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Open Access to the Universe

Symmetry

A small team of astrophysicists and computer scientists have created some of the highest-resolution snapshots yet of a cyber version of our own cosmos. Called the Dark Sky Simulations, they’re among a handful of recent simulations that use more than 1 trillion virtual particles as stand-ins for all the dark matter that scientists think our universe contains. They’re also the first trillion-particle simulations to be made publicly available, not only to other astrophysicists and cosmologists to use for their own research, but to everyone. The Dark ...

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Tours of High-Performance Computing Facility for UT Faculty and Students

August 29, 2014 - The University of Tennessee Knoxville

The National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS) would like to offer tours of our High Performance Computing (HPC) resources located at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. NICS is one of the leading HPC centers for excellence in the United States. NICS is co-located on the campus of UT as well as at ORNL, hosting the world's most powerful computing complex. The center's mission is to expand the boundaries of human understanding while ensuring the United States' continued leadership in science, technology, engineering,...

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US Chases Supercomputing Crown with Multipetaflop Trinity System

PCWorld

Stepping up its efforts to regain supercomputing dominance from China, the U.S. within the next two years will activate what could be one of the world’s fastest computers. The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration has paid hardware company Cray US$174 million to make a multipetaflop supercomputer called Trinity that will run tests and simulations to ensure “the safety, security, and effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear deterrent without the use of underground testing,” NNSA said in a statement. Cray is using an array of new co...

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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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