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Math Can Make the Internet 5 to 10 Times Faster

July 18, 2014 3:52 pm | by Aalborg University | News | Comments

Mathematical equations can make Internet communication via computer, mobile phone or satellite many times faster and more secure than today. Results with software developed by researchers from Aalborg University in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and California Institute of Technology (Caltech) are attracting attention in the international technology media.

Cluster Manager

June 30, 2014 9:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

Integration between Moab HPC Suite and Bright Cluster Manager provides enhanced functionality...

UNLV's Supercomputing Center Switches to Altair PBS Professional

June 27, 2014 10:40 am | News | Comments

Altair has announced that the National Supercomputing Center for Energy and the Environment (...

Fully Automated Computer Program Teaches Itself Everything about Anything

June 13, 2014 3:18 pm | by Michelle Ma | News | Comments

In today’s digitally driven world, access to information appears limitless. But when you have...

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By means of an algorithm, increasing networking of students on Facebook can be displayed according to their age. Courtesy of Michael Hamann, KIT

Algorithms for Big Data: Optimizing Daily, Routine Processing

June 10, 2014 4:32 am | by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Computer systems today can be found in nearly all areas of life, from smartphones to smart cars to self-organized production facilities. These systems supply rapidly growing data volumes, and computer science now faces the challenge of processing these huge amounts of data (big data) in a reasonable and secure manner.

High-resolution CESM simulation run on Yellowstone. This featured CAM-5 spectral element at roughly 0.25deg grid spacing, and POP2 on a nominal 0.1deg grid.

Building Momentum for Code Modernization: The Intel Parallel Computing Centers

June 9, 2014 12:06 pm | by Doug Black | Articles | Comments

Like a Formula One race car stuck in a traffic jam, HPC hardware performance is frequently hampered by HPC software. This is because some of the most widely used application codes have not been updated for years, if ever, leaving them unable to leverage advances in parallel systems. As hardware power moves toward exascale, the imbalance between hardware and software will only get worse. The problem of updating essential scientific ...

Tom Vander Aa is a researcher/project coordinator in the ExaScience Life Lab at imec.

High Performance Communication

June 9, 2014 10:12 am | by Tom Vander Aa, imec ExaScience Life Lab | Blogs | Comments

In the late 90s, I was teaching parallel programming in C using MPI to students. The most important lesson I wanted them to remember is that communication is much more important than computation. The form of the benchmark couldn't be more common: a set of convolutional filters applied to an image, one filter after the other in a pipelined fashion.

In the field of Artificial Intelligence, there is no more iconic and controversial milestone than the Turing Test, when a computer convinces a sufficient number of interrogators into believing that it is not a machine but rather is a human.

Can Machines Think? Turing Test Success a Milestone in Computing History

June 9, 2014 9:07 am | by University of Reading | News | Comments

An historic milestone in artificial intelligence set by Alan Turing — the father of modern computer science — has been achieved. The 65 year-old iconic Turing Test was passed for the very first time by supercomputer Eugene Goostman during Turing Test 2014 held at the Royal Society in London on June 7, 2014, and organized by the University of Reading.

Gregorio Valdez and his team designed a search engine – called EvoCor – that quickly sifts through the evolutionary history of all mapped genes – human and otherwise.

Search Engine finds Functionally Linked Genes

June 4, 2014 7:47 pm | by Ashley WennersHerron, Virginia Tech | News | Comments

A frontier lies deep within our cells. Our bodies are as vast as oceans and space, composed of a dizzying number of different types of cells. Exploration reaches far, yet the genes that make each cell and tissue unique have remained largely obscure. That’s changing with a search engine called EvoCor that identifies functionally linked genes.

A Turing machine built from legos. Courtesy of Projet Rubens, ENS Lyon

Basic Logic Research Crucial for Computer, Software Engineering

June 3, 2014 3:27 pm | by Vienna University of Technology | News | Comments

All men are mortal. Socrates is a man. Therefore, Socrates is mortal. Logical arguments like this one have been studied since antiquity. In the last few decades, however, logic research has changed considerably: the computer sciences were born. The success of informatics would have been impossible without the groundwork provided by logicians — and, in turn, computer sciences keep posing new interesting questions

Intel Issues RFP for Intel Parallel Computing Centers

Join the Journey to Accelerate Discovery through Increased Parallelism

May 28, 2014 11:20 am | by Intel Parallel Computing Centers | Blogs | Comments

Solving some of the biggest challenges in society, industry and sciences requires dramatic increases in computing efficiency. Many HPC customers are sitting on incredible untapped compute reserves and they don’t even know it. The very people who are focused on solving the world’s biggest problems with high-performance computing are often only using a small fraction of the compute capability their systems provide. Why? Their software ...

Sandia National Laboratories’ Francois Leonard holds a wire mesh cylinder similar in design to a carbon nanotube that might form the basis for future computing technology. Computing experts at Sandia are exploring what computers of the future might look l

Get Ready for Computers of the Future: Sandia Launches Push to Innovate Next-Gen Machines

May 28, 2014 10:30 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Computing experts at Sandia National Laboratories have launched an effort to help discover what computers of the future might look like, from next-generation supercomputers to systems that learn on their own — new machines that do more while using less energy.

The GE-225 mainframe computer in the basement of Dartmouth’s College Hall. Courtesy of the Trustees of Dartmouth College

BASIC, Woz and How GE's Mainframe Midwifed Modern Computing

May 22, 2014 9:51 am | by GE | Blogs | Comments

Fifty years ago, on May 1, 1964, two Dartmouth professors and their students developed the BASIC programming language and supercharged the information age. BASIC revolutionized personal computing and helped launch icons like Apple and Microsoft.

The special focus of this workshop will be on interactive parallel computing with IPython.

4th Workshop on Python for High Performance and Scientific Computing (PyHPC 2014)

May 21, 2014 12:03 pm | by PyHPC 2014 | Events

The workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners from industry, academia, and the wider community using Python in all aspects of high performance and scientific computing. The goal is to present Python applications from mathematics, science, and engineering, to discuss general topics regarding the use of Python (such as language design and performance issues), and to share experience using Python in scientific computing education.

NASA judges have selected five challenge winners, and the global social media community selected a People’s Choice fan favorite.

NASA Announces Global Award Winners of 2014 International Space Apps Challenge

May 19, 2014 4:47 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA mission priorities were explored by five winners of the 2014 International Space Apps Challenge, a worldwide "hackathon" to spark innovation with direct application to future space missions and improve life on Earth. NASA judges have selected five challenge winners, and the global social media community selected a People’s Choice fan favorite.

The IBM Watson Group has a new headquarters at 51 Astor Place in New York City’s “Silicon Alley” technology hub, leveraging the talents of approximately 2,000 professionals, whose goal is to design, develop and accelerate the adoption of Watson cognitive

IBM Reveals Companies Developing Watson-Powered Apps

May 19, 2014 4:42 pm | by IBM | News | Comments

Technology entrepreneurs wake up every morning with the goal of creating innovations that can change the world. IBM has announced a new class of innovators that are making their visions a reality by creating apps fueled by Watson's cognitive computing intelligence.

Exterior view of the Europol headquarters in The Hague, Netherlands

FBI: BlackShades Infected Half Million Computers

May 19, 2014 4:37 pm | by Larry Neumeister and Toby Sterling, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than a half million computers in over 100 countries were infected by sophisticated malware that lets cybercriminals take over a computer and hijack its webcam, authorities said as charges were announced May 19, 2014, against more than 100 people worldwide.

NAG C Library Mark 24

NAG C Library Mark 24

May 16, 2014 4:14 pm | Nag Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

Now at Mark 24, the NAG C Library is a collection of hundreds of user-callable mathematical and statistical functions for C and C++ programmers. It contains over 1,500 powerful algorithms that are designed to be reliable, flexible and ready-for-use from a wide range of operating systems, languages, environments and packages

Researchers have solved one aspect of the discrete logarithm problem. This is considered to be one of the 'holy grails' of algorithmic number theory, on which the security of many cryptographic systems used today is based.

New Algorithm Shakes Up Cryptography

May 15, 2014 4:38 pm | by CNRS (Délégation Paris Michel-Ange) | News | Comments

Researchers have solved one aspect of the discrete logarithm problem. This is considered to be one of the 'holy grails' of algorithmic number theory, on which the security of many cryptographic systems used today is based. The team has devised a new algorithm that calls into question the security of one variant of this problem. The result discredits several cryptographic systems ...

The generative model can be used to tailor networks to the environments in which they are expected to operate.

Molecular, Neural, Bacterial Networks Provide Security Insights

May 8, 2014 3:02 pm | by Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

The robust defenses that yeast cells have evolved to protect themselves from environmental threats hold lessons that can be used to design computer networks and analyze how secure they are, say computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University.

MATLAB Distributed Computing Server runs on POD’s high performance compute servers, providing access to multiple workers that can run computationally intensive MATLAB programs and Simulink models.

Penguin Announces MATLAB Distributed Computing Server Availability on HPC Cloud Service

May 8, 2014 2:35 pm | by Penguin Computing | News | Comments

Penguin Computing, experts in high performance, enterprise and cloud computing solutions, has announced the immediate availability of MATLAB Distributed Computing Server on its HPC Cloud, POD. This solution combines POD’s ease-of-use and high performance computing capabilities in the cloud with MATLAB scale-up capability to solve more demanding and complex problems.

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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.

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.

Derek Groen, a post-doctoral researcher from the Centre for Computational Scienceat University College London (UCL), UK

Blood Flow in the Brain, Multi-Scale Modeling and More: Life as an Early-career HPC Researcher

April 18, 2014 2:53 pm | by Andrew Purcell | Articles | Comments

iSGTW speaks to Derek Groen, a post-doctoral researcher from the Centre for Computational Science at University College London (UCL), UK. He’ll be presenting his work into the optimization of hemodynamics simulation code at ISC’14, and he tells iSGTW why the event is not to be missed by early-career researchers.

Like a plot from The Terminator movie, we are suddenly faced with the prospect of real threat from autonomous systems unless they are designed very carefully.

Could Chess Robots Cause Judgment Day?

April 16, 2014 8:32 pm | by Taylor & Francis | News | Comments

Next time you play a computer at chess, think about the implications if you beat it. It could be a very sore loser! A study just published in the Journal of Experimental & Theoretical Artificial Intelligence reflects upon the growing need for autonomous technology, and suggests that humans should be very careful to prevent future systems from developing anti-social and potentially harmful behaviour.

Math App Helps Whittle Away Jet Lag

April 11, 2014 9:43 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Michigan researchers say mathematical formulas suggest it's possible to adjust to new time zones a bit faster than previously thought, and they created their own free app to help. In a study partly funded by the Air Force, the team used two equations proven to predict someone's circadian rhythm, and with computer modeling calculated different schedules of light exposure for more than 1,000 possible trips.

New Catalog Brings NASA Software Down to Earth

April 10, 2014 2:18 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA has made available to the public, at no cost, more than 1,000 codes with its release on April 10, 2014, of a new online software catalog. Organized into 15 broad categories, the new catalog offers a wide variety of applications for use by industry, academia, other government agencies and the general public.

Conquering Computer Zombies in Real Time

April 4, 2014 4:01 pm | by American Friends of Tel Aviv University | News | Comments

Cyber attacks are the primary domestic security threat facing the United States, FBI Director James Comey told the Senate Homeland Security Committee last year. In our brave new world, traditional warfare is now inextricably linked to economic and cyber warfare. In just one example, cyber strikes have the potential to derail a nation's power grid, causing widespread damage, chaos and loss of life.

Supreme Court Could Limit Computer Software Patents

April 3, 2014 2:29 pm | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

Is it too easy for high-tech companies to patent inventions that are not really new, but simply take an old idea and blend it with computer wizardry? The Supreme Court wrestled with that question on March 31, 2014, as justices considered making it tougher for the government to issue patents for computer software. The outcome could send tremors through an industry that touches virtually every sector of the economy

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