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Researchers from NCSA, Rolls Royce, Proctor and Gamble, Cray Inc. and Livermore Software Technology Corporation were able to scale the commercial explicit finite element code, LS-DYNA, to 15,000 cores on Blue Waters.

HPC Innovation Excellence Award: Rolls-Royce, Procter and Gamble, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, Cray Inc., Livermore Software Technology Corporation

June 23, 2014 6:00 pm | Award Winners

Researchers from NCSA, Rolls Royce, Proctor and Gamble, Cray Inc. and Livermore Software Technology Corporation were able to scale the commercial explicit finite element code, LS-DYNA, to 15,000 cores on Blue Waters. 

HPC Innovation Excellence Award: Argonne National Laboratory, Caterpillar, Convergent Science

June 23, 2014 4:52 pm | Award Winners

Researchers from Argonne National Laboratory conducted one of the largest internal combustion...

Elastic Technology Makes 'Soft' Machines, Robots Possible

June 19, 2014 5:08 pm | by Purdue University | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a technique that might be used to produce "soft machines" made of...

Rise of the Google Machines: The Robotics Companies Involved

January 13, 2014 9:24 am | by Chris Chesher, University of Sydney | News | Comments

Google recently acquired eight high profile start-up robotics companies, providing strong...

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Innovative Mathematical Method Greatly Improves Computer Modeling of Metamaterials

January 9, 2014 11:00 pm | by Nik Papageorgiou, EPFL | News | Comments

Metamaterials are artificial materials engineered to have properties that are not normally found in nature. Typical examples include cloaking materials that can render a person or an aircraft completely invisible to detection. In addition, metamaterials are being explored in a number of cutting-edge technologies including perfect lenses, antennas and terahertz devices.

Comparison of FDA and EU Regulations for Audit Trails

January 7, 2014 12:02 pm | by R.D. McDowall | Articles | Comments

Data integrity is a current hot topic with regulatory agencies, as seen with recent publications in this magazine, and audit trails are an important aspect of ensuring this in computerized systems. The purpose of this article is to compare and contrast the EU and FDA GMP regulatory requirements for computerized system audit trails.

Nine Flights of Triton Unmanned Aircraft System Completed

January 7, 2014 10:42 am | by Northrop Grumman | News | Comments

Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy have completed nine initial flight tests of the Triton unmanned aircraft system (UAS), marking the half-way point in a process called envelope expansion. During envelope expansion, the test team validates the aircraft's ability to operate at a range of altitudes, speeds and weights.

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Mobile Tech between a Rock and a Hard Place

January 6, 2014 2:17 pm | by Rob Farber | Articles | Comments

Mobile technology is where the money is right now in computer technology. Current leadership class supercomputers are “wowing” the HPC world with petaflop/s performance through the combined use of several thousand GPUs or Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors, but in reality the sale of a few thousand of these devices is insignificant when compared against the 1.5 billon cellphone processors and 190 million tablet processors ...

Eye Cells Inkjet-printed for First Time

January 3, 2014 12:05 pm | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

Researchers from the University of Cambridge have used inkjet printing technology to successfully print cells taken from the eye for the very first time. The breakthrough could lead to the production of artificial tissue grafts made from the variety of cells in the human retina and may aid in the search to cure blindness.

Seagate Technology to Acquire Xyratex

January 2, 2014 3:00 pm | by Seagate | News | Comments

Seagate Technology, a storage solutions company, and Xyratex, a provider of data storage technology, have announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Seagate will acquire all outstanding shares of Xyratex in an all-cash transaction valued at $13.25 per share, or a total of approximately $374 million, including approximately $80 million in cash on Xyratex’s balance sheet as of August 31, 2013.

Catching RFID Waves

December 27, 2013 2:28 pm | by Rob Matheson, MIT | News | Comments

In 2000, five MIT Media Lab alumni co-founded ThingMagic to help bring radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology— wireless readers and data-transmitting tags— to the supply chain. This meant companies would be able to track products, from the warehouse to delivery.

Google Deal Adds to Company's Robotics Toolbox

December 17, 2013 10:12 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google may be gearing up to build robots that resemble props in science-fiction movies as the ambitious Internet company expands into yet another technological frontier. To gather the expertise and research it needs, Google has purchased eight companies that specialize in robotics this year. The acquisitions are being assembled into a new robotics division headed by Andy Rubin, who oversaw Google's development of Android.

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Accelrys Acquires QUMAS

December 10, 2013 4:04 pm | News | Comments

Accelrys, Inc. today announced that it has acquired Ireland-based QUMAS, a leading global provider of Cloud-based and on-premises enterprise compliance software supporting regulatory and quality operations in life sciences and other highly regulated industries.

Students' Robotic Arm Can Make You Stronger

December 10, 2013 3:45 pm | by Kathy Matheson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Need a hand lifting something? A robotic device invented by University of Pennsylvania engineering students can help its wearer carry an additional 40 pounds (18 kilograms).                         

Teams Announced for HPCAC-ISC 2014 Student Cluster Challenge

December 4, 2013 4:29 pm | by HPC Advisory Council | News | Comments

The HPC Advisory Council (HPCAC), a leading organization for high-performance computing research, outreach and education, and the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC), have announced the 11 university teams from around the world for the HPCAC-ISC 2013 Student Cluster Competition during the ISC’14 program of events.

Honey, I 3-D Printed the Kids: Additive Manufacturing Comes of Age

December 3, 2013 5:45 am | by General Electric | News | Comments

On a recent cold afternoon in New York, a young couple with two small children in tow stepped off a busy sidewalk at Manhattan’s Columbus Circle into the quiet modernist home of the city’s Museum of Art and Design. Soon, Sofia Kanso-Robertson, 6, and her brother Iskander, 2, were slowly spinning on a low round platform inside a makeshift 3-D scanner made from a Kinect camera tied to a yellow rope....

COMSOL Multiphysics 4.4

December 2, 2013 4:09 pm | Comsol, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The Multiphysics 4.4 from COMSOL Inc. is the latest version of the company’s powerful platform for the modeling and simulation of electrical, mechanical, fluid and chemical applications.

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Shape of Skills to Come: Asimov Visits Next Year’s World’s Fair

November 26, 2013 5:45 am | by General Electric | News | Comments

The science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov died more than two decades ago, but that did not stop him from writing about a trip to the World’s Fair of 2014. Fifty years ago, Asimov walked into the GE exhibition at the New York World’s Fair of 1964 and declared that “the direction in which man is traveling is viewed with buoyant hope, nowhere more so than at the General Electric pavilion.”

Supercomputer Simulations Help Lay Foundation for Better, Greener Concrete

November 25, 2013 11:12 am | by Jim Collins, Argonne National Laboratory | Articles | Comments

NIST researchers are conducting simulations at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility to advance the measurement science of concrete and to gain a fundamental understanding of how it flows. The NIST research team is combining data from large-scale simulations with theoretical work and physical experiments to create Standard Reference Materials (SRMs) for concrete to allow for more accurate viscosity measurements.

Satellite Trio to Explore the Earth's Magnetic Field

November 22, 2013 11:17 am | by FZ GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam, Helmholtz Centre | News | Comments

In a dense fog, a Russian Rockot rocket on 22 November 2013 cleared the launchpad of the Baikonur Cosmodrome on schedule at 13:02:15 CET. In the tip of the rocket: three identical satellites to measure the Earth's magnetic field. A good hour and a half later, at 14:37:48 CET, the report of success: all three satellites separated seamlessly from the carrier rocket and the ground stations Kiruna...

Purdue Launches Shared, Open Geospatial Data Project

November 21, 2013 2:24 pm | by Greg Kline, Purdue University | News | Comments

A powerful Web-based system enabling people worldwide to better predict such things as damaging floods and potential effects of climate change is the goal of a $4.5 million, four-year project begun by Purdue University researchers.      

3-D Painting Goes Supersonic

November 7, 2013 7:15 am | by General Electric | News | Comments

Scientists at GE Global Research labs (GRC) have developed a supersonic manufacturing technique called 3-D painting that could make next-generation jet engines lighter and more efficient. 3-D painting deposits metal powder flying at velocities of up to Mach 4 on precise models to produce and repair jet engine blades, rotors and other components without resorting to machining or welding.

D-Wave Process Technology Transferred to Cypress Foundry

October 30, 2013 12:38 pm | by D-Wave | News | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor and D-Wave Systems quantum computing company announced that D-Wave has successfully transferred its proprietary process technology for building quantum computing microprocessors to Cypress’s Wafer Foundry located in Bloomington, MN.

Researchers Develop 4-D Printing Technology

October 22, 2013 3:50 pm | by University of Colorado-Boulder | News | Comments

Researchers have successfully added a fourth dimension to printing technology, opening up exciting possibilities for the creation and use of adaptive, composite materials in manufacturing, packaging and biomedical applications.       

Scientists Untangle Nanotubes to Release Electronics Potential

October 21, 2013 8:32 am | by Imperial College London | News | Comments

Researchers have demonstrated how to produce electronic inks for the development of new applications using the 'wonder material,' carbon nanotubes.                             

Researchers Rewrite Entire Genome, Add Healthy Twist

October 17, 2013 5:53 pm | by Yale University | News | Comments

Scientists from Yale and Harvard have recoded the entire genome of an organism and improved a bacterium's ability to resist viruses, a dramatic demonstration of the potential of rewriting an organism's genetic code. The creation of a genomically recoded organism raises the possibility that researchers might be able to retool nature and create potent new forms of proteins to accomplish a myriad purposes

ISC Cloud and ISC Big Data to Return in 2014

October 16, 2013 12:21 pm | by ISC | News | Comments

Based on the success of the recent ISC Cloud and ISC Big Data conferences in Heidelberg, the organizers will once again conduct the conferences in tandem next fall. The ISC Cloud’14 event will be held on September 29th and 30th, followed by ISC Big Data’14 from October 1st to 2nd, again at the Heidelberg Marriott.

Final Call for ISC 2014 Student Cluster Competition

October 8, 2013 12:26 pm | by ISC | News | Comments

The HPC Advisory Council (HPCAC) and the International Supercomputing Conference call on high school and undergraduate students from around the world to submit their application for the Student Cluster Competition. Submission Deadline: November 1, 2013

We Should Stop Designing Perfect Circuits: A Conversation with EPFL's Christian Enz

October 1, 2013 11:00 pm | by Laure-Anne Pessina, EPFL | News | Comments

Are integrated circuits "too good" for current technological applications? Christian Enz, the new Director of the Institute of Microengineering, backs the idea that perfection is overrated. Christian Enz, the head of the Integrated Circuits Laboratory (ICLAB), explains why we should build our future devices with unreliable circuits, and adopt the "good enough engineering" trend....

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