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The Turing Test — originally called the Imitation Game — was proposed by computing pioneer Alan Turing in 1950. Courtesy of Juan Alberto Sánchez Margallo

Alternative to Turing Test Proposed

November 21, 2014 4:39 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A Georgia Tech professor recently offered an alternative to the celebrated “Turing Test” to determine whether a machine or computer program exhibits human-level intelligence. The Turing Test — originally called the Imitation Game — was proposed by computing pioneer Alan Turing in 1950. In practice, some applications of the test require a machine to engage in dialogue and convince a human judge that it is an actual person.

HPC for All

November 21, 2014 4:32 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Blogs | Comments

In the latest issue of HPC Source, “A New Dawn: Bringing HPC to the Enterprise,” we...

Silicon Mechanics Announces Research Cluster Grant Program Expansion

November 21, 2014 4:17 pm | by Silicon Mechanics | News | Comments

Silicon Mechanics has announced that it is launching the 4th Annual Research Cluster...

Huawei FusionServer X6800

November 20, 2014 2:40 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Huawei FusionServer X6800 is a next-generation data center server optimized to support...

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

Today’s Enterprising GPUs

November 20, 2014 2:09 pm | by Rob Farber | Articles | Comments

HPC has always embraced the leading edge of technology and, as such, acts as the trailbreaker and scout for enterprise and business customers. HPC has highlighted and matured the abilities of previously risky devices, like GPUs, that enterprise customers now leverage to create competitive advantage. GPUs have moved beyond “devices with potential” to “production devices” that are used for profit generation.

Brandenburg Gate on December 1, 1989. The structure is already freely accessible from the East, however, the crossing to the Western side will not be officially open until December 22nd.

Another Brick in the Wall: The Legendary Rescue of a Doomed Project

November 20, 2014 2:08 pm | by Randy C. Hice | Blogs | Comments

Of course, I remember the Berlin Wall being pummeled to gravel 25 years ago. I always hated what it symbolized, and I was excited.  I was in Fayetteville, AR, at the finest hotel in town (a multi-story Holiday Inn at the time) when I saw the Germans storming the wall and whack-a-mole-ing the wall with ballpeen hammers. How I came to be in Arkansas is a rather remarkable and foreboding story.

For the fourth consecutive time, Tianhe-2, a supercomputer developed by China’s National University of Defense Technology, has retained its position as the world’s No. 1 system with a performance of 33.86 petaflop/s (quadrillions of calculations per secon

Tianhe-2 Remains World's Top Computer

November 19, 2014 3:34 pm | by Top500 | News | Comments

For the fourth consecutive time, Tianhe-2, a supercomputer developed by China’s National University of Defense Technology, has retained its position as the world’s No. 1 system with a performance of 33.86 petaflop/s (quadrillions of calculations per second) on the Linpack benchmark, according to the 44th edition of the twice-yearly TOP500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers.

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Iceotope's PetaGen liquid cooling system is designed for High Performance Computing (HPC) and suitable for Supercomputing and data center facilities. The system uses minimal energy resources, has zero dependence on clean water, streamlines needlessly bloa

Petagen Liquid Cooling System

November 19, 2014 2:07 pm | by Iceotope | Product Releases | Comments

Iceotope's PetaGen liquid cooling system is designed for High Performance Computing (HPC) and suitable for Supercomputing and data center facilities. The system uses minimal energy resources, has zero dependence on clean water, streamlines needlessly bloated and expensive data center facilities, and improves IT performance.

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

Still Holiday Shopping? 19 Great Gifts for Just about Anyone

November 19, 2014 1:35 pm | by John R. Joyce, Ph.D. | Blogs | Comments

Welcome to the second installment of Scientific Computing's holiday gift guide. This section focuses on gifts of more general interest, so that they'll be suitable for your giftees without a technical background — you know, muggles!  But don't worry, many of these are suitable for the Geeks in your life as well. Part I focuses on more technical items, though there are a number that might appeal to your more sophisticated muggle as well.

Moleculomics’s core business is focused on developing new computational tools (known as pipelines) that take genetic information (in the form of DNA sequences) and automatically convert this into detailed three-dimensional models of all of the proteins wi

High Performance Computing for All (Yes, You Too…)

November 19, 2014 1:34 pm | by Gilad Shainer, HPC Advisory Council | Blogs | Comments

High-performance computing can help a business to become more efficient and more productive. And, for a small business, HPC can be a game changer, helping it leapfrog ahead of the competition by reducing its costs and dramatically improving its time to market.

SGI has recently upgraded NASA's flagship supercomputer, Pleiades, with new, more powerful hardware in order to help meet the agency's increasing demand for high-end computing (HEC) resources.

SGI Enhances NASA's Research Supercomputers

November 18, 2014 4:33 pm | Sgi | News | Comments

SGI has recently upgraded NASA's flagship supercomputer, Pleiades, with new, more powerful hardware in order to help meet the agency's increasing demand for high-end computing (HEC) resources.                 

Karol Kowalski, Capability Lead for NWChem Development, works in the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) at PNNL.

Advancing Computational Chemistry with NWChem

November 18, 2014 3:07 pm | by Mike Bernhardt, HPC Community Evangelist, Intel | Articles | Comments

An interview with PNNL’s Karol Kowalski, Capability Lead for NWChem Development - NWChem is an open source high performance computational chemistry tool developed for the Department of Energy at Pacific Northwest National Lab in Richland, WA. I recently visited with Karol Kowalski, Capability Lead for NWChem Development, who works in the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) at PNNL.

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International Data Corporation (IDC) has announced the eighth round of recipients of the HPC Innovation Excellence Award at the SC'14 high performance computing (HPC) conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. The HPC Innovation Excellence Awards recognize not

11 Innovators Receive HPC Excellence Awards

November 18, 2014 11:28 am | by IDC | News | Comments

International Data Corporation (IDC) has announced the eighth round of recipients of the HPC Innovation Excellence Award at the SC'14 high performance computing (HPC) conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. The HPC Innovation Excellence Awards recognize noteworthy achievements by users of high performance computing technologies.

Safety, reliability and improvement of nuclear reactor efficiencies play a major role in the wide-spread use of nuclear energy and reducing cost/kW-h to the consumer.

HPC Innovation Excellence Award: Argonne National Laboratory, NRG (Netherlands), SCK-CEN (Belgium), TerraPower, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

November 17, 2014 6:49 pm | Award Winners

Researchers from Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign teamed with nuclear reactor designers and research laboratories in the United States and Europe to enable high-fidelity, cost-saving simulations to design the next-generation of nuclear reactors using the computational fluid dynamics code Nek5000.

The Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine at Children’s Mercy was the first genome center in the world inside children’s hospital and one of the first to focus on genome sequencing and analysis for inherited childhood diseases.

HPC Innovation Excellence Award: The Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine

November 17, 2014 6:40 pm | Award Winners

The Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine at Children's Mercy Hospitals Kansas City was the first genome center in the world to be created inside a children's hospital and one of the first to focus on genome sequencing and analysis for inherited childhood diseases. 

For the US Army, and DoD and intelligence community as a whole, GIS Federal developed an innovative approach to quickly filter, analyze, and visualize big data from hundreds of data providers, with a particular emphasis on geospatial data.

HPC Innovation Excellence Award: GIS Federal

November 17, 2014 6:35 pm | Award Winners

For the US Army, and DoD and intelligence community as a whole, GIS Federal developed an innovative approach to quickly filter, analyze, and visualize big data from hundreds of data providers with a particular emphasis on geospatial data.

Researchers from NCSU conducted innovative research analyzing the turbulence anisotropy as a function of distance from the wall based on DNS data.

HPC Innovation Excellence Award: North Carolina State University

November 17, 2014 6:28 pm | Award Winners

Researchers from NCSU conducted innovative research that will allow better prediction of thermal hydraulic behavior for current and future nuclear reactor designs.

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Nexio simulation is a French SME located in Toulouse and specialized in electromagnetic simulation software for marine, space, defense and aeronautics domains applications.

HPC Innovation Excellence Award: Nexio

November 17, 2014 6:19 pm | Award Winners

Nexio simulation is a French SME located in Toulouse and specialized in electromagnetic simulation software for marine, space, defense and aeronautics domains applications.

 Aircraft noise adversely impacts population centers near major airports. With the expected growth in air travel, these noise exposure levels will increase considerably. To alleviate this problem, the Environmentally Responsible Aviation (ERA) project wit

HPC Innovation Excellence Award: NASA

November 17, 2014 6:13 pm | Award Winners

The noise generated by civil air transport adversely impacts population centers near major airports. With the expected growth in air travel, community exposure to aircraft noise will increase considerably. To alleviate this problem, the Environmentally Responsible Aviation (ERA) project within NASA's Aeronautics Mission Research Directorate is working to simultaneously reduce aircraft noise, fuel consumption, and engine emissions.

Researchers used HPC resources were utilized to run and visualize a breakthrough simulation involving a long-track EF5 tornado embedded within a supercell.

HPC Innovation Excellence Award: Central Michigan University

November 17, 2014 6:06 pm | Award Winners

Researchers used HPC resources were utilized to run and visualize a breakthrough simulation involving a long-track EF5 tornado embedded within a supercell.

PayPal engineers developed a platform for real‐time event analytics using HPC designs on new hardware technology.

HPC Innovation Excellence Award: PayPal

November 17, 2014 5:58 pm | Award Winners

PayPal engineers developed a platform for real‐time event analytics using HPC designs on new hardware technology. 

Researchers at MD Anderson Cancer Center are using detailed Monte Carlo computer simulations of radiation transport to determine how the response of ionization chambers is affected by the presence of a magnetic field.

HPC Innovation Excellence Award: The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Texas Advance Computing Center (TACC) and Elekta AB

November 17, 2014 5:46 pm | Award Winners

Researchers at MD Anderson Cancer Center in collaboration with TACC and Elekta AB are using detailed Monte Carlo computer simulations of radiation transport to assist in the development of the next generation of radiation therapy cancer treatments, which use a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner integrated with a radiation therapy unit (MRI-linac unit).

HPC Innovation Excellence Award: Ohio State University Cancer Comprehensive Care Center

November 17, 2014 5:36 pm | Award Winners

Researchers at Ohio State University Cancer Comprehensive Care Center developed and implemented bioinformatics and molecular methods to understand what happens to human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA in the "end game" of HPV-positive human cancers.

To heat fusion plasmas to the millions of degrees Celsius needed for fusion reactions scientists inject megawatts of electromagnetic energy from carefully engineered radiofrequency antennas. The generated electromagnetic waves interact with the fusion pla

HPC Innovation Excellence Award: Tech-X Corporation

November 17, 2014 5:23 pm | Award Winners

To heat magnetically confined plasmas to the millions of degrees needed for fusion reactions, scientists inject megawatts of electromagnetic energy from carefully engineered radiofrequency antennas. The generated electromagnetic waves interact with the plasma in complex ways.

Cray Sonexion 2000 system combines expertise in designing, scaling and managing end-to-end Lustre solutions with a unique architecture that allows for maximum scalability.

Cray Sonexion 2000 System

November 17, 2014 5:07 pm | Cray Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Cray Sonexion 2000 system combines expertise in designing, scaling and managing end-to-end Lustre solutions with a unique architecture that allows for maximum scalability. 

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded IBM contracts valued at over $300 million to develop and deliver the world’s most advanced “data centric” supercomputing systems at Lawrence Livermore and Oak Ridge National Laboratories to advance innovation and

IBM 'Data Centric' Systems Tackle Big Data Challenges

November 17, 2014 4:34 pm | Ibm Corp. | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded IBM contracts valued at over $300 million to develop and deliver the world’s most advanced “data centric” supercomputing systems at Lawrence Livermore and Oak Ridge National Laboratories to advance innovation and discovery in science, engineering and national security.

David Turek is Vice President, Technical Computing OpenPOWER at IBM Corporation

The World of Supercomputing Must Become Data Centric

November 17, 2014 8:37 am | by David Turek, IBM | Blogs | Comments

It has been a commonly held belief that supercomputing capability is a predictable phenomenon with the "fastest" system in the world increasing in power by three orders of magnitude about every 11 years. I put the term "fastest" in quotes, because very few ask the question: Fastest in what way? It turns out that this notion of "fastest" is limited to a narrow consideration of system performance that focuses on floating point capability.

Eric Eide, University of Utah research assistant professor of computer science, stands in the computer science department's "Machine Room" where racks of Web servers sit. It is on these computers that Eide, computer science associate professor John Regehr

Self-Repairing Software Tackles Malware

November 14, 2014 3:54 pm | by University of Utah | News | Comments

Computer scientists have developed software that not only detects and eradicates never-before-seen viruses and other malware, but also automatically repairs damage caused by them. The software then prevents the invader from ever infecting the computer again.

The joint Collaboration of Oak Ridge, Argonne, and Lawrence Livermore (CORAL) was established in early 2014 to leverage supercomputing investments, streamline procurement processes and reduce costs to develop supercomputers that will be five to seven time

Department of Energy Awards $425 Million in Next-gen Supercomputing Technologies

November 14, 2014 3:35 pm | by U.S. Department of Energy | News | Comments

U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz announced two new high performance computing (HPC) awards to put the nation on a fast-track to next generation exascale computing, which will help to advance U.S. leadership in scientific research and promote America’s economic and national security.

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