YarcData Graph Analytics Challenge...

YarcData, a Cray company dedicated to providing “Big Data” graph-analytic solutions to enterprise customers, announced the six finalists for the YarcData Graph Analytics Challenge on 12/03/2012. The top six entries for the contest, which features $100,000 in prizes including a $70,000 grand prize for the first place winner, were determined to have entered the best submissions for un-partitionable, Big Data graph problems. Adam Lugowski and Kevin Deweese worked on a submission which investigates causes of autism by understanding clusters of precursors. They are among the set of finalists!

Where the Wild Things are...

As cities and towns expand, they creep ever farther into fields, forests and deserts that are home to a multitude of animals and plants. As these wild places are replaced by buildings, parking lots and highways, the species that live there are squeezed into ever-smaller habitats. But if there are still suitable connections between those areas — for example, a lush urban park, a golf course that includes stands of native trees, or even a railway line flanked with grasses—animals and plants can move from one habitat to another.

Where Mountain 'Lions Roam: Star-P Helps Decipher Threatened Wildlife Migration

"Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) are harnessing supercomputers and electronic circuit theory to help save wildlife from ever-shrinking habitats in an emerging scientific field called computational ecology."