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About cyberprofgus

I am a computational cosmologist and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Michigan.

Zbox4 construction

Over the past decade, my colleagues in Zurich have built several computing clusters dedicated to performing cosmological simulations. Here’s a video showing how their latest cluster, the zBox4, was put together in just a couple of days.

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The Science of Science…

The UM Center for the Study of Complex Systems is hosting a talk on “a new approach to the science of science” tomorrow by a postdoctoral scholar at Chicago. 13 Nov 2012, 411 West Hall, 12-1pm Title: Toward an ecology of … Continue reading

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middleware post assignment

Our second, class-wide post assignment focuses on the concept of middleware. From, a source cited by the wikipedia entry on the term, middleware is defined as “software that mediates between an application program and a network”. There are many … Continue reading

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fast databases for data-driven decisions

In this post from 8 Sept., Steve Lohr of the NY Times talks about an emerging focus on fast data analysis among tech companies, brought about in large part by implementing flash drives rather than spinning disk as a storage solution. … Continue reading

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Welcome! here’s your first assignment…

Welcome to the Honors 352 blog! As a focus for your first posts, I would like you to parse and react to the following statement: The research enterprise of a leading academic institution is a complex system of human, physical … Continue reading

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