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Obama’s 2016 Budget Boosts R&D, Exascale Funding

Feb 4, 2015 |

On Monday, the Obama administration sent its FY 2016 budget request to Congress for the new fiscal year starting October 1. A chapter on Research and Development prepared by the Office of Management and Budget states that the Administration is seeking an increase of 5.5 percent for all federal R&D over current levels for a total Read more…

IARPA Seeks Partners in Brain-Inspired AI Initiative

Jan 22, 2015 |

US intelligence officials have set in motion a five-year project to spark progress in machine learning by reverse-engineering the algorithms of the human brain. The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA) recently put out a call for innovative solutions with the greatest potential to advance theories of neural computation as part of the Machine Intelligence Read more…

Pathogens Can’t Hide from Novel HPC Approach

Jan 21, 2015 |

In the realm of pathogenic threats, there are the usual suspects – anthrax, botulism, tuberculosis – but in reality there are a whole host of bacterial and viral pathogenic microbes that can be problematic to human and animal health. Protecting the public against these threats falls under the domain of biosecurity. While staying ahead of Read more…

Helping Experimental Scientists Take Supercomputers to the Max

Dec 30, 2014 |

Doug Baxter is a capability lead for the Molecular Science Computing Facility in the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He and his team are responsible for the software side of the operation, and they help experimental scientists get the most out of EMSL’s supercomputing resources. The facility is the home Read more…

NASA Debuts Stunning CO2 Visualization

Nov 25, 2014 |

In keeping with the SC spirit of HPC matters, we wanted to share another amazing example of supercomputing in action. Last week, NASA officials released the first ever ultra-high-resolution computer model of global atmospheric carbon dioxide. The simulation, which can be seen below, depicts the puffs and swirls of carbon dioxide as it circumnavigates the globe. While we wrote about Read more…

Short Takes

ANSYS Simulations Weigh in on Deflategate

Jan 30, 2015 |

Even if you aren’t among the third of Americans who will sit down to watch the Super Bowl this Sunday, if you follow the news you are undoubtedly familiar with ‘Deflategate,’ the scandal surrounding under-inflated footballs that cast a dark cloud over the New England Patriots’ win over the Indianapolis Colts over a week ago. Read more…

Greening the World’s Most Ubiquitous Building Material

Jan 23, 2015 |

Concrete is one of the oldest building materials with a history dating back to ancient Egypt. Today, concrete – comprised primarily of water, aggregate and cement – is the most widely used material in the world. Despite being a fairly low-impact material environmentally speaking, creating concrete still takes energy; thus the wide deployment of the Read more…

Baidu Supercomputer Tops Google in Image Recogition

Jan 20, 2015 |

In an effort to oust Google from its the top spot in image recognition, Baidu, Inc. has dedicated a supercomputer to what it claims to be the world’s most accurate computer vision system. Using the ImageNet object classification benchmark, the Chinese search engine company claims that their system managed a 5.98 percent error rate, which Read more…

Tulane Accelerates Discovery with Hybrid Supercomputer

Dec 16, 2014 |

The rich culture and distinctive charm of the city of New Orleans served as the backdrop for this year’s annual Supercomputing Conference (SC14). If you haven’t been before, residents of the Big Easy will urge you to visit the uptown campus of Tulane University. Renowned for its beautiful trees and landscaping, the university is also a prominent Read more…

Supercomputing Project Floats Higher-Res Climate Model

Dec 2, 2014 |

The ability to predict regional sea level changes over the next few decades takes on greater urgency as global carbon emissions continue to rise. The situation is especially dire in the Netherlands, which has large land masses below sea level. Understanding how regional sea level in the eastern North Atlantic will be affected by changes Read more…

Off the Wire

Altera Showcasing FPGA-Based Products at IDF

Sep 9, 2014 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 9 — Altera Corporation is demonstrating several advanced reconfigurable logic technologies at the Intel Developers Forum (IDF) 2014 that showcase how its FPGA-based solutions are advancing the capabilities of software-defined data centers and high-performance computing applications. Altera’s FPGA-based solutions on display showcase the capabilities of its hardware and software solutions, including advanced optical Read more…

TORUS Cuts Trading Applications Latency by 95%

Sep 2, 2014 |

Sept. 2 — TORUS has recently reduced the latency of a financial application by up to 95% without changing either the target hardware nor a single line of code. By loading transparently TORUS Universal Fast Sockets, applications can exchange data in less than 300 nanoseconds, allowing financial applications (in this case a FIX Engine) achieve Read more…

PyHPC 2014 Issues Call for Papers

Aug 29, 2014 |

Aug. 29 — Python is an established, general-purpose, high-level programming language with a large following in research and industry for applications in fields including computational fluid dynamics, finance, biomolecular simulation, artificial intelligence, statistics, data analysis, scientific visualization, and systems management. The use of Python in scientific, high performance parallel, big data, and distributed computing roles Read more…

NSF Announces Two $10M Projects to Create Cloud Computing Testbeds

Aug 26, 2014 |

Aug. 26 — The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced two $10 million projects to create cloud computing testbeds–to be called “Chameleon” and “CloudLab“–that will enable the academic research community to develop and experiment with novel cloud architectures and pursue new, architecturally-enabled applications of cloud computing. Cloud computing refers to the practice of using a network Read more…

Acceleware Releases Results for the Second Quarter of Fiscal 2014

Aug 21, 2014 |

CALGARY, Alberta, Aug. 21 — Acceleware Ltd., a leading developer of high performance computing applications, today announced results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014 (all figures are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted). During the second quarter of 2014, the Company achieved a significant increase in software revenue while reducing its Read more…