Blue Waters, entering full deployment, is now crunching numbers around the clock at the National Petascale Computing Facility at the University of Illinois, US. Led by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications Blue Waters is funded by the US National Science Foundation to address the most challenging compute-, memory-, and data-intensive problems in science and engineering.
Today, humans are generally removed from the process of trading on the financial markets; they have been replaced by algorithms and supercomputers. As such, trading speeds have progressed from microseconds to nanoseconds. Now, researchers are keeping up by using a supercomputer to catch a supercomputer.
Today, biology is a data-driven science, intrinsically linked to computing. However, dialogue between researchers and computer scientists about the analysis of genomic data is still far from 'organic'. The HPCBio group and the Texas Advanced Computing Center are addressing this issue with a distributed approach to computing resources, new software, and tailored customer services.
Today's Kraken favors numbers instead of devouring sailors: This high-performance computer is managing the mountains of data streaming from NASA’s Kepler space telescope and is helping the search for Earth-like planets that orbit their stars in the 'Goldilocks Zone'.
During last month's XSEDE’12 conference, Gayatri Buragohain, founder of Feminist Approach to Technology in India, highlighted the importance nurturing women's involvement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at an early age.
Climate simulations carried out using the XSEDE grid-computing infrastructure predict that the US is likely to be affected by the levels of extreme drought it is currently experiencing in 20 years out of every 50 by the end of this century.
At the XSEDE’12 conference in mid-July, John Towns, principal investigator for XSEDE discussed the challenges and successes of the US high-performance computing network's first year. XSEDE is building bridges between universities, users, and other cyber-infrastructures including the Open Science Grid for high throughput computing. Towns also mentioned the collaboration between XSEDE and the European computing infrastructure called PRACE and unveiled a new joint call to enable users to use both sets of resources.
During XSEDE'12, the Texas Advanced Computing Center presented their new high-performance computer that will replace both its Ranger system and Kraken at the National Institute for Computational Sciences.
Natural disasters claim thousands of lives and cause billions in economic damage each year. We look at five promising research projects that use the latest computational methods to predict or forecast these devastating events and their effects.
As funders consider how to best invest in the future of e-infrastructure, a number of questions arise: How much does e-infrastructure cost? How much impact does it have, and are funders getting value for their money? A number of projects are working to find concrete answers to these and other questions, at a time when getting an accurate price has never been more crucial to a sustainable future for scientific computing.