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Intel Unites Competing Standards with Virtual Networks

Intel has put more weight behind the effort to build stable, open platforms that could make it more practical to build software-defined enterprise- and wide-area networks. On Feb. 12, Intel released version 1.2 of its Open Network Platform (ONP) Server reference architecture, which includes instructions and code to optimize industry-standard …

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Parkinson’s Disease Discovery May Lead to New Treatments

Researchers using a supercomputer have learned why protein mutations can lead to the familial form of Parkinson’s Disease, a discovery that could one day lead to new drug treatments. Scientists at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDCC) and UC San Diego focused their research on alpha-synuclein (αsyn), a protein whose …

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Hyper-Converged Appliance Aims to Make Cloud Infrastructure Simple

VSPEX BLUE Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Appliance aims to make compute, storage, Cloud one easy-to-install package. Intel has contributed its supercomputer-tested, high-performance computing technologies to build a hyper-converged infrastructure appliance that is easy to configure and maintain, in a scalable, all-in-one package designed to provide all the compute, storage, networking, virtualization and …

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Supercomputer Helps Put Brakes on Traffic Woes

Researchers hope to solve the city of Austin, Texas’ growing traffic problems with the help of the Stampede supercomputer at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC). The Network Modeling Center (NMC), a research group within the Center for Transportation Research at the University of Texas at Austin, is using advanced …

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Xeon Phi Pumps Up University’s Parallel Processing Prowess

The University of Cambridge plans to upgrade its high-performance computing (HPC) infrastructure to support Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors, a move that is designed to meet its research community’s growing parallel computing needs. In a partnership announced in late January, Dell and Intel are upgrading the university’s HPC infrastructure to serve …

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Terror-Proofing Buildings with Supercomputers

A new UC San Diego engineering center will use supercomputer simulations to develop new ways to protect buildings and infrastructure from extreme events, such as terrorist attacks or hurricane-force winds. Faculty at the new Center for Extreme Events Research (CEER) at UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering will take …

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MIT Boosts Massive Multicore Processor Power with Chaotic Code

A relaxed, semi-random approach to connecting a task and a processor core keeps contention for resources from bogging down performance for systems with more than 8 cores. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have come up with a way to get more speed from the many-cored processors driving …

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Image Search Supercomputer Aims to Beat Google

Chinese search engine company Baidu says it has built a supercomputer to bolster its image recognition technology and provide more accurate results for image-based searches, according to two published reports. In fact, the company says it has created the world’s most accurate computer vision system, called Deep Image, according to …

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How Quasars Spit Gas at 1,242 Miles Per Second to Form Stars

Researchers have used a combination of powerful radio telescopes and supercomputer simulations to determine how quasars provide the raw material to form stars and create galaxies. Two teams of University of Cambridge astronomers have found that quasars spew cold gas at speeds of up to 2,000 kilometers per second, or …

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8 New Earth-Like Planets Discovered

Astronomers have discovered eight new planets that could support life, including two that are the most Earth-like planets found to date, according to a new study. The eight planets are orbiting stars at a distance where liquid water could exist on their surfaces. “Most of these planets have a good …

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