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Micron Exposes the Double Life of Memory with Automata Processor

Nov 22, 2013 |

If we had to take a pick from some of the most compelling announcements from SC13, the news from memory vendor (although that narrow distinction may soon change) Micron about its new Automata processor is at the top of the list. While at this point there’s still enough theory to lead us to file this Read more…

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.

Short Takes

Simulations Link Common Brain Disorders

Jul 28, 2014 |

When a coalition of leading researchers from the US and the EU wanted to study brain disorders that involve disturbances of dopaminergic signaling, they turned to the powerful supercomputing resources of the Texas Advanced Computing Center. Using the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) cyberinfrastructure and TACC’s Stampede supercomputer, the research team uncovered a link Read more…

Advancing Drug Discovery with HPC Cloud

Jul 10, 2014 |

In order to develop a new drug the average pharmaceutical company spends about one billion dollars over ten years. This is an untenable situation for those with serious illnesses who don’t have the luxury of time. That’s why high-performance computing, which has been shown to dramatically accelerate the pace of discovery, is so critical to the Read more…

Computer Models Advance Flu Research

Jun 17, 2014 |

A team of scientists from the University of Chicago Research Computing Center, the Texas Advanced Computing Center at the University of Texas at Austin, the San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of San Diego, and the Department of Defense High Performance Computing Center in Vicksburg, Miss., are using some of the nation’s most powerful Read more…

A Heterogeneous Approach to Molecular Dynamics

May 22, 2014 |

As director of the biophysics program at Stanford University, Vijay Pande understands that cloud is no replacement for supercomputers like the petascale Blue Waters machine, but the scientist is having success using loosely-coupled cloudy cores for molecular dynamics research. Pande has been using the Blue Waters system at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) Read more…

Virtual Human Program Aims to Transform Healthcare

May 19, 2014 |

Based on the number of prominent research projects currently in the works, 2014 could be a tipping point for the field of personalized medicine and in silico research. Last week, the Insigneo Institute at the University of Sheffield spotlighted its Virtual Physiological Human (VHP) program, which the project’s backers describe as “transcending sci fi and Read more…

Off the Wire

NCAR Enhances Big Data Services for Climate and Weather Researchers

Aug 6, 2014 |

BOULDER, Colo., Aug. 6 — The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) has recently implemented an enhanced data sharing service that allows scientists increased access to data as well as improved capabilities for collaborative research. In addition to data sharing, NCAR has significantly upgraded its centralized file service, known as the Globally Accessible Data Environment Read more…

DDN Joins Global Alliance for Genomics and Health

Jul 22, 2014 |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 22 — DataDirect Networks (DDN) has joined the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health, an alliance working to accelerate world-wide efforts to responsibly share and analyze large amounts of genomic and clinical information with the research and healthcare communities. DDN joins more than 200 of the world’s leading research institutions, healthcare providers, information technology Read more…

DDN Broadens Addressable Market

Jun 24, 2014 |

LEIPZIG, Germany, June 24 — Building on its leadership in the high performance computing (HPC) market, DataDirect Networks (DDN) today announced strong momentum and new customer adoption of DDN storage solutions among traditional and commercial HPC customers. This traction builds on recent DDN news and its continued investment in HPC with new innovations in cloud storage, cache-centric appliances Read more…

DDN Assists EMSL Energy Research Projects with Scalable Storage

Jun 17, 2014 |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 17 — To help the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) reduce dependence on foreign oil and accelerate discoveries to preserve the environment, the Environmental Molecular Science Laboratory (EMSL), a national scientific user facility located at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), has implemented DataDirect Networks (DDN) high performance block and file storage Read more…

SGI Selected to Enhance Research Capabilities

May 1, 2014 |

MILPITAS, Calif., May 1 — SGI, the trusted leader in high performance computing and Big Data, today announced that Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School’s Center for Advanced Medical Imaging Sciences (CAMIS) Radiology Department has selected SGI to enhance research capabilities for diagnostic medical imaging. CAMIS was faced with an aging computational and storage Read more…