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RCE Podcast Looks at SAGE2 Scalable Amplified Group Environment

In this RCE Podcast, Brock Palen and Jeff Squyres speak with the creators of SAGE2 Scalable Amplified Group Environment. SAGE2 is a browser tool to enhance data-intensive, co-located, and remote collaboration. “The original SAGE software, developed in 2004 and adopted at over one hundred international sites, was designed to enable groups to work in front of large shared displays in order to solve problems that required juxtaposing large volumes of information in ultra high-resolution. We have developed SAGE2, as a complete redesign and implementation of SAGE, using cloud-based and web-browser technologies in order to enhance data intensive co-located and remote collaboration.”

NVIDIA Rolls Out New Quadro Pascal GPUs

“Professional workflows are now infused with artificial intelligence, virtual reality and photorealism, creating new challenges for our most demanding users,” said Bob Pette, vice president of Professional Visualization at NVIDIA. “Our new Quadro lineup provides the graphics and compute performance required to address these challenges. And, by unifying compute and design, the Quadro GP100 transforms the average desktop workstation with the power of a supercomputer.”

Digital Human Software Added to Altair Partner Alliance

“At Altair, we believe human-centered design is more than just mechanical fit; rather, it’s an exploration of the entire experience of users with a product, including ergonomic interface, usability and design aesthetics” said Jeff Brennan, Chief Marketing Officer at Altair. “As such, SantosHuman’s philosophy aligns nicely with ours and this partnership will enable Altair’s customers to further optimize their products’ performance early in the development cycle.”

Video: Rescale Night Showcases HPC in the Cloud

“Billed as an exposition into ‘The Future of Cloud HPC Simulation,’ the event brought together experts in high-performance computing and simulation, cloud computing technologists, startup founders, and VC investors across the technology landscape. In addition to product demonstrations with Rescale engineers, including the popular Deep Learning workshop led by Mark Whitney, Rescale Director of Algorithms, booths featuring ANSYS, Microsoft Azure, Data Collective, and Microsoft Ventures offered interactive sessions for attendees.”

Video: Stunning Simulation from Blue Brain Project at SC16

In this silent video from the Blue Brain Project at SC16, 865 segments from a rodent brain are simulated with isosurfaces generated from Allen Brain Atlas image stacks. For this INCITE project, researchers from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne will use the Mira supercomputer at Argonne to advance the understanding of these fundamental mechanisms of the brain’s neocortex.

Video: Sonifying Simulations

Scientists typically understand data through graphs and visualizations. But is it possible to use sound to interpret complex information? This video from Georgia Tech’s Asegun Henry shows the Sonification of the vibrations of an atom in crystalline silicon. “If you look at the data, it looks like white noise,” Henry said. “We decided to sonify the data, and as soon as we listened to it, we could hear the pattern.”

Video: Tracing Ocean Salinity for Global Climate Models

In this visualization, ocean temperatures and salinity are tracked over the course of a year. Based on data from global climate models, these visualizations aid our understanding of the physical processes that create the Earth’s climate, and inform predictions about future changes in climate. “The water’s saltiness, or salinity, plays a significant role in this ocean heat engine, Harrison said. Salt makes the water denser, helping it to sink. As the atmosphere warms due to global climate change, melting ice sheets have the potential to release tremendous amounts of fresh water into the oceans.”

Supercomputing Drone Aerodynamics

In this video, researchers at NASA Ames explore the aerodynamics of a popular example of a small, battery-powered drone, a modified DJI Phantom 3 quadcopter. “The Phantom relies on four whirring rotors to generate enough thrust to lift it and any payload it’s carrying off the ground. Simulations revealed the complex motions of air due to interactions between the vehicle’s rotors and X-shaped frame during flight. As an experiment, researchers added four more rotors to the vehicle to study the effect on the quadcopter’s performance. This configuration produced a nearly twofold increase in the amount of thrust.”

Supercomputing Sheds Light on Leaf Study

A new study led by a research scientist at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) highlights a literally shady practice in plant science that has in some cases underestimated plants’ rate of growth and photosynthesis, among other traits. “More standardized fieldwork, in parallel with new computational tools and theoretical work, will contribute to better global plant models,” Keenan said.

Video: How an Exoplanet Makes Waves

In this video, a new NASA supercomputer simulation depicts the planet and debris disk around the nearby star Beta Pictoris reveals that the planet’s motion drives spiral waves throughout the disk, a phenomenon that greatly increases collisions among the orbiting debris. Patterns in the collisions and the resulting dust appear to account for many observed features that previous research has been unable to fully explain.