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Cloudera’s Wolfgang Hoschek Talks of Hadoop’s Evolution

Sep 23, 2014 |

Wolfgang Hoschek is a software engineer at Cloudera working on the Hadoop platform and Cloudera search team. He is a committed member of the Apache Flume and Apache Lucene/Solr projects. A former CERN fellow and computer scientist at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Hoschek has over 15 years of experience in large-scale distributed systems, data intensive computing, Read more…

BE Matters to Robert Dunn, Saginaw’s Son

Sep 22, 2014 |

Robert Dunn, Jr. was born in Saginaw, Michigan, in 1985. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science (CS) from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) in 2011, and is making progress toward a CS graduate degree. His thesis involves the use of Google Glass technology to reduce the amount of time it takes for Read more…

DDN Discusses Enterprise HPC Momentum

Aug 26, 2014 |

DataDirect Networks (DDN), the leader in large scale Big Data and Cloud storage, recently announced double digit, profitable growth for the first half of the year 2014, fueled by the adoption of its SFA and WOS technologies by increasing numbers of Strategic Enterprise HPC accounts. In advance of his keynote at the upcoming EnterpriseHPC event Read more…

NSF Rolls Out Innovative Cloud Testbeds

Aug 21, 2014 |

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced funding for two cloud testbeds, named “Chameleon” and “CloudLab.” A total award of $20 million to be split evenly between the projects will enable the academic research community to create and experiment with novel cloud architectures and potentially transformative applications. Along with developing next-generation cloud systems, the programs emphasize the Read more…

Building the Universe Pixel by Pixel

Aug 20, 2014 |

Recently, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics unveiled an unprecedented simulation of the universe’s development. Called the Illustris project, the simulation depicts more than 13 billion years of cosmic evolution across a cube of the universe that’s 350-million-light-years on each side. The goal was to view the formation of galaxies and other large-scale structure we see Read more…

Short Takes

Minimizing Drug Side Effects with HPC

Oct 20, 2014 |

It’s an unfortunate side effect of the drug development process that unsafe drugs sometimes slip through the extensive vetting period. So far no magic bullet drug has been developed that is completely without risk, but scientists are working hard to root out dangerous side effects, which according to the journal Nature, kill at least 100,000 patients Read more…

Better Software Means Better Research

Oct 20, 2014 |

The Software Sustainability Institute started a petition at Change.org to raise awareness for the critical role that software plays in enabling world-class research. “We must accept that software is fundamental to research, or we will lose our ability to make groundbreaking discoveries,” reads the opening paragraph. “We have become accustomed to technological advances that would Read more…

STEM-Trek: The Entrepreneurial Journey

Oct 20, 2014 |

At the StartupHPC Meetup, November 17, 2014, STEM-Trek Founder Elizabeth Leake will describe how this global, grassroots, nonprofit organization was formed, and its unique business model that involves crowd-sourcing social capital to solicit donated travel points and other services so that scholars from underrepresented groups and regions can attend high-tech conferences. Beneficiaries are encouraged to Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Oct 16, 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…

ARL Researchers Win Software Design Contest

Oct 16, 2014 |

Researchers from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory’s Computational and Information Sciences Directorate (CISD) – David Richie and James Ross – won first place in an international software contest for their work on emulators. Their submission, Cycle-Accurate 8080 Emulation Using an ARM11 Processor with Dynamic Binary Translation, addresses some of the programming challenges of next generation Read more…

Off the Wire

VLSCI Receives $6.65M Grant from the Victorian Government

Oct 20, 2014 |

Oct. 20 — A $6.65 million Victorian Government grant to the Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative (VLSCI) has assured Victoria maintains its competitive edge in the life sciences industry. The grant means that the world’s most powerful supercomputing facility dedicated to life sciences will continue to operate in Victoria. Minister for Technology Gordon Rich-Phillips said Read more…

HPCAC-ISC 2015 Student Cluster Competition Applications Now Being Accepted

Oct 20, 2014 |

FRANKFURT, Germany, Oct. 20 — The HPC Advisory Council (HPCAC), and ISC High Performance (ISC 2015), call on undergraduate students from around the world to submit their application for partaking in the 2015 Student Cluster Competition (SCC). Applications should be submitted no later than November 14. The announcement of the accepted teams will be made at SC14 in Read more…

JGU Becomes Full Member of Germany’s Gauß-Allianz

Oct 15, 2014 |

Oct. 15 — The German Gauß-Allianz has admitted Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) as a full member, ensuring that the Rhineland-Palatinate science hub continues to maintain a significant nationwide standing in the field of high-performance computing. “The acceptance of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz as a full member of the Gauß-Allianz is a milestone in the Read more…

Fujitsu, A*STAR, and SMU Sign Master Research Collaboration Agreement

Oct 15, 2014 |

Oct. 15 — Fujitsu Limited, the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and the Singapore Management University (SMU) have today signed a Master Research Collaboration Agreement (MRCA) at Fusionopolis. Under the MRCA, a five-year partnership which builds on the Fujitsu-A*STAR MoU signed in Japan in March 2013, the parties will invest $54 million in Read more…

George Michael HPC Fellowships Announced

Oct 14, 2014 |

NEW ORLEANS, La., Oct. 14 – ACM (the Association for Computing Machinery) and IEEE Computer Society have named Harshitha Menon of the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign (UIUC) and Alexander Breuer of Technische Universität München (TUM) as recipients of 2014 ACM/IEEE Computer Society George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowships. Menon and Breuer will each receive a $5,000 Read more…