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UC Berkeley Making Sense of Big Data

UC Berkeley NewsCenter

University of California, Berkeley professor Ben Recht's work concentrates on simplifying data analysis, with particular emphasis on the incorporation of expert knowledge within data analysis. He is especially eager to create ways to address problems common to many investigations, and he already has demonstrated that the same mathematical model can surmount computational challenges of determining a molecule's structure, predicting traffic flow, or forecasting an online shopper's habits. "We're trying to understand if there's a single tool that all...

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Submission Deadline Next Friday: SC14 - Call for Panels

November 16-21, 2014 - New Orleans, Louisiana
Submission Deadline – April 25, 2014

Panels at SC14 will be, as in past years, among the most important and heavily attended events of the Conference. Panels will bring together the key thinkers and producers in the field to consider in a lively and rapid-fire context some of the key questions challenging high-performance computing, networking, storage and associated analysis technologies for the foreseeable future. For more information and guidelines, please visit

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OpenSFS, Lustre, and HSM: an Update from Cray (video)

In this video from LUG 2014, Cory Spitz and Jason Goodman from Cray present: OpenSFS, Lustre, and HSM: An update from Cray. To watch the video, please visit http://insidehpc.com/2014/04/11/opensfs-lustre-hsm-update-cray/.

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Farnam Jahanian to become Vice President for Research at Carnegie Mellon University

Farnam Jahanian, Assistant Director for the Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) Directorate at the National Science Foundation (NSF), has been selected as the new Vice President for Research at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), beginning September 1, 2014.  Prior to joining NSF in 2011, Jahanian took leave from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, where he is the Edward S. Davidson Collegiate Professor of Ele...

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Research Advances on Key Quantum Computing Elements

Equal parts fascinating and confounding, the field of quantum computing keeps making headway. Two exciting developments are described in the current issue of Nature, one from a collaboration between Harvard University and MIT researchers and the other from the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Germany. Their work concerns the fundamental building blocks that make quantum computing possible. As summarized in Popular Mechanics, the scientists figured out a way to combine atoms and particles of light – photons – to create a quantum versions of the switch an...

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NCSA Announces Blue Waters Symposium for Petascale Science and Beyond

May 12-15, 2014 – Champaign, Illinois

Science teams from across the nation use Blue Waters to simulate the evolution of the cosmos, delve into fine-scale processes in molecular dynamics and quantum physics, and solve many research challenges in between. Many of these projects require a large portion of the hundreds of thousands of processors that constitute Blue Waters and would be difficult or impossible to run elsewhere. Hosted by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), this symposium will bring together these leaders in petascale computat...

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As the Web Turns 25, Its Creator Talks About Its Future

The New York Times

The creators of the World Wide Web, including Sir Tim Berners-Lee, worry that companies could destroy the open nature of the Internet in their quest to make more money. The World Wide Web Foundation estimates that every minute, billions of connected users send each other hundreds of millions of messages, share 20 million photos, and exchange at least $15 million in goods and services. "I spent a lot of time trying to make sure people could put anything on the Web, that it was universal," Berners-Lee says. "Obviously, I had no idea that people would pu...

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Texas School Offers First-of-a-Kind Data Center Engineering Degree

IDG News Service

Southern Methodist University (SMU) says it will offer a first-of-its-kind graduate degree in data center engineering, with classes starting this fall. Hewlett-Packard approached the Dallas-based university about developing a program two years ago, and Compass Datacenters and other industry players also helped put it together. The program includes five core courses covering data centers broadly, and draws on SMU's various departments to enable students to specialize in areas such as facilities and infrastructure, data analytics, virtualization, and clou...

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HPC Research and Education News for the Week of April 14, 2014 Sponsored by XSEDE

HPC Happenings

 

As the Web Turns 25, Its Creator Talks About Its Future
The New York Times

The creators of the World Wide Web, including Sir Tim Berners-Lee, worry that companies could destroy the open nature of the Internet in their quest to make more money. The World Wide Web Foundation estimates that every minute, billions of connected users send each other hundreds of millions of messages, share 20 million photos, and exchange at least $15 million in goods and services. "I spent a lot of time trying to make sure peop...

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HPCU Challenge Created: It Depends: Precipitate

RELEASE DATE:
April 14, 2014

TITLE:
It Depends: Precipitate

SUMMARY:
Turning a serial (non-parallel) algorithm into a parallel one involves identifying where data and task dependencies exist.  This problem challenges you to identify data and task dependencies for a given serial algorithm.

QUESTION:
Previous problems have challenged you to create an algorithm for an application involving particles precipitating in a solution.

See http://hpcuniversity.org/students/weeklyChallenge/72/ and the "Precip...

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Sunday's Technology Grab Bag: German Miniature Railway Wunderland an Engineering Marvel

Miniatur Wunderland (German for miniature wonderland) is a model railway attraction in Hamburg, Germany, and one of the largest of its kind in the world, built by the twins Gerrit and Frederik Braun. As of January 2011, the railway consists of 12,000 metres (39,370 ft) of track in HO scale, divided into seven sections:

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