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Europe’s second POWER Acceleration and Design Center is located at the IBM Research & Development Lab in Montpellier, France, where developers can get hands-on, technical assistance for creating OpenPOWER-based high performance computing apps.

IBM, NVIDIA and Mellanox Launch Design Center for Big Data and HPC

July 2, 2015 2:21 pm | by IBM | News | Comments

IBM in collaboration with NVIDIA and Mellanox announced the establishment of a POWER Acceleration and Design Center in Monpellier, France, to advance the development of data-intensive research, industrial and commercial applications. Born out of the collaborative of the OpenPOWER Foundation, the new Center provides commercial and open-source software developers with technical assistance to enable them to develop HPC applications.

Intel President Renee James to leave Chipmaker

July 2, 2015 12:31 pm | by AP | News | Comments

Intel said July 2, 2015, that President Renee James, who has worked at the chipmaker for 28...

Stories You Shouldn’t Miss — June 26-July 2

July 2, 2015 11:55 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | News | Comments

Heading into the Independence Day weekend, materials that compute — what your clothes may say...

Can Computers be Creative?

July 2, 2015 8:24 am | by European Commission | News | Comments

The EU-funded What-if Machine (WHIM) project not only generates fictional storylines, but also...

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Professor Peter V. Coveney holds a chair in Physical Chemistry, is an Honorary Professor in Computer Science at University College London (UCL), and is Professor Adjunct at Yale University School of Medicine (USA). He is Director of the Centre for Computa

Leading Computational Scientist Peter Coveney Keynotes at ISC Cloud & Big Data

July 1, 2015 3:45 pm | by ISC | News | Comments

ISC Events, the organizer of the inaugural ISC Cloud & Big Data conference has announced Professor Peter V. Coveney of University College London (UCL) as the conference keynoter. Coveney will be talking about the current state-of-the-art in the development of personalized medicine in a presentation titled “The Virtual Human: In Silico Methods for Personalised Medicine.”

A 24-minute, high-resolution science documentary narrated Benedict Cumberbatch about the dynamics of the sun that features data-driven visualizations produced by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at U

Solar Superstorms show Highlights Extremely Powerful Computer Simulation, Visualization

July 1, 2015 3:35 pm | by NSF | News | Comments

A 24-minute, high-resolution science documentary narrated Benedict Cumberbatch about the dynamics of the sun that features data-driven visualizations produced by NCSA at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign debuted on June 30, 2015, at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum in Baton Rouge before rolling out to more than a dozen planetariums and science centers around the world.

Artist’s conception of a quantum frequency comb. Courtesy of Nicoletta Barolini

Quantum Entanglement Method Vastly Increases How Much Data can be carried in a Photon

July 1, 2015 3:03 pm | by Matthew Chin, UCLA | News | Comments

A team of researchers led by UCLA electrical engineers has demonstrated a new way to harness light particles, or photons, that are connected to each other and act in unison no matter how far apart they are — a phenomenon known as quantum entanglement. In previous studies, photons have typically been entangled by one dimension of their quantum properties — usually the direction of their polarization.

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WOS 360 2.0 Object Storage Platform

WOS 360 2.0 Object Storage Platform

June 30, 2015 1:59 pm | Datadirect Networks | Product Releases | Comments

The WOS 360 2.0 object storage platform enables secure public and private cloud deployments, and delivers efficient data protection options for data-intensive environments, offering a full suite of options to expand use cases in enterprises, cloud, BYOD shared storage, deep archive, video streaming, and file sync and share offerings.

Human chromosomes. Courtesy of Jane Ades, NHGRI

Speeding Up Genome Assembly, from Months to Minutes

June 30, 2015 12:23 pm | by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Computing Sciences | News | Comments

By applying some novel algorithms, computational techniques and the innovative programming language Unified Parallel C (UPC) to the cutting-edge de novo genome assembly tool Meraculous, a team of scientists simplified and sped up genome assembly, reducing a months-long process to mere minutes. This was primarily achieved by “parallelizing” the code to harness the processing power of supercomputers.

The Mars Rover game introduces educational content in a fun and rewarding 3-D gaming experience.

Pentagon, Lockheed Martin Researchers create Math and Programming Learning Platform

June 30, 2015 8:17 am | by Aaron Dubrow, NSF | News | Comments

The Pentagon's Office of Force Readiness and Training recently teamed with Lockheed Martin and NSF to create a new platform for distributed, immersive training applications: Virtual World Framework. The platform makes it easier, faster, and less expensive to develop training games and simulations that can reach users around the world. The team demonstrated a prototype game designed to run on the platform: The Mars Game.

Michael King is Senior Director of Marketing at DataDirect Networks (DDN).

Winds of Change are Bringing Fresh Solutions to High Performance Data Storage

June 30, 2015 7:53 am | by Michael King, DataDirect Networks | Blogs | Comments

Large-scale scientific organizations are grappling with the implications of rapid data growth. Massive data collections, analytics and the need for data collaboration are driving the need for high-performance storage solutions that can deliver time to results, fast. A different breed of technologies developed originally for the supercomputing industry are being adapted to meet the needs of technical computing organizations.

Digital Living Network Alliance, normally just referred to as DLNA, is both a non-profit trade organization and a protocol for simplifying the connection of multimedia devices in your home.

How Digital Living Network Alliance can make Life Easier

June 29, 2015 4:43 pm | by John R. Joyce, Ph.D. | Blogs | Comments

I'm not sure which sounds more ominous, DLNA or Digital Living Network Alliance. Somehow, they both sound very Borg-like. However, in this case, they can actually make your life easier! The Digital Living Network Alliance, normally just referred to as DLNA, is both a non-profit trade organization and a protocol for simplifying the connection of multimedia devices in your home.

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A wideband frequency comb ensures that the crosstalk between multiple communication channels within the same optical fiber is reversible.

Key Fiber Optic Power and Distance Barriers Broken

June 29, 2015 3:19 pm | by Liezel Labios, UC San Diego | News | Comments

Researchers have broken key barriers that limit the distance information can travel in fiber optic cables and still be accurately deciphered by a receiver, increasing the maximum power — and therefore distance — at which optical signals can be sent through optical fibers. This advance has the potential to increase data transmission rates for fiber optic cables that serve as the backbone of the Internet, wireless and landline networks...

The researchers tested CodePhage on seven common open-source programs in which DIODE had found bugs, importing repairs from between two and four donors for each. In all instances, CodePhage was able to patch up the vulnerable code, and it generally took b

Automatic Bug Repair without Source Code Access

June 29, 2015 2:13 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT | News | Comments

At the ACM Programming Language Design and Implementation conference, MIT researchers presented a new system that repairs dangerous software bugs by automatically importing functionality from other, more secure applications. Remarkably, the system, dubbed CodePhage, doesn’t require access to the source code of the applications whose functionality it’s borrowing. Instead, it analyzes the applications’ execution...

A simulation of vortex-induced motion shows how ocean currents affect offshore oil rigs.

Supercomputing the Vortex: Simulation improves Offshore Drill Rig Safety

June 29, 2015 2:00 pm | by Los Alamos National Laboratory | News | Comments

LANL researchers’ efforts to solve the complex problem of how ocean currents affect the infrastructure of floating oilrigs and their computational fluid dynamics numerical simulations has received recognition from ANSYS. Vortex-induced motion is a complex problem that occurs when there are highly turbulent flow and fluid-solid interaction phenomena. The available experimental data are very limited, especially from field measurements.

In response to public concerns about cryptographic security, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has formally revised its recommended methods for generating random numbers, a crucial element in protecting private messages and other t

NIST Revises Computer Security Publication on Random Number Generation

June 26, 2015 3:14 pm | by NIST | News | Comments

In response to public concerns about cryptographic security, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has formally revised its recommended methods for generating random numbers, a crucial element in protecting private messages and other types of electronic data. The action implements changes to the methods that were proposed by NIST last year in a draft document issued for public comment.  

The specifications for Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning, more commonly known as WebDAV, were created by an Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) group headed by James Whitehead, Jr.

WebDAV: Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning

June 25, 2015 3:27 pm | by John R. Joyce, Ph.D. | Blogs | Comments

The World Wide Web was originally developed to be both a readable and writable medium. As the Web developed, for most people it became just a readable medium, as most Web browsers did not support writing to the Web. This created a few obstacles to Tim Berners-Lee's dream to develop an interactive, collaborative, media. However, as obstacles are meant to be overcome, people found various crevices through what was becoming a one-way wall.

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Developing so-called "materials that compute" addresses limitations inherent to the systems currently used by researchers to perform either chemical computing or oscillator-based computing, and the hybrid model points to the potential of designing synthet

What your Clothes may say about You

June 25, 2015 9:44 am | by University of Pittsburgh | News | Comments

Moving closer to the possibility of "materials that compute" and wearing your computer on your sleeve, researchers have designed a responsive hybrid material that is fueled by an oscillatory chemical reaction and can perform computations based on changes in the environment or movement, and potentially even respond to human vital signs. The material system is sufficiently small and flexible to ultimately be integrated into a fabric.

A three-dimensional spatial structure of mixing in an idealized ocean simulation, computed using Lagrangian particle statistics.

Vast Eddies swirl across Open Ocean, pull Carbon Emissions into the Deep

June 25, 2015 9:11 am | by Los Alamos National Laboratory | News | Comments

Scientists have developed a computer model that clarifies the complex processes driving ocean mixing in the vast eddies that swirl across hundreds of miles of open ocean. The model is a first-of-its-kind tool because of its ability to exploit the power available from today’s supercomputers. Global climate simulations are beginning to be able to resolve the largest mesoscale eddies, which are considered the “weather” of the ocean.

Jill M. Hruby was named the next president and director of Sandia National Laboratories, the country’s largest national lab, on June 22, 2015. When she steps into her new role July 17, she will be the first woman to lead a national security laboratory. A

Jill Hruby will be First Woman to Lead National Security Lab

June 25, 2015 8:34 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Jill Hruby was named the next president and director of Sandia National Laboratories, the country’s largest national lab. When she steps into her new role July 17, she will be the first woman to lead a national security laboratory. A Sandia staff member and manager for the past 32 years, Hruby most recently oversaw Sandia efforts in nuclear, biological and chemical security, homeland security, counterterrorism and energy security.

3DEXCITE DELTAGEN 13

3DEXCITE DELTAGEN 13

June 24, 2015 1:47 pm | Dassault Systems | Product Releases | Comments

DELTAGEN 13 is designed to deliver a highly-realistic display of 3-D visualizations with real-time interaction. The high-performance software works with data from all professional CAD systems and features the 3DEXCITE STELLAR render engine, which intuitively navigates users toward achieving the most stunning visual results.

PBS Professional 13.0 Workload Manager and Job Scheduler

PBS Professional 13.0 Workload Manager and Job Scheduler

June 24, 2015 12:05 pm | Product Releases | Comments

PBS Professional is a workload manager and job scheduler for high-performance computing (HPC) clusters and supercomputers. It has been architected to meet the needs of companies looking to prepare for the move to exascale.

PowerEdge C6320 Server

PowerEdge C6320 Server

June 24, 2015 11:41 am | Dell Computer Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The PowerEdge C6320 server is purpose-built for high-performance computing and hyper-converged solutions and appliances. It is designed to offer four independent server nodes in a 2U chassis. Compared to the previous generation, it provides up to two times the performance improvement on the LinPack spec.

Following their collaboration a year ago to develop a cognitive computing cooking app and test it with home cooks as part of a beta program, IBM and Bon Appetit have opened up the web app to anyone interested in expanding his or her imagination in the kit

Cognitive Computing App Taps 10,000 Bon Appétit Recipes, Suggests Creative Flavor Combinations

June 24, 2015 11:12 am | by IBM Watson | News | Comments

IBM and Bon Appétit have introduced a one-of-a-kind Chef Watson cognitive computing cooking app that is open to anyone interested in expanding his or her imagination in the kitchen. Created through a collaboration with Bon Appétit, the app inspires home cooks everywhere to discover unexpected flavor combinations to address everyday mealtime challenges in creative ways and bring new ideas to the kitchen.

GATK is already available for download at no cost to academic and non-profit users. In addition, business users can license GATK from the Broad. To date, more than 20,000 users have processed genomic data using GATK.

Broad Institute Genome Analysis Toolkit offered as part of Google Genomics

June 24, 2015 7:56 am | by Broad Institute | News | Comments

Broad Institute is teaming up with Google Genomics to explore how to break down major technical barriers that increasingly hinder biomedical research by addressing the need for computing infrastructure to store and process enormous datasets, and by creating tools to analyze such data. As a first step, Broad Institute’s Genome Analysis Toolkit, GATK, will be offered as a service on the Google Cloud Platform, as part of Google Genomics.

Sponsored by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education.

NIST 2015 - 6th Annual Conference & Expo

June 23, 2015 11:30 am | by NIST | Events

The 6th Annual Conference & Expo will take place from November 3 to 4, 2015, in San Diego, CA. It is sponsored by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, a national initiative to address cybersecurity education and workforce development.

Intelligent Operations Center for Emergency Management collects historical and sensor data from a variety of sources, and applies deep analytics, data visualization and real-time collaboration to help agencies coordinate and manage response efforts during

Intelligent Operations Center uses Real-time Weather Data to Help Predict and Prepare for Disasters

June 23, 2015 10:38 am | by IBM | News | Comments

As the Atlantic hurricane season gets underway, communities in severe weather-prone regions are anxiously tracking pending storms and working to create effective disaster response plans. IBM, through an alliance with The Weather Company, has announced a new emergency management solution featuring sophisticated analytics and use of real-time weather data to help communities predict and plan for natural disasters far more accurately.

Power-performance tradeoff for conventional and superconducting supercomputers

Anticipating a Major Role for Superconducting Computing

June 22, 2015 4:27 pm | by Elie K. Track and Alan M. Kadin, IEEE Rebooting Computing | Blogs | Comments

In the past, evolution of computer technology was largely driven by industrial advances in a single technology. That unified approach led to advances on all levels. With the ending of Moore’s Law, this unified approach will inevitably split, leading to a variety of different device technologies, architectures and interface approaches. Within such a mixed environment, we anticipate a major role for superconducting computing.

Applied Mathematician Theorizes what Happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

Stories You Shouldn’t Miss — June 12-18

June 19, 2015 2:35 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | News | Comments

The top most-visited stories of the past week included an amazing image of Jupiter’s second largest moon, solving billions of equations in just minutes, relief and delight as Philae woke up, Einstein saving the Quantum Cat, a fundamental change in wireless communications, a 40-year-old algorithm problem put to rest, news that a black hole’s surface is no deadly firewall, and an applied mathematician’s theory on MA flight 370.

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