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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…

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…

DOE to Fund Exascale Resilience Research

Jul 30, 2014 |

As the calendar counts down to the first exascale supercomputer, efforts to resolve the steep technological challenges are increasing in number and urgency. Among the many obstacles inhibiting extreme-scale computing platforms – resilience is one of the most significant. As systems approach billion-way parallelism, the proliferation of errors at current rates just won’t do. In 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…

NSF Petaflopper Skips Retirement for New Life in Africa

Jul 15, 2014 |

Quick obsolescence goes hand-in-hand with cutting-edge technology. Supercomputing is no exception, and it’s not unusual for these great machines to have lifespans of only a few years. While some retired number crunchers go into storage to perhaps be reconstituted by a museum in a later decade, other systems have happier retirement stories. Such is the 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…

Senate Legislation Prioritizes Science, HPC

Jun 18, 2014 |

The US Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development is proposing legislation that would boost funding for scientific discovery and next-generation computing. The panel, chaired by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), approved federal funding legislation that would provide $5.086 billion for the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Science for the 2015 fiscal year that Read more…