Harvard’s Odyssey unlocks big data

first_imgIncreasingly, big data is changing life’s game board.As technology evolves and becomes further integrated into society, massive amounts of data are being collected and stored. From the app on your cellphone to the swipe of your credit card to the systems that monitor everyday activities, data is endlessly transmitted and interpreted. With supercomputers within easy reach and storage infinitely scalable, researchers now have the power and resources not just to collect data, but to analyze it and make important discoveries.Nowhere has this trend been more apparent than at Harvard. Faculty and researchers are using big data to answer society’s most challenging questions, and doing it with the help of FAS Research Computing (FASRC). Founded in 2007, FASRC had one goal: to provide Harvard faculty, students, and staff with leading-edge computational resources.By building a centralized, high-performance computing environment called Odyssey, FASRC gave researchers the keys to unlock the information inside big data. Users have access to more than 60,000 CPUs and 15 petabytes of storage. At peak usage during a day, Odyssey churns through data so fast that it would take a traditional desktop more than 140 years to process the same information.Jeff Lichtman, the Jeremy R. Knowles Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Santiago Ramón y Cajal Professor of Arts and Sciences, and Randy Buckner, professor of psychology and neuroscience, both use Odyssey extensively in their research to uncover the mysteries of the brain.Lichtman, who studies the connection and wiring of individual neurons, collects massive amounts of data. One of his microscopes produces two petabytes of data per month. In a year, Lichtman collects more than twice the data in the entire Netflix catalog.Buckner’s research takes a more macro approach. He studies the interaction of brain areas across thousands of people. Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and other human-imaging technologies, Buckner takes images of activity in the thinking brain. Like Lichtman, he is left with petabytes upon petabytes of raw data.Just a decade ago, this much data would have been impossible to sort through in any meaningful way. But today, with access to Odyssey, Lichtman and Buckner are not constrained by technology. They have the resources to push scientific boundaries in innovative ways. FASRC is clearing the path for researchers like Lichtman and Buckner, removing the limitations around big data and opening its possibilities.last_img read more

Fulham set to sign Boateng

first_imgFulham are set to complete the signing of Ghana international Derek Boateng, Press Association Sport understands. The 30-year-old is a long-standing target of Martin Jol, who has attempted to bring in the Dnipro midfielder on several occasions before. Boateng’s transfer had to be put on ice previously due to contract disputes with his Ukrainian club, but Press Association Sport understands a deal is now close to being pushed through. The former Getafe, Cologne and Beitar Jerusalem man will reportedly pen a two-year deal at Craven Cottage. Boateng is one of the unnamed players manager Jol revealed he had agreed a deal with at last week’s pre-Swansea press conference. The Dutchman confirmed he had also agreed a deal with one of Wolves’ Bakary Sako, Athletic Bilbao defender Fernando Amorebieta or Roma goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg. Fulham have already completed a deal for right-back Sascha Riether, who will join the west Londoners permanently after a successful loan spell. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Cricket News Journalist Rajat Sharma set to contest for DDCA President’s position

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Famous journalist Rajat Sharma on Wednesday announced that he will be contesting for the post of Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) President, the elections for which will be held on June 30.Rajat Sharma is a Padma Bhushan awardee and his team will have Rakesh Bansal, who will fight for the post of Vice President, Vinod Tihara (Secretary) and Om Prakash Sharma.The names of the rest of the panel will be released later, read a statement from Sharma’s group.Rajat Sharma’s candidature is backed by former DDCA President Sneh Bansal and International Hockey Federation (FIH) President Narinder Batra.The dates for the elections were declared on Tuesday by administrator Justice Vikramjit Sen. The polls will be held without the proxy voting system.The proxy system of voting has been considered the root cause of corruption in DDCA. last_img read more

Positive start sees William Hill confident of delivering on 2017 targets & projects

first_img SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles Share William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Share Philip BowcockThe governance of FTSE-listed bookmaker William Hill Plc is confident of meeting 2017 corporate expectations following a ‘positive start’ to the year.Issuing a trading update (17-week period to 25 April), William Hill reported a period growth in wagering and net revenues across all core divisions.Updating investors, the company expects its group net revenues to be 9% up on corresponding 2016 performance. William Hill governance would highlight the improved performance of its online business which saw an 11% increase in wagering during the period.The bookmaker states that it online sportsbook continues to improve its product and customer experience, with William Hill expecting to roll-out a new desktop site in the coming weeks. The bookmaker’s governance details that the firm ‘is on track’ to deliver £40 million in 2017 cost savings.  The firm’s improved digital performance was supported by a solid opening for its retail division, which recorded a 1% increase in net revenues. Unlike its UK highstreet competitors, William Hill’s retail division was able to sustain performance from a crammed period horseracing schedule.Commenting on the trading update, William Hill Group Chief Executive Philip Bowcock detailed:“It has been a positive start to the year for William Hill across the board. Our Online business continues to deliver growth thanks to the improvements in product, user experience and marketing we have made. Retail is also seeing positive trends while our key international markets continue to perform well with double-digit wagering growth.”“The Groups transformation programme is progressing well, and we are on track to deliver £40m of annualised savings by the year-end. Overall, we are in line with market expectations for 2017 at this early stage in the year.”Finalising its period update, William Hill governance stated that the company continued to prioritise its three ‘medium-term’ strategic priorities.Grow UK market share with increased investment in product, marketing and omni-channelContinue international revenue growth and diversification with focused investmentDeliver two key projects to support growth and reinvestmentA transformation programme to deliver £40m of efficiencies for reinvestmentCreate a programme to deliver a global technology platformlast_img read more