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Grable Grant Will Fund BEST, PSC’s STEM Secondary Education Program

High school teachers in southwest Pennsylvania will get training in advanced computing technologies in the biological sciences—bioinformatics—thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Grable Foundation to the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC). The grant will fund PSC’s BEST (Bioinformatics Education for STudents) program, including a summer workshop for regional science teachers. “The Grable...
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Penguin Computing Provides HPC Cluster to University of Alaska Fairbanks

Penguin Computing, a provider of high performance, enterprise data center and cloud solutions, announced that it is delivering an energy-efficient, high-performance computing cluster to the University of Alaska Fairbanks. “This community, condo model project launches a significant change in how high-performance computing resources are offered to the UA community,” said Gwendolyn Bryson,...
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D.C. Workshop Strives to Keep NSCI Flame Burning and Growing

Last Friday, almost exactly one year after President Obama’s Executive Order establishing the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI), the Office of Science and Technology Policy held a workshop in Washington D.C. ostensibly to celebrate NSCI accomplishments so far – and there are many. Just as important, the meeting sought to (re)energize NSCI’s diverse stakeholders, many of whom...
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SC16 Keynote to Focus on Cognitive Computing

Today SC16 announced that Katharine Frase from IBM has been selected as the SC16 Keynote Speaker. With a talk entitled, “Cognitive Computing: how can we accelerate human decision making, creativity and innovation using techniques from Watson and beyond?” Frase will speak on November 15, 2016 in Salt Lake City. Frase served as Chief Technology Officer of Public Sector and Vice President of...
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The AI Bots Are About to get Emotional

At a cognitive architectures conference in New York last week, Alexei Samsonovich, a professor in the Cybernetics Department at the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute, proposed a multi-part test. It would involve a human and a machine interacting, but under the guise of avatars in a virtual world. The two sides play games involving teamwork, trust, betrayal and various methods of social...
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AMD's sub-$200 gaming video cards launch in early August

AMD said that the Radeon RX 480 would be followed up by lower-cost models this summer, and it's acting on that promise in a timely fashion. Both the RX 470 and RX 460 (not pictured above) are now slated to arrive on August 4th and August 8th respectively. While AMD hasn't outlined the specific pricing, these newer boards should cost significantly less than the $199 RX 480 -- the RX 460...
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Superior Performance Commits Kyoto University to CPUs Over GPUs

The Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine determined that a dual-socket Intel Xeon E5-2699v3 (Haswell architecture) chipset delivers better performance than an NVIDIA K40 GPU using 16-bit arithmetic (which doubles GPU performance) when training deep learning neural networks for computational drug discovery using the Theano framework. Theano is a Python library that lets researchers...
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IBM’s Machines to Fight Against Zika Virus

IBM has provided its technology and expertise to help better monitor spread of the Zika virus disease in South America.  The technology firm has partnered with Brazil’s Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), a research institution affiliated with the Brazilian Ministry of Health, which will use IBM’s technology to analyze clues such as mentions on social media and official data about human...
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Titan Simulation Reveals New Details of Fissioning Plutonium

In a first study of its kind, a team led by the University of Washington’s Aurel Bulgac captured the real-time dynamics of a fissioning plutonium-240 nucleus by simulating the process on the Titan supercomputer at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), a US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facility. To create feasible nuclear fission models for current...
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3rd International Winter School on Big Data

BigDat 2017 will be a research training event with a global scope aiming at updating participants about the most recent advances in the critical and fast developing area of big data, which covers a large spectrum of current exciting research and industrial innovation with an extraordinary potential for a huge impact on scientific discoveries, medicine, engineering, business models, and...
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