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Gazing into Computational Biology’s Crystal Ball

Aug 23, 2016 |

Sorting out computational biology’s future is tricky. It likely won’t be singular. First-principle, mechanistic simulation has so far proven challenging but could eventually become game changing. Meanwhile pattern recognition and matching in massive ‘omics’ datasets have been extremely productive and likely to remain dominant at present. Now, an MIT professor and colleagues write that two Read more…

MIT’s Multicore Swarm Architecture Advances Ordered Parallelism

Jul 21, 2016 |

A relatively new architecture explicitly designed for parallelism – Swarm – based on work at MIT has shown promise for substantially speeding up classes of applications (graphs, for example) and decreasing the programming burden to achieve parallelism. The work, recounted in a recent paper, Unlocking Ordered Parallelism with the Swarm Architecture, bucks conventional wisdom and Read more…

MIT Researchers Uncover New Way to Turn Electricity into Light

Jun 15, 2016 |

Work by MIT researchers reported in Nature Communications this week suggests a potentially new way to turn electricity into light using the carbon compound graphene. The key is actually ‘slowing down light’. “In a conceptual breakthrough over 80 years old, Cerenkov showed how charged particles emit shockwaves of light when moving faster than the phase Read more…

Gravitational Waves Detected! Historic LIGO Success Strikes Chord with Larry Smarr

Feb 12, 2016 |

By now you’ve likely heard that scientists reported detecting the long-sought gravitational waves; this is roughly a 100 years since their prediction by Einstein’s theory of general relativity and more than 20 years since first funding for the LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) project to find them. You can safely assume the National Science Read more…

Artificial Intelligence Pioneer Marvin Minsky Dies at 88

Jan 26, 2016 |

“Marvin Minsky, who combined a scientist’s thirst for knowledge with a philosopher’s quest for truth as a pioneering explorer of artificial intelligence, work that helped inspire the creation of the personal computer and the Internet, died on Sunday night in Boston,” reported the New York Times today. He was 88. The NYT obituary by Glenn Read more…

Scalable Priority Queue Minimizes Contention

Feb 2, 2015 |

The multicore era has been in full-swing for a decade now, yet exploiting all that parallel goodness remains a prominent challenge. Ideally, compute efficiency would scale linearly with increased cores, but that’s not always the case. As core counts are only set to proliferate across the computing spectrum, it’s an issue that merits serious attention. Researchers from Read more…

NVIDIA GPUs Unfold Secrets of the Human Genome

Jan 16, 2015 |

With 3 billion base pairs of DNA on hand, it’s no wonder that genes are able to program nearly ever detail of our physical makeup, from constructing organs to fighting off disease. But how can a system so vast find the right operating manual for one body part, and ignore all the data meant for Read more…

MIT Spinoff Speeds 3D Engineering Simulations

Aug 28, 2014 |

Even the most powerful supercomputers cannot be productive without suitable operating software and applications. In engineering, finite element analysis (FEA) is used to create 3D digital models of large structures to simulate how they perform under different real-world conditions (stress, vibration, heat, etc.). The challenge of modeling large-scale structures, such as mining equipment, buildings, and oil Read more…

An Easier, Faster Programming Language?

Jun 18, 2014 |

The HPC community has turned out supercomputers surpassing tens of petaflops of computing power by stringing together thousands of multicore processors, often in tandem with accelerators like NVIDIA GPUs and Intel Phi coprocessors. Of course, these multi-million dollar systems are only as useful as the programs that run on them, and developing applications that can 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…