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NIH Proposes Cloud Commons for Biomedical Research

Jan 12, 2015 |

While data has the power to transform our business practices, research efforts and even our everyday lives, that potential is only met when data is turned into knowledge. In keeping with that spirit, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced its intention to launch an electronic “Commons” as both a shared computing resource and Read more…

‘Virtual Lab’ Cuts Guesswork from Materials Science

Jan 9, 2015 |

Paving the way for a new era in materials science, a supercomputing-enabled “virtual laboratory” at University College London (UCL) promises to revolutionize the industry convention of trial-and-error testing for novel high performance materials known as nanocomposities. In the past, creating a new nanocomposite with specific physical properties meant dedicating incredible time and resources to making a sample and hoping Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Jan 8, 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.   Great examples of why #HPC matters, Read more…

Utah University Turns to HPC for Safer Explosives Transport

Jan 8, 2015 |

In 2005, a semi-truck caught the nation’s attention when it crashed and caught fire, igniting 35,000 pounds of explosives it was carrying through Utah’s Spanish Fork Canyon. Thanks to a brief delay between the truck’s crash and the subsequent explosion, there were no fatalities. But, as evidenced by a number of injuries and a 30-by-70-foot Read more…

NASA Discovers Eight New Planets in ‘Goldilocks’ Zone

Jan 8, 2015 |

This week, astronomers announced they’ve found eight new planets that could be “just right” for supporting human life. These planets, found in the “Goldilocks” zone of their respective stars, are of so much interest because their orbits put them at a distance where liquid water, the basis of life on Earth, could naturally occur. While Read more…

Champagne Ushers In New Year of Simulations for RIKEN

Jan 7, 2015 |

Today, one week after New Year’s, champagne bottles are still lining many recycling bins as a final reminder of our celebrations that brought in 2015. But for some physicists, champagne (or more specifically, the science behind its bubbly nature) is especially meaningful this year, as it helped to confirm a more than 50-year-old theory of Read more…

Simulated Universe Sheds Light on Dark Matter

Jan 6, 2015 |

While philosophers debate whether our universe, and all of us in it, may exist solely within a giant computer simulation, scientists at Durham University turned the idea of a virtual universe into reality. Hoping to gain a better understanding of the mechanisms that give rise to stars, galaxies and even dark matter, astronomers from Durham Read more…

Watson Commandeered in Fight Against PTSD

Jan 5, 2015 |

The Veterans Health Administration wants to improve efficiency and patient care and it’s counting on IBM Watson analytics technology to help it achieve these goals. Last month, the department began a pilot project to determine if Watson is up to the challenge as part of a $7 million contract with IBM. Over the next two Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Dec 19, 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.   HPC for the holidays! We’re installing Read more…

SGI Scores Second DoD Deal in Two Months

Dec 18, 2014 |

SGI was awarded a contract worth $30,750,000 to supply the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) with a 3.9 petaflops SGI ICE X supercomputer. This is the second time in the last two months that SGI has inked a major deal with the Department of Defense (DoD) for its ICE product. Both awards were allocated through Read more…

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