Our Video Sunday feature continues with this rendition of David Bowie’s Space Oddity with vocals from Commander Chris Hadfield on board the international space station.
Hadfield’s son Evan writes: “He returns home in Soyuz in the early morning of the 14th, and this is his final video from Station. It is also, coincidentally, the first real music video ever recorded in space.”
Update: This video will soon surpass 7 million views You have to see this on an HD display. Incredible!
Our Video Sunday feature continues with this feature on NASA science initiatives in the President’s 2014 Budget Proposal.
The President’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget ensures the United States will remain the world’s leader in space exploration and scientific discovery for years to come, while making critical advances in aerospace and aeronautics to benefit the American people.
You can see the need for HPC in nearly all of these initiatives, and I hope that as a community we can all get behind them.
The videos last between 30 and 32 seconds and feature an excerpt from the song “Harlem Shake” by electronic musician Baauer. Usually, a video begins with one person (often helmeted or masked) dancing to the song alone for 15 seconds, surrounded by other people not paying attention or unaware of the dancing individual. When the bass drops, the video cuts to the entire crowd doing a crazy convulsive dance for the next 15 seconds.
I’m wondering if someone could simulate the spread of this kind of thing? As of February 15, about 40,000 Harlem Shake videos had been uploaded, totalling 175 million views.
In this video, Climate modelers James J. Hack of Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Mark Taylor of Los Alamos National Laboratory discuss how Exascale computing capabilities will improve climate predictions. In the meantime, scientists must figure out how to refine their models to make full use of all that power.
With exascale computing, climate-change models can start to resolve physical properties like ocean eddies – and potentially resolve hurricanes,” said Ben Kirtman, professor of meteorology and physical oceanography at the University of Miami. He and colleagues are studying eddies and how they transport heat from the tropics to the United States. These eddies maintain the Gulf Stream. “Until we get exascale,” he says, “we need lots of years of simulations” to model how these eddies affect heat transfer.
Our Video Sunday feature continues with this interview with Ray Kurzweil, who recently joined Google as Director of Engineering. Speaking with Singularity Hub Founder Keith Kleiner, Kurzweil discusses his new role, how his research interests connect with his latest book, and how technology will advance to produce a “cybernetic friend.”
The project we plan to do is focused on natural language understanding,” said Kurzweil. “It’s ambitious. In fact there’s no more important project than understanding intelligence and recreating it.”
Our Video Sunday feature continues with this press conference by U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announcing that Argonne National Laboratory has been selected for an award of up to $120 million over five years to establish a new Batteries and Energy Storage Hub. The Hub, to be known as the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, will combine the R&D firepower of five DOE national laboratories, five universities, and four private firms in an effort aimed at achieving revolutionary advances in battery performance.
The goal of this effort is to deliver battery technology with 5X more capacity and efficiency in five years. Imagine a Nissan Leaf vehicle with a range of 500 miles on a charge or a solar-powered battery backup for your home for less than $10K.
This is a partnership between world leading scientists and world leading companies, committed to ensuring that the advanced battery technologies the world needs will be invented and built right here in America,” said Secretary Chu. “Based on the tremendous advances that have been made in the past few years, there are very good reasons to believe that advanced battery technologies can and will play an increasingly valuable role in strengthening America’s energy and economic security by reducing our oil dependence, upgrading our aging power grid, and allowing us to take greater advantage of intermittent energy sources like wind and solar.”
Advancing next generation battery and energy storage technologies for electric and hybrid cars and the electricity grid are a critical part of President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy to reduce America’s reliance on foreign oil and lower energy costs for U.S. consumers. And HPC will make it possible. Amazing. Read the Full Story.
Our Video Sunday feature continues with this animated timeline showing the history of computing industry since the first IEEE/ACM Supercomputing Conference. The SC13 conference in Denver will mark the 25th anniversary of the conference.
As a critique, I think that while this is a visually stunning presentation, the inclusion of trivial non-HPC milestones like 2008′s “The Hulu website is released to the pubic” is incredibly lame considering the context. Less would have been more this time, guys. If you have to reach that far, why just not add: “Stimpy hits the History Eraser Button” from 1991?
Editor’s Note: While the original video was posted on YouTube as a silent movie (probably due to music licensing problems) this version features a public domain performance of Hebrides Overture Fingal’s Cave by Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. You can find it and other classical downloads at the MUSOPEN project, a Kickstarter-funded non-profit focused on improving access and exposure to music by creating free resources and educational materials.
Our Video Sunday feature continues with this preliminary simulation of the cosmic web. Sometime next month, the Mira supercomputer will complete tests of its new upgraded software and begin running the largest cosmological simulations ever performed at Argonne National Laboratory.
These simulations are massive, taking in huge amounts of data from the latest generation of high-fidelity sky surveys and crunching it into models of the universe that are larger, higher-resolution, and more statistically accurate than any that have come before. When it’s done, scientists should have some amazing high-quality visualizations of the so-called “cosmic web” that connects the universe as we understand it. And they’ll have the best statistical models of the cosmos that cosmologists have ever seen.
Our Video Sunday feature continues with this look at how Computational Engineers at the University of Southampton built a $4000 supercomputer from 64 Raspberry Pi computers and Lego components.
As soon as we were able to source sufficient Raspberry Pi computers we wanted to see if it was possible to link them together into a supercomputer,” said Professor Simon Cox. “We installed and built all of the necessary software on the Pi starting from a standard Debian Wheezy system image and we have published a guide so you can build your own supercomputer.”
Our Video Sunday feature continues with this BBC Horizon special on How Big is the Universe?
Horizon follows the cosmologists who are creating the most ambitious map in history – a map of everything in existence. And it is stranger than anyone had imagined – a Universe without end that stretches far beyond what the eye can ever see.
Our Video Sunday feature continues with this keynote by former Obama Adminstration Deputy Chief Technology Officer Andrew McLaughlin.
How is Moore’s Law, ever-cheaper computing, and information networks affecting our world? Activists, individuals, and governments are using digital technologies like social media as powerful forces for change.
From 2009-2011, Andrew McLaughlin was a member of President Obama’s senior White House staff, serving as Deputy Chief Technology Officer of the United States. In that role, Andrew was responsible for advising the President on Internet, technology, and innovation policy, including open government, cybersecurity, online privacy and free speech, spectrum policy, federal R&D priorities, entrepreneurship, and the creation of open technology standards and platforms for health care, energy efficiency, and education.
This is a fascinating talk with amazing statistics on the growth of the digital revolution. I highly recommend it. Recorded at the Portland Digital eXperience 2012 Workshop.
Our Video Sunday feature continues with this animated flight through the Universe by Miguel Aragon, Mark Subbarao, and Alex Szalay of Johns Hopkins. Over 400,000 galaxies are depicted in the simulation.
SDSS Data Release 9 from the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS), led by Berkeley Lab scientists, includes spectroscopic data for well over half a million galaxies at redshifts up to 0.8 — roughly 7 billion light years distant — and over a hundred thousand quasars to redshift 3.0 and beyond.