Category Archives: Bioinformatics

“We’ve found that a lot of network users either have unrealistically high or unrealistically low expectations.” —Chris Rapier, PSC network applications engineer Chris probably didn’t notice the slight pause as I took that in, composed myself for the next interview … Continue reading

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News that the 2016 Summer Olympics will take place under the shadow of Dengue Fever brings to mind a story from my summer of 1975. I spent much of that season backpacking, horseback riding and climbing across Colorado with Boy … Continue reading

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Gathering dust on what I imagine to be a dimly lit shelf in Widener Library, Cambridge, Massachusetts, is a biochemistry dissertation I’m sure nobody has ever taken off the shelf and read. It’s a shame. After all these years, I’m … Continue reading

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There’s a flurry of activity right now on the normally quiet 4th floor where my office is.  Curious to find out what’s going on, I asked Pallavi Ishwad, in charge of outreach activities for PSC, whose office is a couple … Continue reading

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I’m just gonna fess up and admit that the story I’ve been telling the PSC VECNet Cyber-Infrastructure crew is probably a myth. Director John Huston and Humphrey Bogart probably didn’t stave off malaria while filming “The African Queen” on location … Continue reading

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I’m not a big fan of second-guessing the ancients’ perception of natural events. People in earlier times didn’t have incorrect ideas of what the world was like because they were ignorant — let alone stupid. Generally, their ideas were pretty … Continue reading

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Monday, Feb. 18, 11:29 Boundaries are important. Case in point is Jim Brasseur’s Cyber Wind Facility at Penn State, which is using Blacklight — as well as other XSEDE machines — to figure out why electricity-generating wind turbines lose so … Continue reading

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Friday, Feb. 8, 17:03 Nick Nystrom sat down with Bill Flanagan yesterday to talk about Sherlock for Bill’s show. It went well; Nick’s good at explaining things, and Bill of course has done this a few times before.  It’ll air … Continue reading

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Therapist: How’s your blog going? Dr. Watson: Yeah, good. Very good. Therapist: You haven’t written a word, have you? Dr. Watson: You just wrote, “Still has trust issues.” –”A Study in Pink,” Sherlock, BBC I confess:  I’m not an unalloyed … Continue reading

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A couple of things really hit me this week — my second full week at PSC: Everything I learned is wrong: Just spent some time talking with Markus Dittrich, director of our NIH-funded National Resource for Biomedical SuperComputing. It was … Continue reading

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