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New Supercomputer Powers Earthquake, Volcano Research

Scientists seeking to reduce the amount of damage caused by earthquakes and volcanic eruptions now have a much faster supercomputer for their research. The Earthquake and Volcanic Information Center of the Earthquake Research Institute at the University of Tokyo has deployed a new SGI high-performance computing system that provides six …

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Will Moore’s Law Continue to Drive Supercomputing for Another Decade?

Moore’s Law predicts improvements in silicon, but is more important for the role it plays in pushing the entire computer industry ahead. Intel recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of Moore’s Law by predicting computer power would continue to grow and circuits would continue to shrink for at least another 10 …

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Engineered ‘Rocker’ Protein Could Shake Up Energy, Medicine

University of California San Francisco (UCSF) researchers have engineered a new protein that could one day improve batteries and allow physicians to better target cancer cells with medicine. The newly designed “transporter” protein can “transport ions across the membrane, a process crucial to cell and organismal survival in various functions, …

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Antarctic Ice Shelves in Danger of Collapse

Antarctica’s massive floating ice shelves have melted by as much as 18 percent over the past 18 years, a trend that could eventually lead to an increased rise in global sea levels, a new study shows. Scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego studied satellite images …

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Charting Cancer’s Genetic Code

University of Olso researchers hope to find better treatments for specific cancers by using a supercomputer to detect which genes are found in cancer cells. Associate professor Rolf Skotheim, affiliated with the Centre for Cancer Biomedicine and the research group for biomedical informatics at the University of Oslo, is leading …

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Breakthrough Proves the Magnetic Powers of Heat and Sound

Ohio State University researchers have discovered that magnets can control heat and bend sound. Their study, published in March by the journal Nature Materials, proves for the first time that acoustic phonons, which are tiny particles of heat and sound, have magnetic properties, according to a university press release. Ohio …

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Scientists Tap Supercomputers to Be Drought Detectives

Academic, state and federal researchers have embarked on a new study on California’s climate to better understand and manage its water supply and better predict precipitation in the drought-stricken state — and they’re relying on the San Diego Supercomputing Center (SDSC) to store and analyze all the data. Scientists at …

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‘Virtual’ Human Clones Pave Way for Better Medical Care

Russian scientists have used a supercomputer to create “virtual” human clones, which they say will allow physicians to better diagnose and treat their patients. More specifically, researchers at Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod (UNN) have used the university’s supercomputer to turn a collection of tomograms into three-dimensional models of …

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Supercomputing Power Translates Into Academic Edge

A new study shows that supercomputers do give universities a competitive advantage in producing scientific research. Clemson University researchers found that universities that invested in their own supercomputers were more efficient in producing research in critical fields, such as chemistry, civil engineering, physics and evolutionary biology, than universities that lacked …

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Intel, Cray to Build World’s Most Powerful Supercomputer

The $200 million ‘Aurora’ is to be five to seven times more powerful than today’s top supercomputers and aims to push the U.S. to the edge of exascale-era computing.  The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced the last of three new supercomputer deals with the biggest of the bunch: An …

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