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Computer Science/STEM Leaders Explain How to Spark STEM Interest in Youth

The future demands a large, diverse pool of innovative scientists, engineers and mathematicians who can work together to solve big problems. The working scientists who lead SC16, the premier international conference showcasing high performance computing coming up this November, envision and advocate for a future talent pool that looks far larger and more diverse. “Teams are always more...
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NCSA Collaboration Helps Discover New Dwarf Planet

While cataloguing dark energy in space, scientists made a startling discovery with help from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) supercomputer Blue Waters. The discovery: A new dwarf planet, temporarily named DeeDee. The Chilean telescope at the center of the Dark Energy Survey (DES) discovered the icy planet over the summer. Previous telescopes didn't detect the...
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Supercomputing the P53 Protein as a Promising Anticancer Therapy

Even though it's almost impossible to see, computational biophysicist Rommie Amaro is using the Stampede supercomputer at the Texas Advanced Computing Center at The University of Texas at Austin to model the largest atomic level system of the tumor suppression protein p53 to date — over 1.5 million atoms. The simulations identify new "pockets" to reactivate p53 which would be a tremendous...
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Intersect360 Research predicts growth in global HPC market

Intersect360 Research, a market research company specializing in the high-performance computing industry, has released a market forecast detailing the expected compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) predicted for the HPC industry over the next five years. The report details the value of the total worldwide HPC market, which Intersect360 claims is valued at approximately $28.6 billion in 2015 –...
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GÉANT, UbuntuNet Alliance, and IU Co-Lead $3.25M Grant to Improve Research Collaborations

Awarded by the US National Science Foundation (NSF) to Dr. Jennifer Schopf at Indiana University (IU), the grant is the result of a collaboration between IU, GÉANT, and three main African partners to increase international research output and provide cost effective data sharing solutions to support more scientific applications between continents. The ‘’Networks for European, American, and...
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SGI Awarded $27M Systems Contract with ARL

Today, SGI announced that the United States Department of Defense (DoD) has selected SGI ICE XA for two of its Army Research Laboratory Defense Supercomputing Resource Center systems. The upgrades are part of a technology insertion, known as TI-16, for their High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP). HPCMP delivers world-class commercial, high-end, high-performance...
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Can an MIT Computer Learn to Scare You?

The threat that machines will act independently of their operators has stoked fears for longer than artificial intelligence has been a concept — but could a computer actually learn to scare us? Enter the Nightmare Machine. Three researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are seeking to answer that question, using a deep-learning algorithm to teach a computer to produce images...
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SUG Meeting Illustrates Wealth of OSC-Supported Research

Columbus, Ohio – More than ever, academic and manufacturing researchers from across Ohio are turning to the high performance computing power offered by the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC). On Thursday, an abundance of that research was on display at OSC’s semi-annual Statewide Users Group (SUG) meeting. Attendees shared and gained insight into topics ranging from auto safety and dark matter...
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SC16 Releases Latest Invited Talk Spotlight: Dr. John McCalpin

This talk reviews the history of the changing “balances” between computation, memory latency, and memory bandwidth in deployed HPC systems, then discusses how the underlying technology changes led to these market shifts. Key metrics are the increasing relative “cost” of memory accesses and the massive increases in concurrency that are required to obtain increasing memory throughput. Invited...
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Bank of Italy Converges HPC and Enterprise Office with New Cluster

The democratization of high performance computing (HPC) and the converged datacenter have been topics of late in the IT community. This is where HPC, high performance data analytics (big data/Hadoop workloads), and enterprise office applications all run on a common clustered compute architecture with a single file system and network. And, while the IT community is talking about convergence,...
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