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New Method Speeds Tumor Analysis

Oct 27, 2014 |

A novel computational method developed by the computational genomics group at Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) represents a big leap forward for cancer research as well as genome analysis. As detailed in the official announcement and the current issue of Nature Biotechnology, SMUFIN – short for Somatic Mutations Finder – pinpoints the genetic alterations responsible for Read more…

Better Software Means Better Research

Oct 20, 2014 |

The Software Sustainability Institute started a petition at Change.org to raise awareness for the critical role that software plays in enabling world-class research. “We must accept that software is fundamental to research, or we will lose our ability to make groundbreaking discoveries,” reads the opening paragraph. “We have become accustomed to technological advances that would Read more…

HPC Speeds HIV Drug Discovery

Oct 9, 2014 |

As with a number of potentially deadly diseases, time is of the essence when it comes to fighting HIV, a virus that affects an estimated 35 million people worldwide. Finding new drugs to treat HIV can take many years, but a new computer model is reducing the time it takes to find promising drug compounds down to Read more…

Europe Launches Ultrascale Computing Initiative

Sep 15, 2014 |

NESUS – or Network for Sustainable Ultrascale Computing – formed earlier this year to study the challenges of ultrascale computing. Launched with about 30 European partner countries, the cross-community initiative has grown to include 39 European countries and six countries from other continents. The goal: to produce a catalogue of open source applications for large-scale complex systems Read more…

Supercomputing Facilitates Breakthrough Cancer Treatment

Aug 25, 2014 |

MD Anderson Cancer Center researchers are relying on a powerful supercomputer to develop a dosing protocol for an MRI-guided radiation therapy for cancer care, called MRI-linac. The Lonestar system at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) is helping researchers fine-tune the radiation dosing mechanism so that just the right amount of radiation is delivered to the 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…

Earthquake Simulation Scales to 8.6 Petaflops

Aug 14, 2014 |

Intel Labs Vision Stategist Divya Kolar explores how supercomputing is helping society prepare for earthquakes. Current earthquake early warning systems are very limited, and basically only sound the alarm after the earthquake has begun. In a typical scenario, the affected population may have tens of seconds of lead time up to a minute or so depending on Read more…

DOE Highlights Exascale-Focused Research

Aug 7, 2014 |

Every year the Department of Energy Early Career Award provides outstanding scientists who are early in their careers with funding of at least $150,000 per annum over a five-year span. The 2014 funding round, the program’s fifth, awarded research grants to 35 scientists – including 17 from DOE’s national laboratories and 18 from US universities. The program is designed Read more…

Scientists Devise Photon-based Router

Jul 16, 2014 |

Scientists at the Weizmann Institute say they have developed the world’s first photonic router, an important advance towards building a full-on quantum computer. The router is a quantum device based on a single atom that can switch between two states. The single atom is coupled to a fiber-coupled, chip-based microresonator. The state is flipped by Read more…

Austrian Unis Stand Up Paraffin-Cooled Supercomputer

Jul 15, 2014 |

Despite stagnation at the upper echelon of supercomputing, countries around the world are continuing to invest in supercomputing as a tool for science and innovation. In Austria, several universities have joined forces to purchase an energy-efficient supercomputer that relies on oil immersion to keep cool. Eight Austrian universities are participating in the project and will share the supercomputing resource, Read more…