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Team Wits-A reigned over 2014 CHPC Student Cluster Competition

Jan 28, 2015 |

At the Dec. 1-5, 2014, South African Center for High Performance Computing’s (CHPC) Ninth National Meeting, student-participants of their third annual student cluster challenge worked diligently under the leadership of CHPC Supervisors David Macleod and Nicholas Thorne. South Africa hopes for a three-peat victory in July at the HPC Advisory Council’s International Supercomputing Conference (HPCAC-ISC) Read more…

DOE Seeks to Mend HPC Talent Gap

Jan 27, 2015 |

Get a group of HPC stakeholders in a room and it won’t be long before they are bemoaning the talent shortage, the gap between the demand for a well-trained HPC workforce versus the number of qualified candidates available to fulfill these positions. Despite the attention paid to this topic, the HPC talent gap has been Read more…

IARPA Seeks Partners in Brain-Inspired AI Initiative

Jan 22, 2015 |

US intelligence officials have set in motion a five-year project to spark progress in machine learning by reverse-engineering the algorithms of the human brain. The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA) recently put out a call for innovative solutions with the greatest potential to advance theories of neural computation as part of the Machine Intelligence Read more…

Pathogens Can’t Hide from Novel HPC Approach

Jan 21, 2015 |

In the realm of pathogenic threats, there are the usual suspects – anthrax, botulism, tuberculosis – but in reality there are a whole host of bacterial and viral pathogenic microbes that can be problematic to human and animal health. Protecting the public against these threats falls under the domain of biosecurity. While staying ahead of Read more…

Europe Approves Path to Open Science Commons

Jan 15, 2015 |

A new European-based project seeks to facilitate open access to research infrastructures across borders. On January 15, the European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) announced that the EGI-Engage project (full name: Engaging the Research Community towards an Open Science Commons) underwent a successful review by the European Commission with a score of 15/15, giving the project the Read more…

Short Takes

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Jan 29, 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.   Seymour Cray-master architect of the #supercomputer Read more…

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…

Off the Wire

Intel Reveals Participation in Stampede Supercomputer Research at TACC

Jan 29, 2015 |

Jan. 29 — A recent release from Intel highlights the ways that the Intel Parallel Computing Center on the TACC campus has contributed to far-reaching computation on Stampede, one of the most powerful supercomputers on the planet. This collaboration has enabled extraordinary high-volume calculations for research projects around the world. The document notes that Stampede, Read more…

EMSL Named an Intel Parallel Computing Center

Jan 28, 2015 |

Jan. 28 — Intel has named EMSL, located at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, as an Intel Parallel Computing Center. As an Intel PCC, EMSL’s scientific computing team will work with Intel to modernize the codes of NWChem to take advantage of technological advancements in computers. NWChem is one of the Department of Energy’s premier open-source computational Read more…

Scientists Use Stampede and Lonestar Supercomputers to Study Plants

Jan 27, 2015 |

Jan. 27 — Scientists using supercomputers found genes sensitive to cold and drought in a plant help it survive climate change. These findings increase basic understanding of plant adaptation and can be applied to improve crops. The computational biology study on the flowering mustard weed Arabidopsis thaliana appeared in the journal Molecular Biology Evolution in September 2014. Read more…

University of Houston to Acquire New Supercomputer

Jan 26, 2015 |

Jan. 26 — The University of Houston (UH) is adding a new, state-of-the-art supercomputer to its arsenal of research tools. Used primarily for scientific and engineering work, this powerful, high-performance computing system will have the computing power of more than 450 conventional desktops, which more than doubles the current computing power at UH. Unlike conventional Read more…

A*STAR Announces New Research Collaboration

Jan 26, 2015 |

Jan. 26 — A new research collaboration between A*STAR’s IHPC, Sembcorp Marine Ltd., University of Glasgow and UGS aims to make a ship’s voyage more smooth sailing by improving its hydrodynamics and energy efficiency. The four organisations today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate and develop new hull designs for large ocean-going vessels and make them Read more…

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