Café Scientifique: Computing Communities

Discover social science on a massive scale, powered by machine learning. Studying how people interact in communities is complex and difficult. Scale up to a community the size of the US political system, and the detail is overwhelming. Using computers that learn for themselves, Hanna Wallach is unpicking the patterns of massive social structures, crunching […]

HECToR: The 300 million dollar computer

In April 2003 UK’s national hero of informatics, HPCx, was the second most powerful supercomputer in the world, but a new superhero was destined to substitute it within four years: HECToR’s time had arrived. HECToR, whose acronym stays for High End Computing Terascale Resources, started to be under the spotlights in October 2007 and is […]

Don’t Stop Me Now! (Race at 8.2 PetaFLOPS)

“It is unworthy of excellent men to lose hours like slaves in the labour of calculation which could safely be relegated to anyone else if machines were used”. These words, sounding a bit elitist, were pronounced by Gottfried Leibniz, the German mathematician and philosopher who dedicated his life to the foundation of the modern mathematical […]