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Video: Stunning Simulation Shows Comet in the Solar Wind

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In what has to be one of the most beautiful simulations I’ve ever seen, this video from the European Space Agency shows simulated interaction of solar winds with 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the famous comet targeted the Rosetta mission. “The simulated conditions represent those expected at 1.3 AU from the Sun, close to perihelion, where the comet is strongly active.”

NASA Charts Sea Level Rise

NASA visualization shows shifts in the Gulf Stream (in Blue). Yellow shows drops in Sea Levels while Orange shows increases.

“Sea level rise is one of the most visible signatures of our changing climate, and rising seas have profound impacts on our nation, our economy and all of humanity,” said Michael Freilich, director of NASA’s Earth Science Division. “By combining space-borne direct measurements of sea level with a host of other measurements from satellites and sensors in the oceans themselves, NASA scientists are not only tracking changes in ocean heights but are also determining the reasons for those changes.”

Intel Invests in BlueData for Spinning Up Spark Clusters on the Fly

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Today Intel Corporation and BlueData announced a broad strategic technology and business collaboration, as well as an additional equity investment in BlueData from Intel Capital. BlueData is a Silicon Valley startup that makes it easier for companies to install Big Data infrastructure, such as Apache Hadoop and Spark, in their own data centers or in the cloud.

Video: Parallella – The Most Energy Efficient Supercomputer on the Planet

Raymond T. Hightower

“Supercomputing should be available for everyone who wants it. With that mission in mind, a team of engineers created Parallella, an 18-core supercomputer that’s a little bigger than a credit card. Parallella is open source hardware; the circuit diagrams are on GitHub and the machine runs Linux. Icing on the cake: Parallella is the most energy efficient computer on the planet, and you can buy one for a hundred bucks. Why does parallel computing matter? How can developers use parallel computing to deliver better results for clients? Let’s explore these questions together.”

Video: Democratizing Data Science

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“CDSW’s organizers are professional programmers and data scientists and several of us have experience teaching data science in more traditional university and corporate settings. Our talk will describe how “democratized” data science is similar to — and sometimes extremely different from — these more traditional approaches. We will talk about some of the challenges we have faced and highlight some of our most inspirational successes.”

Pushing the Boundaries of Combustion Simulation with Mira

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“Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory will be testing the limits of computing horsepower this year with a new simulation project from the Virtual Engine Research Institute and Fuels Initiative (VERIFI) that will harness 60 million computer core hours to dispel those uncertainties and pave the way to more effective engine simulations.”

Video: Climate Change – Fact, Fiction, and What You Can Do

Doug Sisterson, Argonne

“Climate change – or as Doug Sisterson, research meteorologist at Argonne National Laboratory, prefers to call it, climate disruption – is probably the greatest challenge we face in modern society, yet many of us don’t fully understand the causes or the consequences. Washington Governor Jay Inslee famously stated: “We’re the first generation to feel the impact of climate change and the last generation that can do something about it.”

Dell Opens Line of Business for Hyperscale Datacenters

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Today Dell announced a new business unit aligned around hyperscale datacenters. “The Datacenter Scalable Solutions (DSS) group is designed to meet the specific needs of web tech, telecommunications service providers, hosting companies, oil and gas, and research organizations. These businesses often have high-volume technology needs and supply chain requirements in order to deliver business innovation. With a new operating model built on agile, scalable, and repeatable processes, Dell can now uniquely provide this set of customers with the technology they need, purposefully designed to their specifications, and delivered when they want it.”

A Systems View of Machine Learning

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“Despite the growing abundance of powerful tools, building and deploying machine-learning frameworks into production continues to be major challenge, in both science and industry. I’ll present some particular pain points and cautions for practitioners as well as recent work addressing some of the nagging issues. I advocate for a systems view, which, when expanded beyond the algorithms and codes to the organizational ecosystem, places some interesting constraints on the teams tasked with development and stewardship of ML products.”

Video: Computer Science – America’s Untapped Opportunity

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“Software and computers are everywhere, revolutionizing every field around us. But the majority of schools don’t teach computer science. Code.org believes every student should have the opportunity to shape the 21st-century and wants to turn this problem around. This is just the beginning of a bold vision to bring this foundational field to every K-12 public school by 2020.”