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Primeur weekly 2016-09-26

Focus

OpenPOWER and IBM at the verge of the era of cognitive computing ...

Exascale supercomputing

Supercomputers receive funding to help predict and modify new materials ...

Focus on Europe

Calling on experts to propose tutorials and workshops for ISC 2017 ...

Adept project concludes with open-source release of energy measurement tools ...

Specific Grant Agreement One signed by the European Commission and the Human Brain Project ...

University of Amsterdam coordinates cognition research in Human Brain Project ...

New EU publication on Science, research and innovation performance of the European Union ...

Middleware

Quantum names Molly Rector Vice President of Marketing ...

IBM Research and MIT collaborate to advance frontiers of artificial intelligence in real-world audio-visual comprehension technologies ...

Hardware

UC San Diego Extension and San Diego Supercomputer Center launch Modern Data Science Academy ...

TSMC and Synopsys collaboration delivers innovative technologies for the High Performance Compute (HPC) Platform ...

Cadence and TSMC advance 7nm FinFET designs for mobile and HPC platforms ...

Volkswagen innovates manufacturing with move to Verne Global ...

Kinetica unveils GPU-accelerated database for analyzing streaming data with enhanced performance, visualization and high availability ...

CORNAMI announces $3 million funding led by Impact Venture Capital ...

Mellanox Technologies appoints Alinka Flaminia as Senior Vice President and General Counsel ...

DataCore and Supermicro offer ultra-high performance enterprise class Hyper-converged solutions ...

TYAN HPC platforms add support for NVIDIA Tesla P100, P40 and P4 GPUs ...

CENATE adds powerful testbed from NVIDIA ...

Reconfigurable chaos-based microchips offer possible solution to Moore's law ...

New Hikari supercomputer starts solar HVDC ...

India's North East region's fastest supercomputer launched by honourable Union Minister for HRD at IIT Guwahati ...

DDN leverages Lustre leadership to deliver new scalability and management capabilities and open source contributions ...

Applications

Termination of lethal arrhythmia with light ...

Artificial intelligence reveals mechanism behind brain tumour ...

Tracking down the origin of mercury contamination in human hair ...

Next generation of statistical tools to be developed for the Big Data age ...

British Artificial Intelligence firm first in Europe to use advanced deep learning supercomputer ...

Denver International Airport selects Panasonic Weather Solutions for ground operations weather forecasting ...

Ansys and TSMC empower chip manufacturers to design cutting-edge multi-die chip-package systems ...

New study shows nickel graphene can be tuned for optimal fracture strength ...

Meet Rutgers' RADICAL supercomputing guru ...

NASA Career Award winner uses Blue Waters supercomputer to mine crop yield data ...

Southeast students and faculty optimize knowledge at Supercomputing Symposium ...

The Cloud

Oracle unveils its next generation Cloud strategy: Intelligent Applications ...

Oracle announces the industry's most comprehensive offering for analytics in the Cloud ...

IBM Power Systems and Red Hat extend collaboration for next-generation Cloud platforms ...

Trifacta v4 extends enterprise data wrangling to any user, any data, any Cloud ...

Salesforce introduces Salesforce Einstein - artificial intelligence for everyone ...

Meet Rutgers' RADICAL supercomputing guru


Rutgers Professor Shantenu Jha wants to enhance personalized medicine. Photo: John Scafidi.
20 Sep 2016 New Brunswick - Shantenu Jha is a RADICAL man. The Rutgers professor wants to enhance personalized medicine, global health, science and engineering through high-performance computing.

Shantenu Jha and his RADICAL - Rutgers Advanced Distributed Cyberinfrastructure and Applications Laboratory - team operate at the crossroads of computing and science, and their work has benefited research in the molecular sciences, polar sciences and high-energy physics.

Shantenu Jha's expertise earned him a summer invitation to The White House, where he attended a workshop organized by its Office of Science and Technology Policy.

"I think there was agreement that the role of high-performance computing is paramount in solving societal problems and enhancing the competitiveness of the nation in the rest of the 21st century", stated Shantenu Jha, an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the School of Engineering. "High-performance computing is making the impossible problems possible and making the barely possible routine."

In the five years since Shantenu Jha arrived at Rutgers and formed the RADICAL team, it has made major advances in the design and implementation of distributed computing. That means harnessing more than one supercomputer or many smaller computers to solve problems. The team also conducts research on cyberinfrastructure - the computing infrastructure to support science and engineering; middleware - the software that supports calculations and smooths the transfer of data between computers; and software for science and engineering.

This summer, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced a $19.4 million grant to create the Molecular Sciences Software Institute, with Shantenu Jha as a co-principal investigator and scientists at seven other universities led by Virginia Tech.

Software developed by the institute will boost understanding of molecules and chemical processes, improving the health of citizens and security and growing the national economy, the NSF said.

"What we hope to do is to try to solve problems that the research community just cannot solve on their own", Shantenu Jha stated. "We don't solve the drug design problem, for example, but we provide the tools and understand the computing requirements to help solve them."

Two years ago, using the National Science Foundation-supported Kraken and Ranger supercomputers, Shantenu Jha and scientists at University College London pinpointed the shape of a key protein involved in a patient's HIV infection. They later ranked the drug molecules most likely to block the infection, according to the NSF.

The project showed how researchers might use supercomputers and genetic sequencing techniques to tailor drug treatments for patients in close to real-time. Experts expect this to become routine in the future.

Shantenu Jha, a visiting scientist at University College London, is part of a European Union CompBioMed project that's using high-performance computing for personalized medicine.

Shantenu Jha's research has been funded by multiple National Science Foundation awards as well as grants from the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Energy, and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council in the United Kingdom. He is the principal investigator or co-principal investigator for more than 10 federally funded projects in supercomputing and high-performance computing. He's leading a new $1.25 million National Science Foundation-funded project with Penn State and Princeton researchers to advance high-performance computing analysis of climate data and modelling of seismic hazards.

"It keeps me out of trouble, as I jokingly say", stated Shantenu Jha, a native of northern India who grew up mostly in Great Britain and lives in Highland Park, New Jersey. He earned a Master of Science degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi in 1995 and a doctorate from Syracuse University in 2004.

Shantenu Jha has received numerous honours, including a National Science Foundation CAREER award, several supercomputing awards, a 2014 Rutgers Board of Trustees Research Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence and a 2016 Rutgers Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research.

"What I'm most interested in, where I see the next 10 years of my life, is taking high-performance computing into the domain of medicine", Shantenu Jha stated. "All the work I'm doing in molecular science is a stepping stone toward that work. I think that's where we see computing really make a societal impact at a level unseen before."

Narayan Mandayam, a distinguished professor who chairs the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, said he is extremely pleased with all the great things that Shantenu Jha is doing. "Shantenu's participation in the Molecular Sciences Software Institute is fabulous for Rutgers", Narayan Mandayam stated. "I think it's putting us very prominently on the map."
Source: Rutgers University

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Primeur weekly 2016-09-26

Focus

OpenPOWER and IBM at the verge of the era of cognitive computing ...

Exascale supercomputing

Supercomputers receive funding to help predict and modify new materials ...

Focus on Europe

Calling on experts to propose tutorials and workshops for ISC 2017 ...

Adept project concludes with open-source release of energy measurement tools ...

Specific Grant Agreement One signed by the European Commission and the Human Brain Project ...

University of Amsterdam coordinates cognition research in Human Brain Project ...

New EU publication on Science, research and innovation performance of the European Union ...

Middleware

Quantum names Molly Rector Vice President of Marketing ...

IBM Research and MIT collaborate to advance frontiers of artificial intelligence in real-world audio-visual comprehension technologies ...

Hardware

UC San Diego Extension and San Diego Supercomputer Center launch Modern Data Science Academy ...

TSMC and Synopsys collaboration delivers innovative technologies for the High Performance Compute (HPC) Platform ...

Cadence and TSMC advance 7nm FinFET designs for mobile and HPC platforms ...

Volkswagen innovates manufacturing with move to Verne Global ...

Kinetica unveils GPU-accelerated database for analyzing streaming data with enhanced performance, visualization and high availability ...

CORNAMI announces $3 million funding led by Impact Venture Capital ...

Mellanox Technologies appoints Alinka Flaminia as Senior Vice President and General Counsel ...

DataCore and Supermicro offer ultra-high performance enterprise class Hyper-converged solutions ...

TYAN HPC platforms add support for NVIDIA Tesla P100, P40 and P4 GPUs ...

CENATE adds powerful testbed from NVIDIA ...

Reconfigurable chaos-based microchips offer possible solution to Moore's law ...

New Hikari supercomputer starts solar HVDC ...

India's North East region's fastest supercomputer launched by honourable Union Minister for HRD at IIT Guwahati ...

DDN leverages Lustre leadership to deliver new scalability and management capabilities and open source contributions ...

Applications

Termination of lethal arrhythmia with light ...

Artificial intelligence reveals mechanism behind brain tumour ...

Tracking down the origin of mercury contamination in human hair ...

Next generation of statistical tools to be developed for the Big Data age ...

British Artificial Intelligence firm first in Europe to use advanced deep learning supercomputer ...

Denver International Airport selects Panasonic Weather Solutions for ground operations weather forecasting ...

Ansys and TSMC empower chip manufacturers to design cutting-edge multi-die chip-package systems ...

New study shows nickel graphene can be tuned for optimal fracture strength ...

Meet Rutgers' RADICAL supercomputing guru ...

NASA Career Award winner uses Blue Waters supercomputer to mine crop yield data ...

Southeast students and faculty optimize knowledge at Supercomputing Symposium ...

The Cloud

Oracle unveils its next generation Cloud strategy: Intelligent Applications ...

Oracle announces the industry's most comprehensive offering for analytics in the Cloud ...

IBM Power Systems and Red Hat extend collaboration for next-generation Cloud platforms ...

Trifacta v4 extends enterprise data wrangling to any user, any data, any Cloud ...

Salesforce introduces Salesforce Einstein - artificial intelligence for everyone ...