Tag: nsf

NSF Seeks ‘Breakthroughs’ for Energy-Efficient Computing

Mar 7, 2016 |

Breakthroughs, by their nature, are rarely generated on demand. That said, the energy problem in computing today is so acute that the National Science Foundation and Semiconductor Research Corporation are joining forces to stimulate research into developing ‘breakthroughs’ in energy-efficient computing. The new NSF-NRC grants program, Energy-Efficient Computing: from Devices to Architectures (E2CDA), has a Read more…

Mapping Out a New Role for Cognitive Computing in Science

Feb 25, 2016 |

The avalanche of data being produced by experimental instruments and sensors isn’t just a big (data) problem – it’s perhaps the biggest bottleneck in science today. What’s needed, say the distinguished authors of a new white paper from the Computing Community Consortium, is a community-wide agenda to develop cognitive computing tools that can perform scientific Read more…

Gravitational Waves Detected! Historic LIGO Success Strikes Chord with Larry Smarr

Feb 12, 2016 |

By now you’ve likely heard that scientists reported detecting the long-sought gravitational waves; this is roughly a 100 years since their prediction by Einstein’s theory of general relativity and more than 20 years since first funding for the LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) project to find them. You can safely assume the National Science Read more…

SC15 Video: Thomas Sterling and William Gropp Explore NSCI Opportunity

Nov 24, 2015 |

If you were hoping for a glimpse into the National Strategic Computing Initiative implementation (NSCI) plan last week while at SC15, you were out of luck. A draft, said to be quite long, has been completed but is being closely guarded at the moment. Perhaps in February, suggested William Polk of the Office of Science Read more…

NSF-Funded CADENS Project Seeking Data and Visualizations

Nov 24, 2015 |

The NSF-funded Centrality of Advanced Digitally ENabled Science (CADENS) project is looking for scientific data to visualize or existing data visualizations to weave into larger documentary narratives in a series of fulldome digital films and TV programs aimed at broad public audiences. Visualizations of your work could reach millions of people, amplifying its greater societal Read more…

NSF Awards $5M for Four Regional Big Data Hubs in Science

Nov 2, 2015 |

The ability to access, analyze and draw insights from massive amounts of data already drives innovation in areas ranging from medicine to manufacturing, leading to greater efficiency and a higher quality of life. To accelerate this emerging field, the National Science Foundation (NSF) today announced four awards totaling more than $5 million to establish regional Read more…

World’s First Trans-Pacific 100-Gigabit R&E Network Established

Oct 23, 2015 |

The Pacific Wave project has announced that the Pacific Northwest Gigapop (PNWGP) has established the world’s first 100-Gigabit per second (Gbps) research and education (R&E) network link between Asia and the U.S., with related transit, peering, and exchange fabric. “This milestone is great news. The world’s hardest problems can only be solved through global collaboration, Read more…

Larry Smarr on Solving the Big Data Challenge in HPC

Sep 25, 2015 |

Internet pioneer Larry Smarr once had a vision of bringing connected computers out of academia and into the consumer world. Today, he envisions a second virtual highway, one capable of delivering on the promise of big data by leveraging fiber optic networks to transmit data at speeds of 10 gigabits to 100 gigabits per second. The idea Read more…

NSF Project Seeks to Improve Supercomputer Reliability

Sep 18, 2015 |

A National Science Foundation-funded project headed by Purdue University Professor Saurabh Bagchi is using Purdue’s new Rice cluster, Blue Waters at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and other supercomputers in research to find ways make such high-end systems more reliable. An article detailing the project posted at Purdue with a brief excerpt below. Read more…

HPC User Forum Presses NSCI Panelists on Plans

Sep 17, 2015 |

In less than two months, the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI) Executive Council must present its implementation plan. Just what that will look like remains a mystery but budgets, governance, and private-public partnering models were on the minds of attendees to last week’s HPC User Forum in Broomfield, CO, where the first public panels with Read more…