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Weekly Twitter Roundup

Nov 26, 2014 |

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.   “The show floor is now closed”. Read more…

UChicago Life Science Cluster Gets $2M Makeover

Nov 26, 2014 |

Beagle, the Cray XE6 supercomputer that has served University of Chicago biology and medical researchers for the last three years, is about to get an overhaul thanks to a $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. Already an integral high-performance computing resource for UChicago’s biomedical research community, the upgrade will set the stage Read more…

New Intelligence Test Asks What It Means to Be Human

Nov 24, 2014 |

The primary definition of artificial intelligence (AI), specifically strong AI, is the power of a machine to exhibit intelligence indistinguishable from that of a human. But researchers have long been divided on the best way to measure this quality. For several decades, they have resorted to some version of the Turing Test, named after the famed Read more…

SC14 Hits a High Note in New Orleans

Nov 24, 2014 |

The 26th annual Supercomputing Conference (SC14) was a show to remember. The six day event brought together more than 10,000 attendees to the expansive Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, La., last week, breaking a few records and establishing several firsts for the high-profile conference series. If you were one of the 10,198 registered attendees at the Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Nov 13, 2014 |

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. Click here to view the top tweets Read more…

Big Data Compels HPC Adoption in Life Sciences

Nov 13, 2014 |

Expect a lot of the talk at SC14 this year to revolve around big data. Ari E. Berman, Ph.D., Director of Government Services and Principal Investigator at BioTeam, Inc., attempts to cut through the noise with a recent post on the Intel blog page reflecting on how big data has upped the computational ante for Read more…

UK Project Tackles Bike Helmet Safety

Nov 13, 2014 |

There are certain HPC projects that stand out for their ability to help humankind in practical ways. One recent example of such a project combines state-of-the-art 3D printing and supercomputing technology to develop next generation bicycle helmets that can reduce the risk of serious brain injury. Cardiff University colleagues Dr. Peter Theobald and Dr. Philip Read more…

Climate Modeling Approaches ‘Golden Age’

Nov 12, 2014 |

High-performance computing is facing some of its toughest challenges yet, but supercomputing is also yielding better results than ever before. When it comes to climate science, for example, researchers are reporting higher resolutions and truer simulations. According to one Berkeley Lab researcher, climate science is on the verge of a golden age. As described in Read more…

LANL Showcases Supercomputing History

Nov 12, 2014 |

Los Alamos National Laboratory is celebrating 100. Not 100 years, but 100 supercomputers. The center that is best known for its role supporting national security for the last seven decades is also widely hailed as a premier supercomputing site. “Computing power for our Laboratory’s national security mission is a huge part of our proud legacy, and Read more…

Cycle Helps HGST Stand Up 70,000 Core AWS Cloud

Nov 11, 2014 |

Cycle Computing CEO Jason Stowe revealed today what is being called the largest Fortune 500 cloud cluster run, performed by HGST, a Western Digital company. HGST’s engineering team was working to identify an optimal advanced drive head design. Essentially, the job involves 1 million simulations for designs based upon 22 different design parameters running on 3 Read more…