The Future of Hadoop in Bioinformatics

Earlier, I wrote on the use of Hadoop in the exciting, evolving field of Bioinformatics. I have since had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Ron Taylor of Pacific Northwest National Library, the author of “An overview of the Hadoop/MapReduce/HBase framework and its current applications in bioinformatics”, on what’s changed in the half-year since its […]

Granola: Disruptive Technology without the Disruption

The message to save energy is everywhere, from the Department of Energy’s push towards a Smart Grid to the Department of Defense’s initiatives for energy security, for reasons ranging from climate change and protecting the environment to saving money and stretching resources. Many green initiatives such as alternative means of generating and distributing energy are […]

Lessons Learned from Magellan

Two years ago, the Department of Energy’s Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research launched the Magellan project, a research and development effort aimed at harnessing cloud computing for the most demanding information processing of the national labs. A distributed testbed infrastructure was deployed at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility and the National Energy Research Scienti cComputingCenter, then benchmarked […]

Cognitive Electronics: Hardware with up to 400% better performance

Cognitive Electronics’ HPC hardware delivers 10x to 400x more performance than commodity hardware. Cognitive’s proprietary technology runs existing software applications in finance, defense, cybersecurity, scientific computing, oil and gas simulation, media, and more, with dramatically increased performance, in terms of performance per watt, per square foot, and per dollar. Cognitive’s architecture is designed from the […]

Cybersecurity Gaps Across Government, New Monitoring Tool, and More

This month, the Department of Energy, in working with the White House, Department of Homeland Security, and power companies, will test a voluntary reporting model to discover cybersecurity gaps in electricity delivery systems. More here. A researcher at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has developed a cyber sensor to track how network activity relates to application to […]

The PRECISE Act, Law Enforcement Data Exchange, and More

Today’s federal cybersecurity and IT news: The Promoting and Enhancing Cybersecurity and Information Sharing Effectiveness Act of 2011 (The PRECISE Act) passed the House Homeland Security Committee though members had concerns over whether it was sufficient. More here. The Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice discussed information sharing through N-DEx, the FBI’s national law enforcement […]