Forest Mapping: When the Budworms come to dinner

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by Helen Hill for MGHPCC

Motivated by an eastern spruce budworm outbreak traveling down from Canada, researchers in the School of Forest Resources at the University of Maine and colleagues in the U Maine Advanced Computing Group, catalyzed by a seed grant from the Northeast Cyberteam Program, have been applying machine learning techniques to map the evolving state of the forest to provide accurate and up-to-date information on forest as the outbreak develops.

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HPEC’17

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Since its beginnings in1998, HPEC (the High Performance Extreme Computing Conference) has grown to become an annual fixture of the September High Performance Computing (HPC) calendar. Now the largest computing conference in New England and the premier conference in the world on the convergence of high performance and embedded computing, HPEC was originally hosted at Lincoln Laboratory, but since its 2012 incorporation as an official IEEE conference, HPEC has made its home at the Westin Hotel in Waltham, MA. Continue reading HPEC’17

Exploring Thermoelectric Behavior at the Nanoscale

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by Helen Hill for MGHPCC

Zlatan Aksamija, an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, uses computers at the MGHPCC to carry out nanomolecular materials modeling experiments exploring the thermoelectric behavior of materials for use in energy applications. Continue reading Exploring Thermoelectric Behavior at the Nanoscale

HPC Futures

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by Helen Hill for MGHPCC

Billed as “a one day exploration of ideas and planning for future computational research at Boston area universities, institutes, hospitals, libraries and companies” the HPC Futures conference, held on June 30th at the Cambridge Hyatt Regency, shone a spotlight on the uniquely rich local high performance computing landscape much of it increasingly enabled by access to MGHPCC resources. Continue reading HPC Futures

The Trickiness of Talking to Computers

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by Helen Hill for MGHPCC

James Glass is a senior research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Glass leads the Spoken Language Systems Group in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL.) His research is focused on automatic speech recognition, unsupervised speech processing, and spoken language understanding. This past spring, assisted by graduate student David Harwath, Glass was the instructor for MIT’s 6.345/HST.728 Automatic Speech Recognition class but this year, for the first time, students had the option of using high performance computing resources at the MGHPCC to facilitate their work. Continue reading The Trickiness of Talking to Computers