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New Models for Research Computing, Part I

Mar 9, 2015 |

In the first of a four-part series, Jay Etchings, director of operations for research computing, and senior HPC architect at Arizona State University lays out the concept of the next-generation cyberinfrastructure, a set of integrated technology components working together to support the diverse needs of the research community across disciplines and across scale. Where does high-performance computing go from Read more…

Virginia Bioinformatics Institute Taps DDN Storage to Combat Ebola Outbreak

Feb 25, 2015 |

When it comes to mitigating infectious disease outbreaks, like Ebola, time is of the essence. Researchers at Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) rely on rapid-response agent modeling to help public health organizations determine what steps to take in the face of deadly outbreaks. Based on factors such as demographics, family structures, travel patterns and other activities, 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…

Spain Grabs Bull by the Horns

Jan 15, 2015 |

Whether you’re involved in the high performance computing or not, almost every one of your days is likely planned around the findings of HPC-enabled advanced modeling and simulations for weather forecasting that tell us whether to carry an umbrella, wear extra sunscreen, or if the roads will be safe to drive on. But as more Read more…

Short Takes

Gordon Supercomputer Advances Fight Against Deadly Brain Cancer

Feb 23, 2015 |

A collaboration between San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), Moores Cancer Center, and Department of Neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego, is shedding light on the underlying genetic mechanisms responsible for glioblastomas (GBM), highly aggressive and infiltrative brain tumors. Using SDSC’s data-intensive Gordon supercomputer, the partners were able to identify a pyramid hierarchical network of “coherent Read more…

Cultivating HPC in South Africa

Feb 19, 2015 |

When you think of high-performance computing on a global level, heavy hitters from the US, Europe and Asia may spring to mind. But the democratization of HPC has brought an array of new entrants eager to climb this latter. In South Africa, for example, an emphasis on research and development is helping the nation to not only improve the lives Read more…

Cornell Levies Blue Waters to Curb Flooding

Feb 18, 2015 |

With the steady progression of climate change, the rate of flooding across the globe is only expected to rise. But according to a new study from Cornell University, our first line of defense ­– a series of weather satellites situated hundreds of miles above the Earth’s surface – are in need of some serious overhaul. Read more…

NASA Supercomputer Intensifies Exomoon Search

Feb 11, 2015 |

Aliens – they aren’t just the cornerstone of science fiction; they’re at the center of a key question for astronomers and philosophers alike: “Are we alone in the universe?” Recently, NASA has made strides toward answering this question through its search for potentially habitable planets beyond our solar system. Not only could finding such a 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…

Off the Wire

UConn Health Choses Qumulo Core for HPC Infrastructure

Apr 22, 2015 |

BOSTON, Mass., April 22 — Qumulo, pioneer of the world’s first data-aware scale-out NAS, today announced that UConn Health has chosen Qumulo Core for high-performance computing infrastructure to support life sciences research. Qumulo also announced its presence at the Bio-IT World Conference and Expo, taking place April 21-23 in Boston. The company is exhibiting and demonstrating its Qumulo Core software at booth Read more…

New HPC Cluster to Benefit the University of Oxford

Apr 13, 2015 |

April 13 — Researchers from across the University of Oxford will benefit from a new High Performance Computing system designed and integrated by HPC, big data management, storage and analytics provider, OCF.  The new, Advanced Research Computing (ARC) central HPC resource is supporting research across all four Divisions at the University; Mathematical, Physical and Life 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…

Kitware Part of Team to Address Climate Change Issues

Feb 25, 2015 |

CLIFTON PARK, N.Y., Feb. 25 — High-performance computing (HPC) will be used to develop and apply the most complete climate and Earth system model to address the most challenging and demanding climate change issues. This is the charge given by the Department of Energy (DOE) to eight national laboratories, the National Center for Atmospheric Research, four 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…