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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…

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…

Short Takes

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…

NVIDIA K80 GPU-System Speeds Up Bioinformatics Tool 12X

Jan 28, 2015 |

Not long ago, the high cost and relative slowness of DNA sequencing were the rate-limiting bottlenecks in biomedical research. Today, post-sequencing data analysis is the biggest challenge. The reason, of course, is the prodigious output from modern next-generation sequencing (NGS) instruments (e.g., Illumina and ThermoFisher/Life Technologies) overwhelming analysis pipelines. Efficiently sifting the data treasure trove 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…

Stanford Links Smartphones for Distributed, Disease-fighting Simulations

Jan 20, 2015 |

The smartphone has already usurped the role of the computer in a number of ways, whether you use it for navigation, to check the weather, or take and share photos of a night out with friends. Now, thanks to a new app developed by Stanford University scientists and Sony, the smartphone is taking over yet another domain to Read more…

NIH Proposes Cloud Commons for Biomedical Research

Jan 12, 2015 |

While data has the power to transform our business practices, research efforts and even our everyday lives, that potential is only met when data is turned into knowledge. In keeping with that spirit, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced its intention to launch an electronic “Commons” as both a shared computing resource and Read more…

Off the Wire

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…

Applications Being Accepted for Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences

Jan 20, 2015 |

Jan. 20 — Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from institutions in Canada, Europe, Japan and the United States are invited to apply for the sixth International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences, to be held from June 21-26, 2015, in Toronto, Canada. Applications are due March 11, 2015. The summer school is sponsored by Compute/Calcul Read more…

Dedicated Computing Joins Intel Cluster Ready Program

Jan 15, 2015 |

WAUKESHA, Wis., Jan. 15 — Dedicated Computing, a global technology company, announced its participation in the Intel Cluster Ready program to deliver integrated high-performance computing (HPC) cluster solutions to the Life Sciences market.  Powered by Intel Xeon processors, Dedicated Computing is offering a family of purpose built analytics and storage clusters for use in bioinformatics research. Dedicated Computing’s Read more…

Bright Computing Chosen to Manage Supercomputer Dedicated to Life Sciences

Jan 15, 2015 |

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, Jan. 15 — Bright Computing, the leader in high performance infrastructure management solutions for cloud, big data and HPC, today unveiled the important role it has played in the launch of Denmark’s most powerful supercomputer dedicated to Life Sciences. Financed by the Technical University of Denmark, the DeIC, and the University of Copenhagen, the Supercomputer – known as Computerome – Read more…

TACC, Mellanox Pilot Summer High School STEM Program

Dec 11, 2014 |

AUSTIN, Tex., Dec. 11 — As part of Computer Science Education Week (December 8-14), the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) announces CODE @ TACC, a new summer program designed to prepare high school juniors and seniors for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) careers by teaching the principles of high performance computing through a life sciences lens. Read more…