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IBM Wants to Make its Watson Supercomputer as Small as a Pizza Box

IDG News Service

IBM researchers are developing handheld computers with the power of today's supercomputers. The researchers recently demonstrated a smartphone-size prototype microcomputer that integrates central-processing units and circuitry typically spread out over large motherboards. In addition, they plan to develop a "datacenter in a box" holding several of these computers, which could lead to even smaller computers, says IBM researcher Ronald Luijten. Eventually, IBM wants to build a version of its Watson supercomputer the size of a pizza box, containing a serie...

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Computing a Cure for HIV: 9 Ways Supercomputers Help Scientists Understand and Treat the Virus

HIV/AIDS has caused an estimated 36 million deaths, according to the World Health Organization, and remains a major menace worldwide. Today approximately 35 million people are living with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), including more than 1 million individuals in the United States. The tendency of HIV to mutate and resist drugs has made it particularly difficult to eradicate. Some treatments have shown progress in slowing or even stopping the progress of the virus, but no cure or vaccine has been discovered that can truly stamp out the disease. To read further, please visit

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PSC Expands Networking Capacity to Build 21st Century Data Highway

In the era of “Big Data,” the challenge of moving the vastly expanded data volumes created and needed by today’s researchers has become central. The old network—the equivalent of an overcrowded two-lane road—is giving way to a more flexible, software-defined network that manages itself and talks with users to help them work smarter. PSC has contributed to expanding and managing the hardware “lanes” and “merges” so that large-scale users can avoid the traffic jams—and just as importantly, avoid creating them. The Web10G collaboration between PSC and the...

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TACC’s Ranger Supercomputer Begins New Life

For all the money and effort poured into supercomputers, their life spans can be brutally short – on average about four years. So, what happens to one of the world's greatest supercomputers when it reaches retirement age?  If it's the Texas Advanced Computer Center's (TACC) Ranger supercomputer, it continues making an impact in the world. If the system could talk, it might proclaim, "There is life after retirement!" "Ranger was the first supercomputer in open science to approach the petascale mark," said Happy Sithole (pronounced ‘see-toll-yah'), director of the Center for High P...

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Interview With the Most Influential Woman in UK IT 2014: Wendy Hall

ComputerWeekly.com

ComputerWeekly.com has named University of Southampton computer sciences professor Wendy Hall, a former president of ACM and an ACM Fellow, its Most Influential Woman in UK IT 2014. With more than 30 years in the academic side of information technology, Hall has a long list of accomplishments, including being part of the team that invented the Mirocosm hypermedia systems. Hall was the University of Southampton's first female professor of engineering, served as head of its...

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22 Of The Most Powerful Women Engineers In The World

CCC Blog

We often hear about the dearth of women in computer science and engineering fields. Many organizations are working hard to attract and retain women in these fields. In an article titled 22 Most Powerful Women Engineers In the WorldBusiness Insider showcases powerful women engineers.  From the article: “There’s a huge push these days to encourage more girls to learn to code and 

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Oklahoma State University Science Visualization Workshop Presented by Virtual School of Computational Science and Engineering (VSCSE)

August 25-26, 2014 – Stillwater, Oklahoma

This two-day in-person training will cover all aspects of visualizing data from a broad variety of domains. The training kicks off with an introduction to visualization followed by best practices when dealing with diverse data (abstract and spatial), demonstrating a variety of methods and techniques on those data sets and demonstrating a range of freely available software. For more information, please visit htt...

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UChicago Program to Train Data Scientists

This summer, 48 fellows from around the world have come to Chicago to tackle these and other missions as part of the 2014 Data Science for Social Good Summer Fellowship, a University of Chicago program dedicated to making a better world through innovative data science projects. For 12 weeks, fellows work with non-profit and government organizations to make the most of their data and create positive impact in education, healthcare, energy conservation, economic development and more. To read more, please visit

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China Still Has the Fastest Supercomputer, but the U.S. Still Rules

Computerworld

Although China has the world's most powerful supercomputer, which is capable of speeds of up to 33.86 petaflops per second, the United States produces more supercomputers than any other country, according to the latest Top500 supercomputer list. IDC analyst Steve Conway estimates about 90 percent of the systems on the Top500 ranking are manufactured by U.S. vendors, including 65 of the 76 Chinese systems on the most recent list. Still, U.S. dominance in supercomputer production is by no means assured, given intensifying global competition. The U.S. account...

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HPCwire Reader's Choice Nominations Now Open

Nomination Deadline – August 22, 2014

We are excited to announce the first phase of our annual HPCwire Reader's Choice Awards as nominations are now open. Were you particularly impressed in 2014 by a company or their products in the HPC community? ...This is your chance to help them get recognized! Candidates with the most nominations per category will move on to elections. Be sure to nominate worthy candidates and share with co-workers. For more information, please visit http://www.hpcwire.co...

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National Data Service Kickoff

Creating an infrastructure supporting data from across all disciplines of science, engineering, and humanities so that researchers can easily find, reuse, and publish data in a world where researchers generate immense amounts of it daily was the focus of the kickoff meeting for the National Data Service (NDS). More than 70 representatives from organizations across the United States and around the world gathered in Boulder, Colorado, in June to begin turning the vision into reality. To read further, please visit

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