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Primeur weekly 2013-09-23

Exascale supercomputing

Supercomputers for all: The next frontier for Europe's high performance computing ...

The Cloud

DataDirect Networks ushers in a new era of scale, speed and data insight for web-scale and Big Data applications ...

Cybersecurity researcher joins the ranks of the 'brilliant' ...

IBM commits $1 billion to fuel Linux and open source innovation on Power systems ...

Siemens plans North American HR technology Cloud migration to Oracle Fusion HCM with help from KPMG ...

HP announces Cloud-driven enhancements to application and catabase archiving solution ...

EuroFlash

AMS-IX starts new regional Internet exchange hub in Mombasa, Kenya, in collaboration with KIXP ...

Altair announces most successful UK technology event to date ...

Graphene photodetector integrated into computer chip ...

PRACE pre-commercial procurement of whole system design for energy efficient HPC ...

Severo Ochoa (SO) programme at Barcelona Supercomputing Center ...

Quantum entanglement only dependent upon area ...

University of Leicester hosts national supercomputing meeting, showcasing science from the smallest and largest scales ...

USFlash

Six vendors complete test event to become part of OpenFabrics Alliance Interoperability Logo Programme ...

OpenFabrics Alliance announces formation of OpenFramework Working Group ...

DataDirect Networks and ASG partner to offer a private Cloud solution for high performance, high availability archive and collaboration ...

DataDirect Networks to power business-critical broadcast system servicing for Starz ...

Connecting the future ...

$50 million NSF grant to advance cyberinfrastructure for Big Data in life sciences ...

Supercomputing the transition from ordinary to extraordinary forms of matter ...

Cray adds large memory and shared memory solutions to its line of Cray CS300 cluster supercomputers ...

On the road to fault-tolerant quantum computing ...

Bold idea for 'Big Data' ...

NASA uses supercomputer to create future climate projections for the United States ...

Supercomputer sheds weight, gains mobility, and becomes "Server-on-the-Go" ...

Graphene could yield cheaper optical chips ...

Scaling up personalized query results for next generation of search engines ...

Cybersecurity researcher joins the ranks of the 'brilliant'


NYU-Poly
16 Sep 2013 Brooklyn - Polytechnic Institute of New York University's (NYU-Poly) Justin Cappos joins an elite group of ten young researchers named byPopular Sciencemagazine as this year's "Brilliant 10". For the past 12 years,Popular Sciencehas been searching out the nation's most promising researchers under age 40 and profiling them in the magazine's annual "Brilliant 10" issue, on newsstands now and at popsci.com.

Justin Cappos, an assistant professor of computer science and engineering, was recognized primarily for his work on Seattle, a free, open-source Cloud computing system that allows anyone to experience the Internet from the perspective of any location around the globe. Although some users employ Seattle for content distribution or to circumvent censorship, it also provides a safe platform for students to experiment with cybersecurity, mobile devices, and the web. A dozen universities around the world have already use Seattle in 45 classes, mainly to study networking and cybersecurity.

Seattle permits access to resources that exist in any network, anywhere - it presents the Internet not as a specific ISP or government would have users experience it, but as it exists in any location in the world. For example, a student in China whose access is restricted may use Seattle to circumvent censorship and see the same Internet that a student in Brooklyn would see, in real time.

"This isn't a method of hacking into someone's computer and controlling it", explained Justin Cappos, whose computer security background was essential in ensuring the safety of the system. "Instead, Seattle lets users see the Internet as if they were sitting at someone else's computer."

Seattle also runs on smartphones, and its capabilities shine light into what is currently a blind field. "Nobody knows what goes on inside the roughly 1 billion smartphones in the world, or what the Internet would look like from, for example, an Android phone in Afghanistan", stated Justin Cappos. Seattle can answer these questions, and is the largest academic research testbed of its kind. It receives funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

This is the first time that a school the size of NYU-Poly has had two Brilliant 10 winners. Maurizio Porfiri, associate professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering and director of the NYU-Poly Dynamical Systems Lab, made the list in 2010 in recognition of his work with bio-inspired robots.

"Popular Science prides itself on revealing the innovations and ideas that are laying today's groundwork for tomorrow's breakthroughs, and the Brilliant 10 is one of the most exciting ways we do that", stated Jake Ward, editor in chief ofPopular Science. "This collection of 10 brilliant young researchers is our chance to honour the most promising work - and the most hardworking people - in science and technology today."

NYU-Poly President Katepalli R. Sreenivasan added his congratulations, saying: "Professor Cappos has demonstrated the potential for good that technology can bring to society. He has illustrated through his work with his students and throughout his research a strong commitment to protecting privacy, security, and improving our digital lives. I congratulate him on being recognized as one of the top young engineers and scientists byPopular Science. It is an honour for Justin that brings pride to his colleagues and parents alike."

Next up for Justin Cappos involve:

  • Putting the finishing touches on NetCheck, a diagnostic tool that can determine the causes of failure in networked applications like Skype;
  • Continuing work on the NSF-sponsored Cages project, which protects parts of a computer programme from each other so that even if there is a bug in one part of a programme, a hacker can be often be prevented from to stealing sensitive information;
  • Developing PolyPassHash, a new approach to storing user passwords so that even if a company is hacked, hackers cannot uncover user passwords;
  • Updating the NSF-supported project called TUF - The Update Framework, which helps secure notoriously vulnerable software updates.
NetCheck, PolyPassHash, and TUF receive support from the Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications. Justin Cappos is a faculty member of NYU WIRELESS, a research centre for wireless research, computing, and medical applications; the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Security and Privacy at NYU-Poly and NYU, and NYC Media Lab.
Source: Polytechnic Institute of New York University

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Primeur weekly 2013-09-23

Exascale supercomputing

Supercomputers for all: The next frontier for Europe's high performance computing ...

The Cloud

DataDirect Networks ushers in a new era of scale, speed and data insight for web-scale and Big Data applications ...

Cybersecurity researcher joins the ranks of the 'brilliant' ...

IBM commits $1 billion to fuel Linux and open source innovation on Power systems ...

Siemens plans North American HR technology Cloud migration to Oracle Fusion HCM with help from KPMG ...

HP announces Cloud-driven enhancements to application and catabase archiving solution ...

EuroFlash

AMS-IX starts new regional Internet exchange hub in Mombasa, Kenya, in collaboration with KIXP ...

Altair announces most successful UK technology event to date ...

Graphene photodetector integrated into computer chip ...

PRACE pre-commercial procurement of whole system design for energy efficient HPC ...

Severo Ochoa (SO) programme at Barcelona Supercomputing Center ...

Quantum entanglement only dependent upon area ...

University of Leicester hosts national supercomputing meeting, showcasing science from the smallest and largest scales ...

USFlash

Six vendors complete test event to become part of OpenFabrics Alliance Interoperability Logo Programme ...

OpenFabrics Alliance announces formation of OpenFramework Working Group ...

DataDirect Networks and ASG partner to offer a private Cloud solution for high performance, high availability archive and collaboration ...

DataDirect Networks to power business-critical broadcast system servicing for Starz ...

Connecting the future ...

$50 million NSF grant to advance cyberinfrastructure for Big Data in life sciences ...

Supercomputing the transition from ordinary to extraordinary forms of matter ...

Cray adds large memory and shared memory solutions to its line of Cray CS300 cluster supercomputers ...

On the road to fault-tolerant quantum computing ...

Bold idea for 'Big Data' ...

NASA uses supercomputer to create future climate projections for the United States ...

Supercomputer sheds weight, gains mobility, and becomes "Server-on-the-Go" ...

Graphene could yield cheaper optical chips ...

Scaling up personalized query results for next generation of search engines ...