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This protein model represents an NMDA receptor, which juts halfway out of the surface of cells of the nervous system that include the brain and spinal cord. It relays signals between nerve cells. Researchers found that a mechanical coupling was needed bet

Stampede used to Perform Modeling to Advance Potential Drug Targets for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Schizophrenia

September 23, 2014 3:59 pm | by Jorge Salazar, TACC | News | Comments

It all begins in the brain as a flood, tens of millions of neurotransmitters handed off from one neuron to another in just a fraction of a second. Memories, dreams and learning share a common thread in this exchange of electrical and chemical signals by the nearly 100 billion spindly neurons of the brain, each cell networked to 10,000 others.

HPC Advisory Council, ISC Call for 2015 Student Cluster Competition Submissions

September 23, 2014 3:10 pm | News | Comments

The HPC Advisory Council, an organization for HPC research, outreach and education, and the ISC...

Physicist and Best-selling author Brian Greene to Keynote SC14

September 22, 2014 2:13 pm | by SC14 | News | Comments

Physicist, string theorist and best-selling author Brian Greene will talk about the intersection...

Amazon Tutorial at ISC Cloud

September 19, 2014 3:10 pm | by ISC | News | Comments

For the first time, the ISC Cloud Conference is offering attendees an Amazon Web Services...

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Online reconstructed event from High Level Trigger, showing tracks from the Inner Tracking System and the Time Projection Chamber of ALICE. Courtesy of CERN

CERN Articles in American Physical Society Collection to be Open Access

September 18, 2014 2:43 pm | by CERN | News | Comments

The American Physical Society and CERN announced a partnership to make all CERN-authored articles published in the APS journal collection to be open access. Articles in APS' Physical Review Letters, Physical Review D, and Physical Review C in 2015 and 2016 will be covered by this agreement. All physics results from CERN will benefit from this partnership, in theoretical physics and experimental physics.

Once each company’s test program has been completed successfully and its system achieves NASA certification, each contractor will conduct at least two, and as many as six, crewed missions to the space station. Courtesy of NASA

NASA Chooses American Companies to Transport U.S. Astronauts to International Space Station

September 17, 2014 2:20 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

U.S. astronauts once again will travel to and from the International Space Station from the United States on American spacecraft under groundbreaking contracts NASA announced September 16, 2014. The agency unveiled its selection of Boeing and SpaceX to transport U.S. crews to and from the space station using their CST-100 and Crew Dragon spacecraft, respectively, with a goal of ending the nation’s sole reliance on Russia in 2017.

This small device developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory uses the truly random spin of light particles as defined by laws of quantum mechanics to generate a random number for use in a cryptographic key that can be used to securely transmit informatio

Secure Computing for the Everyman: Quantum Computing goes to Market

September 17, 2014 1:40 pm | by Los Alamos National Laboratory | News | Comments

The largest information technology agreement ever signed by Los Alamos National Laboratory brings the potential for truly secure data encryption to the marketplace after nearly 20 years of development at the nation's national-security science laboratory.

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On September 20, early-bird pricing for the ISC Cloud and ISC Big Data registrations will be replaced with regular registration fees.

Early Bird Rate for ISC Cloud and Big Data Conferences to End Soon

September 16, 2014 3:03 pm | by ISC | News | Comments

On September 20, early-bird pricing for the ISC Cloud and ISC Big Data registrations will be replaced with regular registration fees. With the regular rates, the passes will cost 100 Euro more for each conference, and the combined conference ticket, which allows attendees to participate in both events, will cost 150 Euro more. Thus, ISC is encouraging attendees to register this week in order to benefit from the current savings.

The new Watson system is being trained to analyze patient records and clinical trial criteria in order to determine appropriate matches for patients.

Mayo Clinic Partners with IBM Watson for Clinical Trials

September 15, 2014 3:00 pm | by IBM | News | Comments

Mayo Clinic and IBM have announced plans to pilot Watson, the IBM cognitive computer, to match patients more quickly with appropriate clinical trials. A proof-of-concept phase is currently underway, with the intent to introduce it into clinical use in early 2015. Researchers hope the increased speed also will speed new discoveries.

Initial research focused on optimization of the PMEMD classical molecular dynamics code, part of the widely used AMBER Molecular Dynamics software, on multi-core Intel Xeon processors and “manycore” Intel Xeon Phi processors.

SDSC Joins Intel Parallel Computing Centers Program with Focus on Molecular Dynamics, Neuroscience and Life Sciences

September 12, 2014 2:44 pm | by San Diego Supercomputer Center | News | Comments

The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, is working with semiconductor chipmaker Intel to further optimize research software to improve the parallelism, efficiency, and scalability of widely used molecular and neurological simulation technologies.

Parents and physicians and scientists from the Neuroblastoma and Medulloblastoma Translational Research Consortium and TGen have teamed to launch a groundbreaking personalized medicine clinical trial investigation for pediatric cancer.

Providing Critical Child-cancer Research Tools to Speed Development of Personalized Treatments

September 11, 2014 3:25 pm | by TGen | News | Comments

Dell, Terascala and the Translational Genomics Research Institute are installing state-of-the-art computing and programing specialized for human genome investigations at the National Cancer Institute. The mission of the Oncogenomics Section at the NCI is to harness the power of high throughput genomic and proteomic methods to improve the outcome of children with high-risk metastatic, refractory and recurrent cancers.

The Department of Energy’s Advanced Light Source (ALS) Beamline 7.3.3 (SAXS/WAXS/GISAXS/GIWAXS) and endstation at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Courtesy of Roy Kaltschmidt

Tools for Reducing, Managing, Analyzing and Visualizing Data Transform Beamline Science

September 10, 2014 3:48 pm | by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

Some mysteries of science can only be explained on a nanometer scale — even smaller than a single strand of human DNA, which is about 2.5 nanometers wide. At this scale, scientists can investigate the structure and behavior of proteins that help our bodies fight infectious microbes, and even catch chemical reactions in action. To resolve these very fine details, they rely on synchrotron light sources like the ALS at Berkeley Lab.

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Silicon Mechanics, Inc. has launched four storage servers featuring end-to-end SAS3, including SAS3 controllers, backplanes, and drives, which allow for up to 12 gigabits per second (Gb/s) of throughput per port. Also available are two new SAS3 JBODs.

Silicon Mechanics Launches Servers and JBODs Featuring SAS3

September 4, 2014 10:01 am | Silicon Mechanics | News | Comments

Silicon Mechanics, Inc. has launched four storage servers featuring end-to-end SAS3, including SAS3 controllers, backplanes, and drives, which allow for up to 12 gigabits per second (Gb/s) of throughput per port. Also available are two new SAS3 JBODs. 

IBM has announced significant advances in Watson's cognitive computing capabilities that are enabling researchers to accelerate the pace of scientific breakthroughs by discovering previously unknown connections in Big Data.

IBM Watson Ushers in a New Era of Data-Driven Discoveries

September 2, 2014 4:29 pm | Ibm Corporation | News | Comments

IBM has announced significant advances in Watson's cognitive computing capabilities that are enabling researchers to accelerate the pace of scientific breakthroughs by discovering previously unknown connections in Big Data.       

NVIDIA is calling on global researchers to submit their innovations for the NVIDIA Global Impact Award — an annual grant of $150,000 for groundbreaking work that addresses the world's most important social and humanitarian problems.

NVIDIA Global Impact Award

September 2, 2014 10:07 am | Nvidia Corporation | News | Comments

NVIDIA is calling on global researchers to submit their innovations for the NVIDIA Global Impact Award — an annual grant of $150,000 for groundbreaking work that addresses the world's most important social and humanitarian problems.     

The Expo provides the perfect venue to share information and discuss enabling technologies that are driving biomedical research and the drug development process

2015 Bio-IT World Conference & Expo

August 28, 2014 3:06 pm | Events

The 2015 Bio-IT World Conference & Expo plans to unite 3,000+ life sciences, pharmaceutical, clinical, healthcare, and IT professionals from 32+ countries. The Expo provides the perfect venue to share information and discuss enabling technologies that are driving biomedical research and the drug development process.

The National Science Foundation has announced two $10 million projects to create cloud computing testbeds—to be called "Chameleon" and "CloudLab"—that will enable the academic research community to develop and experiment with novel cloud architectures and

New Future for Cloud Computing: NSF Awards $20M to Two New Testbeds

August 28, 2014 2:45 pm | by The National Science Foundation | News | Comments

The National Science Foundation has announced two $10 million projects to create cloud computing testbeds—to be called "Chameleon" and "CloudLab"—that will enable the academic research community to develop and experiment with novel cloud architectures and pursue new, architecturally-enabled applications of cloud computing.

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Leica Microsystems Offers Slide Scanning and Image Hosting for Education

August 27, 2014 2:40 pm | by Leica Microsystems | News | Comments

Leica Microsystems is offering a custom slide scanning and image hosting service for teachers, which makes it possible to share images within the classroom and to expand learning outside the classroom. Glass slides sent to a scanning center are processed to create high-resolution digital image files, which then can be accessed online from a hosted server via any standard Internet browser for study by students anytime, anywhere.

Users in analytical laboratories have more freedom of choice when selecting a chromatography data system.

Agilent and Shimadzu Enable Control of Each Other’s GC Instruments in Respective Chromatographic Data Systems

August 26, 2014 3:32 pm | by Agilent | News | Comments

Agilent Technologies and Shimadzu announced the release of each other’s GC instrument control for their respective chromatography data systems. The move provides customers in analytical laboratories with more freedom of choice when selecting a chromatography data system.

Researchers from Argonne, in collaboration with Caterpillar Inc. and Convergent Science, carried out large internal combustion engine simulations involving fine spatial and temporal resolutions; high fidelity; and robust two-phase flow, spray, turbulence,

Argonne wins HPC Innovation Excellence Award

August 25, 2014 10:47 am | by Argonne National Laboratory | News | Comments

Argonne National Laboratory was one of seven new winners of the HPC Innovation Excellence Award. Announced by International Data Corporation at the ISC '14 supercomputer industry conference in Leipzig, Germany, the award recognizes noteworthy achievements by users of high-performance computing (HPC) technologies.

DESY's 1.7 mile-long PETRA III accelerator is a super microscope that speeds up electrically charged particles nearly to the speed of light.

20 GB Data per Second Shared with 2000+ Scientists Worldwide

August 22, 2014 12:02 pm | by IBM | News | Comments

IBM announced it is collaborating with DESY, a national research center in Germany, to speed up management and storage of massive volumes of x-ray data. The planned Big Data and Analytics architecture can handle more than 20 gigabyte per second of data at peak performance and help scientists worldwide gain faster insights into the atomic structure of novel semiconductors, catalysts, biological cells and other samples.

In the competition, teams of six students partner with vendors to design and build a cutting-edge cluster from commercially available components that does not exceed a 3120-watt power limit, and work with application experts to tune and run the competitio

12 Teams Set to Compete in SC14 Student Cluster Competition

August 20, 2014 10:50 am | by SC14 | News | Comments

As university students around the world prepare to head back to school this fall, 12 groups are already looking ahead to November when they will converge at SC14 in New Orleans for the Student Cluster Competition. In this real-time, non-stop, 48-hour challenge, teams students assemble a small cluster on the SC14 exhibit floor and race to demonstrate the greatest sustained performance across a series of applications.

Florida Polytechnic University is the newest addition to the State University System of Florida and the only one dedicated exclusively to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

New Supercomputing Center to Support Big Data and Analytics, Cybersecurity and other STEM Skills

August 18, 2014 3:57 pm | by IBM | News | Comments

Florida Polytechnic University, Flagship Solutions Group and IBM have announced a new supercomputing center at the University composed of IBM high performance systems, software and cloud-based storage, to help educate students in emerging technology fields. Florida Polytechnic University is the newest addition to the State University System and the only one dedicated exclusively to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The semester-long online course will include video lectures, quizzes, and homework assignments and will provide students with free access to the Blue Waters supercomputer.

Blue Waters Project to Offer Graduate Visualization Course in Spring 2015

August 18, 2014 12:12 pm | by NCSA | News | Comments

NCSA’s Blue Waters project will offer a graduate course on High Performance Visualization for Large-Scale Scientific Data Analytics in Spring 2015 and is seeking university partners who are interested in offering the course for credit to their students. This semester-long online course will include video lectures, quizzes and homework assignments and will provide students with free access to the Blue Waters supercomputer.

On Tuesday, August 12, through Thursday, August 14, the University of Tennessee team performed a "mock run" for the SC14 Student Cluster Competition in which they compiled, optimized and ran test cases for applications using the supercomputing cluster the

SC14 Student Cluster Competition Mock Run Allows for Self-assessment

August 18, 2014 11:46 am | by University of Tennessee | News | Comments

A team of students from the University of Tennessee has been preparing since June 2014 at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the Student Cluster Competition, which will last for 48 continuous hours during the SC14 supercomputing conference on November 16 to 21, 2014, in New Orleans.

NERSC's next-generation supercomputer, a Cray XC, will be named after Gerty Cori, the first American woman to be honored with a Nobel Prize in science. She shared the 1947 Nobel Prize with her husband Carl (pictured) and Argentine physiologist Bernardo Ho

NERSC Launches Next-Generation Code Optimization Effort

August 15, 2014 9:41 am | by NERSC | News | Comments

With the promise of exascale supercomputers looming on the horizon, much of the roadmap is dotted with questions about hardware design and how to make these systems energy efficient enough so that centers can afford to run them. Often taking a back seat is an equally important question: will scientists be able to adapt their applications to take advantage of exascale once it arrives?

With an emphasis on HPC applications in science, engineering and large-scale data analytics; the Gordon Bell Prize tracks the overall progress in parallel computing.

Finalists Compete for Coveted ACM Gordon Bell Prize in High Performance Computing

August 13, 2014 12:01 pm | by SC14 | News | Comments

With five technical papers contending for one of the highest honored awards in high performance computing (HPC), the Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) awards committee has four months left to choose a winner for the prestigious 2014 Gordon Bell Prize. The winner of this prize will have demonstrated an outstanding achievement in HPC that helps solve critical science and engineering problems.

A brain-inspired chip to transform mobility and Internet of Things through sensory perception. Courtesy of IBM

Chip with Brain-inspired Non-Von Neumann Architecture has 1M Neurons, 256M Synapses

August 11, 2014 12:13 pm | by IBM | News | Comments

Scientists from IBM have unveiled the first neurosynaptic computer chip to achieve an unprecedented scale of one million programmable neurons, 256 million programmable synapses and 46 billion synaptic operations per second per watt. At 5.4 billion transistors, this fully functional and production-scale chip is currently one of the largest CMOS chips ever built, yet, while running at biological real time, it consumes a minuscule 70mW.

Mapping the Connection Matrix of the Human Brain: Structural and functional brain imaging analyses, combined with computational analyses, reveal highly connected, centrally located regions of the human cortex that form a “structural core” of the brain.

Institutions Announce Collaboration toward Sharing Neuroscience Data

August 8, 2014 4:21 pm | by Kavli Foundation | News | Comments

he Allen Institute for Brain Science, California Institute of Technology, New York University School of Medicine, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) are collaborating on a project aimed at making databases about the brain more useable and accessible for neuroscientists — a step seen as critical to accelerating the pace of discoveries about the brain in health and disease.

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