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Weekly Twitter Roundup

Feb 4, 2016 | Here at HPCwire, we aim to keep the HPC community apprised of the most relevant and interesting news items that get tweeted throughout the week. The tweets that caught our eye this past week are presented below. Check back in next Thursday for an entirely updated Read more…

10 Highlights Celebrating 10 Years of ALCF

Feb 3, 2016 | This week, the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facility, turns one decade old. ALCF is home to Mira, the world's fifth-fastest supercomputer, along with teams of experts that help researchers from all over the world perform complex simulations and calculations in almost every branch of science. To celebrate its 10th anniversary, we're highlighting 10 accomplishments since the facility opened its Read more…

Realistic Simulator Replicates Combat Injuries

Feb 2, 2016 | A multi-disciplinary team of researchers at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) have developed a detailed computer model of an injured human leg that includes the complex workings of blood flow. The aim of the project, sponsored by the Office of Naval Research, is to provide combat medics with a realistic training tool to enable them to better control hemorrhaging. Medics need to know how to treat traumatic limb injuries and severe bleeding, but existing simulators lacked Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Jan 28, 2016 | Here at HPCwire, we aim to keep the HPC community apprised of the most relevant and interesting news items that get tweeted throughout the week. The tweets that caught our eye this past week are presented below. Check back in next Thursday for an entirely updated Read more…

ACCEL Program at ORNL Still Going Strong Says Suzy Tichenor

Jan 26, 2016 | Last year the Accelerating Competitiveness through Computational Excellence (ACCEL) program at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) launched 24 new projects with industry. With national competitiveness garnering growing attention and the launch of the National Strategic Computing Initiative, programs such as ACCEL are poised for Read more…

Artificial Intelligence Pioneer Marvin Minsky Dies at 88

Jan 26, 2016 | “Marvin Minsky, who combined a scientist’s thirst for knowledge with a philosopher’s quest for truth as a pioneering explorer of artificial intelligence, work that helped inspire the creation of the personal computer and the Internet, died on Sunday night in Boston,” reported the New York Times today. He was 88. The NYT obituary by Glenn Rifkin is well worth reading. Here’s a brief excerpt: “Well before the advent of the microprocessor and the supercomputer, Professor Minsky, a revered Read more…

HZDR Researchers Use Titan to Simulate Tumor Targeting

Jan 26, 2016 | Efforts to attack tumors with a wide variety of particles – protons and various ions, for example – has a long history. The benefit is these particles typically damage only the target tissue and not surrounding tissue. Unfortunately, these beams come from bulky particle accelerators, which make the treatment cost prohibitive for many patients. An article posted on the Oak Ridge National Laboratory website today (Titan Targets Tumors) details research being conducted at German research Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Jan 21, 2016 | Here at HPCwire, we aim to keep the HPC community apprised of the most relevant and interesting news items that get tweeted throughout the week. The tweets that caught our eye this past week are presented below. Check back in next Thursday for an entirely updated Read more…

Brain Research Heads Into Next-Level AI Territory

Jan 20, 2016 | One of the stranger objectives of President Obama’s Brain Initiative Project came to light this week with the announcement of a new DARPA program that is funding the creation of an implantable neural interface that would bridge the brain-machine divide. But it's not like in the movies, right? Yeah, it's pretty much like that. Read more…

China Mobilizes HPC in Pursuit of Drug Discovery Says New Paper

Jan 20, 2016 | Drug discovery and development is notoriously difficult despite the plethora of advanced experimental and computational technologies being put to task. Surging dataset sizes, poorly understood biological mechanisms of action, computational workflows bedeviled by mixes of large and small files are all part of the challenge. Increasingly HPC is playing an important role to relieve the bottleneck (see HPCwire article, Read more…