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One of five finalists will be awarded ACM's Gordon Bell Prize today.

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One of five finalists will be awarded ACM's Gordon Bell Prize today at the SC14 high-performance computing conference in New Orleans.

This year's finalists include IBM researchers, who developed software and an associated processor capable of executing cognitive computing tasks 100 times more quickly than current techniques; a team from the Netherlands' Leiden Observatory, which used an array of 18,600 graphics-processing units to simulate the long-term evolution of the Milky Way galaxy; DE Shaw Research's new Anton 2 supercomputer design for molecular dynamics simulations; a team of German and U.S. researchers who developed a new technique for modeling earthquakes, and a University of Tokyo researcher whose improvements to earthquake simulation could improve the reliability of urban earthquake response analysis.

Georgia Institute of Technology professor Jeffrey Vetter, a previous Gordon Bell Prize recipient who chaired this year's awards committee, says we are living in "a period of exploration in computer architecture, where we're seeing people using heterogeneous computing, new types of memory hierarchies, and different types of programming models to make computers productive and efficient."

The $10,000 prize was established by electrical engineer Gordon Bell, who is in attendance at SC14 to receive the Seymour Cray Computer Engineering award in recognition of his years of work in advanced supercomputing.

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