In this age of big data, would it surprise you to learn that supercomputers are on track to predicting wars, revolutions and other societal disruptions? As computers get more powerful and software more sophisticated, the idea might not be so far-fetched.
It may not be possible to prevent devastating space-weather events like solar storms from reaching the earth’s surface, but with enough warning, we can prepare for them. Scientists believe that mapping the earth’s magnetosphere – the magnetic shield that stops most but not all of these storms – is the first step.
University of Oklahoma researcher zeros in on why some storms generate tornadoes while others don’t.
The power of the large shared memory machine, Nautilus has been captured to aid in a research endeavor that uses deep analytics to develop connections between the tone and location of news and the course of future events. We talked to the project’s lead, Kalev H. Leetaru about big data analytics at the global scale–and how shared memory systems enable new possibilities for researchers.