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‘Sailfish’ Accelerates Gene Expression Analysis

Apr 24, 2014 |

“Sailfish” is a new computational method out of Carnegie-Mellon University and the University of Maryland that speeds up RNA sequencing analysis by a factor of 20 or greater. The method – dubbed Sailfish after the super-speedy fish – provides quantification estimates of gene expression much faster than previous methods such that a job that once Read more…

Brain Cancer, Alzheimer’s Share Cellular Process

Apr 22, 2014 |

Using the advanced computational resources at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin, researchers uncovered a link between Alzheimer’s disease and cancer that may pave the way for better treatment options and new medicines. The two afflictions share a pathway in gene transcription, a process essential for cell reproduction Read more…

3D Tsunami Simulator Boosts Japan’s Emergency Preparedness

Apr 17, 2014 |

A partnership between Fujitsu and Tohoku University has paid off in the form of a precise tsunami forecasting system that will help make Japan more resilient to disasters, such as the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011, and the resulting tsunami that devastated the island nation. A collaboration between Fujitsu Limited and Tohoku Read more…

Earthquake Simulation Hits Petascale Milestone

Apr 15, 2014 |

German researchers are helping to push back the goalposts on large-scale simulation. Using the the IBM “SuperMUC” high performance computer at the Leibniz Supercomputing Center (LRZ), a cross-disciplinary team of computer scientists, mathematicians and geophysicists successfully scaled an earthquake simulation to more than one petaflop/s, i.e., one quadrillion floating point operations per second. The collaboration included participants Read more…

Research Advances on Key Quantum Computing Elements

Apr 11, 2014 |

Equal parts fascinating and confounding, the field of quantum computing keeps making headway. Two exciting developments are described in the current issue of Nature, one from a collaboration between Harvard University and MIT researchers and the other from the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Germany. Their work concerns the fundamental building blocks that Read more…

XSEDE Program Forges Industry Alliances

Feb 21, 2014 |

The eXtreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) is launching a new program – called the Industry Challenge – that connects industry partners with researchers from the open science community in order to enhance product designs and speed time to market. Over at the XSEDE.org website, science writer Scott Gibson details the new program, which Read more…

Tackling the Power and Energy Wall for Future HPC Systems

Dec 17, 2013 |

As the cost of powering a supercomputer or a datacenter increases, next generation exascale systems need to be considerably more power- and energy-efficient than current supercomputers to be of practical use. Unlike petascale systems, where the primary concern was performance, exascale systems need to climb the power and energy walls in order to deliver sustainable exaflops performance. Pacifi c Northwest Laboratory (PNNL) researchers are exploring holistically energy and power efficiency aspects at all levels of granularity, from processor architecture to system integration.

Cloud Bolsters HPC/HTC Student Research

Dec 9, 2013 |

Usually terms such as high performance and high availability are addressed by big corporations and institutions; however, something has changed over the past years as a real revolution is emerging from university classrooms. Dr. Jose Luis Vazquez-Poletti, Assistant Professor in Computer Architecture at Complutense University of Madrid, describes some of the promising work being carried Read more…

XSEDE Launches Campus Bridging Initiative

Sep 26, 2013 |

XSEDE is announcing a new program – the campus bridging initiative – that aims to unify its diverse resources, making it easier for researchers to go back and forth between local clusters and national supercomputing resources.

Commentary: Microsoft Reorg Sidesteps HPC

Jul 11, 2013 |

Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer announced a major restructuring effort today in a company memo in which he outlined the company’s plan to consolidate its many disparate divisions under very few large thematic umbrellas. While the technical computing group has already been part of its Azure cloud division for some time, the act of….