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(A visualization by the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility utilizing real patient MRI data displays blood flow of a brain aneurysm.)

Joseph Insley, principal software development specialist at Argonne National Laboratory, gave a presentation about how the lab is using its supercomputer Mira to create visualizations that crunch data at a galactic size and monstrous computation speeds.

Insley works with the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), which allows outside groups to apply for time to use the facilities. (It’s really competitive! 

The ALCF uses Mira, said to be the 4th fastest computer in the world, an IBM Blue Gene/Q Supercomputer operating with 768 terabytes of memory 10 petaFLOPS. Insley said this means  it can handle 10 quadrillion floating-point operations per second.

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Data nerds wanting to fight for justice outside of ComiCon may soon have an outlet.

This project is funded by a not-so-reclusive billionaire Bruce Wayne Eric Schmidt.

With only one week left, aspiring data scientist can apply for a summer fellowship: “Data Science for the Social Good."  

The project is being funded by Google’s Schmidt, but he will also be advising the project alongside Rayid Ghani, the chief scientist for Obama’s 2012 campaign and DataKind’s Jake Porway.

From their site:

We’re training future data scientists to work on the world’s most challenging social problems.

Fellows will work in small teams with mentors from the Obama campaign analytics team and seasoned data scientists from academia and business on high-impact projects in education, healthcare, energy, transportation, and more.

The project is being implemented by the Computation Institute at the University of Chicago and the Argonne National Laboratory.

Would-be do-gooders have a week to apply. Up, up and away.

—Elliott Ramos