Tag Archives: Government
Absence of Tech from the 2012 Presidential Election

Today ZDnet ran an interesting piece on five technology themes that have been virtually absent from the 2012 Presidential Election. The five themes are: Net neutrality Cyber-security Privacy Future of the Patriot Act IT infrastructure The author goes into detail with each issue, addressing its importance and how that importance is not reflected by the absence of these issues fromRead More

Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) to spur innovation

On June 24, President Obama announced the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) between the federal government, academia, and businesses to help stimulate the manufacturing sector of the U.S. economy. We have been following the so-called “Missing Middle” of small- to medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) on this blog, and I’d like to describe some of the recent initiatives to engage this high-potential segment ofRead More

ICC Builds Solution for NCSA "Dark Energy Survey"

International Computer Concepts, with partner LSI, has developed a supercomputing solution for one of the most challenging astronomy projects ever conceived. The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) is an organization that develops and deploys national-scale cyberinfrastructure that advances science and engineering, providing high performance computing (HPC) resources to researchers across the country. Leading-edge computing, data storage, and visualization resourcesRead More

U.S. manufacturing and HPC: A bold plan to equip the "missing middle"

HPC in the Cloud ran an article last week written by Jon Riley of the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS). The article talked about the initiative by NCMS to rejuvenate manufacturing in the United States by connecting manufacturers with supercomputing hardware and software to make them more competitive in the global marketplace. The leap from tried-and-true methods to newerRead More

HPC and the life sciences

This week, a team from our company visited a large laboratory located in the Chicago area. IT representatives there told us how a major focus for them has been migrating their computing resources from a model of individual workgroups using separate clusters to a shared private cloud that all research teams in the facility can access for running their jobs.Read More

Worldwide race heats up for HPC leadership

An article in Computer World by Patrick Thibodeau reports how David Turek, the vice-president of IBM, spoke last week about the growing emergence of China in the worldwide HPC competition. Turek said, “Within a year, there will be more Top500 systems in China than there are in Europe collectively.” China currently holds the claim to having built the second-fastest supercomputerRead More

Microsoft responds to government raids in Russia

An article in Computer Reseller News by Kevin McLaughlin describes how Microsoft has been forced to change its software licensing policy because the Russian government has been overzealously prosecuting small organizations for violating piracy laws. In reality, these Russian NGOs that have had their offices raided by the Russian government were not committing software theft. Rather, they offended the RussianRead More

BP oil spill elicits emergency response from HPC

Supercomputers have become an extension of the human mind, “thinking” for us in a short amount of time when our own brains would take countless hours to do the same calculations. In one of the most recent applications of HPC (high-performance computing), scientists have received an emergency grant from the National Science Foundation to model in 3D the future spreadRead More

HPC helps combat malaria

Scientific American reports (accessed via HPCwire) that a project partly funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will use supercomputing to help stop the spread of malaria, which kills about a million people a year. The team tasked with working on the malaria project is sharing a 1,104-core HPC (high-performance computing) supercomputer with a nuclear reactor research company. WithRead More

HPC and lithium-air electric cars

HPCwire featured an article last week about how supercomputers are helping to produce an economical battery for the next generation of electric cars. According to the article, a new type of rechargeable battery is being developed that will rival the current standard of lithium-ion. These batteries, called lithium-air batteries, have a much greater energy density than lithium-ion batteries and canRead More

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