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Solution for the week of June 15, 2015:

The "Fractal Canvas solution zip file" at the bottom of the challenge contains a solution.

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SC15 Selects 9 Teams for Student Cluster Competition

It’s that time of year again; teams from across the world are preparing to compete in the St udent Cluster Competition (SCC) at SC15.  This year the SCC is proud to host 9 teams that will battle it out to showcase their hardware and computing might to battle zombie invasions, hurricanes, exotic particles, gene reconstruction and MORE!

The selected teams are from the following organizations/countries:

  • Arizona Tri-University Team — US
  • Illinois Institute of Technology — US
  • National Tsing Hua University — Taiwan
  • ...
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Seymour Cray, Sidney Fern Bach and Ken Kennedy Awards Nominations Due by July 1, Nom

ination Deadlines - July 1, 2015

Each year, SC showcases not only the best and brightest stars of high performance computing, but also its rising stars and those who have made a lasting impression. Some of the most prestigious awards given at SC are the Seymour Cray, Sidney Fernbach, and Ken Kennedy Awards that honor the memory of three greats in high performance computing. Each award winner will give a presentation on their work.

•            IEEE Computer Society Seymour Cray Compute...

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Campus Teams to Accelerate Research With Blue Waters

Next Proposal Deadline – September 15, 015

Seventeen U of I research teams from a wide range of disciplines have been awarded computational and data resources on the sustained-petascale Blue Waters supercomputer at NCSA. Blue Waters is one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers, capable of performing quadrillions of calculations every second and working with quadrillions of bytes of data. Its massive scale and balanced architecture enable scientists and engineers to tackle research challenges that could not be addressed with other computing systems.

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HPC Research and Education News for the Week of June 15, 2015 Sponsored by XSEDE

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Your challenge is to use the HTML5 canvas element and JavaScript to create a picture of the Mandelbrot Set.


An example of calculating the Mandelbrot Set in AgentSheets is provided by Shodor at http://shodor.org/talks/ncsi/agentsheets/ ("Fractal Explorer").

A sample picture for an HTML5 canvas with a width of 513 and a height of 513, assuming a step size of 0.00625 and a depth of 100, is provided in the "Fractal Canvas sample picture file" at the bottom of the challenge (linked below).

Your task is to creat...

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Can Programmers and Writers Learn From One Another?




Proponents of stronger computer science and programming courses in schools generally focus on the usefulness of those skills in today’s world. Some argue that computer programming should be offered instead of a foreign language requirement, while others say it’s crucial to engineering and robotics. Rarely is coding considered a complement to the English curriculum. But what if learning to code could also make students better writers? There are more similarities between coding and prose than meet the eye. “The interesting thing about...

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Google Embeds Engineers as Professors at HBCUs

In an effort to diversify Silicon Valley's technology sector, Google is placing engineers at a handful of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), where they teach, mentor, and advise on curriculum. Although 35 percent of African Americans receiving computer science degrees currently come from those schools, they do not end up at Silicon Valley's top technology companies, as only about 1 percent of those firms' technical staffers are black. In response to this shortage, Google sent a handful of software engineers to teach at Howard University, Hampton University, Fisk Univers...

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NICS Research into Nanoparticles Reveals Potential First Step in Impeding HIV

Since the time the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) first swept into America’s social consciousness in 1982, HIV has been misunderstood. But research conducted with the support of supercomputer allocations from the eXtreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) and grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) reveals a potential breakthrough in the way scientists pursue treatment—it’s all about the nanoparticles. A nanoparticle is microscopic and so small it exhibits size-related qualities. Most definitions specify that, to be considered nano, the particle must...

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9 Programming Languages and the Women Who Created Them


Despite software development's reputation as a male-dominated field, women have made many important and lasting contributions to the field, including the development of programming languages. One of the first was the ARC assembly language created by Kathleen Booth for the ARC (Automatic Relay Calculator) computer in 1950. In 1955, Soviet physicist and mathematician Kateryna Yushchenko developed the Address programming language, which was widely used in the Soviet Union for more than 20 years. A few years later, the U.S. Navy's Grace Hopper was one of th...

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