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NSF Call for Participation - Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) - Deadline Approaching

Submission Deadline - August 27, 2014

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. This solicitation features two mechanisms for support of student research: (1) REU Sites are based on independent proposals to initiate and conduct projects that engage a number o...

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Level Playing Field Institute: Diversity Data Shows Need to Focus on Women of Color

Huffington Post Blog

The floodgates holding back the tech industry's dismal diversity data are now wide open. First Google, then LinkedIn and Yahoo, and now Facebook have soaked Silicon Valley watchers with what many of us already assumed: the tech community is mostly white and male. The statistics about racial and gender diversity in the technology field are disheartening and signal the need for efforts to increase the presence of women and African American, Latino, and Native American professionals in computing and technology fields. There is currently a fair amount of dialogue...

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Computer Science Education Act Hits Critical Milestone

HPCwire

As the saying goes, to outcompete, a nation or business must out-compute. An explosion in the number of computationally-driven disciplines has created a huge demand for highly-trained scientists and engineers. Congress is currently considering a bill that would help bridge the skills gap and bolster national competitiveness. The Computer Science Education Act (HR 2536) seeks to make computer science a core competency by strengthening elementary and secondary computer science education. While science and engineering were hallmarks of innovation over the 19th and 2...

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More on Computer Programming: Train Kids Early

Digits

Starting this September, every single K-12 student in Great Britain will start taking classes in computer programming. That is, kids at the age of five will take programming, and they won’t stop until they’re 16 at least. A majority of these children will be using the free online learning platform Codecademy, says co-founder Zach Sims. Ditto France, Estonia and Buenos Aires. In China, Codecademy, which has programming lessons contributed by more than 100,000 people from around the world, has been cloned multiple times. Meanwhile in the U.S., where education i...

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Austria's New Green Super Computer

The Vienna University of Technology will house the new VSC-3 supercomputer, a cluster that consists of more than 32,000 individual processor cores. The VSC-3, Austria's most powerful computer, will enable scientific calculations to be performed in a variety of research areas. The initial plans for the supercomputer are focused on energy efficiency and reducing environmental impact, leading to the use of a new oil-cooling technique. "This collaborative project between eight universities, which covers many disciplines and fields of study, is a prime example of cooperation in practice and sh...

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UK Council Calls for Partners to Develop Alan Turing Institute

The U.K. Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) wants to partner with U.K. universities on an initiative to establish the Alan Turing Institute. The U.K. government, which plans to provide 42 million British pounds over five years to fund the national center, has turned to EPSRC to coordinate the effort. The government sees the Institute as an opportunity to position the nation as a global leader in the analysis and application of big data. "Big data is a key component in how we conduct science today and its importance will only increase in the future," says Greg Clark...

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Cloud Gives DNA Compiler Wings at Penn State University

HPCwire

Imagine being able to turn bacteria into molecular factories, capable of producing everything from earth-friendly biofuels to personalized medicines? This is the promise of synthetic biology, which has made remarkable advances over the last decade, taking tools and concepts from physics, engineering and computer science to design new biological systems. One of the foremost researchers in the field is Professor Howard Salis. An assistant professor at Penn State University, Salis developed a cloud-based software platform, called DNA Compiler, to support the efforts...

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Living Cyberinfrastructure: An Emerging Model at Indiana University

According to IU Research Technology Manager of Campus Bridging and Research Infrastructure Rich Knepper, living cyberinfrastructure implies a close link between technology and scientific outcomes. Science becomes part of the technology that supports it. In a talk at the International Conference on Infrastructures and Cooperation in E-science and E-humanities, Leipzig, Germany, in June 2014 titled “Living cyberinfrastructures and their impact on scientific research,” Knepper explored the evolving model of center-based cyberinfrastructure and some of the challenges that attend that mode...

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HPC UNIVERSITY BI-WEEKLY CHALLENEGE - Hybrid Parallel Dice

RELEASE DATE:

August 17, 2014

TITLE:

Hybrid Parallel Dice

SUMMARY:

This problem challenges you to implement a hybrid parallel program to simulate rolls of dice.

QUESTION:

Your task is to implement a hybrid MPI/OpenMP program to simulate rolling an n-sided die, where n is the number of MPI processes minus 1.

Each MPI process, except the first one (Rank 0), should spawn OpenMP threads to help roll an n-sided die 10,000,000 times.  If the result of a roll is equal to the MPI process' rank, the OpenMP thread should i...

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Message from TACC Executive Director, Dan Stanzione

The center continues to grow, and the demands for the cyberinfrastructure services provided by TACC continue to grow faster than we can possibly meet them. As part of that growth, we need a bigger home, and our project to expand the TACC facilities is taking shape. The image below shows a concept drawing for our new addition to be located adjacent to our current facilities on the J.J. Pickle Research Campus at UT Austin. This building will set a new architectural standard for the PRC. In addition to giving us space for nearly 70 additional staff and 20 new students, we will add a new trai...

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Just Around the Corner: Euro-Par 2014

August 25 - 29, 2014 Porto, Portugal

Euro-Par is an annual series of international conferences dedicated to the promotion and advancement of all aspects of parallel and distributed computing. Euro-Par covers a wide spectrum of topics from algorithms and theory to software technology and hardware-related issues, with application areas ranging from scientific to mobile and cloud computing. Euro-Par provides a forum for the introduction, presentation and discussion of the latest scientific and technical advances, extending the frontier of both the state of the art a...

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