edesio writes "Many satellites and spacecraft require accurate timing signals to ensure the proper operation of scientific instruments. In the case of GPS satellites, accurate timing is essential, otherwise anything relying on GPS signals to navigate could be misdirected. The third technology demonstration planned by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laborator […]
www.youtube.com/watch?v=yp_KyhFD2Ws In this video, NCAR’s Henry Tufo presents: Janus: A Co-Designed Facility and Supercomputer. The presentation was recorded as part of the Dell Panel on Power & Cooling at the HPC User Forum in San Diego on Sept. 8, 2011. The Janus supercomputer at the University of Colorado, Boulder is one of the largest container-based […]
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rwLY5jIg3Q In this video, Dr. Martin Merck from the University of Wisconsin discusses the environmental and compute challenges faced by the IceCube Neutrino Observatory project in Antartica. Dell and Intel were able to provide them with a robust computing solution that met their needs for power efficiency under harsh conditions. The […]
Addison and Michael talk about TACC's upcoming 10-petaflop supercomputer, which will be equipped with Intel's manycore accelerators. Also, ScaleMP adds Opteron support and a wrapup of the HPC Financial Markets event.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAniNH4O1O0 In this video, Jay Boisseau discusses how Supercomputing has become the third pillar of science over the coarse of the last 30 years. Today TACC announced that it will deploy a new 10 Petaflop system called Stampede, which will be built by TACC in partnership with Dell and Intel to support for four years the nation’s scien […]
The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) has revealed plans to deploy a cutting-edge petascale supercomputer courtesy of a $27.5 million dollar NSF award. Built by Dell, the system will consist of 2 petaflops of Sandy Bridge-EP processors accelerated by an additional 8 petaflops of Intel's Many Integrated Core (MIC) coprocessors. The machine is schedu […]
Astronaut Ron Garan takes photos in space and posts them to Google+. This photo was taken yesterday, aboard the ISS, and shows the Southern Lights. Real-time astronaut photos may be my favorite benefit of social media networks.
schwit1 writes "The Big Bird, formally known as the KH-9 Hexagon satellite, was first placed in orbit in 1971 after its development by the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), making it one of the most advanced spy satellites of its time. It is believed to have produced images of the Soviet Union, China and other countries that held strategic importanc […]
KH-9 Hexagon Spy Satellite Makes a Rare Public Outing (Photos and Video) "With virtually no advance notice, the National Air and Space Museum's Udvar Hazy Center put a KH-9 "Hexagon" spy satellite on public display today. The display is up for one day only. Word of this display only leaked out late on Friday. No media advisories were issu […]
www.youtube.com/watch?v=APVGaApddL4 In this video, TACC’s Tommy Minyard presents: Power and Cooling at Texas Advanced Computing Center. The presentation was recorded at the HPC User Forum in San Diego on Sept. 8, 2011 as part of the Dell panel discussion on Power and Cooling. Download the slides (PDF). Related posts:Video: Panel – The Future of LustreVideo: […]
www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3AKW7kiq9Y Our Video Sunday feature continues with this panel discussion from the recent HPC User Forum in San Diego in which community members discuss the future of the Lustre file system. Recorded Sept. 7, 2011. Moderator: Paul Buerger An Update on OpenSFS, Norm Morse, CEO of OpenSFS Peter Bojanic, Xyratex Bob Ciotti, NASA Ames Joh […]
donberryman writes "IEEE Times reports that Heathkit, the fabled electronics kits company, is going back into that business after a two-decade hiatus. The Heathkit website says that they will be releasing Garage Parking Assistant kit (GPA-100) in late September followed by a Wireless Swimming Pool Monitor kit. Amateur radio kits may be coming by the end […]
1859: A magnetic explosion on the sun causes bright auroras on Earth and upends the the fledgling telegraph network. On Sept. 2, 1859, at the telegraph office at No. 31 State Street in Boston at 9:30 a.m., the operators' lines were overflowing with current, so they unplugged the batteries connected to their machines, and kept ...
holy_calamity writes "The first computers with a von Neumann architecture, where a processor has access to RAM, appeared in the 1940s. Now the first quantum computing system with a von Neumann design has been made, at University of California Santa Barbara. Their quantum processor made up of two superconducting quantum bits can use a 2-bit "quantum […]
A team of researchers at the University of Tokyo has developed a new type of optical atomic clock that boasts a 100 quadrillionth of a second accuracy (one quadrillion has 15 zeros). The optical lattice clock is the brain child of Professor Katori who says his device observes a million atoms simultaneously whereas conventional atomic clocks measure time by u […]
www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_y7WZnOk3E Our Video Sunday feature continues with this time-lapse installation of a Dell Container datacenter at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Related posts:Time-Lapse Video: Tokyo As a Dark CityVideo: Extreme Data Intensive ComputingTime lapse of assembly of world’s tenth largest super
First time accepted submitter hairyfish writes "Do we still need time zones? Time zones are a relic of the past, when different parts of the world were isolated, and 12 p.m. was whenever the sun was directly above your specific location. Now, in the Internet age, time is just an arbitrary number, and time zones are just unnecessary complexity. Why can […]
Harperdog writes "This article details how GPS can help detect secret nuclear tests, giving the US more reason to ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. Here's a quote about the 2009 North Korea test: 'At the time, however, the May 25 bomb also sent a different signature, this one into the atmosphere. It did not release radioactive gas or d […]