Scaling the Universe: How Large GPU Clusters Aid Understanding of Galaxy Formation

For centuries, scientists have marveled at telescopic imagery, theorized about much of what they see and drawn conclusions from their observations. More recently, astronomers and astrophysicists are using the computing performance of GPUs and AI to glean more from that imagery than ever. A research team at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Princeton Read article >

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NVIDIA GPUs to Power New Berkeley National Lab Supercomputer, Accelerating Scientific Discoveries

NVIDIA GPUs will power a next-generation supercomputer at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, announced today by U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry and supercomputer manufacturer Cray. Perlmutter, a pre-exascale system coming in 2020 to the DOE’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), will feature NVIDIA Tesla GPUs. The system is expected to deliver three times the Read article >

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Counting Craters: Come On, Come On, Look a Little Closer — at Solar System History

The moon has captured humans’ imaginations for thousands of years — but an astronomical number of questions remain about its history, and the history of our solar system. Some of the answers lie in the craters that pockmark the moon’s surface. And with deep learning, scientists are able to see these craters more clearly than Read article >

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How Deep Learning Is Dispelling the Clouds Hanging Over Climate Models

Global climate projections don’t always agree on how much the climate will warm in coming decades. Some project temperature rises of three or more degrees Celsius by the year 2100. Others predict a 1.5 degree shift. The primary reason for this variation may be surprising: clouds. “Most of the uncertainties we have — not all, Read article >

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How Virtual Drug Discovery Tools Could Even the Playing Field Between Big Pharma and Small Biotech

While AI can lift competition and productivity, it also can act as a great leveler, putting smaller players on the same footing as goliaths. Take pharmaceutical research, for example. Large companies have the budget and resources to physically test millions of drug candidates, giving them an advantage over startups and researchers. But smaller labs can Read article >

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How Deep Learning Is Bringing Elusive, Light-Bending Gravitational Lenses Into Focus

Gravitational lenses have long been one of astronomy’s white whales, perplexing those who have devoted themselves to finding and studying them. But by applying deep learning and computer vision to the abundant data generated by today’s powerful telescopes, scientists are on the verge of being able to use hundreds of thousands of gravitational lenses to Read article >

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Star Power: Why the World’s Largest Telescope Relies on GPUs

The universe’s oldest, most distant galaxies may hold clues about the future of our own. But even with the world’s largest telescope, scientists won’t be able to see those galaxies clearly without our GPUs. The European-Extremely Large Telescope, or E-ELT, will capture images 15 times sharper than the dazzling shots the Hubble telescope has beamed Read article >

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Disturbing the Universe: How AI Could Open New Windows into the Cosmos

Our understanding of the universe is poised to progress at warp speed, thanks to new research by scientists at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. The NCSA scientists are pioneering the use of GPU-accelerated deep learning to detect and interpret gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of space and Read article >

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An AI for AI: New Algorithm Poised to Fuel Scientific Discovery

Deep learning is performing wonders, automating everything from driving to recognizing speech to composing music. Now, it’s poised to fire up scientific discovery, thanks to new software created by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Working on the GPU-accelerated Titan supercomputer at ORNL, the team developed an algorithm that Read article >

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