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October 2019 — December 2019

Sawtooth Supercomputer Coming to INL's Collaborative Computing Center (Dec 8, 2019)
A powerful new supercomputer arrived this week at Idaho National Laboratory’s Collaborative Computing Center. The machine has the power to run complex modeling and simulation applications, which are essential to developing next-generation nuclear technologies.

Access and Embrace the Future through AI (Dec 8, 2019)
Like it or not, AI will soon infiltrate every aspect of our society from our refrigerators to autonomous cars and everything in between. Combined with data and data science, AI offers new, smart ways to solve existing problems and create fresh and exciting opportunities.

New Applications, More Users Drive Bright Outlook for HPC (Dec 3, 2019)
According to Hyperion Research, 2018 was a banner year for the high performance computing industry. And if the first half of 2019 is any indication, we may be seeing something close to a repeat performance this year. As Hyperion previously reported, $13.7 billion was spent on HPC servers in 2018, representing 15 percent year-over-year growth and a new high water mark. Server revenue in 2019 is already at $6.7 billion for the first half of year, a period that typically has less spending than the ...
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Big Data & Higher Education: How Are They Connected? (Dec 3, 2019)
Over the past few years, big data has become a significant part of our lives. Its influence is continually rising. Big data plays a role in nearly everything we do, from our navigation systems, to our Netflix recommendations, to our healthcare systems. At this point, you could probably pick any aspect of your life and find a way that big data has influenced it. For example, think about higher education. Big data is playing a much bigger role in our choices of colleges and our experiences while t...
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14 Ways High Performance Computing Redefines What’s Possible (Dec 2, 2019)
“High-performance computing” may sound niche, but HPC (as insiders call it) influences basically everything. Even soda cans. Yes, cans are low-tech, but they’re high stakes. People use them constantly — globally, we use about 6,700 per second — which means the slightest design flaw wastes tons of aluminum and millions of dollars.

Interdisciplinary Team at UT Austin Envisions New Neuromorphic Computing Architecture (Dec 2, 2019)
If you wanted to deliver a package across the street, you could program a powerful computer to do it, equipped with sensors and hardware capable of running multiple differential equations to track the movement and speed of each car. But a young child would be capable of doing the same task with little effort, says Alex Demkov, professor of Physics at The University of Texas at Austin.

We Teach A.I. Systems Everything, Including Our Biases (Dec 1, 2019)
Last fall, Google unveiled a breakthrough artificial intelligence technology called BERT that changed the way scientists build systems that learn how people write and talk.

Quantum Computer made from Photons Achieves a New Record (Dec 1, 2019)
In the race to create a quantum computer that can outperform a classical one, a method using particles of light (photons) has taken a promising step forward. Jian-Wei Pan and Chao-Yang Lu, both at the University of Science and Technology of China, and their colleagues improved a quantum computing technique called boson sampling to achieve a record 14 detected photons in its final results.

How to Design and Control Robots with Stretchy, Flexible Bodies (Nov 30, 2019)
MIT researchers have invented a way to efficiently optimize the control and design of soft robots for target tasks, which has traditionally been a monumental undertaking in computation. Soft robots have springy, flexible, stretchy bodies that can essentially move an infinite number of ways at any given moment.

Stephen Wolfram on the Future of Programming and Why We Live in a Computational Universe (Nov 30, 2019)
When it came to figuring out which computer scientist should help linguists decipher inscrutable alien texts, it was Stephen Wolfram who got the call. Sure, these extraterrestrials may only have existed in the sci-fi movie Arrival, but if ET ever does drop out of orbit, Wolfram might well still be on the short list of people to contact.

Are Hiring Algorithms Fair? They’re Too Opaque to Tell, Study Finds (Nov 29, 2019)
Time is money and, unfortunately for companies, hiring new employees takes significant time—more than a month on average, research shows. Hiring decisions are also rife with human bias, leading some organizations to hand off at least part of their employee searches to outside tech companies who screen applicants with machine learning algorithms.

NASA Applying AI Technologies to Problems in Space Science (Nov 29, 2019)
Could the same computer algorithms that teach autonomous cars to drive safely help identify nearby asteroids or discover life in the universe? NASA scientists are trying to figure that out by partnering with pioneers in artificial intelligence (AI)—companies such as Intel, IBM and Google—to apply advanced computer algorithms to problems in space science.

We’re Investing in Science Education to Grow the Future (Nov 28, 2019)
A radical transformation in higher education is happening in Rockville that is reverberating to Annapolis, within nine public universities in the state and even nationally. And what’s happening locally on a multi-university, regional campus is a model for the nation.

Environmental Cost of Cryptocurrency Mines (Nov 28, 2019)
Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and Monero -- the names of digital-based 'cryptocurrencies' are being heard more and more frequently. But despite having no physical representation, could these new methods of exchange actually be negatively impacting our planet? It's a question being asked by researchers at The University of New Mexico, who are investigating the environmental impacts of mining cryptocurrencies.

Using Technology for Building a Better School Schedule (Nov 27, 2019)
A better school schedule means balancing the needs of students, teachers, and other faculty members to increase efficacy across the board while providing crucial access to the right classes at the right time for the student populace.

5 Ways to Welcome Women to Computer Science (Nov 27, 2019)
In 1999, at the height of the dot-com revolution, I was the only woman to graduate from Harvey Mudd College with a degree in computer science. The secret to my success? Supportive professors and classmates, sure — but also a willful obliviousness to my difference.

A New Frontier in Hurricane Observations (Nov 26, 2019)
Scientists for years have speculated about the powerful hurricane winds that blast just above the surface of the ocean near the eyewall of the storm. These winds, often the most intense in the storm, play a critical role in lifting energy and moisture from the warm ocean waters into the atmosphere, influencing the intensity and path of the hurricane. But they are too dangerous for research aircraft to fly through.

Institutions Must Better Support Students’ Definition of Their Success (Nov 26, 2019)
Students have always arrived at institutions of higher education filled with hopes and expectations. For today’s students, however, attaining a traditional degree is only one possible goal among many, and what constitutes success for them is equally varied.

Creating a Balanced Meal of Data (Nov 25, 2019)
Finding the ‘sweet spot’ of data needs and consumption is critical to a business. Without enough, the business model under performs. Too much and you run the risk of compromised security and protection. Measuring what data intake is needed – like a balanced diet – is key to optimum performance and output. A healthy diet of data will set a company on the road to maximum results without drifting into red areas either side.

Doing the Math on Future Exascale Supercomputers (Nov 25, 2019)
We are not shy of playing guessing games here at The Next Platform, as you all well know. And Intel and Cray have left us with a few big ones with regard to its future “Aurora A21” exascale system that Intel is the prime contractor for and Cray is the manufacturing subcontractor for at Argonne National Laboratory. But some of the pieces of the puzzle are falling into place at the SC19 supercomputer conference in Denver.

Katherine Yelick Recognized for Outstanding Leadership in HPC (Nov 24, 2019)
Katherine Yelick, the associate laboratory director for Computing Sciences at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences at UC Berkeley, has been honored by HPCwire as their Editor’s Choice for Outstanding Leadership in HPC.

How Deep Learning is Driving New Science (Nov 24, 2019)
Deep learning has seen a huge rise in popularity over the last five years in both enterprise and scientific applications. While the first algorithms were created almost 20 years ago with the development of artificial neural networks in 2000, the technology has come of age due to the massive increases in compute power, development of GPU technologies, and the availability of data to train these systems.

High Performance Computing: Do You Need It? (Oct 4, 2019)
In today's data-driven world, high performance computing (HPC) is emerging as the go-to platform for enterprises looking to gain deep insights into areas as diverse as genomics, computational chemistry, financial risk modeling and seismic imaging. Initially embraced by research scientists who needed to perform complex mathematical calculations, HPC is now gaining the attention of a wider number of enterprises spanning an array of fields.

Advice for Future Computer Science Majors (Oct 4, 2019)
Computer sciences ranks third on the list of “Hardest College Majors for the Brave,” according to This can be intimidating for students looking into this major, but some current students have advice to prospectives. Robby James Breidenbaugh, a junior studying computer science, provided some advice and insight to students considering the major. “I was originally an accounting major,” Breidenbaugh said. “I took CS101 because my dad is an IT guy, so I thought I might b...
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Putting Computer Science to Work Curbing Poverty (Oct 3, 2019)
Like many ambitious young adults, Fernanda Sesto ’23 arrived at college with her LinkedIn page already well established. On it, she wrote, “I understand the power of technology, so I’m using it to pursue social equality.” Sesto, a native of Uruguay and a first-year computer science major at the University of Rochester, volunteered in a Latin American non-profit organization called TECHO, helping residents of poor neighborhoods carry out infrastructure projects involving streets, parks, h...
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