Tag: IBM

Volunteers Contribute Spare Cycles to Ebola Research

Dec 4, 2014 |

IBM announced that its World Community Grid, now “powered by its SoftLayer cloud,” will provide free virtual supercomputing power to The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) to accelerate the screening of chemical compounds critical to stopping the deadly Ebola virus. Some treatments have been shown effective against Ebola, but scientists have not yet discovered its ultimate achilles Read more…

New Code Paradigms Cooking for CORAL

Dec 2, 2014 |

News of the massive CORAL procurement for the next generation pre-exascale systems stole headlines in November, but now that the excitement is simmering, many are beginning to ask critical questions about the architecture—and what it will mean for programmers trying to take advantage of the massive amount of memory, compute, and options to blend the Read more…

The Promise of Data-Centric Computing

Nov 10, 2014 |

Sick of big data? Not so fast. The age of the data-centric system has just begun. Tackling this subject in a recent blog is Tilak Agerwala, Vice President of Data Centric Systems at IBM Research. Agerwala observes: “Since the 1950s, the models studied by HPC systems have increased both in scale and in detail with 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…

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…

Watson-based Tool Automates Discovery

Aug 28, 2014 |

The HPC community has been following IBM’s Watson technology since a semi-personified version of the analytics machine became a winning Jeopardy contestant in 2011. Since then Watson has been SaaS-ified, cloud-enabled, and sent to medical school. Most recently the technology popped up in a tool called KnIT (Knowledge Integration Toolkit). Developed by IBM in partnership with Read more…

IBM Applies Elastic Storage to Big Data Challenge

Aug 25, 2014 |

A big data tool developed by IBM in partnership with Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) will enable scientists around the world to more quickly manage and share massive volumes of x-ray data produced by a super microscope in Germany. German research center DESY develops, builds and operates large particle accelerators used to investigate the structure of matter. Read more…

ALCF Optimizes I/O with Innovative ‘Cache’

Aug 19, 2014 |

The Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), a DOE Office of Science user facility, is on-track to hosting the fastest GPFS file system in the world. The innovative storage upgrade project is mainly concerned with reducing the amount of time users have to spend managing the massive amounts of data generated by the organization’s supercomputers. Ask Read more…

Supercomputing Makes for Smarter Chinese Cities

Aug 19, 2014 |

Home to some of the world’s fastest supercomputers, China is looking to apply that computing power to solve issues that are important to its populace. On Monday, a Chinese researcher revealed a plan to use China’s Tianhe-1A system toward the construction of new “smart cities.” Taking an interdisciplinary approach to the challenges of urban planning, Read more…

Brainy IBM Chip Packs One Million Neuron Punch

Aug 7, 2014 |

IBM researchers have developed a super-efficient chip inspired by the functioning of the human brain. Named TrueNorth, the chip features 5.4 billion transistors arranged in a network of 4,096 neurosynaptic cores, yielding the equivalent of one million neurons and 256 million synapses. Despite being one of the largest CMOS chips ever built, TrueNorth consumes just 70mW during Read more…