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Despite the benefits of cloud computing and the decade-plus of research that supports its use, we still face some critical challenges in deploying this technology. Expert speakers will address these issues and discuss possible solutions.

ISC Cloud’14 at a Glance

April 24, 2014 11:09 am | by ISC | News | Comments

This year’s ISC Cloud conference will be the fifth in the series and will continue the tradition of bringing experts and users from industry and academia to foster collaboration and innovation in the field of cloud computing. The conference will be held in Heidelberg at the Marriott Hotel from September 29 to 30, 2014, followed by ISC Big Data

ISC Big Data Conference Returns with “Bringing High Performance to the Enterprise" Theme

April 24, 2014 11:04 am | by ISC | News | Comments

The ISC Big Data Conference was organized for the first time last year, and it brought together...

IBM Tackles Big Data Challenges with Open Server Innovation Model

April 24, 2014 8:43 am | by IBM | News | Comments

IBM has debuted new Power Systems servers that allow data centers to manage staggering data...

Superconducting Qubit Array Points the Way to Quantum Computers

April 23, 2014 7:40 pm | by Julie Cohen, UC Santa Barbara | News | Comments

A fully functional quantum computer is one of the holy grails of physics. Unlike conventional...

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Vince Scarafino, Industry Expert

Vince Scarafino

April 23, 2014 4:00 pm | Biographies

Vince Scarafino is a technical advisor on the application of computer hardware and software to the solution of computing problems requiring high levels of performance. His previous experience includes managing the supercomputers for a major manufacturer, including hardware and software planning and implementation, procurement, and operations.

Vijay Agarwala

April 23, 2014 3:57 pm | Biographies

Vijay K. Agarwala is Senior Director of Research Computing and Cyberinfrastructure, a part of Information Technology Services, at The Pennsylvania State University. In addition to meeting research‐related computational needs in multiple disciplines across all colleges at Penn State, he has been a contributor to several advisory committees ...

Swamy Akasapu

April 23, 2014 3:53 pm | Biographies
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Suzy Tichenor, Director, Industrial Partnerships Program, Computing and Computational Sciences Directorate, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Suzy Tichenor

April 23, 2014 3:52 pm | Biographies

Suzy Tichenor is Director, Industrial Partnerships Program for the Computing and Computational Sciences Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Oak Ridge is the site of the world’s most powerful computing complex for open science.

Steve Finn, HPC Consultant, Cherokee Information Services

Steve Finn

April 23, 2014 3:49 pm | Biographies

Steve Finn provides technology assessment and telecommunications support services for a community of HPC users. His background includes vectorization and parallelization of application codes, benchmarking, and HPC system acquisitions.

Sharan Kalwani, Computing Services Architect, Fermilab

Sharan Kalwani

April 23, 2014 3:45 pm | Biographies

Sharan Kalwani recently joined the HPC group at the Fermi National Accelerator Labs, Batavia, Illinois as a computing services architect. Before Fermi, he was the Subject Matter Expert/Project lead at the UberCloud project, working on helping to realize HPC in the cloud.

Dr. Rupak Biswas, Deputy Director of Exploration Technology at NASA Ames

Rupak Biswas

April 23, 2014 3:41 pm | Biographies

Dr. Rupak Biswas is Deputy Director of Exploration Technology at NASA Ames Research Center. He assists the Director in planning, directing, and coordinating technology development and operational activities in advanced supercomputing, human systems integration, intelligent systems, and entry systems technology.

Paul Muzio, Director HPC Center, City University of New York

Paul Muzio

April 23, 2014 3:29 pm | Biographies

As director, Paul Muzio is responsible for developing and building the City University of New York High Performance Computing Center, including strategic planning, development of proposals for funding, hiring staff, facilities design, and overall management.

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Paul Buerger, HPC industry expert

Paul Buerger

April 23, 2014 3:26 pm | Biographies

Paul Buerger, HPC industry expert, spent most of his career at Ohio State University and Ohio Supercomputer Center.  During those 40 years, he worked with everything from minicomputers to mainframes to vector supercomputers to HPC clusters.

Keith Gray, Manager of High Performance Computing, BP

Keith Gray

April 23, 2014 3:23 pm | Biographies

Keith Gray is Manager of High Performance Computing for BP. The HPC Team supports the computing requirements for BP’s Advanced Seismic Imaging Research efforts. This team supports one of the largest Linux Clusters dedicated to research in oil and gas.

Jeff Broughton, NERSC Deputy for Operations and Systems Department Head

Jeff Broughton

April 23, 2014 3:21 pm | Biographies

Jeff Broughton is the NERSC Deputy for Operations and Systems Department Head, and has responsibility for acquiring, installing and operating all computational, networking and storage equipment for NERSC and the Joint Genome Institute.  Current projects include NERSC-7 (Edison), the Computational Research and Theory Facility (CRT) which will be NERSC's new home, and DesignForward.

Jim Kasdorf, Director of Special Projects, Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC)

James Kasdorf

April 23, 2014 3:17 pm | Biographies

Jim Kasdorf is the Director of Special Projects at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) and Chairman of the HPC User Forum Steering Committee. He started in high-performance computing with the CDC 3600 in 1965.

Jack Collins, Director of the Advanced Biomedical Computing Center, Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research

Jack Collins

April 23, 2014 3:12 pm | Biographies

Dr. Collins is the director of the Advanced Biomedical Computing Center at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research. Dr. Collins’ research focuses on biomedical computing applications pertaining to cancer. His research group develops and applies high-performance algorithms to solve data-intensive computational biology problems in the areas of genomic analysis, pattern recognition in proteomics and imaging, molecular modeling, and systems biology.

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Douglas B. Kothe, Director of the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Douglas B. Kothe

April 23, 2014 3:09 pm | Biographies

Douglas B. Kothe (Doug) is the Director of the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors, a DOE Innovation Hub at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Doug joined ORNL in 2006 as the Director of Science in the ORNL National Center of Computational Sciences.

Doug Ball, Enterprise Director for Computational Fluid Dynamics, Boeing Company

Doug Ball

April 23, 2014 3:05 pm | Biographies

Doug Ball is enterprise director for computational fluid dynamics within Boeing’s Enterprise Technology Strategy. Ball provides strategic guidance and manages investments into CFD technologies across Boeing’s businesses. Earlier, he was chief engineer for all of aerodynamics within Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

Chris Catherasoo Export Compliance Technical Specialist California Institute of Technology

Chris Catherasoo

April 23, 2014 3:01 pm | Biographies

Chris Catherasoo has broad expertise in state-of-the-art supercomputers, high-end visualization systems, high-performance storage and networking, including hardware, software, scheduling and operations. Technical expertise in numerical methods and algorithm development, and in software design and development, including programming (Fortran and C), code testing and validation, configuration control and documentation.

Alex Akkerman, High Performance Computing Senior Technical Specialist, Ford Motor Company

Alex Akkerman

April 23, 2014 2:54 pm | Biographies

Alex Akkerman is a high performance computing senior technical specialist at Ford Motor Company. His team is responsible for implementation and management of HPC solutions for Ford Motor Company’s global engineering and research user community.

Van Duyne recently identified the chemical components of paint, now partially faded, used by Renoir in his oil painting “Madame Léon Clapisson.”

Chemist Reveals Renoir Masterpiece's True Colors

April 23, 2014 12:36 pm | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

Scientists are using powerful analytical and imaging tools to study artworks from all ages, delving deep below the surface to reveal the process and materials used by some of the world’s greatest artists. Chemist Richard Van Duyne, in collaboration with conservation scientists at the Art Institute of Chicago, has been using a scientific method to investigate masterpieces by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Winslow Homer and Mary Cassatt.

Big Data Approach to Bioinformatics Profiling Identifies New Mammalian Clock Gene

April 22, 2014 6:37 pm | by Penn Medicine | News | Comments

Over the last few decades researchers have characterized a set of clock genes that drive daily rhythms of physiology and behavior in all types of species, from flies to humans. Over 15 mammalian clock proteins have been identified, but researchers surmise there are more. A team from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania wondered if big-data approaches could find them.

Dr. Ing. Bernd Mohr, a senior scientist at the Juelich Supercomputing Centre (JSC)

Looking for Job Security? Consider becoming an HPC Performance Tool Developer

April 22, 2014 4:01 pm | by Bernd Mohr, Jülich Supercomputing Centre Institute for Advanced Simulation | Blogs | Comments

When I started to work on performance tools for parallel computers 25 years ago, I wasn’t sure how long I would be able to work in this interesting and exciting area of high performance computing.  Performance was always in the center of HPC, so anyone helping application developers to optimize and tune their codes was in high demand.

The program attempts to unravel the biological complexity of cancer by applying a "systems biology" approach using a variety of Big Data and computational modeling techniques to uncover new understanding and connections associated with the development and

Alzheimer's-Cancer Link found using Biomedical Data, Supercomputing

April 22, 2014 3:35 pm | by Jorge Salazar, TACC | News | Comments

A team led by Houston Methodist Research Institute (HMRI) scientists has found that Alzheimer's disease and cancer share a pathway in gene transcription, a process essential for cell reproduction and growth. They published their findings in December 2013 in the open access journal Scientific Reports by the Nature Publishing Group.

Intel is creating Intel Parallel Computing Centers (IPCCs) at leading institutions in HPC research to promote the modernization of essential application codes to increase their parallelism and scalability.

Intel Selects Georgia Tech as Site for Next Parallel Computing Center

April 22, 2014 12:25 pm | by Intel | News | Comments

As modern computer systems become more powerful, utilizing as many as millions of processor cores in parallel, Intel is looking for new ways to efficiently use these high performance computing (HPC) systems to accelerate scientific discovery. As part of this effort, Intel has selected Georgia Tech as the site of one of its Parallel Computing Centers.

Optical microresonator © 2014 EPFL/Tobias Kippenberg

Using Light for Data Transmission on a Terabit Scale

April 20, 2014 6:34 am | by Nik Papageorgiou | News | Comments

Scientists from EPFL and KIT have achieved data transmissions on a terabit scale with a single laser light frequency using miniaturized optical frequency combs. The findings open the way for using this system in future high-speed communication systems. A continuous laser light is made of a single...

"We do not make predictions about the scientific outcomes of the simulation experiments, but we promise to build collaborative tools that will enable very exciting science," says Meier. Courtesy of F. Hentschel, Heidelberg University

Brain-derived Computing beyond Von Neumann

April 18, 2014 3:30 pm | by Nages Sieslack | Articles | Comments

Karlheinz Meier, professor of experimental physics at Heidelberg University’s Kirchhoff Institute of Physics, will deliver a keynote talk at the International Supercomputing Conference 2014 (ISC’14). The theme for this talk will be ‘Brain-derived computing beyond Von Neumann —  achievements and challenges’. Meier is one of the co-directors of Europe’s Human Brain Project (HBP), where he will be leading a research group

Manuel Peitsch, co-founder of the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics

Exciting Advances: Growth of HPC in the Life Sciences

April 18, 2014 3:12 pm | by Andrew Purcell | Articles | Comments

Manuel Peitsch, co-founder of the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, will chair a session on high-performance computing (HPC) in the life sciences at ISC’14 in Leipzig, Germany, in June. Peitsch is also a professor of bioinformatics at the University of Basel in Switzerland and is vice president of biological systems research at Philip Morris International. 

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