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The University of Chicago’s Research Computing Center is helping linguists visualize the grammar of a given word in bodies of language containing millions or billions of words. Courtesy of Ricardo Aguilera/Research Computing Center

Billions of Words: Visualizing Natural Language

February 27, 2015 3:14 pm | by Benjamin Recchie, University of Chicago | News | Comments

Children don’t have to be told that “cat” and “cats” are variants of the same word — they pick it up just by listening. To a computer, though, they’re as different as, well, cats and dogs. Yet it’s computers that are assumed to be superior in detecting patterns and rules, not four-year-olds. Researchers are trying to, if not to solve that puzzle definitively, at least provide the tools to do so.

Artificial Intelligence Performs Real Magic Tricks

February 25, 2015 11:41 am | by Queen Mary University of London | News | Comments

Researchers gave a computer program the outline of how a magic jigsaw puzzle and a mind-reading...

Klocwork 10.2 Static Code Analysis Software

February 25, 2015 10:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Klocwork 10.2 static code analysis software is designed to help developers write higher-quality...

PNNL Shifts Computational Chemistry into Overdrive

February 25, 2015 8:29 am | by Karol Kowalski, Ph.D., and Edoardo Apra, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

We computational chemists are an impatient lot. Despite the fact that we routinely deal with...

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The OpenPOWER Foundation has announced a solid lineup of speakers headlining its inaugural OpenPOWER Summit at NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference at the San Jose Convention Center, March 17-19, 2015. Drawing from the open development organization’s more t

OpenPOWER Announces “Rethink the Data Center” Speaker Lineup

February 20, 2015 11:26 am | by OpenPOWER Foundation | News | Comments

The OpenPOWER Foundation has announced a solid lineup of speakers headlining its inaugural OpenPOWER Summit at NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference at the San Jose Convention Center, March 17-19, 2015. Drawing from the open development organization’s more than 100 members worldwide, the Summit’s organizers have lined up over 35 member presentations tied to the event’s “Rethink the Data Center” theme.

Daniel Sanchez, Nathan Beckmann and Po-An Tsai have found that the ways in which a chip carves up computations can make a big difference to performance. -- Courtesy of Bryce Vickmark

Making Smarter, Much Faster Multicore Chips

February 19, 2015 2:02 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT | News | Comments

Computer chips’ clocks have stopped getting faster. To keep delivering performance improvements, chipmakers are instead giving chips more processing units, or cores, which can execute computations in parallel. But the ways in which a chip carves up computations can make a big difference to performance.

©Classical and Quantum Gravity, 2015. Reproduced by permission of IOP Publishing

Code from Interstellar Movie Leads to new Spinning Black Hole Discoveries

February 13, 2015 3:25 pm | by IOP Institute of Physics | News | Comments

The team responsible for the Oscar-nominated visual effects at the center of Christopher Nolan’s epic, Interstellar, have turned science fiction into science fact by providing new insights into the powerful effects of black holes. The team describes innovative computer code used to generate the film’s iconic images of the wormhole, black hole and various celestial objects, and explains how the code has led them to new science discoveries.

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Cybersecurity students Kai Greshake, Eric Petryka and Jens Heyens have discovered 39,890 unprotected Internet databases.

Security Gaps Discovered in 39,890 Online Databases

February 11, 2015 12:24 pm | by University Saarland | News | Comments

Due to a misconfigured open source database upon which millions of online stores and platforms from all over the world base their services, anyone had the ability to call up or modify several million pieces of customer data online including names, addresses and e-mails. According to the Center for IT-Security, Privacy and Accountability, this vulnerability was demonstrated for 40,000 online databases.

Rob Farber is an independent HPC expert to startups and Fortune 100 companies, as well as government and academic organizations.

Using Profile Information for Optimization, Energy Savings and Procurements

February 9, 2015 12:11 pm | by Rob Farber | Articles | Comments

Optimization for high-performance and energy efficiency is a necessary next step after verifying that an application works correctly. In the HPC world, profiling means collecting data from hundreds to potentially many thousands of compute nodes over the length of a run. In other words, profiling is a big-data task, but one where the rewards can be significant — including potentially saving megawatts of power or reducing the time to solution

Smartphone dongles performed a point-of-care HIV and syphilis test in Rwanda from finger prick whole blood in 15 minutes, operated by health care workers trained on a software app. Courtesy of Samiksha Nayak, Columbia Engineering

Smartphone, Finger Prick, 15 Minutes — Diagnosis!

February 6, 2015 3:20 pm | by Holly Evarts, Columbia University | News | Comments

A team of researchers has developed a low-cost smartphone accessory that can perform a point-of-care test that simultaneously detects three HIV and syphilis infectious disease markers from a finger prick of blood in just 15 minutes. The device replicates, for the first time, all mechanical, optical and electronic functions of a lab-based blood test. Specifically, it performs an ELISA assay.

In simulations, algorithms using the new data structure continued to demonstrate performance improvement with the addition of new cores, up to a total of 80 cores. Courtesy of Christine Daniloff/MIT

Parallelizing Common Algorithms: Priority Queue Implemention Keeps Pace with New Cores

January 30, 2015 3:49 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Every undergraduate computer-science major takes a course on data structures, which describes different ways of organizing data in a computer’s memory. Every data structure has its own advantages: Some are good for fast retrieval, some for efficient search, some for quick insertions and deletions, and so on.

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.

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In his doctoral thesis, Baaij describes the world-wide production of microchips through the years.

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 designing hardware more manageable. Chip manufacturers have been using the same chip design techniques for 20 years. The current process calls for extensive testing after each design step. The newly developed, functional programming language makes it possible to prove, in advance, that a design transformation is 100-percent error-free.

Dream it. Code it. Win it. is different from traditional competitions or hackathons, which focus on coding. The contest is judged on the quality of the problem being tackled, as well as the solution.

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 annual award-winning “ Dream it. Code it. Win it. “ contest. The $50,000 student coding competition rewards and promotes creativity, diversity and literacy in the field of computer science.

The aim of this conference is to bring together all stakeholders involved in solving the software challenges of the exascale – from application developers, through numerical library experts, programming model developers and integrators, to tools designers

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 software challenges of the exascale — from application developers, through numerical library experts, programming model developers and integrators, to tools designers. EASC2015 is organised by EPCC at the University of Edinburgh.

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...

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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.

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