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Weekly Twitter Roundup

May 26, 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 list.

India Readies First of 70-Plus Supercomputers for 2017

May 24, 2016 |

India is set to stand up an indigenously-built supercomputer next year, according to a Times of India report. The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) will be overseeing the construction of this “PARAM” series system, which will be the first of more than 70 systems slated to be built under India’s National Supercomputing Mission.

Development of the PARAM series of Indian-made supercomputers extends back to 1990, when the program was created in the face of a technology embargo enacted by the United States. Read more…

TACC Wrangler Supports Zika Hackathon

May 19, 2016 |

By now most people have heard of Zika, the mosquito-borne disease that can cause fever and birth defects and that threatens to spread to the United States from Latin and South America. Earlier this week more than 50 data scientists, engineers, and University of Texas students gathered for the “Austin Zika Hackathon” at big data specialist Cloudera offices in downtown Austin.

Hackathon participants investigated ways to pool together different sets of data, such as outbreak reports, stagnant water sources, empty swimming pools and ponds that are potential mosquito breeding grounds, and even Facebook and Twitter feeds. Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

May 19, 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 list.

Weekly Twitter Roundup

May 12, 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 list.

Barcelona Supercomputing Center Develops New Bioinformatics Tool Against HIV

May 11, 2016 |

Viruses’ natural mutational agility has long been problematic for established therapies. Determining a therapeutic compound’s effectiveness against a mutated viral pathogen mostly entails empirical screening of the mutated virus with compounds to gauge effectiveness. This week researchers from the Barcelona Supercomputing Center and IrsiCaixa, the Catalan AIDS Research Institute, reported developing a bioinformatics method to predict the effect of each mutation on the resistance of the virus to existing HIV drugs. Read more…

Technology Test Drive: PNNL Offers Exploratory Licenses

May 10, 2016 |

Signing a two-page agreement and paying just $1,000 can get U.S. companies an opportunity to test drive promising technologies through a new, user-friendly commercialization option being offered at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

PNNL is the only DOE lab to offer this option, called an exploratory license, which gives companies six months to try out a technology before deciding whether or not to pursue a full license so they can create a product with the technology. Read more…

IBM Collaborates with UMB on Cognitive Computing Cybersecurity Lab

May 10, 2016 |

IBM today announced a multi-year, cognitive computing collaboration with the University of Maryland in Baltimore on an Accelerated Cognitive Cybersecurity Laboratory (ACCL). It’s the second such move in a month. In mid-April Big Blue announced plans for the Center for Cognitive Computing Systems Research (C3SR) to be based at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

The moves are in keeping with IBM stated position we are entering the era of accelerated cognitive computing. Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

May 5, 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 list.

Intel Weighs In on NSCI

May 5, 2016 |

For the last 60 years, high-performance computing (HPC) has been instrumental in chipping away at the world’s toughest challenges such as disease control, climate research, and energy efficiency. Organizations in many industries, including oil and gas, financial services, pharmaceutical, and life sciences, as well as in academia and government, have drawn on this technology to make scientific advances, create innovation, and understand complex data. Because the cost of designing and building new generations of HPC systems is high, the US Government has always been involved—in close collaboration with industry—as a major funding source, as well as a major HPC user. Read more…