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Stories You Shouldn’t Miss — August 28–September 3

September 4, 2015 | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

In case you missed them, here’s another chance to catch his week’s biggest hits. Evocative new high-def views of the Iconic Pillars of Creation; the world’s first digital map of global seafloor geology; this year's El Nino predicted to be among the strongest since 1950; test results reveal more detail about the God particle; and six amazing sights that look even better from the International Space Station were all among our top stories.

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By using powerful Ohio Supercomputer Center systems to run sophisticated computations that model the light-responsiveness of chromophores, Olivucci’s research group has shown it is possible to identify, “a distinctive electronic character of the 11-cis ch

Explaining the Molecular Machinery of Sight: The Faster You Go, The Faster You Get to the Photoproduct

February 10, 2016 3:55 pm | by Ohio Supercomputer Center | Comments

Every significant breakthrough — from a baby’s curiosity to a scientist etching his or her name in the history books — begins with one question, one syllable, one word: Why? One of the more concentrated “whys” biologists often seek to answer relates to why our eyes select specific molecules in their formation, as opposed to other more stable ones. The key to understanding this lies in rhodopsins, or retinal proteins.

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Jeff Eldredge, a professor at UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science has been working with the UCLA Institute for Digital Research and Education on developing a computational model of a human airway to help surgeons decide how best

Computational Tools could change Sleep Apnea Treatment

February 10, 2016 2:14 pm | by Nico Viele, UCLA | Comments

Imagine that, before performing surgery, doctors could consult software that would determine the actual effectiveness of the procedure before even lifting a scalpel. With the use of a computational model of the human airway being developed by Jeff Eldredge, people who suffer from sleep apnea may one day benefit from such a scenario. Eldredge developed a tool that simulates air-tissue interactions in the upper airway of patients.

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An image taken from an animation of wave propagation during a magnitude-7.8 earthquake rupturing the San Andreas Fault from northeast to southwest. Red-blue colors reflect the intensity of shaking; green colors indicate areas of permanent ground deformati

SDSC and Intel Open Second Parallel Computing Center to focus on Earthquake Simulations

February 10, 2016 11:56 am | by San Diego Supercomputer Center | Comments

Intel has opened a second parallel computing center at the San Diego Supercomputer Center. The focus of this new engagement is on earthquake research, including detailed computer simulations of major seismic activity that can be used to better inform and assist disaster recovery and relief efforts. The PCC program provides funding to universities, institutions and research labs for modernizing key community computer codes.

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Almost half of the total HPC market revenue is contributed by servers and the trend is expected to continue during the entire forecast period. The significant rise in the usage of servers is driven by the growth of increasing complex applications, requiri

Report: High Performance Computing Market worth 36.62 Billion USD by 2020

February 10, 2016 11:10 am | by MarketsandMarkets | Comments

According to a new market research report, the HPC market is estimated to grow from USD 28.08 billion in 2015 and projected to be of USD 36.62 billion by 2020, at a high compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.45% during the forecast period. The scope of the report covers detailed information regarding the major factors influencing the growth of the HPC market, such as drivers, restraints, opportunities and challenges. 

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The OpenPOWER Summit features speakers and demonstrations from the OpenPOWER ecosystem, including industry leaders and academia sharing their technical solutions and state of the art advancements.

OpenPOWER Summit Announces Speaker Lineup

February 10, 2016 10:53 am | by OpenPOWER Foundation | Comments

The OpenPOWER Foundation has announced the lineup of speakers for the OpenPOWER Summit 2016, taking place April 5 to 8, 2016, at NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference. The Summit will bring together dozens of technology leaders from the OpenPOWER Foundation to showcase the latest advancements in the OpenPOWER ecosystem, including collaborative hardware, software and application developments — all designed to revolutionize the data center.

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View Over an Alien World – Courtesy of ESA/NASA/JPL/University of Arizona – Click to enlarge

View Over an Alien World

February 10, 2016 9:17 am | by ESA | Comments

At first glance, this scene may look like a reptilian eye or a textured splash of orange paint, but it is actually a fish-eye view of Saturn’s moon Titan. It was acquired at a height of about five kilometers as ESA’s Huygens probe, part of the international Cassini-Huygens mission, descended through Titan’s atmosphere before landing.

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Connections between the 7563 main Star Wars characters. Courtesy of K.Benzi LTS2/PFL

Mathematics Reveal the Unseen Worlds of Star Wars

February 10, 2016 9:01 am | by EPFL | Comments

Do you think you know all there is to know about Star Wars? You may change your mind after reading this article. Using a new computer program, researchers revealed some interesting statistics on the famous saga. Drawing on the principles of graph theory, which harnesses computing power and mathematical calculations, they analyzed hundreds of web pages devoted to the legendary film series.

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Researchers are providing tools and software that, without any expertise, allow you to create and animate a 3-D version of yourself in four minutes.

Future of Gaming: Create your own Character in just Four Minutes

February 9, 2016 12:24 pm | by Andrew Good, University of Southern California | Comments

Want to see the future of gaming? Look in the mirror. Video games are increasingly allowing players to custom design their own characters. Until now, players relied on predesigned faces and body types provided by a game’s creators. But a new set of free tools allows players to upload their own face and body into a game. It takes just four minutes to scan and upload a digital avatar, and the kit supports a range of game engines.

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ORNL researchers (from left) Seung-Hwan Lim, Larry Roberts, Sreenivas Rangan Sukumar and Matt Lee developed a new smart data tool for medical research called ORiGAMI that has the potential to accelerate medical research and discovery.

Cure for Medical Research’s Big Data Headache: Smart Data Tool Accelerates Literature-based Discovery

February 9, 2016 11:09 am | by Oak Ridge National Laboratory | Comments

As medical research has become more specialized, understanding of the human body has increased, resulting in enhanced treatments, new drugs and better health outcomes. A side effect of this information explosion, however, is the fragmentation of knowledge. With thousands of new articles being published every day, developments that could inform and add context to medicine’s global body of knowledge often go unnoticed.

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London Nightlife – Courtesy of ESA/NASA – Click to enlarge

London Nightlife

February 9, 2016 10:27 am | by ESA | Comments

ESA astronaut Tim Peake took this image of London, UK, from the International Space Station 400 kilometers above Earth. At the time, it was midnight in the capital city and, because the Space Station runs on Greenwich Mean Time, it was also the same time for Tim Peake. Tim took this photo from the Space Station’s European-built Cupola observatory. Such a clear image is rare.

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A "graph" is a way of visualizing a database: Circles called "nodes" represent data items, and lines called "edges" represent links between them. By focusing on the most important edges, Cornell researchers are gaining access to the data faster.

Search Engines will know What You Want ... Sooner

February 8, 2016 11:40 am | by Bill Steele, Cornell University | Comments

If you enter “Oklahoma” in a search engine, you might get a travelog, news about the oil industry, Oklahoma State football scores or an article on Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals. What appears at the top of the list might — and should — depend on what you were actually looking for. Web search engines, social media sites and retailers that offer recommendations sometimes personalize ranking of results by looking at your search history.

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Cooking is full of scientific and mathematical formulas. Whether you're feeding a hungry family of six, or simply wishing to treat yourself on Shrove Tuesday, a new calculator will tell you exactly what you need to rustle-up perfect pancakes.

Mathematicians Reveal Secret to Perfect Pancakes

February 8, 2016 11:28 am | by University of Sheffield | Comments

Mathematicians have developed, trialed and tested a formula which enables pancake-lovers across the world to rustle-up pancakes to their own personal preference, taking into account the number of pancakes required, thickness and pan size. Whether you're feeding a hungry family of six, or simply wishing to treat yourself on Shrove Tuesday, the formula will help you prepare the perfect pancake feast.

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Pedestrian detection system developed in the Statistical Visual Computing Lab at UC San Diego Courtesy of UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering

New Algorithm Improves Speed and Accuracy of Pedestrian Detection

February 8, 2016 11:15 am | by University of California | Comments

What if computers could recognize objects as well as the human brain? Engineers have taken an important step with a pedestrian detection system that performs in near real-time with higher accuracy compared to existing systems. The technology could be used in smart vehicles, robotics and image and video search systems. The algorithm combines traditional computer vision classification,  known as cascade detection, with deep learning.

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Clay tablets like this one, describing Halley's Comet in 164 BCE, record the Babylonians' advanced astronomical observations. Courtesy of Gavin Collins

Ancient Babylonians used Advanced Geometry Roughly 1400 Years before Europeans

February 8, 2016 10:19 am | by Michelle Hampson, AAAS | Comments

Analysis of ancient Babylonian tablets reveals that the tablets' makers used geometry to calculate the position of Jupiter — using a technique that was previously believed to have been developed at least 1400 years later in 14th century Europe. Babylon was an ancient and powerful epicenter in the Middle East. While several hundred fragmented tablets exist, analysis of just five reveals advanced geometry techniques.

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HPC User Forum meetings are open to anyone with an interest in high performance computing or high performance data analysis (big data using HPC), including users, vendors, funders and others.

Preliminary Agenda released for 60th HPC User Forum in Tucson, AZ

February 5, 2016 2:55 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

Registration is now open for the 60th HPC User Forum, taking place April 11-13 at the Loews Ventana Canyon in Tucson, AZ. The forum offers the chance to hear top experts on high-innovation, high-growth areas of the high performance computing market. HPC User Forum meetings are open to anyone with an interest in high performance computing or high performance data analysis (big data using HPC), including users, vendors, funders and others.

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