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Cloud Gives DNA Compiler Wings

Aug 5, 2014 |

Imagine being able to turn bacteria into molecular factories, capable of producing everything from earth-friendly biofuels to personalized medicines? This is the promise of synthetic biology, which has made remarkable advances over the last decade, taking tools and concepts from physics, engineering and computer science to design new biological systems. One of the foremost researchers Read more…

Big Data Needs Big Funding: NSF’s Jahanian Makes The Case

Jul 23, 2014 |

There’s no doubt that advanced computing and cyberinfrastructure are accelerating the pace of discovery and innovation in almost every field of inquiry. For Farnam Jahanian, this point was driven home in a recent meeting with senior members of the US Department of Agriculture. Yes, even farmers are getting in on the data/computation revolution. “At the Read more…

Supercomputers Aid in Fight Against Superbugs

Jun 30, 2014 |

‘Typhoid’, ‘cholera’ and ‘e-coli’ are words that paint an unpleasant picture of a bacterial infection. It is estimated that there are 3 to 5 million cholera cases across the world resulting in between 100,000 and 120,000 deaths every year. Bacterial infections spread widely, and they spread quickly. Sometimes it’s only a matter of hours before Read more…

ISC14 Video Highlights

Jun 25, 2014 |

It’s the third and final day of ISC14, but there is still much to unwrap in the way of news, content and insight. To highlight some of the most memorable moments from the event, the ISC support team has put together a series of daily video packages. In the first day’s video, Anna Schorr from Read more…

The Top Supercomputing Led Discoveries of 2013

Jan 2, 2014 |

2013 has been an incredible year for the entire ecosystem around supercomputing; from vendors pushing new technologies to boost performance, capacity, and programmability to researchers turning over new insights with fresh techniques. While exascale has taken more of a backseat than we might have predicted at the year’s end of 2010, there are plenty of Read more…

Short Takes

From Quantified Self to Personalized Medicine

Nov 6, 2014 |

The University of Washington Computer Science and Engineering Distinguished Lecture series recently welcomed Calit2 luminary Larry Smarr to speak on a very interesting topic, bringing wellness into the digital age. Smarr is the founding Director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), a UC San Diego/UC Irvine partnership. Smarr was also the Read more…

Canada’s Fastest Supercomputer Joins Ebola Fight

Nov 5, 2014 |

Canadian researchers have turned the country’s fastest supercomputer into an Ebola-fighting machine. There are no approved vaccines for Ebola yet, but Chematria, a startup supported by the University of Toronto, is hot on the trail of a drug that will put a stop to the deadly epidemic. Through a partnership with the University of Toronto Read more…

New Method Speeds Tumor Analysis

Oct 27, 2014 |

A novel computational method developed by the computational genomics group at Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) represents a big leap forward for cancer research as well as genome analysis. As detailed in the official announcement and the current issue of Nature Biotechnology, SMUFIN – short for Somatic Mutations Finder – pinpoints the genetic alterations responsible for Read more…

Community Grid Fosters Microbial Discovery

Oct 22, 2014 |

An international team of volunteers is putting their spare computing power to work unlocking the secrets of microbes from around the world. By plugging in to IBM’s World Community Grid, contributors are creating a supercomputer that can carry out genetic comparisons of a wide variety of tiny organisms that are too small to see with the naked eye. Read more…

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…

Off the Wire

Seagate Announces Reseller Agreement with SGI

Nov 18, 2014 |

CUPERTINO & MILPITAS, Calif., Nov. 18 — Seagate Technology plc, a world leader in storage solutions, today announced that it has signed a reselling partnership agreement with SGI, a global leader in high performance solutions for compute, data analytics and data management. SGI will be offering customers the ClusterStor 1500, 6000, and 9000 appliances, along with Read more…

Dot Hill Collaborates with Intel and Mellanox on New Offering for HPC

Nov 17, 2014 |

NEW ORLEANS, La., Nov. 17 — Dot Hill Systems Corp., a trusted supplier of innovative enterprise-class storage systems, unveiled a new scale-out high performance Lustre file serving solution in collaboration with Intel for software and management and Mellanox for networking, here today in booth 3153 at SC14. The Dot Hill parallel distributed file system solution provides a Read more…

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…

PRACE, SHAPE, and NSilico Pool HPC Knowledge to Develop Faster Sequencing Methods

Oct 13, 2014 |

Oct. 13 — PRACE, SHAPE, and NSilico teamed up with computational experts from CINES (France) and ICHEC (Ireland) to address the key problem of rapid alignment of short DNA sequences to reference genomes by deploying the Smith-Waterman algorithm on an emerging many-core technology, the Intel Xeon Phi co-processor. The project entitled “High performance computation for Read more…

Convey Computer and Bluebee Partner

Sep 8, 2014 |

RICHARDSON, Tex., and DELFT, The Netherlands, Sept. 8 — Bluebee, a next generation sequencing data analysis provider, and Convey Computer Corporation, the leader in hybrid-core computing for accelerating data analytics, today announced a distribution agreement that strengthens both companies’ bioinformatics offerings. The partnership promotes increased innovation for bioinformatics technologies and advanced solutions for next-generation sequencing research. The Read more…