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CMU School of Computer Science Offers Computational Biology Major

Oct 3, 2016 |

PITTSBURGH, Penn., Oct. 3 — Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science will launch a new bachelor’s degree program in computational biology next fall, complementing the Computational Biology Department’s existing Ph.D. and master’s degree programs. The undergraduate degree program at one of the world’s leading computer science schools will prepare students for positions now in Read more…

Dell EMC Engineers Strategy to Democratize HPC

Sep 29, 2016 |

The freshly minted Dell EMC division of Dell Technologies is on a mission to take HPC mainstream with a strategy that hinges on engineered solutions, beginning with a focus on three industry verticals: manufacturing, research and life sciences. “Unlike traditional HPC where everybody bought parts, assembled parts and ran the workloads and did iterative engineering, we want folks to focus on time to innovation and let us worry about the infrastructure,” said Jim Ganthier, senior vice president, validated solutions organization at Dell EMC Converged Platforms Solution Division.

IBM Advances Neuromorphic Computing for Deep Learning

Sep 29, 2016 |

Deep learning efforts today are run on standard computer hardware using convolutional neural networks. Indeed the approach has proven powerful by pioneers such as Google and Microsoft. In contrast neuromorphic computing, whose spiking neuron architecture more closely mimics human brain function, has generated less enthusiasm in the deep learning community.

Weekly Twitter Roundup (Sept. 29, 2016)

Sep 29, 2016 |

Here at HPCwire, we aim to keep the HPC community apprised of the most relevant and interesting news items that get tweeted throughout the week. The tweets that caught our eye this past week are presented below. Check back in next Thursday for an entirely updated list. The Tweet of the Week goes to @jamesdotcuff for Read more…

NCSSM Awarded Access to Bridges Supercomputer

Sep 29, 2016 |

Sept. 29 — The National Science Foundation’s Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) program, through partner institution Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, approved a proposal from NCSSM to allocate 30,000 core-hours of supercomputing time on the Bridges Regular Memory supercomputer in Pittsburgh. The machine, funded with a $9.65M NSF grant, contains a large number of research-grade software packages for Read more…

NSF Backs ‘Big Data Spokes’ with $10M in Grants

Sep 28, 2016 |

In recent years the Obama Administration and National Science Foundation have worked to spur growth of big data infrastructure to handle academic, government, and industrial data-intensive research. In 2012, the Big Data Research and Development Initiative was launched by OSTP and last year NSF announced BD Hubs. Today NSF continued adding muscle to the growing Read more…

LBNL, Cornell Researchers Push Towards Low Power Devices

Sep 28, 2016 |

Pairing ferroelectric and ferrimagnetic materials so that their alignment can be controlled with a small electric field at near room temperatures has long been challenging. In the latest issue of Nature, a group of researchers from Lawrence Berkley National Lab and Cornell University reports progress that could lead to ultra low-power microprocessors, storage devices and Read more…

Fortissimo 2 Consortium Launches Second Open Call for Proposals

Sep 28, 2016 |

Sept. 28 — The Fortissimo 2 consortium announced the launch of its Second Open Call for proposals. The Fortissimo 2 project (Horizon 2020 contract 6804811) is funding a set of experiments (sub-projects) to extend and demonstrate the business potential of an ecosystem for HPC-Cloud services, specifically for applications involving simulation of coupled physical processes or Read more…

SC15 Paper Authors Transform Experiment Into Application Challenge for SC16 SCC

Sep 28, 2016 |

Sept. 28 — Authors of a paper judged at SC15 in Austin, Texas, have transformed a portion of their experiment into an application challenge for the SC16 Student Cluster Competition (SCC) as part of a larger effort to raise the bar for experimental research in computing. SC is responding to the growing need for scientific Read more…

Computer Out-Plays Humans in “Doom”

Sep 28, 2016 |

PITTSBURGH, Penn., Sept. 28 — Kill or be killed is the essence of the classic video game Doom, and an artificial intelligence agent developed by two Carnegie Mellon University computer science students has proven to be the game’s ultimate survivor — outplaying both the game’s built-in AI agents and human players. The students, Devendra Chaplot Read more…

Researchers Using Blue Waters Make Strides in Researching Treatment for Ebola

Sep 28, 2016 |

Sept. 28 — Who would have thought that a method that enabled the automatic firing of anti-aircraft guns in World War II would be applicable over 70 years later? This time, though, instead of protecting London’s citizens from German warplanes, it’s creating antibodies to protect humans from infectious viruses. Even the method of viral infection Read more…

TACC Cloud Computing Testbed Assists PSC

Sep 27, 2016 |

Sept. 27 — In the world of advanced computing, computer scientists commonly use supercomputers to explore new technologies. Without supercomputers, the field of computer science would not make progress in developing better and more efficient algorithms, methods, and tools that help advance technology. However, supercomputing environments can have restrictive systems and software in place that Read more…

Internet2 Announces 2016 Technology Exchange Gender Diversity Award Recipients

Sep 26, 2016 |

MIAMI, Fla., Sept. 26 — Today, Internet2 announced the recipients of four 2016 Technology Exchange gender diversity scholarships. The scholarships recognize talented individuals seeking opportunities to gain hands-on technical experience by attending the event, and spotlights women in the field of IT and their efforts to use technology to serve the faculty, staff and students of Read more…

University of Tokyo and JCAHPC to Deploy DDN’s IME14K for New Systems

Sep 26, 2016 |

Sept. 26 — DataDirect Networks Japan (DDN Japan) today announced that the University of Tokyo and the Joint Center for Advanced High Performance Computing (JCAHPC) decided to deploy DDN’s burst buffer solution “IME14K” for their new systems. New System of the Information Technology Center, The University of Tokyo: “Reedbush” It was decided that “Reedbush”, which is a Read more…

Quantum Provides Petascale Data Storage and Management for Major European Research Institutions

Sep 26, 2016 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 26 — Quantum Corp. (NYSE: QTM) today announced that two of Europe’s premier research institutions are using the company’s StorNext workflow storage as the foundation for managing their growing data and enabling a range of scientific initiatives. GWDG — the computing center for the University of Göttingen and computing and IT competence center for the Max Planck Society — deployed Read more…

Earlham Institute Partners With Verne Global to Enhance Research

Sep 26, 2016 |

NORWICH, England & KEFLAVIK, Iceland, Sept. 26 — The Earlham Institute (EI) has announced its new partnership with Verne Global, a global developer at the forefront of data centre infrastructure design. EI has selected Verne Global’s data centre campus in Iceland to investigate the efficiencies of distributing large-scale genomics and computational biology data analysis. The research institute Read more…

NCSA Releases Profile on Blue Waters Graduate Fellow Erin Teich

Sep 23, 2016 |

Sept. 23 — The Blue Waters Graduate Fellowship was awarded to ten outstanding Ph.D. students in computational science. In this series we’re featuring brief introductions to who they are and what they’re trying to accomplish. This program serves to prepare the next generation of science researchers to solve the world’s problems. Follow along as we Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup (Sept. 22, 2016)

Sep 22, 2016 |

Here at HPCwire, we aim to keep the HPC community apprised of the most relevant and interesting news items that get tweeted throughout the week. The tweets that caught our eye this past week are presented below. Check back in next Thursday for an entirely updated list. The Tweet of the Week goes to @InspurServer for Read more…

DOE Invests $16M in Supercomputer Technology to Advance Material Sciences

Sep 22, 2016 |

The Department of Energy (DOE) plans to invest $16 million over the next four years in supercomputer technology that will accelerate the design of new materials by combining “theoretical and experimental efforts to create new validated codes.” The new program will focus on software development that eventually may run on exascale machines. Luke Shulenburger of Sandia Read more…

New Genomics Pipeline Combines AWS, Local HPC, and Supercomputing

Sep 22, 2016 |

Declining DNA sequencing costs and the rush to do whole genome sequencing (WGS) of large cohort populations – think 5000 subjects now, but many more thousands soon – presents a formidable computational challenge to researchers attempting to make sense of large cohort datasets. No single architecture is best. This month researchers report developing a hybrid Read more…