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Stanford, Army Solve Billions of Equations in Minutes

A Stanford professor and his research team believe they have set a computational record by using a supercomputer to solve more than 10 billion equations in just over three minutes. Stanford professor Charbel Farhat and his team at the Army High Performance Computing Research Center (AHPCRC) recently used Excalibur, a …

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16-Petaflop Supercomputer on Hold to Wait for ‘Skylake’ Xeon

The UK’s Met Office puts the third of three Cray supercomputers on hold to wait for greater power from the next-gen Xeon sometime in 2017. The British weather service has announced it will delay installation of the last of a three-supercomputer package it bought last year so it can get …

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Can Cancer Be Starved to Death?

Researchers say they have discovered a potential way to treat acute lymphoblastic leukemia and possibly other cancers without the usual side effects from chemotherapy. Cancer drugs that use chemicals to kill cancer cells often sicken patients. An enzyme-drug, called L-asparaginase type 2 (L-ASN2) is commonly used to treat certain types …

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Weighing The Milky Way

Columbia University scientists say the mass of the Milky Way is 210 billion times the mass of the sun. Previously, researchers estimated the galaxy’s mass by observing the speed of stars, but that had a big margin of error, according to a recent article in the Daily Mail. Columbia University …

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How the Rise of Supercomputers Paved the Way for Powerful PCs

In this blog, I’m going to explore how supercomputers led the way in enabling today’s computers to boast such incredible performance. It all started with the Atlas supercomputer in 1962. This first supercomputer outperformed all other computers by a wide margin. These early developments led to the era of Cray …

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Did Missing Malaysian Plane Nosedive into Ocean?

Researchers using a supercomputer say the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 may have plunged vertically into Indian Ocean. The flight, with 239 passengers and crew members, disappeared on March 8, 2014 while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Math professor Dr. Goong Chen of Texas A&M University at Qatar …

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Intel Attacks Big World Problems with Big Data Analytics

The company’s Teratec lab effort will focus on overcrowding, agriculture, and personalized medicine, as well as drive development of more sophisticated simulation, analytics for business intelligence. Intel is launching a Big-Data analytics lab in Europe whose goal is to create working templates that can act as working models on which …

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Could New Reactor Smash Nuclear Waste Problem?

Hitachi has developed a new nuclear reactor design that can eliminate nuclear waste much faster — and researchers from three universities have been involved in its development by using computer simulations to test its safety. Typical nuclear reactors today produce nuclear waste that must be sealed away for hundreds of …

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Vaccine Vial Sizes Can Save Lives, Lower Costs

The size of vaccine vials can significantly decrease the cost of vaccine distribution, which would greatly benefit developing nations and save lives, a new study shows. Researchers from the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) ran computer …

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NSF Releases Boost to Kraken Supercomputer Project

The National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS) has received $3 million from the National Science Foundation, which will allow it to continue to provide advanced computing resources for science and engineering researchers through July 2016. The funding extends an effort called the Kraken project for the third time, bringing the …

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