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Greening the World’s Most Ubiquitous Building Material

Jan 23, 2015 |

Concrete is one of the oldest building materials with a history dating back to ancient Egypt. Today, concrete – comprised primarily of water, aggregate and cement – is the most widely used material in the world. Despite being a fairly low-impact material environmentally speaking, creating concrete still takes energy; thus the wide deployment of the Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Jan 22, 2015 |

Here at HPCwire, we want to help keep the HPC community as up-to-date as possible on some of the most captivating news items that were tweeted throughout the week. The tweets that caught our eye this past week are listed below. Check back in next Thursday for an entirely updated list.   Prof. David Keyes presented his vision Read more…

NSF Signs $1.4 Million Check to Advance Community Database

Jan 21, 2015 |

Thanks to an NSF award worth $1.4 million, bioinformatics researchers at Washington State University and Clemson University and elsewhere will soon have the kind of infrastructure capable of supporting 21st century big data genomics workloads. As part of the Tripal Gateway project, the multi-university team will work to enhance the scope and capacity of their existing Read more…

Baidu Supercomputer Tops Google in Image Recogition

Jan 20, 2015 |

In an effort to oust Google from its the top spot in image recognition, Baidu, Inc. has dedicated a supercomputer to what it claims to be the world’s most accurate computer vision system. Using the ImageNet object classification benchmark, the Chinese search engine company claims that their system managed a 5.98 percent error rate, which Read more…

Stanford Links Smartphones for Distributed, Disease-fighting Simulations

Jan 20, 2015 |

The smartphone has already usurped the role of the computer in a number of ways, whether you use it for navigation, to check the weather, or take and share photos of a night out with friends. Now, thanks to a new app developed by Stanford University scientists and Sony, the smartphone is taking over yet another domain to Read more…

NVIDIA GPUs Unfold Secrets of the Human Genome

Jan 16, 2015 |

With 3 billion base pairs of DNA on hand, it’s no wonder that genes are able to program nearly ever detail of our physical makeup, from constructing organs to fighting off disease. But how can a system so vast find the right operating manual for one body part, and ignore all the data meant for Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Jan 15, 2015 |

Here at HPCwire, we want to help keep the HPC community as up-to-date as possible on some of the most captivating news items that were tweeted throughout the week. The tweets that caught our eye this past week are listed below. Check back in next Thursday for an entirely updated list. .@uksciencechief w/ @NASAAmes #supercomputing team 2 discuss Read more…

Wind Farm Simulation Reveals Important Design Clues

Jan 14, 2015 |

With renewable energy sources like solar and wind power set to become much more cost-effective over the next ten years according to recent studies out of Finland and the EU, interest in the space is building. As experts and pundits address the respective merits of the renewables, scientists continue to study and advance the enabling Read more…

Blue Waters Bolsters Tornado Prediction Efforts

Jan 13, 2015 |

Sometimes lifetime careers are spun from childhood events. Such was the case for Leigh Orf, Professor of Atmospheric Science at Central Michigan University, who lived through one of the worst tornadoes in recorded history. As Orf details in a recent blog, the supercell thunderstorm that hit New England on Oct. 3, 1979, spawned the deadly tornado that ran Read more…

AWS Rolls Out Haswell-Backed Instances

Jan 12, 2015 |

Blogging for Amazon Web Services, Chief Evangelist Jeff Barr announced the public debut of “Haswell”-powered C4 instances, further boosting the HPC horsepower of the EC2 engine. First revealed at the cloud innovator’s re:Invent developer conference in November, the compute-optimized offering is now available in seven AWS regions with more to be added. The new instance types can Read more…

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