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Catching Gravitational Waves to Answer Big Bang Questions

Scientists have long believed that galactic events, such as supernova explosions or black hole mergers, leave a trace called gravitational waves, which are ripples in the fabric of space-time much like how a boat produces waves in the water. Now scientists are beginning to take advantage of supercomputers — specifically, …

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World’s Fastest Astronomical Supercomputer Reaches Petascale Speeds

The world’s fastest supercomputer for astronomical research just got a lot faster. The National Astronomical Observatory of Japan’s Center for Computational Astrophysics (CfCA) has doubled the power of its Aterui supercomputer, from 502 teraflops to 1.058 petaflops per second, according to a recent press release. In order to meet increased …

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Supercomputer Solves Genealogical Mystery

Scientists who have used a supercomputer to compare modern and ancient DNA have discovered that most modern Europeans come from three distinct groups of people. The three populations are blue-eyed hunter-gatherers that arrived in Europe 40,000 years ago, light-skinned brown-eyed farmers from the near East who migrated about 7,000 years …

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Detailed NASA Video Exposes CO2 Path Across Earth

A NASA supercomputer has created a simulation that shows how carbon dioxide rises into the atmosphere from major industrial areas and circulates across the globe based on weather patterns, a recent National Geographic story said. NASA built the simulation with the NASA Center for Climate Simulation’s Discover supercomputer cluster at …

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IPCC Advances HPCs and Parallel Computing

One year since its launch, the Intel Parallel Computing Centers (IPCC) program has made great strides in helping the high-performance computing (HPC) community modernize its scientific applications for multi-core and many-core environments, according to a recent story in Scientific Computing. The IPCC program offers a variety of support for software …

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Comet Supercomputer Extends Reach of HPC Power

The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) plans to launch a new supercomputer next spring that is designed to meet the needs of researchers who have not traditionally used high-performance computing (HPC) in the past, such as those in social sciences, economics or genomics. The new $21.6 million supercomputer, called Comet, …

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Race for World’s Fastest Supercomputer Crown Continues to Slow

China’s Tianhe-2 is once again the world’s fastest supercomputer, but the pace of performance gains in supercomputers continue to slow down, according to the latest Top500 list released in November. It marks the fourth time in a row Tianhe-2 has captured the No. 1 spot on the twice-yearly Top500 list, …

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Bottled Blades Promise to Slash Supercomputer Cooling Costs

Liquid-cooling system wraps blades in liquid-filled containers that cool without fans, air conditioners, more efficiently than other liquid cooling systems A British startup has announced a liquid cooling system designed to handle HPC clusters or supercomputers at a fraction the cost and power consumption of alternative systems. The efficiency of …

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Intel Reveals Details of Next-Gen Xeon Phis, Unveils Fast Fabric

Intel announces plans for the 10nm “Knights Hill” version of Xeon Phi and details the 2015 “Knights Landing” edition at the Supercomputing ’14 conference. Intel has announced a new version of its Xeon Phi co-processor codenamed “Knights Hill” that will be built using Intel’s 10nm process and will have the …

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Supercomputer Helps ID Cancerous Gene Mutations Within Hours

Researchers at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) have developed a computational method that can quickly analyze cancerous tumors and detect genetic changes in a few hours. The discovery can one day lead to personalized medicine, where genome analysis will allow doctors to better diagnose and determine the most effective and …

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