Warp drives aren’t just the stuff of science fiction. Researchers inspired by Star Trek are currently working to make the dream of interstellar travel for human civilization a reality – one day. While the kinks are being worked out, distributed computing may help address the multi-dimensional issues of warp travel.
With access to significantly more computational power, researchers can provide more accurate earthquake predictions with the potential to save lives and minimize property damage. Read about advances in developing code to cut both research times and energy costs in simulating seismic hazards.
Renowned computer scientist Paul Messina delivers Peebles Memorial Lecture at Indiana University in Bloomington, US. The university awarded Messina the distinguished Thomas Hart Benton Mural Medallion at the dedication and launch of Big Red II, the fastest university-owned supercomputer in the nation.
The University of Texas at Austin and TACC competed against the top supercomputing centers and universities to claim one of the most advanced systems in the world — and won. The prize, an estimated $50 million-plus investment over a four-year period.
Calling all citizen scientists. With the exploding availability of data, the need for analysis is steadily becoming a bottleneck in many scientific pursuits. Read about a project aimed at bringing neuroscience to the masses in a way that may surprise and inspire you to take part.
How do scientists use supercomputers to predict complex things like weather, climate, earthquakes, and the formation of galaxies? Watch this video to see how supercomputers handle mathematical modeling.
What happens when the limits of particular simulations are reached? Read about Monte Carlo and Molecular Dynamics methods and the ways you can keep your simulations from venturing over into the dark side.
Due to the complexity of modern computational science, increasing software errors in code are causing the retraction of research papers in major journals. Now, the RunMyCode project offers a platform to reproduce a published paper's code and data that may be the key to not only reduce errors, but could open the door to better quality science across all research fields.
Extracting new knowledge from big data science is such a problem that projects are now underway which may transform research publishing and find relationships too complex for the human mind to see alone.
When natural disasters and human conflicts strike, who are you going to call? Geographic information systems analysts, that's who. They provide a rapid frontline service to turn satellite imagery into information that helps internally displaced people.
In our tough economic times, some are asking how much value university academic research and e-infrastructures give to the economy. The answer is a lot – especially if you measure the contribution of recent university graduates – according to studies in the US.
Researchers are using the latest next-gen sequencing and a supercomputer to analyze unusual Geranium genomes, which are natural mutants, evolving many times faster than their plant peers. This could impact research on genetically-modified foods.
The latest computer simulations show that nuclear fusion reactions which produce more power than is put in are just around the corner - but recent experiments have called into question the accuracy of these computer models.
The Nobel Prize in Physics for 2012 was awarded last week to Serge Haroche and David Wineland, for their ground-breaking experimental methods to measure and manipulate individual quantum systems. Wineland and his colleagues' work holds promise for the creation of practical quantum computers.
With the IEEE International Conference on eScience 2012 under a week away, iSGTW caught up with Ian Foster, general chair and moderator of the event. We get his opinions on the key areas of focus of the program, the challenges being addressed, and what attendees should watch out for.
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.