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Meet David E. Hudak, XSEDE Industry Relations (Sep 24, 2013)
David E. Hudak, Ph.D., has joined XSEDE as the new Industry Relations Manager. Hudak earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Bowling Green State University and holds a master's and doctoral degrees in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan. His doctoral work was on compilation of parallel loops to reduce interprocessor communication, using machines like an nCube, an Encore Multimax, and BBN TC2000. Currently, he is the program director for Cyberinfrastructure and Software De...
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SHE++: the documentary (Sep 23, 2013)
Between 2000 and 2009, there was a 79 percent drop in the number of first-year undergraduate women considering computer science.The greatest technology companies of our time -- Apple, Google, and Facebook -- have been successfully founded and run by men. And they seem to be doing a pretty good job. she++: The Documentary (12 min: TV-14 DL) energetically proclaims 'Hello, World' after following smart, creative, and trailblazing technologists hard at work in hi-tech. This short documentary collect...
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NSF Announces Two New Expeditions in Computing Awards (Sep 21, 2013 - Sep 22, 2013)
The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) today announced two new Expeditions in Computing awards, providing each selected project team $10 million in funding over five years, representing the single largest investments made by the directorate in basic computing research. Established in 2008, Expeditions awards provide, “the CISE research and education community with the opportunity to pursue ambitious, fundamental researc...
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HPC University Bi-Weekly Challenge Returns! (Sep 13, 2013 - Sep 20, 2013)
HPC University’s goal is to help you and your team prepare for upcoming programming competitions, such as those offered by SC, the XSEDE national conference, Google and Intel’s yearly hackathon competitions and much more. These challenges will sharpen your critical thinking skills and give you an idea of what to expect come competition day. On the first and third Monday of each month, a new challenge will be added that will both perplex and puzzle you. HPCU is confident, that as you work on...
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What Will Watson Do with a Power8 Brain? (Sep 12, 2013)
IBM's Watson impressed people all over the world in 2011 when the machine beat all contenders in a game of Jeopardy! Since then, IBM has kept the Power7-based technology busy, with gigs in financial analysis, healthcare, and customer service, among others. But now that IBM is gearing up to ship its Power8 processors, we could see a newer and more powerful Watson emerge. BM unveiled details of the forthcoming Power8 processor this week at the Hot Chips conference at Stanford University.



TACC Has Deployed 20 Petabyte Global File System to Support Data Driven Science (Sep 11, 2013)
The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin has expanded its ecosystem of hardware resources to further support data driven science. In September, the center will deploy a DataDirect Networks (DDN) high-performance, scalable global file system (GFS) that will be accessible to all of TACC's computing and visualization systems and easily expandable in the coming years. Data driven science is emerging alongside modeling and simulation as another important computa...
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National Science Foundation Appoints new Division Director for the Division of Computing and Communications Foundations (Sep 10, 2013)
Last month, Dr. Farnam Jahanian, Assistant Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), announced the appointment of Dr. Rao Kosaraju as the new Division Director for the Computing and Communications Foundations (CCF) Division within the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate. Prof. Kosaraju will be joining the National Science Foundation (NSF) from the Johns Hopkins University (JHU), where he is currently the Edward J. Schaefer Professor of Computer Science. P...
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UC San Diego Researcher Receives Prestigious Computer Science Award (Sep 8, 2013 - Sep 9, 2013)
William G. Griswold, a computer scientist at the University of California, San Diego, along with a team of colleagues, has been awarded the 2013 Impact Paper Award from ACM’s Special Interest Group on Software Engineering. Griswold shares the award with colleagues Michael D. Ernst and David Notkin, of the University of Washington, and Jake Cockrell of AOL, for the paper they co-authored, “Dynamically Discovering Likely Program Invariants to Support Program Evolution,” published in the proc...
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A Summer of Data Hacking Social Problems for University of Chicago’s Graduate Student Fellows (Sep 7, 2013)
Rayid Ghani, chief scientist for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, recently created the Data Science for Social Good fellowship program at the University of Chicago to give young data scientists an opportunity to address real-world social problems. The program was financed by the Schmidt Family Foundation, an educational charity led by Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt and his wife, Wendy. "This is a small way to help that might have a bigger impact than we think," says Schmi...
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New UK/USA Agreement Will Use HPC to Boost Economic Competitiveness (Sep 6, 2013)
The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s High Performance Computing Innovation Center (HPCIC) in the USA will collaborate to expand industry’s use of supercomputing to boost economic competitiveness in the two countries. Chief Executive, John Womersley, of STFC and Lawrence Livermore (LLNL) Director, Parney Albright, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) at a ceremony in Livermore’s high performance computing center that pr...
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Purdue University Builds Nation's Fastest Campus Supercomputer (Sep 5, 2013)
Purdue University recently unveiled Conte, the highest-ranking campus supercomputer on the latest Top500 list of international supercomputers. Conte surpasses the U.S.'s previous fastest university-owned leading machine, Carter, which was built in 2011 and is still in operation at Purdue. "The reason we do this is because our faculty have a constantly growing need for more and faster computational resources," says Purdue professor Gerry McCartney. Conte recorded a sustained, measured maximum spe...
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Stanford Tries to Improve 'Do Not Track' Browser Privacy (Sep 4, 2013)
Stanford University recently launched the Cookie Clearinghouse, an online privacy initiative designed to complement the Do Not Track Internet privacy development effort. The Cookie Clearinghouse is expected to improve browser reliability in determining whether a cookie planted by a site is meant only for tracking. The goal behind Do Not Track is to give users the option of not having their movements on the Web logged by a Web site or ad network. The clearinghouse will create an "allow" list and ...
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SC13 Broader Engagement Program Announcement (Sep 3, 2013)
Event: November 17th-22nd Denver Colorado
As in previous years, the Broader Engagement (BE) Program’s goal is to increase the participation of individuals from groups that have been traditionally under-represented in HPC. In 2013, SC is enhancing our program activities to strengthen our intent for BE to be an “On Ramp” for the Technical Program. Consistent with these ideas, SC is organizing their funded participants into two tracks: On-Ramp (formerly known as the "standard" track) and Superhighway (formerly known as the "...
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Genevieve Bell to Give SC13 Keynote Address (Aug 31, 2013 - Sep 2, 2013)
Event: Seattle Washington
Australian anthropologist and researcher Genevieve Bell will give the keynote at SC13. Recently named one of the top 50 most creative people in Business (Fast Company), Genevieve Bell is an Intel Fellow and director of the Interaction and Experience Research Group within the Intel Labs. Bell joined Intel in 1998 and has come to lead an R&D team of social scientists, interaction designers and human factors engineers to drive human-centric product innovation in Intel's consumer electronics busines...
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Security Holes in Smartphone Apps (Aug 29, 2013 - Aug 30, 2013)
Popular Android apps have security flaws that could expose private information or allow forged fraudulent messages to be posted, according to University of California, Davis researchers. The researchers determined that the victim would first have to download a piece of malicious code, which could be disguised as or hidden in a useful app, onto their phone; the malicious code then would invade the vulnerable programs. The programs were left vulnerable because their developers inadvertently left p...
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Launch of Energime University (Aug 27, 2013 - Aug 28, 2013)
Energime University officially launched its crowd funding campaign yesterday! This is a “zero profit” humanitarian effort lead by a dedicated and passionate group of some of the world’s foremost scientists and educators who have come together to create an evolutionary project supporting global sustainable development. Energime University will be the world’s first completely accessible, multi-language education platform designed specifically to train and teach people throughout our popula...
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TACC Appoints New Members to Strategic Advisory Board (Aug 24, 2013 - Aug 26, 2013)
The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) today announced the appointment of two new members and one former member to the TACC Strategic Advisory Board. Joining the Board for the first time are Victoria Stodden, assistant professor of Statistics at Columbia University, and Alex Szalay, Alumni Centennial Professor of Astronomy at The Johns Hopkins University and professor in the Department of Computer Science. Re-joining the Board for a second term is Dan Reed, vice president for Research and Ec...
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NSF Reports Computing and Networking Capacity Increases at Academic Research Institutions (Aug 21, 2013 - Aug 23, 2013)
Academic research institutions have experienced a significant increase in cyberinfrastructure resources since 2005, according to a new report from the National Science Foundation. In 2011, 59 percent of academic institutions reported bandwidth of at least 1 Gbps, up from 21 percent in fiscal year 2005, the report says. Doctorate-granting institutions accounted for 43 percent of institutions with bandwidth of at least 2.5 Gbps in 2011, versus 4 percent of non-doctorate-granting institutions. Fort...
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Argonne's Jeff Hammond awarded Young Achiever in Scalable Computing for 2013 (Aug 19, 2013 - Aug 20, 2013)
The IEEE Technical Committee on Scalable Computing (TCSC), an international forum within the IEEE, has named Argonne's Jeff Hammond a Young Achiever in Scalable Computing for 2013. Hammond is an assistant computational scientist at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) who joined Argonne as a Director's Postdoctoral Fellow in 2009 after earning his PhD in chemistry at the University of Chicago.



HPC to Ride ARM's Lengthening Tail (Aug 5, 2013 - Aug 21, 2013)
As we move toward a new era of 64-bit ARM-based processors, the role of ARM in future HPC environments has been the subject of a great deal of speculation. With that said, there have already been a number of notable research and practical endeavors to explore how ARM might find a way into HPC.



Computer smart as a 4-year-old (Aug 1, 2013 - Aug 2, 2013)
Artificial and natural knowledge researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have IQ-tested one of the best available artificial intelligence systems to see how intelligent it really is. Turns out–it’s about as smart as the average 4-year-old, they will report July 17 at the U.S. Artificial Intelligence Conference in Bellevue, Wash. - See more at: http://news.uic.edu/a-computer-as-smart-as-a-four-year-old#sthash.lHGNhtec.dpuf



Smartphones Become Even Smarter (Jul 30, 2013 - Jul 31, 2013)
The world's 900 million Android devices may now contribute to world-class research and discovery



Welcome to XSEDE13: Gateway to Discovery (Jul 10, 2013 - Dec 31, 1969)
Event: July 22nd through 25th, 2013, San Diego, CA
XSEDE, the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment, is a National Science Foundation-supported project that brings together supercomputers, data collections, and computational tools and services to support science and engineering research and education. The annual XSEDE conference focuses on the science, education, outreach, software, and technology used by the XSEDE and other related communities worldwide. Hundreds of researchers, technology experts, educators, and students from a...
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Welcome to XSEDE13: Gateway to Discovery (Jul 9, 2013 - Dec 31, 1969)
Event: July 22nd through 25th, 2013, San Diego, CA
XSEDE, the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment, is a National Science Foundation-supported project that brings together supercomputers, data collections, and computational tools and services to support science and engineering research and education. The annual XSEDE conference focuses on the science, education, outreach, software, and technology used by the XSEDE and other related communities worldwide. Hundreds of researchers, technology experts, educators, and students from a...
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Welcome to XSEDE13: Gateway to Discovery (Jul 8, 2013 - Dec 31, 1969)
Event: July 22nd through 25th, 2013, San Diego, CA
XSEDE, the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment, is a National Science Foundation-supported project that brings together supercomputers, data collections, and computational tools and services to support science and engineering research and education. The annual XSEDE conference focuses on the science, education, outreach, software, and technology used by the XSEDE and other related communities worldwide. Hundreds of researchers, technology experts, educators, and students from a...
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