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Primeur weekly 2017-11-06

Quantum computing

Researchers develop data bus for quantum computer ...

Focus on Europe

Luxembourg 25th country to join PRACE ...

European Commission to invest 30 billion euro in new solutions for societal challenges and breakthrough innovation ...

Middleware

3i partners with DDN Storage to deliver demanding microscopy workflow solutions and unmatched performance ...

A third of the Internet is under attack ...

University of Nevada Las Vegas selects winning combination of Bright Cluster Manager and Advanced HPC ...

Hardware

Cray reports third quarter 2017 financial results ...

Asetek announces OEM partnership with E4 Computer Engineering and installation at CINECA in Italy ...

Asetek announces NEC Corporation as new data centre OEM partner ...

NVIDIA announces new AI partners, courses, initiatives to deliver deep learning training worldwide ...

Canadian Minister Qualtrough unveils new supercomputers to help forecast Canada's weather ...

KAUST IT receives iCMG Enterprise Architecture Award ...

Pawsey's Zeus expands to fulfil researchers' needs ...

NCI supercharges Raijin, Australia's fastest supercomputer ...

Supermicro showcases deep learning optimized systems ...

Applications

Sherlock deploys UC's first HIPAA-compliant Hadoop based data management system ...

Yu Liu appointed assistant professor of electrical & computer engineering at Clarkson University ...

Cutting datasets down to size ...

University of Delaware professor wins IEEE award ...

A bit of a 'quantum magic trick' ...

From quantum physicist to quantum CEO ...

High-performance computing methods focus of new text ...

Students explore immigration through a Big Data lens ...

Bright Computing announces reseller agreement with HPE for high performance computing and AI ...

The Cloud

IBM brings Cloud-native environment to private Clouds ...

IBM expands Watson Data Platform to help unleash AI for professionals ...

UberCloud brings parallel MPI to Univa Grid Engine's Docker support ...

Huawei acquires a seat in the Kubernetes Steering Committee ...

Red Hat improves IT flexibility and reduces complexity with Linux containers in latest version of production-ready OpenStack platform ...

Students explore immigration through a Big Data lens

2 Nov 2017 Austin - Supercomputers have helped scientists discover merging black holes and design new nanomaterials, but can they help solve society's most challenging policy issues?

At the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis - also known as Supercomputing 2017 or SC17 - in Denver, Colorado, from November 12 to November 15, undergraduate and graduate students from diverse disciplines and backgrounds will learn how to use advanced computing skills to explore the nation's immigration policies as part of the Advanced Computing for Social Change Institute (ACSCI).

The programme, which debuted in 2016, teaches students how to use data analysis and visualization to identify and communicate data-driven policy solutions to pressing social issues. Organized by the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE, a National Science Foundation-funded organisation) and SC17, the project is unique in its application of the world's most cutting-edge technologies to address social change.

"The institute will help students realize their leadership potential and increase their confidence in their ability to effect social change, regardless of where their profession takes them in the future", stated Rosalia Gomez, TACC education and outreach manager and one of the organizers of the programme.

"Our goal is to provide students with advanced computing skills and the ability to visualize complex data in a way that is useful to everyone, from those affected by immigration policy to those creating immigration policy", stated Ruby Mendenhall, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Illinois and another of the organizers. "It is our hope that students will provide new knowledge about U.S. immigration that can create social change."

During the three-and-a-half-day programme, students will learn computing, data analysis and visualization skills, and then form teams to tackle critical issues related to immigration. The students take a data-driven approach, analyzing large datasets to derive persuasive arguments for their positions.

"These students have so much to offer to the national conversation and debate", stated Kelly Gaither, director of visualization at TACC. "Data analysis and visualization provide a vehicle to get to the truth behind the rhetoric. While this is an emotionally charged topic, we can use advanced computing tools to discern fact from fiction and use this as a platform for constructive communication to move us forward."

As part of the projects students will also receive mentorship, career development advice, and network with other advanced computing professionals. At the end of the programme, the teams will present their analyses to experts in the supercomputing field.

Last year, at SC16 in Salt Lake City, Utah, students explored the Black Lives Matter movement and developed arguments advocating greater national unity and an end to police violence against people of colour. The majority of student participants were from under-served communities and were first generation college students.

"The Advanced Computing for Social Change Institute aims to empower young minds in utilizing unique software and their talents for modeling and analyzing everyday social issues irrespective of their academic major, thus effectively making predictions pertaining to the inspired model", stated Stacyann Nelson, a graduate student at Florida A&M University and a part participant and current mentor in the programme.

Participants in this year's event come from colleges and universities across Colorado, including the University of Colorado Boulder, the University of Denver, the Colorado School of Mines, and the University of Colorado Denver.

"I am thrilled that several computer science students from the Colorado School of Mines will be participating in this important event", stated Tracy Camp, professor of Computer Science at the university. "These types of events are a win-win, as they offer an opportunity for our students to increase their skills and an opportunity for their efforts to impact the world in a positive way. The Colorado School of Mines is grateful that the event is just down the road in Denver."

Source: University of Texas at Austin, Texas Advanced Computing Center - TACC

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Primeur weekly 2017-11-06

Quantum computing

Researchers develop data bus for quantum computer ...

Focus on Europe

Luxembourg 25th country to join PRACE ...

European Commission to invest 30 billion euro in new solutions for societal challenges and breakthrough innovation ...

Middleware

3i partners with DDN Storage to deliver demanding microscopy workflow solutions and unmatched performance ...

A third of the Internet is under attack ...

University of Nevada Las Vegas selects winning combination of Bright Cluster Manager and Advanced HPC ...

Hardware

Cray reports third quarter 2017 financial results ...

Asetek announces OEM partnership with E4 Computer Engineering and installation at CINECA in Italy ...

Asetek announces NEC Corporation as new data centre OEM partner ...

NVIDIA announces new AI partners, courses, initiatives to deliver deep learning training worldwide ...

Canadian Minister Qualtrough unveils new supercomputers to help forecast Canada's weather ...

KAUST IT receives iCMG Enterprise Architecture Award ...

Pawsey's Zeus expands to fulfil researchers' needs ...

NCI supercharges Raijin, Australia's fastest supercomputer ...

Supermicro showcases deep learning optimized systems ...

Applications

Sherlock deploys UC's first HIPAA-compliant Hadoop based data management system ...

Yu Liu appointed assistant professor of electrical & computer engineering at Clarkson University ...

Cutting datasets down to size ...

University of Delaware professor wins IEEE award ...

A bit of a 'quantum magic trick' ...

From quantum physicist to quantum CEO ...

High-performance computing methods focus of new text ...

Students explore immigration through a Big Data lens ...

Bright Computing announces reseller agreement with HPE for high performance computing and AI ...

The Cloud

IBM brings Cloud-native environment to private Clouds ...

IBM expands Watson Data Platform to help unleash AI for professionals ...

UberCloud brings parallel MPI to Univa Grid Engine's Docker support ...

Huawei acquires a seat in the Kubernetes Steering Committee ...

Red Hat improves IT flexibility and reduces complexity with Linux containers in latest version of production-ready OpenStack platform ...