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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

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

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…

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…