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Apr 10, 2012

The Processors of Petascale


While the supercomputing digerati argue about what an exascale machine will look like at the end of this decade, recent history suggests that there will be a healthy diversity of designs, at least with regard to processor architecture. As of this week, there are 20 known petascale systems...

Apr 6, 2012

Pursuing protons for medical imaging


A new kind of detector technology that could lead to discoveries in particle physics may also lead to better 3D images of the human body and help cancer patients.

Continuing a tradition of collaboration between particle physics and medicine, researchers from Northern...

Mar 29, 2012

Supercomputers help explain why Universe has almost no anti-matter

The University of Edinburgh School of Physics & Astronomy

Powerful supercomputers have shed light on the behaviour of key sub-atomic particles, in a development that could help explain why there is almost no anti-matter in the Universe.

An international collaboration of scientists, including physicists from the...

Mar 9, 2012

The Creative Fundraiser: The Many Roles for the Postdoc in Search of Support


One of the most important skills to demonstrate in a postdoc appointment is the ability to acquire funding. Whether it is in the form of grants, fellowships, or out-right gifts, postdocs have to find ways to bring in the bucks, not only to keep their own research enterprise humming, but also to...

Feb 10, 2012

Molecules from Scratch without the Fiendish Physics

New Scientist

A SUITE of artificial intelligence algorithms may become the ultimate chemistry set. Software can now quickly predict a property of molecules from their theoretical structure. Similar advances should allow chemists to design new...

Jan 31, 2012

Ten million billion and counting

The Economist

In 1961 John F. Kennedy declared that America would put a man on the moon and the space race was officially on. No one ever formally declared a supercomputing race, but Mike Papka, who heads the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility at Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago, points to the...

Jan 31, 2012

Fast and Accurate Modeling of Molecular Atomization Energies with Machine Learning

Physical Review Letters

We introduce a machine learning model to predict atomization energies of a diverse set of organic molecules, based on nuclear charges and atomic positions only. The problem of solving the molecular Schrödinger equation is mapped onto a nonlinear statistical regression problem of reduced...

Jan 27, 2012

New Center Developing Computational Bioresearch Tool

Jan 27, 2012

What It'll Take to Go Exascale

Science Magazine

Scientists hope the next generation of supercomputers will carry out a million trillion operations per second. But first they must change the way the machines are built and run.

Using real climate data, scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in California recently ran...

Jan 12, 2012

DOE Awards Record Supercomputing Time to UC San Diego, SDSC Researchers


Scientists from the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) and other areas of the University of California, San Diego, conducting research in physics, computer science, earth science, and engineering, together were awarded an all-time high of more than a quarter billion hours in supercomputing...