross-discipline and multiphysics simulation and application design through hands-on sessions, networking opportunities, keynote talks and over 700 presentations.

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IDC HPC User Forum, Paris, France

Agendas Announced for October HPC User Forums in Paris and Munich

September 2, 2015 11:17 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

The HPC User Forum has announced the preliminary agendas for two same-week meetings taking place in Paris from October 12-13 and in Munich from October 15-16, 2015. The meetings are hosted by GENCI and Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ), respectively.

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The Geneva-based U.N. body says ocean and atmospheric conditions over the tropical Pacific and most expert models and opinion point to a strengthening of the El Nino in the second half of 2015.

World Meteorological Organization: This El Nino to be among Strongest Since 1950

September 2, 2015 9:32 am | by Jamey Keaten, Associated Press | Comments

The current El Nino weather pattern may be on track to become one of the strongest in more than half a century, experts at the World Meteorological Organization said on September 1, 2015. The El Nino event involves a shift in winds in the Pacific Ocean along the equator every few years, warming the water more than usual and triggering a change in global weather patterns. The Geneva-based U.N. body says ocean and atmospheric conditions ...

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Identical Neuronal Growth Cone -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World -- 2014 Nikon Small World Image of Distinction -- Click to enlarge

Nervous System Cytoskeleton: Identical Neuronal Growth Cone

September 2, 2015 9:14 am | Comments

This 3000X photograph shows actin meshwork of an identical growth cone imaged with confocal and super resolution microscopy. It was designated an Image of Distinction in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope.

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NVIDIA’s Global Impact Award is an annual grant for groundbreaking work using NVIDIA technology that addresses social, humanitarian and environmental problems.

Nominations Open for $150,000 NVIDIA Global Research Prize

September 1, 2015 3:40 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

NVIDIA has invited researchers worldwide to submit their innovations for the 2016 NVIDIA Global Impact Award — an annual grant of $150,000 for groundbreaking work that addresses the world’s most important social and humanitarian problems. The award will go to a researcher or institution “using NVIDIA technology to achieve breakthrough results with broad impact.”

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Engineers devised a method that would capture a vast amount of data on the behavior of the tiny mosquitoes. Until now, there was no software capable of analyzing such a large number of high resolution images; so, it had to be specially written and has bee

Big Data Battles Small Insect: Terabytes of Mosquito Images Help Enhance Netting

September 1, 2015 12:46 pm | by University of Warwick | Comments

Researchers are using imaging technologies normally applied to automotive engines and sprays to image thousands of mosquitoes in order to help develop better netting and physical protection against the malaria-spreading insect. They are exploring the best insecticide treatment and physical design of protection for sleeping people. For every hour of operation, 360,000 images are captured, each at 1.4 TB in total size.

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The ISC 2016 Research Paper Committee, chaired by Professor Dr. Jack Dongarra, is welcoming proposals reporting original work in theoretical, experimental and industrial research and development.

ISC High Performance Calls on Researchers to Join the 2016 Research Paper Sessions

September 1, 2015 12:09 pm | by ISC | Comments

The ISC High Performance conference is now open to research paper submissions. The ISC Research Paper sessions are an integral part of the 31st supercomputing conference series and will be held Monday, June 20, through Wednesday, June 22, 2016. The ISC 2016 Research Paper Committee, chaired by Professor Dr. Jack Dongarra, is welcoming proposals reporting original work in theoretical, experimental and industrial research and development.

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The new Orion TI-30XS MultiView Talking Scientific Calculator is the world's first fully accessible multi-line scientific calculator, created for students who are visually impaired. (PRNewsFoto/Texas Instruments)

Talking Scientific Calculator Breaks Down Barriers for Visually Impaired

September 1, 2015 11:44 am | by Texas Instruments | Comments

Texas Instruments, Orbit Research and the American Printing House for the Blind unveiled the Orion TI-30XS MultiView Talking Scientific Calculator, the world's first fully accessible multi-line scientific calculator, created for students who are visually impaired. Based on the TI-30XS Multiview scientific calculator from Texas Instruments, the Orion TI-30XS represents a breakthrough in STEM education for students with vision impairment.

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Sahara Desert in Central Algeria -- Courtesy of Copernicus Sentinel data (2015)/ESA – Click to enlarge

Sahara Desert in Central Algeria

September 1, 2015 11:14 am | by ESA | Comments

The sandy and rocky terrain of the Sahara desert in central Algeria was captured in this image by the Sentinel-2A satellite. The largest country in Africa, more than 90 percent of Algeria is covered by the Sahara desert. Major oil and natural gas deposits lie beneath the Sahara, contributing to Algeria’s position as one of the wealthiest African nations.

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The assembly room of the elements of the LHC (large hadron collider) at the European Particle Physics laboratory CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. After three years of scrutinizing the elusive Higgs boson closely, scientists say they've determined that the "Go

CERN: Test Results Show More Detail about God Particle

September 1, 2015 10:18 am | by AP | Comments

After three years of scrutinizing the elusive Higgs boson closely, scientists say they've determined that the "God particle" behaves just as predicted. CERN said two experiments that previously helped confirm the particle have produced the most precise measurements yet of its decay and interaction with other particles. The results largely match with the predictions of the Standard Model.

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Shifter, designed as a scalable method for deploying containers and user-defined images in an HPC environment, was developed at NERSC to improve flexibility and usability of its systems for increasingly data-intensive workloads. It is initially being test

Scalable Tool Enables Linux Container, User-defined Image Deployment in HPC Environment

September 1, 2015 9:33 am | by NERSC | Comments

With growing adoption of container-based computing, new tools to create and manage containers have emerged — notably Docker, an open-source, automated container deployment service. While Docker has taken the general computing world by storm, like container-based computing, it has yet to be fully recognized in HPC. NERSC is enabling Docker-like container technology on its systems through a customized software package known as Shifter.

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The newest addition to Dartmouth Athletics — the Mobile Virtual Player (MVP) was developed after Head Football Coach Buddy Teevens tasked engineers at Dartmouth’s Thayer School to develop a safer, more effective means to train for contact. Courtesy of big

Robotic Mobile Tackling Dummy Allows Players to Practice at Full Contact without Risk of Injury

August 31, 2015 4:02 pm | by Christopher Maynard, Dartmouth College | Comments

Player safety is always a top priority when playing any sport — especially those that are high-contact. More than half of all concussions in high school and college happen in practice. Luckily, researchers developed a mobile device that allows players to practice at full contact without high risk of injury. Mobile Virtual Player looks like a standard tackling dummy, but replicates the size, weight, agility and speed of another player.

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Retreat in the Amundsen Sea Embayment in 2154 Courtesy of Cornford et al., The Cryosphere, 2015

Ice Sheet Model Reveals Most Comprehensive Projections for West Antarctica’s Future

August 31, 2015 2:42 pm | by Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences | Comments

A new international study is the first to use a high-resolution, large-scale computer model to estimate how much ice the West Antarctic Ice Sheet could lose over the next couple of centuries, and how much that could add to sea-level rise. The results paint a clearer picture of West Antarctica’s future than was previously possible. West Antarctica is one of the fastest warming regions on Earth.

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SciDB harnesses parallel architectures for fast analysis of terabyte (TBs) arrays of scientific data. This collage illustrates some of the scientific areas that have benefited from NERSC's implementation of SciDB, including astronomy, biology and climate.

Accelerating Scientific Analysis with the SciDB Open Source Database System

August 31, 2015 2:26 pm | by Linda Vu, NERSC | Comments

Science is swimming in data. And, the already daunting task of managing and analyzing this information will only become more difficult as scientific instruments — especially those capable of delivering more than a petabyte of information per day — come online. Tackling these extreme data challenges will require a system easy enough for any scientist to use, that can effectively harness the power of ever-more-powerful supercomputers...

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The deadline for the submission of new sites for the November release of the 46th TOP500 List is October 25, 2015, at 23:59 PST.

Call for Participation in the 46th TOP500 List

August 31, 2015 12:36 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

Started in 1993, The TOP500 project was developed to provide a reliable basis for tracking and detecting trends in high-performance computing. Twice a year, a list of the sites operating the 500 most powerful computer systems is assembled and released. The best performance on the Linpack benchmark is used as performance measure for ranking the computer systems. The list contains a variety of information, including system specifications...

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