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March 4, 2015

Kelly Gaither, co-principal investigator on the XSEDE project and director of visualization at Texas Advanced Computing Center, offers further thoughts on the topic of gender diversity following our 28 January article 'Why aren’t there more women in HPC?' by Toni Collis.

 

 

February 25, 2015

The so-called 'long-tail' of research is an important and often underserved community, compared with other areas of science that are well supported by national supercomputing infrastructure. Cloud computing is making it easier to deliver tailored services to these researchers and is enabling new research collaborations across the globe.

February 18, 2015

UC San Diego School of Medicine scientists have teamed up with Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center engineers to create 3D models of enzymes that cause inflammation. What they've learned could bring relief to victims of asthma and arthritis.

 

February 18, 2015

What happens when you set a strobe to flash every time a sculpture rotates 137.5˚?  John Edmark, art and design lecturer at Stanford University, US found out.

Take a look:

February 11, 2015

Scientists at the University of Rochester, in New York, US, have enlisted XSEDE supercomputers in quest to conquer breast cancer. Their analyses will improve diagnostic equipment and point the way to quicker diagnoses.

February 11, 2015

Sometimes solar eruptions have a benign effect, perhaps only creating a spectacular aurora display. But at other times, they can be very dangerous to life on Earth. Stanford solar physicists Monica Bobra and Sebastien Couvidat have developed live forecasting techniques to provide more time to react.

February 4, 2015

To determine how early humans survived a population crash more than 100,000 years ago, archeologists looked to the Blacklight supercomputer at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center. Initial results have shed new light on the field, and promise significant increases in predictive power.

February 4, 2015

All images courtesy Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory

February 2, 2015

The 2015 Open Science Grid all-hands meeting is now open for registration!  Please visit our website to sign up.

January 28, 2015

Criminals use technology to exploit their victims, but law enforcement lacks the time and expertise to develop the technology to respond. A student-led project recently won a $3.6 million DARPA grant to change that dynamic by devising cyber tools that identify online human trafficking activity.

January 28, 2015

Austin is a booming city experiencing traffic woes commensurate with its expansion. To model and visualize solutions, city planners look to TACC to help corral the stampede of visitors.

January 21, 2015

Layers of the Earth's atmosphere. Click through for larger image. Image courtesy Kelvin Song under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons. 

January 21, 2015

As high-performance computers reshape the future, scientists gain the next-generation tools enabling them to see deeper into the past. Paleobiologists at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Indiana University look to these tools to rewrite the story of the snake’s evolution.

November 12, 2014

The realistic depiction of light transport in a scene is vital for giving a convincing impression of three-dimensionality. Thanks to ‘Vertex Connection and Merging’ or ‘VCM’, this can now be achieved in a more computationally efficient manner. Image courtesy AG Slusallek/Saar-Uni.

October 29, 2014

Physicists can tell the future — or at least foresee multiple possible versions of it. They do this through computer simulations. Simulations can help scientists predict what will happen when a particular kind of particle hits a particular kind of material in a particle detector. But physicists are not the only scientists interested in predicting how particles and other matter will interact. This information is critical in multiple fields, especially those concerned about the effects of radiation. Physicists and other scientists use the GEANT4 toolkit to identify problems before they occur.

September 24, 2014

Monday 29 September marks the 60th anniversary of the founding of the European Organization for Nuclear Research, otherwise known as CERN, located near Geneva, Switzerland. A new book, entitled 'From Physics to Daily Life', highlights some of the many ways in which technology developed at CERN has impacted upon society at large.

Bob Jones, the head CERN openlab, writes in this book about the growth of distributed computing and the vital role this technology plays across a wide range of academic fields and business sectors.

September 10, 2014

The financial services and medical insurance industries in the US account for 6-8% (more than a trillion dollars) of the gross domestic product annually, according to the US Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis. Read about XSEDE-supported research that considers unobservable market phenomena and how both industries could be improved.

September 10, 2014

According to US Department of Energy estimates, by 2040 around 90% of new cars sold will still employ combustion engines. Read about VERIFI (Virtual Engine Research Institute and Fuels Initiative), the first environment to offer high-fidelity, 3D, end-to-end combustion engine simulation and visualization tools.

August 27, 2014

Video courtesy the Research Data Alliance.

The RDA Fourth Plenary Meeting in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, is now just under one month away!

August 13, 2014

For comparison, scientists considered the cases of aligned and staggered wind turbine arrays in a neutral atmospheric boundary layer, as well as a reference case without wind turbines. Simulation courtesy David Bock, National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, US.
August 13, 2014

The Research Data Alliance (RDA) seeks to build the social and technical bridges that enable open sharing and reuse of data, so as to address the cross-border and cross-disciplinary challenges faced by researchers. This September, the RDA will be hosting its Fourth Plenary Meeting in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Ahead of the event, iSGTW speaks to Gary Berg-Cross, general secretary of the Spatial Ontology Community of Practice and a member of the US RDA advisory committee. Berg-Cross is also co-chair of the RDA working group on data foundation and terminology.

August 13, 2014

Next-generation sequencing (NGS), in which millions or billions of DNA nucleotides are sequenced in parallel, is the backbone of novel discoveries in life sciences, anthropology, social sciences, biomedical sciences and plant sciences. Read about the SoyKB and iPlant collaboration that is taking plant sciences to the next level.

July 2, 2014

Last week, iSGTW attended the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC’14) in Leipzig, Germany. The event featured a range of speakers representing a wide variety of research domains. Awards given by PRACE and Germany’s Gauss Centre for Supercomputing highlighted some of the outstanding research on show at the event. And, of course, the new TOP500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers was announced.

April 9, 2014

With global data output growing rapidly, it is vital that researchers come together to build the social and technical bridges required to enable open sharing of research data. The organization charged with achieving this is the Research Data Alliance (RDA), which recently celebrated its first anniversary.

Last month, the RDA held a plenary meeting in Dublin, Ireland. The 497 attendees at the event engaged in discussion on a wide variety of topics, ranging from the role of publishers and persistent identifiers to heritage data and legal interoperability. Data applications discussed also included geospatial information, marine observation, food production, and urban quality of life indicators.

April 2, 2014

Last month, CERN played host to the CineGlobe International Film Festival. The event featured a hackathon event organized by the Tribeca Film Institute, as well as music produced through data sonification.