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Urban Institute Advances Mission, from Security to Speed to Capacity, with the Cloud

The Urban Institute is a Washington, D.C.-based policy research organization dedicated to developing evidence-based insights that improve decision making, strengthen communities, and make people’s lives better. As a leader in data-driven policy research, the Urban Institute was looking for a solution that would enable it to run sophisticated data analytics and microsimulation models with flexibility, speed, and accuracy.

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Faster Genome Search via AWS X-Ray

There are many arguments for building a serverless architecture. Chief among them, users only pay for the computing power they use. Organizations can begin by identifying and eliminating the bottlenecks in their workflow. For example, CSIRO Bioinformatics in Sydney, Australia, used AWS X-Ray to systematically evaluate their serverless architecture and, by doing so, improved their runtime by 80%.

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The Boss: A Petascale Database for Large-Scale Neuroscience Powered by Serverless Technologies

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) Machine Intelligence from Cortical Networks (MICrONS) program seeks to revolutionize machine learning by better understanding the representations, transformations, and learning rules employed by the brain. We spoke with Dean Kleissas, Research Engineer working on the IARPA MICrONS Project at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL), and […]

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Accessing NOAA’s GOES-R Series Satellite Weather Imagery Data on AWS

Data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES)-R series satellite is available on Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3). Access it here at no cost. NOAA operates a constellation of Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites to provide continuous weather imagery and monitoring of meteorological and space environment data for the […]

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Call for Proposals for the Amazon Research Awards

Amazon has opened a call for proposals for the 2017 round of Amazon Research Awards (ARA) in a number of areas, including machine translation, natural language understanding, search, robotics, and more. The program is open to faculty members at academic institutions in North America and Europe and awards up to 80,000 USD in cash and […]

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Open Earth Observation Data for a Changing Planet

A guest post by Steven Ramage, Group on Earth Observations (GEO) The environment is measured with precision through Earth Observation (EO) satellite and in-situ – and the global community is leveraging this investment by accessing the information for free. The Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), developed over the last decade, makes more than […]

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The Importance and Necessity of Modernizing Government

Federal agencies are faced with increasing pressure to modernize their aging information technology systems and data centers. From global cybersecurity attacks to the constant pressure to do more with less, agencies must act to migrate to secure and modern IT systems. Today, the U.S. House of Representatives took an important step in providing agencies the […]

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In Pursuit of a 1 Hour, $10 Genome Annotation

There are hundreds of scientists at the Smithsonian Institution who study just about every kind of life on earth, from animals and plants to fungi and bacteria. Since the initial publication of the human genome project in 2001, DNA sequencing technology has become more efficient and cost-effective, making it possible for individual biodiversity scientists to […]

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