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The Power to Probe the Secrets of the Universe

The Power to Probe the Secrets of the Universe

first_imgUnderstanding our universeParticle physicists study subatomic particles such as quarks, electrons and neutrinos that serve as the building blocks of our universe. Understanding the structure and interactions among elementary particles and fields — at the smallest distance scale and highest attainable energy — can help unlock the secrets of the universe.For many years, the Dutch National Institute for Subatomic Physics (Nikhef) has conducted research into the universe’s elemental building blocks, their mutual forces and the structure of space and time. Nikhef’s work involving the Hadron Collider at the CERN accelerator complex in Geneva, Switzerland, helped confirm the existence of the Higgs boson, one of the particles thought to play a key role in all physical forces.Not surprisingly, exceptional computing power and data analysis capacity and speed are essential for Nikhef.“Every year, we receive dozens of petabytes of raw data from various scientific research institutes,” explains Tristan Suerink, IT architect at Nikhef. “It’s only through many calculations that we can understand the data. All of these must be processed and shared with thousands of researchers around the world.”Never-ending need for powerNone of the interactions Nikhef studies are visible to the naked eye. The work is almost incomprehensible to anyone outside of physics. To accomplish its mission, Nikhef’s scientists constantly need more high-performance computing (HPC) power to process the exponential increases in raw data.Today, the organization processes 10 petabytes of raw data annually. By 2020, that will double — and it will multiply 5x by 2025.“We are always looking for as much computing power as possible for our budget. Memory, network, calculation capacity and storage are the most important for us.”— Tristan Suerink, IT Architect, NikhefTo meet its requirements, Nikhef recently expanded its IT infrastructure with 93 Dell EMC PowerEdge R6415 servers, featuring AMD EPYC™ 7551P processors.“The design of the Dell EMC PowerEdge R6415 met both of our selection criteria: CPU performance and the high I/O bandwidth available,” notes Suerink. “Moreover, we want CPUs and servers that guarantee four years of solid performance with full deployment.”Greater processing efficiencyBecause Nikhef’s work is so critical, the organization extensively tested demo units of the PowerEdge servers before putting them into production. A single server running on the EPYC architecture and 32 cores offered the best price-performance ratio — essential for an organization that’s trying to maximize the value of every euro spent.By choosing a single-socket design, Nikhef ensured that the servers’ entire processing capacity could be tapped for data analysis. This makes the solution 20 percent more efficient than any dual-socket system.“More effective computing power with Dell EMC means that scientists can analyze data more quickly and ultimately do more research.”— Tristan Suerink, IT Architect, NikhefIncreased returns fund more researchParticle physics is reshaping the way we view our universe. In addition, it’s had a far-reaching impact on other fields ranging from medicine and computing to sophisticated security applications such as advanced scanning techniques and nuclear inspection and oversight.As a research organization, funding for Nikhef is constantly a challenge. With Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, Nikhef is maximizing its return on investment.“Our Dell EMC servers are reliable, so users can work longer and do more calculations. It’s the reliability, uptime and quality of delivery that are important to us.”— Tristan Suerink, IT Architect, NikhefRead the case study to learn more about Nikhef’s Dell EMC implementation. For additional information about PowerEdge servers, visit dellemc.com/servers. Join the conversation on Twitter @DellEMCservers.last_img read more

Soler, Bell set tone for year

Soler, Bell set tone for year

first_imgBridget Bredemann commended Weber on “an above-and-beyond job,” and McCormick described Brellenthin as “a model of the servant leader.”  “As senators, you are the number one source for student government and organizations on campus to keep everyone informed,” Soler said. The initial meeting of the new Senate established committee chairs and introduced new members to their responsibilities. An executive order from Soler created a new committee to deal with off-campus concerns.  One of the committee’s goals is to “expand beyond just the bubble of Notre Dame,” LeStrange said. “The whole student body was able to feel like they got something from the administration under Grant,” Becker said. The senators approved all nominations for committee chair positions. The nominees outlined the mission of their committees and their plans for the upcoming year.  The agenda for the new committee includes continuing to improve the Transpo service for students, educating off-campus students about improving their relationships with their neighbors in the local community and arranging student discounts at off-campus restaurants. Gender Issues Committee chairs Mariah McGrogan and Tim Castellini plan to address issues of gender, sexual orientation and the development of gender resources.“The most important thing about this committee is trying to make [these issues] more accessible to the student body,” Castellini said. The Community Relations committee, chaired by Claire Sokas, plays an important role in the upcoming Communiversity Day, and Sokas said she hopes to work on similar projects to engage students with the South Bend community. Student body president Catherine Soler and vice president Andrew Bell, who took office on April 1, set the tone for the upcoming year’s administration and welcomed the new senators to student government as they led their first meeting of the Student Senate Wednesday. Soler, Bell and the senators swore to “preserve, protect and defend the constitution of the student body” as they officially assumed their positions.  Social Concerns Committee chair Patrick McCormick said his committee would be working on the hunger initiative that was included in Soler and Bell’s election platform. Other approved committee chairs include Mick Mulhall for Academic Affairs, Casey Cockerham for Campus Technology, Matt High for Residence Life, Chase Riddle for University Affairs, Brigitte Githinji for Multicultural Affairs and Paige Becker for Oversight.The student senators unanimously passed resolutions bestowing emeritus status on former student body president Grant Schmidt, former vice president Cynthia Weber and former chief of staff Ryan Brellenthin. Veteran members of student government voiced their support for last year’s administration.  The new committee will compile many of the off-campus projects, such as Transpo, that were handled by various committees during the last administration, Off-Campus Concerns Committee chair Emily LeStrange said. The new senators will soon be settled into the various committees and liaison positions to other groups around campus. last_img read more

Limited Gardening

Limited Gardening

first_imgAre your gardening habits constrained because of physical limitations or a lack of time or space? The up-coming Gardening with Limitations class in Putnam County will help you overcome these obstacles.The Oconee Master Gardeners Association and Putnam County Cooperative Extension are sponsor the class which is the first in a four-part Gardening with Limitations series. The first workshop — focused on garden helpers — is set for Jan. 8, 2014, from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at The Hut in Eatonton.Subsequent workshops will be held on Feb. 12, March 12 and April 19. Each class will focus on a set of tips, tricks and strategies that will make gardening easier.The first class will introduce the latest tools and methods available for limited gardener. All of the products demonstrated will be given away as door prizes. The Hut is located at 400 A West Marion Street in Eatonton. Pre-registration would be appreciated to ensure adequate attendee packets. Call the University of Georgia Extension Office in Putnam County at (706) 485-4151. For more information, email Shawn Davis at [email protected]last_img read more

For the Love of Trails

For the Love of Trails

first_imgMeet Todd Branham: Race Director for Blue Ridge Adventures, contributor to Trail Solutions, and Pisgah National Forest legend with a deep love for the trails he shreds.Branham has made a life for himself surrounding what he loves most – mountain biking. He’s been racing for over 30 years and is recognized for curating and delivering world-renowned races to the tallest and most rugged mountains this side of the Mississippi since 1998. Though he’s known for many accomplishments in the mountain bike community, he’s best known for the Pisgah Stage Race.“This race is regarded as the best and highest quality enduro stage race in the world with consistent, gnarly singletrack on the docket every single day. The five-day, fully supported endurance event features 140 miles and 20,000 feet of elevation gain,”says Julie Bacon, Digital Marketing Manager for Blue Ridge Adventures through Darby Communications and avid mountain biker.“The event also feature farm-to-table meals, music and on-site accommodations that create a sort of “village” while the 200 racers are in town.”The success in his races is no accident. Branham is a devoted and hardworking professional trail builder, creating and restoring trails all around the world.“He is dedicated to the trails he loves so much and is known as a resource in the trail building community,” says Bacon.We asked Branham some questions about his journey with mountain biking.Todd Branham hiking a trail. Photo courtesy of Land of Sky Media..Where did it all begin? Where and Why did you build your first trail?It started when I realized that doing volunteer trail work in the Forest was the ONLY way at the time to DIRECTLY impact the Forest your operating in. I started working with trained officials of the Forest and became a trail crew leader in Pisgah National Forest. A few years later I received a call from a long time friend that had a professional trail building company ( Long Cane Trails ) and needed some extra hands. I worked in S.C. a bit on trails and eventually bought 50% of the company. 20 years later we have built over 300 miles of new trail and refurbished many more miles of trail. We have built in 3 countries and in all types of terrain. What are some of the most memorable moments of the Pisgah Stage Race?Watching people’s minds constantly being blown at the level of our event and how awesome the Pisgah Forest really is. I get this satisfaction every year as Pisgah still has not been discovered by some. I know it’s world class, it’s always cool to show others that. Why have you devoted your life to mountain biking?Simple, follow what you love What were the highlights of your racing career?Winning the 2009 East Coast unification race was a bonus on being the 2009 National Series Cross Country and Enduro Champion in my age category for the US. This victory was surreal. Partnering with my good friend Wes Dickson at the famed BC Bike Race to get 4th was pretty spectacular also. Now days I enjoy mixing it up with the top racers across the world on my bike at stage races. It’s such a great way to explore new places!center_img Branham is living proof that following what you love is by far the best way to spend your time. You not only bring happiness and satisfaction in your own life, but your excitement for what you do resonates in others and inevitably produces your best work. His passion has made Branham an icon in the mountain biking community and an inspiration to us outdoor lovers. What got you to create Blue Ridge Adventure and the Pisgah Stage Race?Blue Ridge Adventures was formed due to the passion to find my placement in the world around Cycling. I realized I wasn’t quite good enough to be a pro rider, so promoting events seemed very interesting too. I got my hands dirty with promoting cycling events at the bike shop I worked at in college. At the time no one was operating any cycling events in the Pisgah National Forest. I started 21 years ago with a dream to share Pisgah with folks, this wonderful place that in the cycling world had yet to discover. Today, elite athletes sworn here and the world’s eyes focus the terrain of these old mountains in WNC.Pisgah Stage Race was born to celebrate our area that is one of very few in the US that can actually pull of such an event. With so many trails in our area that connects to one another, Pisgah is very unique. Top that off with being able to connect town to the forest and magic happens! This simply doesn’t exist but in a few towns in the US- trails linking from your town DIRECTLY to the US Forest Service trails. Racing all over the world myself has shown me what a special place I live in. I wanted to share this with the world.last_img read more

Distressed Kayaker Rescued in Long Island Sound

Distressed Kayaker Rescued in Long Island Sound

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police, along with the United States Coast Guard, rescued a 60-year-old Connecticut woman who was thrown into the Long Island Sound after her kayak tipped over Saturday morning, police said.Martha Bailey’s kayak tipped over around 10:50 a.m. She made a radio notification and activated a position beacon, police said, which prompted authorities to initiate a search effort. Suffolk Police Aviation Section officers, along with a flight paramedic, responded in a Suffolk police helicopter and, at 11:08 a.m., successfully located Bailey’s position. She was seen hanging on to her kayak and wearing a lifejacket. The helicopter crew directed Marine Delta and the Coast Guard vessel to her location. The two units arrived and she was taken aboard the Coast Guard vessel and transported to their New Haven station for medical evaluation.last_img read more

28 years later: Bill Klewin retires, still energized by credit unions’ passion

28 years later: Bill Klewin retires, still energized by credit unions’ passion

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Bill Klewin, director of regulatory compliance for CUNA Mutual Group, is retiring after 28 years with CUNA Mutual Group. Andrea Stritzke, formally with PolicyWorks in Des Moines, Iowa, will be filling his position at the company in January.“Bill will be missed, not only as a long-term and dedicated employee, but as a nationally recognized consumer lending expert and valued industry resource for credit unions,” said Kathy Blumenfeld, vice president, CUNA Mutual Group Lending and Payment Security. “The expertise he brought to the position through his many industry speaking engagements and relationships is difficult to replace. But we are thrilled to have Andrea step in and build on what Bill has established. Andrea is uniquely qualified to step into this position without missing a beat.”Klewin joined CUNA Mutual Group in 1986 as associate legal counsel and has held numerous leadership positions, including his most recent role as director of regulatory compliance for the company’s Lending and Payment Security business. Klewin made his mark on credit union lending with creative solutions, fresh ideas and LOANLINER® product designs. Throughout the last several years, Klewin led the company’s lending products through a highly active regulatory environment. He built a strong team of compliance experts and readied them to successfully handle ongoing regulatory changes.“I’ve been helping credit unions with their lending, operations and regulatory compliance for 28 years. The most rewarding part of my job was exchanging insights with our customers. I will miss their questions and comments, their camaraderie and their passion about what we do. Most of all, I will miss the feeling of satisfaction when I have helped someone at a credit union solve a particularly troublesome problem. Thank you to everyone with whom I’ve worked.” continue reading »last_img read more

Too much information? Privacy questions over S. Korea virus details

Too much information? Privacy questions over S. Korea virus details

first_img‘Delicate balance’ South Korea has an advanced medical system, a free press and a strong culture of public accountability, and Seoul’s foreign minister says the government has stressed transparency when tackling the public health crisis.But even a health ministry civil servant could not avoid online bullying after contracting the virus.The municipal government of Sejong — where the ministry is based — revealed that she took gym classes taught by an infected instructor, as well as a detailed breakdown of her daily schedule.Most online comments slammed her as “irresponsible” for going to a gym during the outbreak, but others picked on items such as her lunch hours, saying they were too long for a civil servant and accused her of “slacking off”.The government’s Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters was forced to step in to defend her, saying her gym visits took place before authorities advised people to avoid public gatherings and adopt social distancing.”Excessive attacks and indiscriminate accusations against those infected will not only greatly hurt the individual, but will also impede prevention activities,” it said.A Seoul National University study has since shown South Koreans were more afraid of being “criticized” should they get infected, than the virus itself.There was a “delicate balance” between risk, information and privacy, said Jason Farley, a nurse practitioner and professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.Simpler releases listing an infected person’s locations between certain dates would be sufficient, he told AFP, but the details being made public were leading to “significant stigma, discrimination and, in some cases, threats to individuals known to have COVID-19. “This behavior is unacceptable and should be discouraged.”  Allegations of affairs, revelations of membership of religious sects: South Korea’s openness about infected patients has been key in its fight against the coronavirus but raised uncomfortable questions over privacy and stigmatization.South Korea has confirmed more than 7,500 infections, one of the largest totals outside China, where the virus first emerged, although new case numbers have been declining for several days.Officials say that has been made possible by widespread testing of potential contacts — the South has carried out more than 210,000. And the consequences have been sometimes been embarrassing, even brutal, with the National Human Rights Commission describing them as “human rights violations”.”We can’t help but worry about the situation where the confirmed patients become subject to secondary damages, such as being criticized, ridiculed and abhorred online,” it said in a statement.Two confirmed patients have been accused of having an extra-marital affair, after their travel logs showed similarities.One Samsung Electronics employee who tested positive said she received hateful comments online after a city mayor revealed her boyfriend is a member of Shincheonji, the controversial religious sect linked to more than half the South’s cases.”I am having a hard time mentally, more so than (physical) pain,” she wrote on her Facebook account, which she has since turned private, asking other users not to share her personal information.”I’m so sorry to my family and friends,” she added.Michael Hurt, a sociologist at Korea National University of Arts, said that while the alerts reassure the public that authorities are dealing with the epidemic, they can unintentionally lead to “the stigmatization of areas as infected or ‘dangerous’.”Companies identified as visited by infected people have been hit.”I’m having a very hard time, we are basically getting no customers after an emergency alert went out which included our address,” a restaurant owner in Seoul told AFP.”I understand these alerts are necessary, but at the same time, my business has been virtually destroyed.” Topics : Across the country, local authorities have been issuing emergency alerts by mobile phone to those living or working in districts where new cases have been confirmed.The text message arrives with a shrieking warning, announcing nearby locations visited by patients before they were diagnosed with the virus and their links to other cases. More information is available on municipal websites, sometimes with breakdowns of individuals’ daily schedules, even down to the minute, and details of their residence and employer — often making them identifiable individually.In a country where virtually everyone owns a smartphone, doxxing — maliciously spreading private information about individuals and businesses online — has long been a problem.last_img read more

Martin Keown names the Unai Emery signing who has been a ‘success story’ for Arsenal

Martin Keown names the Unai Emery signing who has been a ‘success story’ for Arsenal

first_imgAdvertisement Unai Emery had a mixed record in the transfer market during his time at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Martin Keown has hailed Mikel Arteta’s decision to axe Emiliano Martinez from his Europa League side and go with his trusted No.1 Bernd Leno.The much-travelled Martinez, who has been out on loan at six different clubs during his time at Arsenal, had been given a chance to establish himself as back-up to the Germany international in the cup competitions this season.But with Arsenal’s hopes of returning to European football’s elite club competition likely to hinge on winning the Europa League, Arteta opted to select Leno for last night’s round of the last 32 first leg tie at Olympiacos.AdvertisementAdvertisementLeno rewarded his manager’s faith with a commanding performance which helped the Gunners record a third consecutive clean sheet in all competitions, with Alexandre Lacazette’s late goal cementing a 1-0 victory.ADVERTISEMENTEmery had a mixed record in the transfer market during his 18 months in north London with the likes of Lucas Torreira, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Matteo Guendouzi struggling to nail down starting roles under his successor. Comment Martin Keown names the Unai Emery signing who has been a ‘success story’ for Arsenal Advertisement Bernd Leno has kept three consecutive clean sheets for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Keown, however, believes Leno, signed from Bayer Leverkusen for a relatively modest €22million has been an unqualified success.‘We’ve got to look at the shots against, on average now there are fewer shots on the Arsenal goal. Leno was making more saves than any other keeper [before],’ he told BT Sport.‘He’s used to the action that he came up against tonight and I felt that Arsenal were a little bit passive for large moments, they were just doing enough.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘Leno has been quite a success story, coming into Petr Cech, they are big boots to fill and I think he has done that successfully, by and large, it’s his first game in the Europa League and he came out to make a point.‘I think it sends a strong message, I think Arsene Wenger would have played a second-strength keeper because they travel the world supporting the main keeper but he’s now seen fit to put the number one in and I can see why tonight.’MORE: Alexandre Lacazette sends clear message to Bukayo Saka over Arsenal futureMORE: Robin van Persie blames Arsenal’s midfield for the team’s lack of goals Metro Sport ReporterFriday 21 Feb 2020 3:26 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.6kShareslast_img read more

Sainsbury’s-Asda deal to come under regulatory scrutiny

Sainsbury’s-Asda deal to come under regulatory scrutiny

first_imgSainsbury’s Coupe replied on Wednesday, assuring Field that the deal would strengthen the pension covenant and protect “the long-term interest of around 90,000 Sainsbury’s defined benefit pension scheme members”. The UK’s Pensions Regulator has waded into the proposed Sainsbury’s-Asda merger deal following an appeal from politicians for clarity over the impact on members of Sainsbury’s defined benefit (DB) scheme.Frank Field, chair of the influential Work and Pensions Select Committee, wrote to Mike Coupe yesterday with a list of questions for the CEO of J Sainsbury, the UK supermarket chain.In his letter, Field asked for details of considerations taken over Sainsbury’s £9.9bn (€11.3bn) DB pension scheme and whether a risk analysis had been undertaken to establish the impact of the deal on the covenant underpinning the plan.Most pertinently, Field also asked whether Sainsbury’s would “apply for clearance from the Pension Regulator in respect of the deal”. The regulator’s ability to influence corporate activity when it affects pension funds has been the subject of much recent debate. Sainsbury’s will not take on Asda’s £2.5bn scheme if the merger goes through“This is good news for our members,” Coupe added. “We brought a member of our pensions team onto the transaction team at an early stage, and we undertook, with the support of our advisers, a review of the impact on the covenants.”With respect to Field’s specific questions, the Sainsbury’s CEO said that plans had been in place to inform the Pensions Regulator before the official announcement. However, as news of the deal leaked, “we notified the [regulator] at the weekend”, Coupe wrote.Field also raised the issue of Sainsbury’s £974m pension deficit, which had increased from £408m two years previously, in part due to the 2016 acquisition of Home Retail Group.Coupe responded that the group’s retirement benefit obligation stood at £261m – with a reduction in the IAS19 deficit of almost £600m since 11 March last year. “We have a recovery agreement in place with both sections of the scheme [including Argos members], paying in over £124m a year,” he added.Walmart, which currently owns Asda, said on Monday that it would retain responsibility for Asda’s £2.5bn DB scheme if the merger goes through.A spokesperson for the regulator confirmed it was in “active discussions” with all parties involved in the merger.“We are supporting the pension scheme trustees as they seek to secure the best possible outcome for members,” the spokesperson said.“We expect any business planning a major corporate transaction to identify if there is potential material detriment to a pension scheme and explain how they will mitigate against that detriment.“They can then come to us for clearance to gain assurance that we will not use our anti-avoidance powers.”last_img read more

Scottish Enterprise and Subsea UK Sharing Insights into Industry’s Future

Scottish Enterprise and Subsea UK Sharing Insights into Industry’s Future

first_imgDelegates from across the oil and gas industry are being invited to learn about the current state of the subsea industry and what the future might look like at a networking event with Scottish Enterprise.Taking place at the AECC on Wednesday February 7, the ‘Scottish Enterprise Business Breakfast’, will provide guests with a networking opportunity and demonstrate different opportunities across the sector.Industry body, Subsea UK will deliver a presentation on the current landscape and the latest developments and opportunities to unfold.The organisation’s latest business activity review revealed that 80% of large companies and 65% of SMEs believe that their exports will grow over the next three years. Scottish Enterprise and Subsea UK will be on-hand at the breakfast event to provide guidance on how delegates can capitalise on these business opportunities and more at Subsea Expo.David Rennie, head of energy, oil and gas at Scottish Enterprise, said: “Scottish Enterprise aims to work with ambitious companies to support business growth. By helping Subsea Expo delegates understand what the future of the UK’s subsea environment will look like and the opportunities available to them, we are looking forward to providing the necessary guidance and support.”Chief executive of Subsea UK, Neil Gordon, added: “Networking opportunities like the ‘Scottish Enterprise Business Breakfast’ are invaluable in providing important industry insights and predictions for the future to delegates at Subsea Expo. We’re encouraging representatives from organisations across the region to register their attendance and take advantage of the insights and support on offer.”last_img read more