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Gordon Bell Prize Bubbles from Sequoia

Nov 22, 2013 |

Each year at SC, the ACM hands out one of the most coveted awards, the Gordon Bell Prize. The award, which became a regular feature of SC, began in 1987 and now carries a $10,000 prize sponsored by parallel computing luminary, Gordon Bell. Winners demonstrate high peak performance figures on real world applications or demonstrate Read more…

Extreme Computational Biology at SC13: An Interview with Dr. Klaus Schulten

Nov 18, 2013 |

According to Dr. Klaus Schulten from the University of Illinois, the molecular dynamics and visualization programs NAMD and VMD, which serve over 300,000 registered users in many fields of biology and medicine, are pushing the limits of extreme scale computational biology. Schulten says these programs can operate on a wide variety of hardware and offer Read more…

HPC Boosts Medical Physics

Sep 5, 2013 |

When it comes to employing physics in medicine, there are two major fields in terms of their relevance in clinical practice: medical imaging and radiation therapy. An Argentinian research duo addresses how these domains can benefit from high-performance computing techniques…

Coding Bioinformatics into the Cloud

Jul 24, 2013 |

A team comprised primarily of researchers from the Technical University of Munich published a paper this month on a system that will offer cloud functionality to a bioinformatics toolset that covers high performance applications.

Cycle Computing and the HPC Experiment

Jul 15, 2013 |

In a presentation done with Wolfgang Gentzsch and Burak Yenier in association with the HPC Experiment, Stowe went more into detail about the additional use cases in which Cycle Computing has facilitated HPC experimentation in the cloud. Gentzsch and Yenier also went on to update the HPC experiment, the fourth round of which kicks off this week.

Short Takes

‘Sailfish’ Accelerates Gene Expression Analysis

Apr 24, 2014 |

“Sailfish” is a new computational method out of Carnegie-Mellon University and the University of Maryland that speeds up RNA sequencing analysis by a factor of 20 or greater. The method – dubbed Sailfish after the super-speedy fish – provides quantification estimates of gene expression much faster than previous methods such that a job that once Read more…

Supercomputer Models Human Brain Activity

Jan 15, 2014 |

One of the most powerful supercomputers in the world, Japan’s K computer, has for the first time successfully modeled human brain activity. Clocking in at over 10 petaflops, the K computer is the world’s fourth fastest. Yet even with 705,024 processor cores and 1.4 million GB of RAM, a single second’s worth of neural activity took Read more…

Illumina Establishes $1,000 Genome

Jan 15, 2014 |

Genomics moves rapidly. Not long after the first human genome was sequenced in 2003 at a cost of $3 billion, the biotech industry set its sights on the $1,000 genome mark. Realizing this vision has been a primary goal of the sequencing community for nearly a decade, and now it seems that the $1,000 genome Read more…

Improved Genome Portal Benefits Users

Jan 8, 2014 |

The DOE Joint Genome Institute (JGI), a national user facility that supports the managing and analysis of complex genomic data, has been working for two years to improve its user interface and infrastructure. The Genome Portal (http://genome.jgi.doe.gov), the massive genomic database and data management system operated by the JGI, now boasts significant upgrades to support efficient Read more…

Supercomputing Bolsters Agricultural Science in India

Dec 17, 2013 |

A paradigm shift is occurring within the agricultural sciences, owing to the genomics-based data explosion and concurrent computational advances. In India, leaders are intent on furthering the burgeoning genomic supercomputing discipline through the establishment of a supercomputing center and a nationwide grid to support bioinformatics and agricultural science. A recent article in BioSpectrum explores this transformation, noting that data-intensive nature Read more…

Off the Wire

IHPC and SMMI Launch Joint Lab

Mar 5, 2014 |

Singapore, March 5 – Building on the fruitful past decade of UK-Singapore cooperation in scientific research and development, A*STAR’s Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC) and the Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute (SMMI) officially launched a joint laboratory in Maritime and Offshore Engineering R&D today, to develop innovative technological solutions through modelling and simulation using high performance Read more…

ScaleMP and Boston Partner

Feb 19, 2014 |

CUPERTINO, Calif., Feb. 19 – ScaleMP, a leading provider of virtualization solutions for high-end computing, today announced a new partnership with Boston Limited, a leading UK-based manufacturer of high performance, low-power server, storage and clustered solutions. The Boston xScaler-vSMP products deliver up to 8.5 TB RAM – the largest memory footprint for an AMD Opteron computing Read more…

Iowa State-Led Team Wins Supercomputer Time for Research

Dec 10, 2013 |

AMES, Iowa, Dec. 10 — A team led by an Iowa State University nuclear physicist has won a grant of 204 million hours on two of the country’s fastest supercomputers to study the structure and reactions of rare and exotic nuclei. The grant allocates 104 million hours on the Titan supercomputer (a Cray XK7 hybrid Read more…

Cray Wins Ten HPCwire Awards

Nov 20, 2013 |

SEATTLE, Wash. and DENVER, Colo., Nov. 20 — At the 2013 Supercomputing Conference in Denver, Colorado, global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. today announced the Company won 10 awards from the readers and editors of HPCwire, as part of the publication’s 2013 Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards. The three Readers’ Choice Awards and seven Editors’ Choice Read more…

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Receives Four HPCwire Awards

Nov 19, 2013 |

Nov. 19 — Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) has received top national honors in four categories of the 2013 HPCwire Readers’ and Editor’s Choice Awards. HPCwire, the trade publication for the high performance computing (HPC) community, announced the winners at the start of the opening reception at the 2013 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis Read more…