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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…

US Weather Forecasting Finally Gets Its FLOPS

Jan 6, 2015 |

The US National Weather Service will be getting a 10X boost in supercomputing power, thanks to $44.5 million contract with IBM for two new Cray systems. The upgrade will increase the throughput of the agency’s combined supercomputing resources from about .5 petaflops to five petaflops when the project is completed later this year, enabling it to provide Read more…

Short Takes

LANL’s Ulam Super Finds New Job at University of New Mexico

Feb 10, 2015 |

After its tenure at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), the Ulam supercomputer hit its retirement age in early 2014. But rather than simply decommissioning the system, the New Mexico Consortium opted to let it live out the rest of its days serving another community: the University of New Mexico (UNM). Now housed in what was Read more…

One Atom Thin Silicon Transistors Are Here

Feb 7, 2015 |

Move over graphene, there’s a new 2D wonder material being hailed as a potential Moore’s law extender, called silicine. This one‐atom‐thick two‐dimensional crystal of silicon could be the ultimate miniaturization enabler, setting the stage for future generations of faster, more energy-efficient microchips. A cousin to graphene, silicine consists of a single layer of atoms arranged Read more…

Blue Waters Advances Understanding of Alzheimer’s Genetics

Feb 6, 2015 |

Thanks to modern medical and sanitation advances, human beings are living longer and generally healthier lives, but the boon of longevity comes with an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. One in three Americans over the age of 85 are living with this irreversible, progressive brain disease, and it is the fifth leading cause of death for those over 65. Everyone Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Feb 5, 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.   Team South Africa of @ISChpc 2015 Read more…

GPU-Powered Simulations Advance Heart Research

Feb 5, 2015 |

With heart disease topping the list as the number one cause of death worldwide, heart rhythms disorders, or arrhythmias, are worthy of serious concern. Hoping to halt the devastating effects of the disorder is the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute (VCCRI) in Darlinghurst, Australia, where researchers are using a supercomputer to better understand, diagnose and Read more…

Off the Wire

HLRS Supercomputer Successfully Executes Extreme-Scale Simulation Projects

Mar 2, 2015 |

BERLIN, Germany, March 2 – Supercomputer Hornet of the High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS) is ready for extreme-scale computing challenges. The newly installed HPC system (High Performance Computing) successfully finished extensive simulation projects that by far exceeded the calibre of previously performed simulation runs at HLRS: Six so called XXL-Projects from computationally demanding scientific fields Read more…

ISC Introduces Hans Meuer Award

Feb 27, 2015 |

Feb. 27 — ISC is pleased to be introducing the Hans Meuer Award to honor the most outstanding research paper submitted to the conference’s research paper committee. This award has been introduced in the memory of the late Dr. Hans Meuer, general chair of the ISC conference from 1986 through 2014, and co-founder of the TOP500 Read more…

Weekend Workshop Hones Researchers’ Computational Skills

Feb 26, 2015 |

Feb. 26 — A new skillset is in demand among scientists: As the size of datasets increases with enhanced data collection technologies, researchers must be proficient not only in their selected field of study, but also in the ability to use computers to analyze, interpret, and visualize increasingly larger datasets. This means that many researchers, Read more…

ISC Cloud & Big Data is Now Open for Research Paper Submission

Feb 26, 2015 |

FRANKFURT, Germany, Feb. 26 – The organizers of the inaugural ISC Cloud & Big Data conference are pleased to offer engineers and scientists in academia, industry, and the government the opportunity to be a part of this new forum. The organizers are looking forward to welcoming international attendees – IT professionals, consultants and managers from organizations seeking information Read more…

Yale Physicists Find New Form of Quantum Friction

Feb 25, 2015 |

NEW HAVEN, Conn., Feb. 25 — Physicists at Yale University have observed a new form of quantum friction that could serve as a basis for robust information storage in quantum computers in the future. The researchers are building upon decades of research, experimentally demonstrating a procedure theorized nearly 30 years ago. The results appear in the Read more…