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Primeur weekly 2019-02-04

Special

A number of European countries joining forces to bid for hosting Europe's fastest supercomputer ...

Per Öster sees free cooling as asset in CSC's hosting entity bid preparing for pre-exascale ...

So you want to host a 250 million euro European pre-exascale supercomputer with EuroHPC funding? ...

Focus

2018 - Another year on the Road to Exascale - Part I ...

Quantum computing

IBM and University of Chicago collaborate to advance quantum computing ...

Quantum Xchange named a finalist for 2019 SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards ...

ColdQuanta sponsors research at University of Wisconsin to accelerate neutral atom quantum computer commercialization ...

Focus on Europe

CESGAHACK4 returns in March to accelerate the execution time of scientists' applications ...

EGI appoints Arjen van Rijn new Council Chair ...

EGI Conference 2019 issues call for abstracts ...

Middleware

Dutch reseller Chip ICT joins the Bright Partner Programme ...

Hardware

CoolIT Systems adds experienced Intellectual Property Counsel ...

Mellanox delivers record fourth quarter and annual 2018 Results and exceeded $1 billion in annual revenue in 2018 ...

Asetek delivers all-in-one liquid cooler to support high wattage processors for extreme workstations ...

Oak Ridge National Laboratory adds powerful AI appliances to computing portfolio ...

Los Alamos National Laboratory issues Request for Proposal (RFP) for new supercomputer ...

Applications

Can you imagine predicting crop yields with supercomputers and satellites? ...

Netherlands eScience Center contributes to new insights into the human body clock and health ...

Going deep: Lawrence Livermore lab employees get an introduction to world of machine learning and neural networks ...

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory team explores electric grid modernization via HPC ...

How to escape a black hole: simulations provide new clues to what's driving powerful plasma jets ...

Berkeley Lab researcher wins machine-learning competition with code that sorts through simulated telescope data ...

Supercomputing helps study two-dimensional materials ...

The Cloud

Clowder awarded $5 million from National Science Foundation ...

WekaIO joins the ranks of prestigious machine learning and Cloud leaders to provide benchmark code for MLPerf ...

Helix Nebula Science Cloud demonstrated final results of pilot phase for hybrid Cloud model ...

Can you imagine predicting crop yields with supercomputers and satellites?


31 Jan 2019 Urbana-Champaign - What if we could predict, in real-time, crop productivity and water use for the entire United States corn belt? Using the help of NCSA's Blue Waters supercomputer, Kaiyu Guan, principal investigator on theGeophysical Research Lettersstudy, and assistant professor in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (NRES) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Blue Waters professor at NCSA has found a way to simulate and project crop growth and water use to help ensure food security and environmental sustainability, while also optimizing farm efficiency for the entire American corn belt.

"Using seasonal forecasts and satellite data, we developed a very advanced yield prediction system for both the national and county levels. Our research demonstrates that we can do better than the USDA's real-time estimation", stated Kaiyu Guan. When put to the test, Kaiyu Guan's tool outperformed the USDA's predictions for 2018 end of season corn yields with greater accuracy. Kaiyu Guan's approach allows more accurate end-of-season predictions to be made earlier in the season. At the end of the growing season, when the corn harvest is complete, it is possible to look back and evaluate the accuracy of each previous month's prediction. Between 2010 and 2016, for example, the WASDE report for June was off, on average, by 17.66 bushels per acre. For the same time frame, Kaiyu Guan's estimate was only off by 12.75 bushels per acre. In August, WASDE was off by an average of 5.63 bushels per acre, whereas Kaiyu Guan and Peng's system got the number down to 4.37.

Kaiyu Guan and his colleagues are not the first to use satellite data to try to predict crop yield, but their combined use of seasonal climate prediction, along with crop growth information from satellite imagery, is unique.

Due to the wide-breadth and innovative nature of Kaiyu Guan's work, he was recently awarded the 2018 Global Environmental Change Early Career award from the American Geophysical Union (AGU), which seeks to award outstanding interdisciplinary contributions in research, education, or society in the area of global environmental change.

Source: National Center for Supercomputing Applications - NCSA

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2019-02-04

Special

A number of European countries joining forces to bid for hosting Europe's fastest supercomputer ...

Per Öster sees free cooling as asset in CSC's hosting entity bid preparing for pre-exascale ...

So you want to host a 250 million euro European pre-exascale supercomputer with EuroHPC funding? ...

Focus

2018 - Another year on the Road to Exascale - Part I ...

Quantum computing

IBM and University of Chicago collaborate to advance quantum computing ...

Quantum Xchange named a finalist for 2019 SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards ...

ColdQuanta sponsors research at University of Wisconsin to accelerate neutral atom quantum computer commercialization ...

Focus on Europe

CESGAHACK4 returns in March to accelerate the execution time of scientists' applications ...

EGI appoints Arjen van Rijn new Council Chair ...

EGI Conference 2019 issues call for abstracts ...

Middleware

Dutch reseller Chip ICT joins the Bright Partner Programme ...

Hardware

CoolIT Systems adds experienced Intellectual Property Counsel ...

Mellanox delivers record fourth quarter and annual 2018 Results and exceeded $1 billion in annual revenue in 2018 ...

Asetek delivers all-in-one liquid cooler to support high wattage processors for extreme workstations ...

Oak Ridge National Laboratory adds powerful AI appliances to computing portfolio ...

Los Alamos National Laboratory issues Request for Proposal (RFP) for new supercomputer ...

Applications

Can you imagine predicting crop yields with supercomputers and satellites? ...

Netherlands eScience Center contributes to new insights into the human body clock and health ...

Going deep: Lawrence Livermore lab employees get an introduction to world of machine learning and neural networks ...

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory team explores electric grid modernization via HPC ...

How to escape a black hole: simulations provide new clues to what's driving powerful plasma jets ...

Berkeley Lab researcher wins machine-learning competition with code that sorts through simulated telescope data ...

Supercomputing helps study two-dimensional materials ...

The Cloud

Clowder awarded $5 million from National Science Foundation ...

WekaIO joins the ranks of prestigious machine learning and Cloud leaders to provide benchmark code for MLPerf ...

Helix Nebula Science Cloud demonstrated final results of pilot phase for hybrid Cloud model ...