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“We will cover the development of the algorithms, their analysis, prototyping of the software solutions and benchmarking on real data,” said Milenkovic, describing her research group’s role in the project. “We plan on collaborating with Mayo Clinic, and p

Novel Data Compression Strategies cut Big Data Down to Usable Size

July 6, 2015 1:53 pm | by Claudia Lutz, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology | News | Comments

Next generation DNA sequencing technologies have turned the vision of precision medicine into a plausible reality, but also threaten to overwhelm computing infrastructures with unprecedented volumes of data. A recent $1.3M award from the National Institutes of Health will allow researchers at the University of Illinois and Stanford to help address this challenge by developing novel data compression strategies.

Leading Computational Scientist Peter Coveney Keynotes at ISC Cloud & Big Data

July 1, 2015 3:45 pm | by ISC | News | Comments

ISC Events, the organizer of the inaugural ISC Cloud & Big Data conference has announced...

Solar Superstorms show Highlights Extremely Powerful Computer Simulation, Visualization

July 1, 2015 3:35 pm | by NSF | News | Comments

A 24-minute, high-resolution science documentary narrated Benedict Cumberbatch about the...

Speeding Up Genome Assembly, from Months to Minutes

June 30, 2015 12:23 pm | by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Computing Sciences | News | Comments

By applying some novel algorithms, computational techniques and the innovative programming...

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Winds of Change are Bringing Fresh Solutions to High Performance Data Storage

June 30, 2015 7:53 am | by Michael King, DataDirect Networks | Blogs | Comments

Large-scale scientific organizations are grappling with the implications of rapid data growth. Massive data collections, analytics and the need for data collaboration are driving the need for high-performance storage solutions that can deliver time to results, fast. A different breed of technologies developed originally for the supercomputing industry are being adapted to meet the needs of technical computing organizations.

A simulation of vortex-induced motion shows how ocean currents affect offshore oil rigs.

Supercomputing the Vortex: Simulation improves Offshore Drill Rig Safety

June 29, 2015 2:00 pm | by Los Alamos National Laboratory | News | Comments

LANL researchers’ efforts to solve the complex problem of how ocean currents affect the infrastructure of floating oilrigs and their computational fluid dynamics numerical simulations has received recognition from ANSYS. Vortex-induced motion is a complex problem that occurs when there are highly turbulent flow and fluid-solid interaction phenomena. The available experimental data are very limited, especially from field measurements.

A three-dimensional spatial structure of mixing in an idealized ocean simulation, computed using Lagrangian particle statistics.

Vast Eddies swirl across Open Ocean, pull Carbon Emissions into the Deep

June 25, 2015 9:11 am | by Los Alamos National Laboratory | News | Comments

Scientists have developed a computer model that clarifies the complex processes driving ocean mixing in the vast eddies that swirl across hundreds of miles of open ocean. The model is a first-of-its-kind tool because of its ability to exploit the power available from today’s supercomputers. Global climate simulations are beginning to be able to resolve the largest mesoscale eddies, which are considered the “weather” of the ocean.

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Jill M. Hruby was named the next president and director of Sandia National Laboratories, the country’s largest national lab, on June 22, 2015. When she steps into her new role July 17, she will be the first woman to lead a national security laboratory. A

Jill Hruby will be First Woman to Lead National Security Lab

June 25, 2015 8:34 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Jill Hruby was named the next president and director of Sandia National Laboratories, the country’s largest national lab. When she steps into her new role July 17, she will be the first woman to lead a national security laboratory. A Sandia staff member and manager for the past 32 years, Hruby most recently oversaw Sandia efforts in nuclear, biological and chemical security, homeland security, counterterrorism and energy security.

PBS Professional 13.0 Workload Manager and Job Scheduler

PBS Professional 13.0 Workload Manager and Job Scheduler

June 24, 2015 12:05 pm | Product Releases | Comments

PBS Professional is a workload manager and job scheduler for high-performance computing (HPC) clusters and supercomputers. It has been architected to meet the needs of companies looking to prepare for the move to exascale.

Following their collaboration a year ago to develop a cognitive computing cooking app and test it with home cooks as part of a beta program, IBM and Bon Appetit have opened up the web app to anyone interested in expanding his or her imagination in the kit

Cognitive Computing App Taps 10,000 Bon Appétit Recipes, Suggests Creative Flavor Combinations

June 24, 2015 11:12 am | by IBM Watson | News | Comments

IBM and Bon Appétit have introduced a one-of-a-kind Chef Watson cognitive computing cooking app that is open to anyone interested in expanding his or her imagination in the kitchen. Created through a collaboration with Bon Appétit, the app inspires home cooks everywhere to discover unexpected flavor combinations to address everyday mealtime challenges in creative ways and bring new ideas to the kitchen.

GATK is already available for download at no cost to academic and non-profit users. In addition, business users can license GATK from the Broad. To date, more than 20,000 users have processed genomic data using GATK.

Broad Institute Genome Analysis Toolkit offered as part of Google Genomics

June 24, 2015 7:56 am | by Broad Institute | News | Comments

Broad Institute is teaming up with Google Genomics to explore how to break down major technical barriers that increasingly hinder biomedical research by addressing the need for computing infrastructure to store and process enormous datasets, and by creating tools to analyze such data. As a first step, Broad Institute’s Genome Analysis Toolkit, GATK, will be offered as a service on the Google Cloud Platform, as part of Google Genomics.

Power-performance tradeoff for conventional and superconducting supercomputers

Anticipating a Major Role for Superconducting Computing

June 22, 2015 4:27 pm | by Elie K. Track and Alan M. Kadin, IEEE Rebooting Computing | Blogs | Comments

In the past, evolution of computer technology was largely driven by industrial advances in a single technology. That unified approach led to advances on all levels. With the ending of Moore’s Law, this unified approach will inevitably split, leading to a variety of different device technologies, architectures and interface approaches. Within such a mixed environment, we anticipate a major role for superconducting computing.

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Applied Mathematician Theorizes what Happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

Stories You Shouldn’t Miss — June 12-18

June 19, 2015 2:35 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | News | Comments

The top most-visited stories of the past week included an amazing image of Jupiter’s second largest moon, solving billions of equations in just minutes, relief and delight as Philae woke up, Einstein saving the Quantum Cat, a fundamental change in wireless communications, a 40-year-old algorithm problem put to rest, news that a black hole’s surface is no deadly firewall, and an applied mathematician’s theory on MA flight 370.

Short inverted repeat sequences of DNA nucleotides are enriched at human cancer breakpoints. Courtesy of Karen Vasquez, UT Austin

Researchers Surprisingly Link DNA Crosses to Cancer using Stampede and Lonestar

June 18, 2015 2:43 pm | by Jorge Salazar, Texas Advanced Computing Center | News | Comments

Supercomputers have helped scientists find a surprising link between cross-shaped (or cruciform) pieces of DNA and human cancer. The study found that small DNA cruciforms are mutagenic, altering DNA in a way that can increase risk of cancer in yeast, monkeys and in humans. Researchers found short inverted repeats of 30 base pairs and under in a reference database of mutations in human cancer that are somatic, meaning not inherited.

This year’s winning research poster

ISC Announces 2015 PRACE, GAUSS and Poster Winners

June 16, 2015 11:28 am | by ISC | News | Comments

ISC has announced that the 2015 PRACE ISC Award and Gauss Award will be given to two deserving European researchers reporting on their work focused on the development of energy-efficient supercomputers. These two research papers were selected by the respective award committees from the 37 submissions accepted for presentation at the 2015 ISC High Performance Research Paper Session. This year’s winning research poster...

The plight of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 (MH370) is one of the biggest mysteries in aviation history, but an interdisciplinary research team led by a Texas A&M University at Qatar math professor has theorized the ill-fated plane plunged vertically into

Applied Mathematician Theorizes what Happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

June 15, 2015 4:35 pm | by Texas A&M at Qatar | News | Comments

The plight of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 (MH370) is one of the biggest mysteries in aviation history, but an interdisciplinary research team led by a Texas A&M University at Qatar math professor has theorized the ill-fated plane plunged vertically into the southern Indian Ocean in March 2014.

Stanford Professor Charbel Farhat and his team accomplished a rare feat in computer engineering through a partnership with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory. Courtesy of Norbert von der Groeben

Now, Billions of Questions can be answered in about 3 Minutes

June 12, 2015 4:16 pm | by James Urton, | News | Comments

Stanford Professor Charbel Farhat and his research team at the Army High Performance Computing Research Center used a new, high-end, massively parallel computer to demonstrate the power of algorithms that instruct processors to work together to solve challenging problems. They directed 22,000 processors to solve billions of mathematical equations in just a few minutes, a rare feat in computer engineering.

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This year, the conference will be held in a world-class conference destination — Frankfurt, Germany. The ISC 2015 Conference and Exhibition anticipates an attendance of 2,600 participants from around the world.

Still Time to Save on ISC 2015 Registration — Early-bird Rates Expire on June 10

June 8, 2015 11:25 am | by ISC | News | Comments

The early-bird registration period for the 30th annual ISC High Performance conference will close on Wednesday, June 10, thus bringing the opportunity for attendees to save over 30 percent off the on-site registration rates to an end. The organizers are encouraging participants not to wait until the last minute to register. This year, the conference will be held in Frankfurt, Germany, and organizers are anticipating attendance of 2,600.

With keynote speakers from industry and international big-science projects, the two and one-half day New York Scientific Data Summit is organized into five sessions with topics including scientific image analysis, data fusion, environmental and urban scie

Accelerating Data-driven Discovery and Innovation: New York Scientific Data Summit

June 5, 2015 9:00 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | News | Comments

New York Scientific Data Summit is a no-fee annual meeting that aims to accelerate data-driven discovery and innovation by bringing together researchers, developers and end-users from academia, industry, utilities and state and federal governments. Jointly organized by Brookhaven National Laboratory, Stony Brook University and New York University, this year’s conference will take place from August 2 to 5, 2015, at NYU.

The researchers found that changing the vaccine study design from the approach used originally proposed by the CDC would lead to better information about the effectiveness of the vaccine.

Lonestar4 aids Ebola Vaccine Trial Simulation and Analysis

June 3, 2015 12:50 pm | by Faith Singer-Villalobos, Texas Advanced Computing Center | News | Comments

As the current Ebola outbreak wanes, scientists have to make the most of every opportunity to prepare for future outbreaks. One such opportunity involves the identification of a safe and effective Ebola vaccine. Supercomputers have aided researchers in modeling which types of clinical trials will provide the best information. They found that changing the study design would lead to better information about the effectiveness of the vaccine.

Type Ia supernovae are famous for their consistency. Ironically, new observations suggest that their origins may not be uniform at all. Using a “roadmap” of theoretical calculations and supercomputer simulations, astronomers observed for the first time a

Supernova Hunting with Supercomputers

June 3, 2015 12:36 pm | by Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences | News | Comments

Type Ia supernovae are famous for their consistency. Ironically, new observations suggest that their origins may not be uniform at all. Using a “roadmap” of theoretical calculations and supercomputer simulations, astronomers observed for the first time a flash of light caused by a supernova slamming into a nearby star, allowing them to determine the stellar system from which the supernova was born.

Three-dimensional high velocity structures beneath East Asia from 50 km to 1000 km depth viewed from the southeast. Surface topography with vertical exaggeration is superimposed for geographic references. Isosurfaces of high velocity anomalies in percent

Earthquakes Reveal Deep Secrets beneath East Asia

May 29, 2015 3:50 pm | by Jorge Salazar, Texas Advanced Computing Center | News | Comments

A new work based on 3-D supercomputer simulations of earthquake data has found hidden rock structures deep under East Asia. Researchers used seismic data from 227 East Asia earthquakes during 2007-2011, which they used to image depths to about 900 kilometers, or about 560 miles below ground. Notable structures include a high velocity colossus beneath the Tibetan plateau, and a deep mantle upwelling beneath the Hangai Dome in Mongolia.

ISC Events is excited to announce that registration is now open for the inaugural ISC Cloud & Big Data event, which will be held this fall in Frankfurt, Germany. The entire conference will take place at the Frankfurt Marriott hotel, located in the city ce

Registration Opens for ISC Cloud & Big Data

May 28, 2015 3:40 pm | by ISC | News | Comments

ISC Events has announced that registration is now open for the inaugural ISC Cloud & Big Data event, which will be held this fall in Frankfurt, Germany. The entire conference will take place at the Frankfurt Marriott hotel, located in the city center. The three-day event will kick off with a full-day workshop on September 28, followed by the main program on September 29 and 30.

The EYR-Global program, sponsored by 12 leading national research and education networks representing the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe, was patterned after SURFnet’s successful national Enlighten Your Research competition in the Netherlands and repre

Enhancing Global Network Connectivity: EYR-Global International Data Project Submissions due June 7

May 27, 2015 12:28 pm | by SC15 | News | Comments

Scientists whose research projects would significantly benefit from enhanced global network connectivity are invited to submit a project proposal to 2015 Enlighten Your Research Program Global (EYR-Global). The deadline is June 7. The EYR-Global program represents an important step forward in helping researchers in all fields to incorporate advanced global research networks to significantly improve discoveries and collaboration.

The Showcase Committee is very interested in creating a repository of images and clips that can be used for education, motivation, and to explain science and engineering systems, particularly in HPC activities.

SC15 Scientific Visualization Showcase Submissions due July 31

May 21, 2015 2:53 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | News | Comments

SC15’s Visualization and Data Analytics Showcase Program will provide a forum for the year's most instrumental movies in HPC. The Showcase Committee is “very interested in creating a repository of images and clips that can be used for education, motivation, and to explain science and engineering systems, particularly in HPC activities.” Participation is encouraged from people and areas that normally do not get involved with SC.

James Reinders is chief evangelist, Intel’s software products.

Software and Moore’s Drumbeat (Moore’s Law)

May 19, 2015 2:48 pm | by James Reinders, Intel | Blogs | Comments

Moore’s Law recently turned 50 years old, and many have used the milestone to tout its virtues, highlight positive results that stem from it, as well as advance suggestions on what the future dividends will be and boldly project the date for its inevitable demise. Moore’s Law is an observation that has undoubtedly inspired us to innovate to the pace it predicts. It has challenged us to do so. Therefore, I think of it as Moore’s drumbeat.

BigNeuron, a new project led by the Allen Institute for Brain Science, aims to streamline scientist’s ability to create 3-D digital models of neurons. Courtesy of Allen Institute for Brain Science

Digitizing Neurons: Project will convert 2-D Microscope Images into 3-D Models

May 14, 2015 9:46 am | by Oak Ridge National Laboratory | News | Comments

A new initiative designed to advance how scientists digitally reconstruct and analyze individual neurons in the human brain will receive support from the supercomputing resources at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Led by the Allen Institute for Brain Science, the BigNeuron project aims to create a common platform for analyzing the three-dimensional structure of neurons.

The ISC Cloud & Big Data Research Committee is accepting submissions of high-quality papers in theoretical, experimental, industrial research and development until Tuesday, May 19, 2015.

Last Chance to Submit ISC Cloud & Big Data Research Papers

May 13, 2015 12:05 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | News | Comments

The ISC Cloud & Big Data Research Committee is accepting submissions until Tuesday, May 19, 2015. The Research Paper Sessions “aim to provide first-class open forums for engineers and scientists in academia, industry and government to present and discuss issues, trends and results to shape the future of cloud computing and big data.” The sessions will be held on Tuesday, September 29 and on Wednesday, September 30, 2015.

Titled “Accelerating LBM & LQCD Application Kernels by In-Memory Processing,” the Hans Meuer award-winning research paper examines the runtime performance of Lattice Boltzmann Method (LBM) and Lattice Quantum Chromodynamics (LQCD) kernels that can be achi

ISC Announces the Hans Meuer Award Winning Research Paper

May 11, 2015 8:35 am | by ISC | News | Comments

ISC has announced that a research paper in the area of in-memory architecture, jointly submitted by a team of seven researchers representing the Juelich Supercomputing Centre (JSC), IBM Germany and the IBM Watson Research Center in the US, has been selected to receive the inaugural Hans Meuer Award. The awarding will take place at the ISC High Performance conference on Monday, July 13.

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