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MIT’s New AI Can (Sort of) Fool Humans with Sound Effects

Neural networks are already beating us at games, organizing our smartphone photos, and answering our emails. Eventually, they could be filling jobs in Hollywood. Over at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), a team of six researchers created a machine-learning system that matches sound effects to video clips. Before you get too excited, the CSAIL algorithm can’t do its audio work on any old video, and the sound effects it produces are limited. The team fed that initial batch of 1,000 videos through its AI algorithm. By analyzing the physical appearance...

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IBM’s Watson Lets You Talk to Your Self-Driving Car

WHAT MAKES OLLI, the car that’s now rolling through the streets of National Harbor, Maryland, important isn’t that it drives itself, that it’s electric, or even that Local Motors made it from 3-D printed parts. What sets Olli apart is its gift of gab. Upstart automaker Local Motors and IBM teamed up to create the autonomous van-like shuttle, which launches today, carries twelve passengers, and uses the tech stalwart’s Watson supercomputer to chat with passengers. That may seem a step down from fighting cybercrime, predicting the weather, and whooping human butts at Jeopardy!, but ...

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Supercomputer Changing Genetic Medicine in Africa

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is helping change the way genetic medicine is researched and practiced in Africa. Members of the Blue Waters team recently made it possible to discover genomic variants in over 300 deeply sequenced human samples to help construct a genotyping chip specific for African populations. NCSA's Blue Waters is the largest and most powerful open access supercomputer in the world, and is unique in being housed at an academic institution. It is designed to perform very wide computations involving te...

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IBM POWER8 System to Advance Genomic Health Research at University of Calgary

Last week IBM and the University of Calgary announced a five-year collaboration to accelerate and expand genomic research into common childhood conditions such as autism, congenital diseases and the many unknown causes of illness. As part of the collaboration, IBM will augment the existing research capacity at the Cumming School of Medicine’s Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute by installing a POWER8-based computing and storage infrastructure along with advanced analytics and cognitive computing software. Researchers have investigated hundreds of genetic cases at the Albert...

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Workshop: Third Workshop on Accelerator Programming Using Directives (WACCPD)

The HPC community is in constant need for sophisticated software tools and techniques to port legacy code to these emerging platforms. Maintaining a single code base yet achieving performance portable solution continues to pose a daunting task. Directive-based programming models such as OpenACC, OpenMP tackle this issue by offering scientists a high-level approach to accelerate scientific applications and develop performance portable solutions.  To address the rapid pace of hardware evolution, developers continue to explore and add richer features to the various (parallel) programmin...

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Call for Papers: CSA 2016: 4th International Workshop on Computer Systems and Architectures - Deadline: August 6, 2016

The main goal of this workshop is to provide a timely forum for the exchange and dissemination of new ideas, techniques and research in the field of computer systems and architectures. Topics include, but are not limited to Computer hardware, VLSI computers, computer systems. Software, networks and others. The conference and workshop proceedings will be published by Conference Publishing Service and submitted to IEEE Xplore and CSDL digital libraries. Also they are submitted for indexing through INSPEC, EI (Compendex), Thomson ISI, and other indexing services. Learn more at

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Call for Participation: HPCC 2016: 18th IEEE International Conference on High Performance Computing and Communications - Deadline: July 20, 2016

With the rapid growth in computing and communications technology, the past decade has witnessed a proliferation of powerful parallel and distributed systems and an ever increasing demand for practice of high performance computing and communications (HPCC). HPCC has moved into the mainstream of computing and has become a key technology in determining future research and development activities in many academic and industrial branches, especially when the solution of large and complex problems must cope with very tight timing schedules. Among a series of highly successful International Confe...

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Call for Papers: HUST 2016: Third Annual Workshop on HPC User Support Tools - Deadline: August 12, 2016

Supercomputing centers exist to drive scientific discovery by supporting researchers in computational science fields. To make users more productive in the complex HPC environment, HPC centers employ user support teams. These teams serve many roles, from setting up accounts, to consulting on math libraries and code optimization, to managing HPC software stacks. Adequately supporting scientists can often be a struggle for the support teams. HPC environments are extremely complex, and combined with the complexity of multi-user installations, exotic hardware, and maintaining research software...

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Call for Participation: Women in IT Networking at SC16 - Deadline: June 22, 2016

SC16 has issued its Call for Participation for its Women in IT Networking grants. This grant funds selected participants to travel for the staging (if applicable), setup, and attendance of the SC conference and SCinet. SCinet, the Supercomputing Conference’s (SC) dedicated high-performance research network and backbone of information and communication is seeking qualified female U.S. candidates in their early to mid-career to join the SCinet volunteer workforce for SC16. Selected candidates will receive full travel support and mentoring by well-known engineering experts in the research ...

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Call for Papers: Inaugural HPC Systems Professionals (HPCSYSPROS16) - Deadline: August 19, 2016

Supercomputing systems present complex challenges to personnel who design, deploy, and maintain these systems. Standing up these systems and keeping them running require novel solutions that are unique to high performance computing. The success of any supercomputing center depends on stable and reliable systems, and HPC Systems Professionals are crucial to that success. The Inaugural HPC Systems Professionals Workshop will bring together systems administrators, systems architects, and systems analysts in order to share best practices, discuss cutting edge technologies, and advance state-o...

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PSC Joins OpenHPC Framework

In partnership with PSC and other organizations the Linux Foundation, the nonprofit advancing professional open source management for mass collaboration, today is announcing technical, leadership and member investment milestones for OpenHPC, a Linux Foundation project to develop an open source framework for High Performance Computing (HPC) environments. While HPC is often thought of as a hardware-dominant industry, the software requirements needed to accommodate supercomputing deployments and large-scale modeling requirements is increasingly more demanding. An open source framework like O...

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