The Definition of Insanity

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Almost ten years ago, when I was working at Pfizer, I wrote a position paper for a W3C Workshop on Semantic Web in Life Sciences. In that paper, I pointed out several vexing problems then faced by pharmaceutical researchers that I thought could be ... [ Read More ]

Why Chapel?

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In previous articles for this blog, I’ve provided a high-level overview of Chapel, the parallel programming language that we’re developing at Cray Inc., and I’ve introduced Chapel’s iterators as a sample productivity-oriented feature. In this article ... [ Read More ]

Data Discovery: The Road Not Taken

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I feel lucky knowing that I’ve spent my life all over the map…literally. I was born in the Northeast, lived 13 years in Atlanta, and am now entering my second year in the San Francisco bay area. Thanks to these moves, I've driven across the United ... [ Read More ]

CUG’14 Just Around the Corner

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It’s time again for the annual Cray User Group meeting. This year’s event will be hosted by the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) in the picturesque town of Lugano, Switzerland. From May 4-8 Cray users and system owners from around the ... [ Read More ]

The Right Tool for the Job

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I love Swiss Army Knives; their ingenuity and utility are legendary. As you can see in the picture, it is a thing of beauty, with an array of some 20 tools ready to help you solve a dizzying variety of everyday problems. Some of the tools have ... [ Read More ]

Unconventional Ways Supercomputers are Used

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Supercomputers power a diverse array of scientific research, including calculating the airflow of aircrafts, simulating the earth’s climate, producing data for hurricane predictions to help save communities, providing managers with the tools to make ... [ Read More ]