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Michael Stonebraker invented many of the concepts that are used in almost all modern database systems. Courtesy of Dcoetzee

“Nobel Prize in Computing” goes to MIT Database Systems Architecture Pioneer

March 25, 2015 1:44 pm | by Association for Computing Machinery | News | Comments

The Association for Computing Machinery has named Michael Stonebraker of MIT recipient of the 2014 ACM A.M. Turing Award for fundamental contributions to the concepts and practices underlying modern database systems. Database systems are critical applications of computing and preserve much of the world's important data. Stonebraker invented many of the concepts that are used in almost all modern database systems.

3 Key Function Areas for Improved Asset Management and Industrial Success

March 19, 2015 5:18 pm | by John Renick, Director of Partner Solutions, Meridium | Blogs | Comments

Having a strategy in place for effective asset performance management (APM) is critical in today...

University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, UPMC Form Alliance to Transform Healthcare through Big Data

March 17, 2015 2:19 pm | by UPMC | News | Comments

Today’s health care system generates massive amounts of data — electronic health records,...

AI and Robot Scientists: The Lab of the Future?

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

Pharmaceutical companies are under intense pressure. With patents expiring and cost pressures...

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Researchers have been running large-scale experiments on the Internet, where people of any age can become research subjects. Their websites feature cognitive tests designed to be completed in just a few minutes. Shown here is a "pattern completion test" f

The Rise and Fall of Cognitive Skills: Different Parts of the Brain Work Best at Different Ages

March 9, 2015 3:59 pm | by Anne Trafton, MIT | News | Comments

Scientists have long known that our ability to think quickly and recall information, also known as fluid intelligence, peaks around age 20 and then begins a slow decline. However, more recent findings, including a new study from neuroscientists at MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), suggest that the real picture is much more complex.

The organizers of the inaugural ISC Cloud & Big Data conference are offering engineers and scientists in academia, industry and the government the opportunity to be a part of their new forum. Researchers in cloud computing and big data are encouraged to s

ISC Cloud & Big Data Open for Research Paper Submission

March 6, 2015 3:01 pm | by ISC Cloud & Big Data and ISC High Performance | News | Comments

The organizers of the inaugural ISC Cloud & Big Data conference are offering engineers and scientists in academia, industry and the government the opportunity to be a part of their new forum. Researchers in cloud computing and big data are encouraged to submit research papers, which will be presented to attendees during the conference proceedings.

A National Institutes of Health-led public-private partnership to transform and accelerate drug development achieved a significant milestone recently with the launch of a new Alzheimer’s Big Data portal — including delivery of the first wave of data — for

Big Data Portal Launches for Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery

March 6, 2015 2:36 pm | News | Comments

A National Institutes of Health-led public-private partnership to transform and accelerate drug development achieved a significant milestone recently with the launch of a new Alzheimer’s Big Data portal — including delivery of the first wave of data — for use by the research community. 

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Research has for the first time analyzed over 130,000 online news articles to find out how the 2012 US presidential election played out in the media.

Big Data Used to Understand Major Events

March 5, 2015 9:34 am | by University of Bristol | News | Comments

Research has for the first time analyzed over 130,000 online news articles to find out how the 2012 US presidential election played out in the media.

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 | Blogs | 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...

The first in its series, ISC Cloud & Big Data will highlight the synergies between cloud and big data and present ways these technologies can build on each other’s strengths.

Inaugural ISC Cloud & Big Data Conference to be Held in Frankfurt

February 19, 2015 10:36 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | News | Comments

The inaugural international ISC Cloud & Big Data conference is a three-day multiple-track event that is replacing the ISC Cloud and ISC Big Data conferences, which were held separately over the past five years. Taking place from September 28 to 30, 2015, the conference will be held in Frankfurt, Germany, at the Frankfurt Marriott Hotel.

Tim Cutts is Head of Scientific Computing at Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

Modern DNA Sequencing Requires a Modern Day Approach

February 13, 2015 2:27 pm | by Tim Cutts, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute | Blogs | Comments

The sequencing machines that run today produce data several orders of magnitude faster than the machines used in the Human Genome Project. We at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute currently produce more sequences in one hour than we did in our first 10 years of operation. A great deal of computational resource is then needed to process that data.

Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source

Helping to Save Lives of Critically Ill Children

February 12, 2015 10:17 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Articles | Comments

For those on the front lines of treating cancer, speed and precision are key to patients’ survival. Pediatric cancer researchers have been making incredible strides in accelerating delivery of new diagnostic and treatment options. Supercomputer-powered genetic diagnosis is being used to harness the power of high throughput genomic and proteomic methods and is playing a key role in improving the outcome for children with genetic diseases.

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The World Wide Lightning Location Network Web site features “an amazing new visualization of global lightning.”

World Thunderstorm Map Provides Continuous Coverage of Thunderstorms All over the Planet

February 10, 2015 12:00 pm | by Tel Aviv University | News | Comments

New research will likely be crucial to measuring the impact of climate change on thunderstorms — one of the weather occurrences most problematic for human life on the planet. The varying frequency and intensity of thunderstorms have direct repercussions for the public, agriculture and industry.

Map generated by more than 250 million public tweets Courtesy of Salathé et al.

Digital Disease Detection: Using Big Data to Detect Outbreaks

February 10, 2015 11:42 am | by PLOS | News | Comments

Personal information taken from social media, blogs, page views and so on is used to detect disease outbreaks, but does this violate our privacy, consent and trust? Dr. Effy Vayena from the University of Zurich and colleagues have mapped the numerous ethical challenges confronting digital disease detection and propose a framework to address the questions.

Rob Farber is an independent HPC expert to startups and Fortune 100 companies, as well as government and academic organizations.

Using Profile Information for Optimization, Energy Savings and Procurements

February 9, 2015 12:11 pm | by Rob Farber | Articles | Comments

Optimization for high-performance and energy efficiency is a necessary next step after verifying that an application works correctly. In the HPC world, profiling means collecting data from hundreds to potentially many thousands of compute nodes over the length of a run. In other words, profiling is a big-data task, but one where the rewards can be significant — including potentially saving megawatts of power or reducing the time to solution

Hurricane Katrina Courtesy of NASA/Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team

Comprehensive Database of Detailed Storm Surge Data Available for Download

February 6, 2015 3:03 pm | by National Oceanography Centre | News | Comments

A new online resource will help coastguards, meteorological organizations and scientific communities predict future storm surge patterns. The freely-accessible database has been compiled through the multi-partner, international eSurge project, which was launched in 2011 with the aim of making available observational data to improve the modeling and forecasting of storm surges around the world using advanced techniques and instruments.

Snow and icy conditions affect human decisions about transportation. These decisions can ripple through other infrastructure systems, causing widespread disruptions. Shown here are points of connectivity. Courtesy of Paul M. Torrens and Cheng Fu, Universi

Big Data Techniques More Accurately Model People in a Winter Wonderland

February 6, 2015 2:53 pm | by Cecile J. Gonzalez, NSF | News | Comments

For Paul Torrens, wintry weather is less about sledding and more about testing out models of human behavior. Torrens, a geographer at the University of Maryland, studies how snow and icy conditions affect human decisions about transportation. He also studies how these decisions ripple through other infrastructure systems.

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In the United States, big data environments are utilizing advanced computing systems to map phenotype to underlying process and to compare those who develop disease with those who don’t. To accomplish this, the researchers are assembling publically availa

Reversing the Global Diabesity Epidemic

February 5, 2015 2:38 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Blogs | Comments

Diabesity has been identified as a major global health problem by researchers and healthcare professionals world-wide, including England’s National Health Service, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Ain Shams University Hospital in Cairo, Egypt, and a research consortium of the European Union.

When Northwestern University professor Luis Amaral set out to test LDA, he found that it was neither as accurate nor reproducible as a leading topic modeling algorithm should be.

Taking a Network Approach to Building Trustworthy Big Data Algorithms

February 2, 2015 1:08 pm | by Emily Ayshford, Northwestern University | News | Comments

Much of our reams of data sits in large databases of unstructured text. Finding insights among e-mails, text documents and Web sites is extremely difficult, unless we can search, characterize and classify their text data in a meaningful way. A leading big data algorithm for finding related topics within unstructured text is LDA. But Luis Amaral found that it was neither as accurate nor reproducible as a leading topic modeling algorithm ...

The IBM-SUNY Poly partnership expands beyond Albany, as SUNY Poly continues its explosive growth across New York.

IBM Research to Lead Advanced Computer Chip R&D at SUNY Poly

February 2, 2015 11:47 am | by IBM | News | Comments

IBM and SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) have announced that more than 220 engineers and scientists who lead IBM's advanced chip research and development efforts at SUNY Poly's Albany Nanotech campus will become part of IBM Research, the technology industry's largest and most influential research organization.

The Alan Turing Institute will promote the development and use of advanced mathematics, computer science, algorithms and big data for human benefit.

Alan Turing Institute Positioned to Break New Big Data, Online Security Boundaries

January 30, 2015 11:41 am | by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council | News | Comments

The five universities have been selected to lead the new Alan Turing Institute. The Institute will build on the UK's existing academic strengths and help position the country as a world leader in the analysis and application of big data and algorithm research. Its headquarters will be based at the British Library at the center of London’s Knowledge Quarter.

Clemson University associate professor of genetics and biochemistry Alex Feltus is co-principal investigator on the Tripal Gateway project award.

Researchers get $1.4 Million to Advance Big Data for Genomic Research

January 22, 2015 2:04 pm | by Brian M. Mullen, Clemson University | News | Comments

A team of scientists has received a $1.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation to help meet the growing needs of the data-driven genomic science community. The Tripal Gateway project will build on existing cyberinfrastructure to enhance the capacity of genomic databases to manage, exchange and process “big data.”

An international team of roughly 300 scientists pooled brain scans and genetic data worldwide to pinpoint genes that enhance or break down key brain regions in people from 33 countries. This is the first high-profile study since the NIH launched its Big D

Global Consortium Cracks Part of Brain’s Genetic Code

January 21, 2015 4:05 pm | by Alison Trinidad, Keck Medicine of USC | News | Comments

In the largest collaborative study of the brain to date, researchers from the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) led a global consortium of 190 institutions to identify eight common genetic mutations that appear to age the brain an average of three years. The discovery could lead to targeted therapies and interventions for Alzheimer’s disease, autism and other neurological conditions.

This live panel discussion looks at how big data and data science have fast become the next frontier for innovation, competition and productivity.

Big Data Insights: Accelerating Discovery in Medicine, Research & More

January 20, 2015 11:51 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Blogs | Comments

On Wednesday, January 21, Scientific Computing will host a live panel discussion that looks at how big data and data science have fast become the next frontier for innovation, competition and productivity. One of today’s significant advances in data science introduces us to the Next Generation Cyber Capability (NGCC) at Arizona State University (ASU)...

The conference will focus on High-Performance Computing essentials, new developments and emerging technologies, best practices and hands-on training.

HPC Advisory Council Switzerland Conference 2015

January 20, 2015 10:10 am | by HPC Advisory Council | Events

The HPC Advisory Council and the Swiss Supercomputing Centre will host the HPC Advisory Council Switzerland Conference 2015 in the Lugano Convention Centre, Lugano, Switzerland, from March 23 - March 25, 2015. The conference will focus on High-Performance Computing essentials, new developments and emerging technologies, best practices and hands-on training.

Automated systems for isolating collected data, restricting queries that can be made against those data, and auditing usage of the data can help to enforce privacy protections and allay some civil liberty concerns.

Surveillance: NRC finds No Alternative to Bulk Data Collection

January 15, 2015 12:10 pm | by The National Academies | News | Comments

No software-based technique can fully replace bulk collection of signals intelligence, but methods can be developed to more effectively conduct targeted collection and to control usage of collected data, says the NRC. Automated systems for isolating collected data, restricting queries that can be made against those data, and auditing usage of the data can help to enforce privacy protections and allay some civil liberty concerns.

Rendering of the LSST camera. SLAC is leading the construction of the 3,200-megapixel camera, which will be the size of a small car and weigh more than 3 tons. The digital camera will be the largest ever built, allowing LSST to create an unprecedented arc

World's Most Powerful Camera Receives DOE Funding Approval

January 14, 2015 11:56 am | by Brookhaven National Laboratory | News | Comments

Plans for the construction of the world's largest digital camera at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have reached a major milestone. The 3,200-megapixel centerpiece of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, which will provide unprecedented details of the universe and help address some of its biggest mysteries, has received key "Critical Decision 2" approval from the DOE.

IBM broke the U.S. patent record in 2014, becoming the first company to exceed 7,000 patents in a single year. More than 8,500 IBM inventors around the world, including researcher Stacy Hobson (pictured), produced 7,534 patents for IBM in 2014.

IBM Breaks U.S. Patent Record

January 13, 2015 10:35 am | by IBM | News | Comments

IBM has announced that it received a record 7,534 patents in 2014 — marking the 22nd consecutive year that the company topped the annual list of U.S. patent recipients. IBM inventors earned an average of more than 20 patents per day in 2014, propelling the company to become the first to surpass more than 7,000 patents in a single year.

The results show that, by mining Facebook Likes, the computer model was able to predict a person's personality more accurately than most of their friends and family.

AI: Computers Know the Real You Better than Friends, Family

January 13, 2015 10:01 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

Researchers have found that, based on enough Facebook Likes, computers can judge your personality traits better than your friends, family and even your partner. Using a new algorithm, researchers have calculated the average number of Likes artificial intelligence (AI) needs to draw personality inferences about you as accurately as your partner or parents.

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