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

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.

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...

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...

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...

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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

NASA Launches Its Third Global Codeathon with New Coastal Flooding Challenge

April 2, 2014 4:14 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA, along with space agencies around the world, is preparing for the third annual International Space Apps Challenge, which will be held April 12 to 13, 2014. Participants will develop mobile applications, software, hardware, data visualization and platform solutions that could contribute to space exploration missions and help improve life on Earth.


Experiment Reveals How to Create the Perfect Dream

April 2, 2014 3:56 pm | by University of Hertfordshire | News | Comments

The results of a two-year study into dream control show that it is now possible for people to create their perfect dream and wake up feeling especially happy and refreshed. An iPhone app monitors a person during sleep and plays a carefully crafted soundscape when they dream. Each soundscape is carefully designed to evoke a pleasant scenario. The app was downloaded over 500,000 times, and the researchers collected millions of dream reports.

Computers Teach Each Other Pac-Man

April 1, 2014 11:34 am | by Washington State University | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a method to allow a computer to give advice and teach skills to another computer in a way that mimics how a real teacher and student might interact. The virtual robots act like true student and teacher pairs: student agents struggled to learn Pac-Man and a version of the StarCraft video game. The student agent learned the games and, in fact, surpassed the teacher.

Sony's Virtual Reality Goggles Head On

March 24, 2014 4:43 pm | by Derrik Lang, Associated Press | News | Comments

The promise of virtual reality in the living room is coming closer to, well, reality. Sony has unveiled a prototype headset capable of surrounding a wearer's vision with interactive virtual worlds.               

Obama Unleashing Power of Data on Climate Change

March 19, 2014 1:55 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The Obama administration hopes to fight global warming with the power of numbers, maps and even gaming-type simulations. The White House on March 19, 2014, announced an initiative to provide private companies and local governments better access to already public climate data. The idea is that, with this localized data, they can help the public understand the risks they face, especially in coastal areas where flooding is a big issue.

ACM Turing Award Goes to Leslie Lamport for Work Enabling Distributed Computing in Data Center, Security, Cloud Landscapes

March 19, 2014 9:33 am | by The Association for Computing Machinery | News | Comments

The Association for Computing Machinery has named Leslie Lamport, a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, as the recipient of the 2013 ACM A.M. Turing Award for imposing clear, well-defined coherence on the seemingly chaotic behavior of distributed computing systems, in which several autonomous computers communicate with each other by passing messages.


Be an Asteroid Hunter in NASA's First Asteroid Grand Challenge

March 11, 2014 11:18 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA’s Asteroid Data Hunter contest series will offer $35,000 in awards over the next six months to citizen scientists who develop improved algorithms that can be used to identify asteroids. This contest is being conducted in partnership with Planetary Resources of Bellevue, WA.

Mobile Tech: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

March 10, 2014 10:13 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Blogs | Comments

All signs indicate a healthy continuing demand for mobile technology that can support ever-more-demanding eye-candy and apps on very-high-resolution display devices. According to independent high performance computing expert Rob Farber, mobile tech is where the money is right now in computer technology.

Developing Next-gen Tools to Enhance HPC Software Development

March 5, 2014 4:27 pm | by Rogue Wave Software | News | Comments

The UK Science and Technology Facilities Council and Rogue Wave Software have signed a collaboration agreement to work together on software tools to increase significantly the productivity of software development for scientific computing. As part of this new agreement, they will collaborate to develop next-generation HPC software tools to enhance the software development capabilities of the newest supercomputers.

Copied from Nature: Detecting Software Errors via Genetic Algorithms

March 5, 2014 4:11 pm | by University Saarland | News | Comments

According to a current study from the University of Cambridge, software developers are spending about the half of their time on detecting errors and resolving them. Projected onto the global software industry, according to the study, this would amount to a bill of about 312 billion US dollars every year.

NAG Library for Python

March 5, 2014 2:39 pm | Numerical Algorithms Group | Product Releases | Comments

The NAG Library for Python gives users of the Python language access to over 1,700 mathematical and statistical routines in the NAG Library. It has been enhanced in-line with Python2.7 and Python3, as well as an improved pythonic interface and a new python egg installer.


Create Mobile to HPC Applications using a Single Source Tree

March 3, 2014 10:00 am | by Rob Farber | Articles | Comments

Encryption and nuclear weapons are two easily recognized examples where a combinatorial explosion is a sought after characteristic. In the software development world, combinatorial explosions are bad. In particular, it is far too easy to become lost in the minutia of writing code that can run efficiently on NVIDIA GPUs, AMD GPUs, x86, ARM and Intel Xeon Phi while also addressing the numerous compiler and user interface vagaries

Russian Mega-bucks Seed Development of Big Data Tools

February 26, 2014 11:48 am | by Argonne National Laboratory | News | Comments

The Russian Ministry of Education and Science has awarded a $3.4 million “mega-grant” to Alexei Klimentov, Physics Applications Software Group Leader at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, to develop new “big data” computing tools for the advancement of science.

Self-completing Programs: System Automatically Fills Gaps in Code

February 25, 2014 3:41 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT | News | Comments

Since he was a graduate student, Armando Solar-Lezama, an associate professor in MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has been working on a programming language called Sketch, which allows programmers to simply omit some of the computational details of their code. Sketch then automatically fills in the gaps.

Computer Whizzes Brainstorm for Cash at Hackathons

February 18, 2014 4:29 pm | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

It used to be that "hacking" was just a type of crime, a computer break-in. But today, the term is also part of a growing — and perfectly legal — mainstay of the tech sector. Computer programming competitions known as "hackathons" have spread like viruses in recent years as ways for geeks, nerds and designers to get together to eat pizza, lose sleep and create something new.

Alan Turing: His Work and Impact Wins Prestigious PROSE Award

February 7, 2014 11:01 am | by Association of American Publishers and Elsevier | News | Comments

Alan Turing: His Work and Impact, was selected for the top honor, R.R. Hawkins Award, at the 38th annual PROSE Awards. Celebrating the centenary of his birth, the bookwas praised as a fitting tribute to the life of the legendary mathematical and scientific genius, considered to be the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence.

NAG Library for Java — Release 2

February 6, 2014 10:16 am | Nag Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

NAG Library for Java Release 2 enables the calling of precisely 1,784 mathematical and statistical routines to aid complex computation, and enhanced error reporting enables increased precision from computation results. It provides abstract classes for callback functions.

Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing Scheduled for August 3-15, 2014

February 4, 2014 12:19 pm | by Argonne National Laboratory | News | Comments

Computational scientists now have the opportunity to apply for the upcoming Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing (ATPESC), to take place from August 3-15, 2014. The program provides intensive hands-on training on the key skills, approaches and tools to design, implement, and execute computational science and engineering applications on current supercomputers and the HPC systems of the future.

Cloud Computing System Reduces Carbon Emissions

January 20, 2014 2:35 pm | by Trinity College Dublin | News | Comments

Computer scientists at Trinity College Dublin and IBM Dublin have made a significant advance that will allow companies to reduce associated greenhouse gas emissions, drive down costs, and minimize network delays depending on their wishes.

CERN Openlab Summer Student Program Invites 2014 Applications

January 20, 2014 12:49 pm | by CERN | News | Comments

Are you a B.Sc. or M.Sc. student in computer science, mathematics, engineering or physics, interested in working on advanced IT projects at CERN for two full months during the summer? CERN openlab has R&D activities on multithreaded programming, data acquisition systems, large scale databases, data analytics, and cloud computing that are open to students who will have completed at least three years of full-time studies.

UK Finally Pardons Computer Pioneer Alan Turing

December 24, 2013 9:36 am | by Raphael Satter, Associated Press | News | Comments

Britain has tried to make good by one of its most famous sons, posthumously pardoning Alan Turing for a gay sex conviction which tarnished the brilliant career of the code breaker credited with helping win the war against Nazi Germany and laying the foundation for the computer age.

ArrayFire 2.0

December 17, 2013 9:38 am | Accelereyes | Product Releases | Comments

The ArrayFire 2.0  software library features full commercial support for OpenCL devices, including all AMD APUs and AMD FirePro graphics, Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors, CUDA GPUs from NVIDIA, and other OpenCL devices from Imagination, Freescale, ARM, Altera and Apple.

TotalView 8.13 Parallel Debugger Beta Release

December 3, 2013 1:58 pm | Rogue Wave Software | Product Releases | Comments

The beta release of the TotalView 8.13 parallel debugger for parallel applications written in C, C++ and Fortran features a combination of capabilities for pinpointing and fixing hard-to-find bugs, such as race conditions, memory leaks and memory overruns.

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