Category Archives: computer modeling

Best Practices for HPC Software Developers

This is a series of seven videos describing best software engineering practices. I would recommend it to all  HPC software engineers. The series was the result of a collaboration between the IDEAS project, Argonne Leadership Computing Facility, NERSC, and Oak … Continue reading

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From The Front Lines of SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016

I attended the SPIE meeting on Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation in Edinburgh, Scotland from June 26 through July 1, and I am sharing my views on the conference presentations. Approximately 2,000 astronomers, software engineers and instrumentation specialists crowded the Edinburgh … Continue reading

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The Mother of All Demos, presented by Douglas Engelbart (1968)

If you have never seen this, I recommend it.  Douglas Engelbart’s December 9, 1968, extraordinarily prescient demonstration of experimental computer technologies that are now ubiquitous. The live demonstration featured the introduction of the computer mouse, video conferencing, teleconferencing, hypertext, word … Continue reading

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How Does An Astronomer Become A Data Scientist?

I have been asked this question by several junior colleagues, so I thought my answer might be valuable to a broader audience. In particular, these young scientists were keen to learn how their skills might be transferable to another field. … Continue reading

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Exploring the dark universe with supercomputers: article in symmetry magazine

The other day, I accidentally came across the on-line magazine symmetry (yes, it’s lower case!) which posts articles in the fields of particle physics and related topics, such as dark matter, dark energy, neutrinos, all written for the educated layperson.  I was … Continue reading

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The 2015 Sagan Exoplanet Summer Workshop – Exoplanetary System Demographics: Theory and Observations

Every Summer, the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute (NExScI) hosts the Sagan Workshop, which sets out to advance scientific and technical understanding of the objectives of the NASA Exoplanet Exploration Program, and is aimed primarily at early career scientists. This year, the topic … Continue reading

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The 8th Extremely Large Databases Conference and Workshop

These annual workshops that discuss ” …the real-world challenges, practical considerations, and nuts-and-bolts solutions in the realm of managing and analyzing extreme scale data sets.”  The attendees include Big Data users from industry and science, developers, researchers, and providers. This year’s … Continue reading

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