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The Software Sustainability Institute, a collaboration between the Universities of Southampton, Oxford, Edinburgh and Manchester, is spreading the word about its work in promoting greater use of software in research with an Android phone app, which is ava

New App Helping to Share World-class Software-enabled Research

January 27, 2015 10:04 am | by University of Southampton | News | Comments

Electronics and computer science researchers have helped to develop a new app to share world-class research and to receive the latest research news through a phone or tablet. The Software Sustainability Institute, a collaboration between the Universities of Southampton, Oxford, Edinburgh and Manchester, aims to spread the word about its work in promoting greater use of software in research.

Massive Chip Design Savings on the Horizon

January 26, 2015 4:35 pm | by University of Twente | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a programming language making the massive costs associated with...

Dream it. Code it. Win it. Programming Competition Launches

January 23, 2015 2:15 pm | by TradingScreen | News | Comments

The MIT Enterprise Forum of New York and TradingScreen have announced the launch of the second...

EASC2015: Solving Software Challenges for Exascale

January 20, 2015 10:01 am | by University of Edinburg | Events

The aim of this conference is to bring together all of the stakeholders involved in solving the...

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The University of Texas at Austin took home top honors with a new app called CallScout, designed to give Texas residents fast and easy access to information about social services in their area.

IBM Watson Group Awards UT Austin $100K to Bring Social Services App to Residents

January 16, 2015 2:08 pm | by IBM | News | Comments

IBM has announced the first winner of its Watson University Competition, part of the company's partnership with top universities through its cognitive computing academic initiative. The winning team of student entrepreneurs from the University of Texas at Austin will receive $100,000 in total in seed funding to help launch a business based on their Watson app, which offers the promise of improved citizen services.

One aspect of the user-assistance software that distinguishes it from previous planning systems is that it assesses risk. Courtesy of Jose-Luis Olivares/MIT

Software that Knows the Risks: Planning Algorithms Evaluate Probability of Success, Suggest Low-risk Alternatives

January 16, 2015 1:57 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT | News | Comments

Imagine that you could tell your phone that you want to drive from your house in Boston to a hotel in upstate New York, that you want to stop for lunch at an Applebee’s around 12:30, and that you don’t want the trip to take more than four hours. Then imagine that your phone tells you that you have only a 66 percent chance of meeting those criteria — but that if you can wait until 1:00 for lunch, or if you’re willing to eat at TGI Friday...

President Barack Obama, right, walks with British Prime Minister David Cameron on the West Wing Colonnade of the White House, on Thursday, January 15, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

US, Britain to Stage Cyber War Games

January 16, 2015 12:02 pm | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. and U.K. will stage cyber "war games" together, starting this year, to boost both countries' resistance to cyberattacks, Britain's government said. The two Western powers have also agreed to launch a joint cyber cell to share information on cyberthreats, as both countries seek to ramp up their cyberdefenses in the wake of alarming attacks. The FBI and National Security Agency will be involved, along with Britain's GCHQ and MI5...

The all-electric Nissan Leaf fitted with autonomous drive equipment allowed to park at NASA's Ames Research Center. Courtesy of Business Wire

NASA, Nissan Partner to Deploy Autonomous Drive Vehicles by Year End

January 9, 2015 11:28 am | by Nissan | News | Comments

NASA and Nissan have announced the formation of a five-year research and development partnership to advance autonomous vehicle systems and prepare for commercial application of the technology. Researchers from NASA’s Ames Research Center and Nissan’s U.S. Silicon Valley Research Center will focus on autonomous drive systems, human-machine interface solutions, network-enabled applications, and software analysis and verification.

Helen Greiner, chairman and co-founder iRobot Corporation, poses for photo with an iRobot PackBot EOD in front of her booth during RoboBusiness Conference and Exposition. Greiner, one of the inventors behind the Roomba, the robotic vacuum that can clean y

Today’s Drone Market Resembles Silicon Valley's Early Days

January 9, 2015 10:51 am | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

To see the future of drones, head up the hill at the intersection of Industrial Drive and Electronics Avenue. Inside a bland brick office building, the team at CyPhy is working on tethered machines that can fly nonstop for days and pocket-sized drones for search-and-rescue missions. It's not a fancy building. There's no giant aerospace or defense company here. Just small teams of computer scientists and mechanical engineers...

Merle Giles, Director of NCSA Private Sector Programs and Economic Impact; Rob Rick, VP Sales Americas of Allinea Software

Supercomputing Creates Competitive Advantages in U.S. Industrial R&D

January 8, 2015 2:26 pm | by Allinea Software | News | Comments

The NCSA is enabling software heavily used in industry to run faster, and it’s creating competitive advantages for some of the nation’s largest companies. Industry is a heavy user of supercomputing: it is central to the business of companies within diverse sectors such as oil and gas, pharmaceutical, aerospace and automotive.

A smart home can be controlled remotely, inviting hacking.

Smart Homes: Working to Prevent a Cybersecurity Nightmare

January 7, 2015 12:59 pm | by Jennifer Donovan, Michigan Technological University | News | Comments

Imagine the smart home of the future. Thanks to a central controller and Wi-Fi, not only does the thermostat power up and warm or cool the house as you are heading home, smart light bulbs come on low at dusk and brighten up as the sky gets darker; and your washing machine starts a load of clothes when the electricity is cheapest. But what if a hacker gained access to your central controller? Your heat has been on full blast all day ...

Ozobot was selected for a Kids at Play Interactive (KAPi) Award for the Best Robot.

World's Smallest Programmable Robot wins KAPi Award

January 5, 2015 12:40 pm | by Evollve | News | Comments

Who's that tiny dancer in the aisles of the Consumer Electronics Show? It's Ozobot, the world's smallest programmable robot with an intuitive color-based language. Ozobot's capacity for fun and learning is designed to bridge the physical and digital divide, and the “smart game piece” glides seamlessly from paper to digital tablet. Playing with the robot introduces kids and young adults to simple coding basics...

The first OpenPOWER Summit will bring together an ecosystem of hardware and software developers, customers, academics, government agencies, industry luminaries, press and analysts to build OpenPOWER momentum.

First OpenPOWER Summit Announced

December 24, 2014 11:33 am | by OpenPOWER Foundation | News | Comments

The OpenPOWER Foundation, an open development community dedicated to accelerating data center innovation for POWER platforms, has announced its first OpenPOWER Summit will be held March 17 to 19, 2015, at the San Jose Convention Center. It will be hosted within the GPU Technology Conference, which has thousands of technology sector attendees, including developers, researchers, government agencies and industry luminaries.

David Mazieres, an associate professor of computer science at Stanford, is leading an effort to get COWL through the process of standardization, which takes about a year. The goal is to have the first public draft of the standard ready by January.

New Security System Extends Firefox and Chrome to make Internet Safer

December 24, 2014 10:19 am | by Chris Cesare, Stanford | News | Comments

Computer scientists have extended two popular browsers to empower developers to deliver creative new services while also make surfing safer. The team added a security system called COWL, or Confinement with Origin Web Labels, to Firefox and Chrome to manage how data is shared. It prevents malicious computer code from leaking sensitive information and, at the same time, allows Web applications to display content drawn from multiple sources.

The First Annual OpenPOWER Summit will be hosted within the GPU Technology Conference (GTC) which has thousands of technology sector attendees and significant industry press and analyst presence including developers, researchers, government agencies, and

First Annual OpenPOWER Summit

December 23, 2014 8:47 am | by OpenPOWER Foundation | Events

The First Annual OpenPOWER Summit will take place at the San Jose Convention Center. It will be hosted within the GPU Technology Conference (GTC) which has thousands of technology sector attendees and significant industry press and analyst presence including developers, researchers, government agencies, and industry luminaries.

A team of MIT neuroscientists has found that some computer programs can identify the objects in these images just as well as the primate brain. Courtesy of the researchers

Deep Computer Neural Networks Catch Up to Primate Brain

December 18, 2014 4:53 pm | by Anne Trafton, MIT | News | Comments

For decades, neuroscientists have been trying to design computer networks that can mimic visual skills such as recognizing objects. Until now, no computer model has been able to match the primate brain at visual object recognition during a brief glance. However, a new study from MIT neuroscientists has found that one of the latest generation of these so-called “deep neural networks” matches the primate brain.

Artist’s impression of a proton depicting three interacting valence quarks inside. Courtesy of Jefferson Lab

HPC Community Experts Weigh in on Code Modernization

December 17, 2014 4:33 pm | by Doug Black | Articles | Comments

Sense of urgency and economic impact emphasized: The “hardware first” ethic is changing. Hardware retains the glamour, but there is now the stark realization that the newest parallel supercomputers will not realize their full potential without reengineering the software code to efficiently divide computational problems among the thousands of processors that comprise next-generation many-core computing platforms.

Open Ethernet Switch Abstraction Interface

Open Ethernet Switch Abstraction Interface

December 17, 2014 3:51 pm | Mellanox Technologies, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The Switch Abstraction Interface (SAI) to Open Ethernet switch systems is designed for open management and control of Ethernet Switches. SAI is the common software application programming interface (API), which is in specification by the Open Compute Project (OCP), and is targeted at forming a common, hardware-agnostic, unified API for Ethernet switches.

NASA flight engineer Roy Roper (left) reviews laptop displays showing the ASTAR data with Boeing principal investigator Gabe Brewer during a ground simulation. Courtesy of Boeing

NASA Software May Help Increase Flight Efficiency, Decrease Aircraft Noise

December 16, 2014 11:03 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA researchers began flight tests of computer software that shows promise in improving flight efficiency and reducing environmental impacts of aircraft, especially on communities around airports. Known as ASTAR, or Airborne Spacing for Terminal Arrival Routes, the software is designed to give pilots specific speed information and guidance so that planes can be more precisely spaced, enabling pilots to fly a "follow the leader" approach.

Madhu Sudan and his colleagues have begun to describe theoretical limits on the degree of imprecision that communicating computers can tolerate, with very real implications for the design of communication protocols. Courtesy of Jose-Luis Olivares/MIT

New Theory could Yield More Reliable Communication Protocols

December 12, 2014 5:23 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT | News | Comments

Communication protocols for digital devices are very efficient but also very brittle: They require information to be specified in a precise order with a precise number of bits. If sender and receiver — say, a computer and a printer — are off by even a single bit relative to each other, communication between them breaks down entirely.

The Simula SpringerBriefs on Computing series will provide introductory volumes on the main topics within Simula’s expertise, including communications technology, software engineering and scientific computing.

New Open Access Book Series Introduces Essentials of Computing Science

December 11, 2014 3:58 pm | by Springer | News | Comments

Springer and Simula have launched a new book series, which aims to provide introductions to select research in computing. The series presents both a state-of-the-art disciplinary overview and raises essential critical questions in the field. All Simula SpringerBriefs on Computing are open access, allowing for faster sharing and wider dissemination of knowledge.

Professor Stephen Hawking using his Intel-powered communication system in his library at home.

Intel Provides Open Access to Hawking’s Advanced Communications Platform

December 10, 2014 4:09 pm | by Intel | News | Comments

Intel demonstrated for the first time with Professor Stephen Hawking a new Intel-created communications platform to replace his decades-old system, dramatically improving his ability to communicate with the world. The customizable platform will be available to research and technology communities by January of next year. It has the potential to become the backbone of a modern, customizable system other researchers and technologists can use.

A new machine-learning algorithm clusters data according to both a small number of shared features (circled in blue) and similarity to a representative example (far right). Courtesy of Christine Daniloff

Teaching by Example: Pattern-recognition Systems Convey What they Learn to Humans

December 9, 2014 2:00 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT | News | Comments

Computers are good at identifying patterns in huge data sets. Humans, by contrast, are good at inferring patterns from just a few examples. In a paper appearing at the Neural Information Processing Society’s conference next week, MIT researchers present a new system that bridges these two ways of processing information, so that humans and computers can collaborate to make better decisions.

This tiny slice of silicon, etched in Jelena Vuckovic's lab at Stanford with a pattern that resembles a bar code, is one step on the way toward linking computer components with light instead of wires. Courtesy Vuckovic Lab

New Algorithm a Big Step toward Using Light to Transmit Data

December 9, 2014 1:38 pm | by Stanford University, Chris Cesare | News | Comments

Engineers have designed and built a prism-like device that can split a beam of light into different colors and bend the light at right angles, a development that could eventually lead to computers that use optics, rather than electricity, to carry data. The optical link is a tiny slice of silicon etched with a pattern that resembles a bar code. When a beam of light is shined at the link, two different wavelengths of light split off

NAG Compiler 6.0

NAG Compiler 6.0

November 26, 2014 9:06 am | Nag Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

NAG Compiler 6.0 accurately follows Fortran and OpenMP programming language standards, supporting OpenMP 3.1 and Fortran 2008, 2003 and 95. Because the code is correct; applications that are developed with and checked by the NAG Compiler are ready to be run on a wide range of current and future computer processors.

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.

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.

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.

Since its inception in 1966, ACM’s Turing Award has honored the computer scientists and engineers who created the systems and underlying theoretical foundations that have propelled the information technology industry.

Turing Award Prize Raised to $1 Million Cash

November 14, 2014 2:25 pm | by ACM | News | Comments

ACM has announced that the funding level for the ACM A.M. Turing Award is now $1,000,000, to be provided by Google. The new amount is four times its previous level. The cash award, which goes into effect for the 2014 ACM Turing Award to be announced early next year, reflects the escalating impact of computing on daily life through the innovations and technologies it enables.

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