Virginia Tech Team Using AI for Supercomputer Load Balancing

A team of researchers from Virginia Tech is helping supercomputers to work more efficiently in a novel way, using machine learning to properly distribute, or load balance, data processing tasks across the thousands of servers that comprise a supercomputer. By incorporating machine learning to predict not only tasks but types of tasks, researchers found that load on various servers can be kept balanced throughout the entire system.

HPC Boosts Art and Design at Virginia Tech

Students at Virginia Tech are using HPC for their creative work to build robust project portfolios. “The School of Visual Arts in Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies offers an advanced rendering class for students in design-based programs, including architecture, industrial design, and interior design. Students in the school’s graduate and undergraduate creative technologies programs also take the course. Rendering involves converting 3D wireframe models into still or animated 2D images that can be displayed on a screen. It is in this class where students hone their skills learning advanced techniques to create complex animations.”

Supercomputing Dark Matter

Dan Rosplock from Virginia Tech writes that Large-scale simulations could shed light on the ‘dark’ elements that make up most of our cosmos. By reverse engineering the evolution of these elements, they could provide unique insights into more than 14 billion years of cosmic history.

Biocomplexity Institute moves forward with HPC and Dell EMC

In this video from the Dell EMC HPC Community Meeting, Kevin Shinpaugh from Virginia Tech describes how Dell EMC works with the Biocomplexity Institute. “The Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech’s IT group provides the infrastructure, applications, and services that power our research. With high-performance computing technologies, our researchers are fighting multi-drug resistant tuberculosis, modeling the spread of beliefs through social media, and simulating complex systems to inform policy-making.”

Researchers using HPC to help fight Bioterrorism

Researchers are using computational models powered by HPC to develop better strategies for protecting us from bioterrorism. “Recent advances in data analytics and artificial intelligence systems are fundamentally transforming our ability to personalize treatments to the specific needs of a patient under treat-to-target paradigms,” said Josep Bassaganya-Riera, co-director of the Biocomplexity Institute’s Nutritional Immunology and Molecular Medicine Laboratory. “Our goal in this project will be to leverage the power of modeling and advanced machine learning methods, so a group of people exposed to a harmful pathogen or its toxins can receive faster, safer, more effective and personalized treatments.”

Job of the Week: Computer Science Software Scientist at Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech is seeking a Computer Science Software Scientist in our Job of the Week. “The Molecular Sciences Software Institute (MolSSI) located at Virginia Tech seeks candidates for multiple software scientist positions in the areas of computer science and software engineering. The successful candidates will be actively involved in an interdisciplinary team who will help design and develop software frameworks that will deliver new scientific advances in molecular sciences.”

Job of the Week: Computational Scientist at Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech is seeking a Computational Scientist in our Job of the Week. “In this faculty role, you will develop and teach science and engineering educational programs; workshops, lecture series, and for credit courses, for Virginia Tech faculty and students. Pursue a research agenda and collaborate with other Virginia Tech science, engineering, and outside discipline faculty to create opportunities and projects for external grants.”

Video: The Molecular Sciences Software Institute

Daniel Crawford from Virginia Tech gave this talk at the HPC User Forum. “The Molecular Sciences Software Institute serves as a nexus for science, education, and cooperation serving the worldwide community of computational molecular scientists – a broad field including of biomolecular simulation, quantum chemistry, and materials science. The Institute will spur significant advances in software infrastructure, education, standards, and best-practices that are needed to enable the molecular science community to open new windows on the next generation of scientific Grand Challenges.”

D-Wave Collaborates with Virginia Tech on Quantum Computing

Today D-Wave Systems and Virginia Tech announced a joint effort to provide greater access to quantum computers for researchers from the Intelligence Community and Department of Defense. D-Wave and Virginia Tech will work towards the creation of a permanent quantum computing center to house a D-Wave system at the Hume Center for National Security and Technology. “Both D-Wave and Virginia Tech recognize how vital it is that quantum computing be accessible to a broad community of experts focused on solving real-world problems,” said Bo Ewald, president of D-Wave International. “One of the many reasons we chose to work with Virginia Tech is their strong relationships with the intelligence and defense communities. A key area of focus will be to work with federal agencies towards the creation of a quantum computing center at the Hume Center.”

Job of the Week: HPC Systems Specialist at Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech is seeking an HPC Systems Specialist in our Job of the Week.