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...
A team of researchers led by UCLA electrical engineers has demonstrated a new way to harness...
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 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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A typical computer chip includes millions of transistors connected with an extensive network of copper wires. Although chip wires are unimaginably short and thin compared with household wires, in each case, the copper is wrapped within a protective sheath. For years, tantalum nitride has formed a protective layer around chip wires. Now, experiments demonstrate graphene can help electrons scoot through tiny wires in chips more quickly.
Atop the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, a remarkable glass-fronted skyscraper where you can practically feel New York City’s invincible spirit, Mellanox announced the world’s first end-to-end 10/25/40/50 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity on June 17, 2015, in the newly opened Observatory at One World Trade Center.
Supercomputers have helped scientists find a surprising link between cross-shaped (or cruciform) pieces of DNA and human cancer. The study found that small DNA cruciforms are mutagenic, altering DNA in a way that can increase risk of cancer in yeast, monkeys and in humans. Researchers found short inverted repeats of 30 base pairs and under in a reference database of mutations in human cancer that are somatic, meaning not inherited.
Quantum dots are nanoparticles of semiconductor that can be tuned to glow in a rainbow of colors. Since their discovery in the 1980s, these remarkable nanoparticles have held out tantalizing prospects for all kinds of new technologies. But there’s a problem: Quantum dots often blink.
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