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Video: Exascale, Data and Biology

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In this video from the 2014 Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing, Rick Stevens from Argonne presents: Exascale, Data and Biology. “At ATPESC 2014, we captured 67 hours of lectures in 86 videos of presentations by pioneers and elites in the HPC community on topics ranging from programming techniques and numerical algorithms best suited for leading-edge HPC systems to trends in HPC architectures and software most likely to provide performance portability through the next decade and beyond.”

Quantifying The Dynamics of Your Superorganism Body Using Big Data Supercomputing

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The human body is host to 100 trillion microorganisms, ten times the number of cells in the human body, and these microbes contain 100 times the number of DNA genes that our human DNA does. UC San Diego CSE Professor, Larry Smarr, discusses how data from these trillions of DNA bases are fed into supercomputers, resulting in innovative scalable visualization systems that allow for the examination of patterns that can be used to suggest new hypotheses for clinical application.

So, How Do Supercomputers Get Named?

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Over at LBNL, Katy Antipas writes that the process of naming some of the world’s fastest supercomputers is not what you might expect.

Pete Beckman Presents: Exascale Architecture Trends

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“Over the past thirty thirty years there have been several predictions of the eminant cessation of the rate of improvement in computer performance. Every such prediction was wrong. They were wrong because they hinged on unstated assumptions that were overturned by subsequent events.”

Titan Supercomputer Powers Semiconductor Research

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Researchers studying iron-based superconductors are combining novel electronic structure algorithms with the power of the Titan supercomputer at ORNL to predict spin dynamics, or the ways electrons orient and correlate their spins in a material.

This Week in HPC: Cray and SGI Land Big HPC Contracts and IBM Teams Up with Twitter

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In this episode of This Week in HPC, Michael Feldman and Addison Snell from Intersect360 Research discuss big wins for Cray and SGI. After the break they look at IBM’s big collaboration with Twitter.

SGI Wins Big at HPCMP

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Today SGI announced that the Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded SGI a supercomputer contract as part of a technology insertion for their High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP).

NASA Boosts Pleiades to 4.49 Petaflops

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Today NASA announced a 1 Petaflop upgrade to Pleiades, the agency’s flagship supercomputer.

IU to Develop Data Analysis Tools with NSF Grant

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The NSF has awarded $5 million to a team of Indiana University Bloomington computer scientists working to improve how researchers across the sciences empower big data to solve problems.

Dates Announced for 2015 HPC Advisory Council Stanford Conference

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The 2015 HPC Advisory Council Stanford Conference will take place on Feb. 2-3, 2015, at Stanford in California.