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US Researcher Caught Mining for Bitcoins on NSF Iron

Jun 9, 2014 |

The National Science Foundation has banned a researcher for using agency-funded supercomputers to mine bitcoins, a virtual currency that can be converted into traditional currencies through exchange markets. According to a recently surfaced report from the National Science Foundation Office of the Inspector General, the NSF banned the unnamed researcher after receiving reports that NSF Read more…

Titan Enables Next-Gen Nuclear Models

Jun 5, 2014 |

One of the main research areas for the Titan supercomputer, the elite Cray system installed at Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility, is energy, and in particular nuclear energy. At this point, about 20 percent of America’s energy is produced by nuclear power. Many experts say that increasing this percentage is key to meeting our nation’s growing Read more…

Titan Moves Full Steam Ahead

Jun 2, 2014 |

News being what it is, there’s a tendency to focus on what went wrong rather than what went right, but according to an update from the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility, the early glitches associated with their Cray XK7 “Titan” system have been ironed out. Representatives with OLCF say that Titan “has overcome a challenging launch and Read more…

HPC Aids Fight Against Toxic Bacteria

May 13, 2014 |

A group of researchers at the University of South Wales’ Genomics and Computational Biology lab are using supercomputing to help solve a critical public health issue. With antibiotic resistance a growing concern and drug resistant infections, such as MRSA and tuberculosis, on the rise, scientists are keen to understand how bacteria evolve into deadly strains. The University of South Wales project, Read more…

Computing the Ozone Pollution Threat

May 8, 2014 |

One of the world’s most powerful supercomputers devoted to climate change – the 1.5 petaflop Yellowstone system – is fulfilling its mission to help find solutions to serious climate change issues. Recently a team of researchers from National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and several partner institutions used Yellowstone, an IBM iDataPlex cluster, to simulate the threat of ozone Read more…

Simulation Details 13.8 Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution

May 7, 2014 |

Astrophysicists and cosmologists have come up with a new time-lapse simulation of the universe’s evolution that is the most comprehensive and detailed yet. The Illustris simulation, as it’s called, spans 13.8 billion years of cosmic evolution and follows thousands of galaxies taking into account gravity, hydrodynamics, cooling, the course of stellar population and other complex Read more…

New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge Winners Revealed

Apr 23, 2014 |

The 24th annual New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge took place this week at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, NM. Open to any New Mexico high-school, middle-school or elementary school student, the project-based learning event is geared to teaching a wide range of skills, including research, writing, teamwork, time management, oral presentations and computer programming. This 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…

Titan Captures Liquid-Crystal Film Complexity

Apr 14, 2014 |

Liquid-crystal displays (familiar to most as LCDs) rely on the light modulating properties of liquid crystals to bring images to life on a wide variety of screens. From computer monitors to televisions to instrumental panels and signage, LCDs are a pervasive element of modern life. LCDs employ high-tech films, which must be both thin and Read more…

Russian-Bred Supercomputer in the Works

Apr 11, 2014 |

Russia is said to be developing a home-grown supercomputer for military-industrial applications, according to a report in Prensa Latina. Ruselectronics CEO Andrei Zverev revealed that the state-sponsored electronics holdings company is coordinating with the Ministry of Industry and Commerce to create a 1.2 petaflop computer to serve the needs of the Russian defense industry. “All of Read more…