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MESSAGE TO THE M&S COMMUNITY (from Louis Birta, the EiC of the SCS M&S Magazine)

The good news that I’d like to share is that the rejuvenated M&S Magazine is up and running. The first issue of this quarterly e-publication appeared in January and the next will appear April. Its purpose is to present articles that share information, insight and/or perspectives that are of general interest to the modelling and simulation community at large. And please bear in mind the M&S Magazine does not aspire to be a research intensive, archival, publication! There are other excellent SCS publications which fill that role.

Implicit in the notion of “sharing” is the idea of “community involvement”. The publication model is not based on two distinct groups called authors and readers. Rather there is a single group called contributors which intentionally blurs the roles of authors and readers (e.g, readers contribute via feedback about the articles and thus become authors). The point here is simply that all members of the M&S community are warmly invited to participate in providing contributions to the M&S magazine. Acceptance of articles is not based on depth of research innovation but rather on the probable appeal of the presentation to a significant segment of the M&S community

I began with a declaration of “good news”, but there is a possible complimentary downside. The M&S Magazine’s availability to the entire M&S community will shortly be ending. It is, after all, intended as a membership benefit for members of the SCS and unrestricted availability must end soon. In fact the July 2010 issue will be the last that is freely available to all. So SCS members need to ensure that membership renewals are in order and those who have not yet enjoyed the privileges of being an SCS members are encouraged to visit the membership application page at the SCS website.


Promoting the knowledge, science and use of modeling & simulation

The Simulation Industry Association of Australia (SIAA) has been formed to provide a focus and a forum for those involved with simulation technology in Australia, to allow for discussion and distribution of information and to further advance the research, development and use of simulation technologies and practices in Australia Society, Industry, Academia and Government. Visit the SIAA website by clicking here.


Quantum physics breakthrough paves way for materials innovation

Princeton engineers have made a breakthrough in an 80-year-old quandary in quantum physics, paving the way for the development of new materials that could make electronic devices smaller and cars more energy efficient.

By reworking a theory first proposed by physicists in the 1920s, the researchers discovered a new way to predict important characteristics of a new material before it's been created. The new formula allows computers to model the properties of a material up to 100,000 times faster than previously possible and vastly expands the range of properties scientists can study.

"The equation scientists were using before was inefficient and consumed huge amounts of computing power, so we were limited to modeling only a few hundred atoms of a perfect material," said Emily Carter, the engineering professor who led the project. [...]


The PREDIT Seminar in France

PREDIT : Seminar "Production - Process"  (March 26, 2010. At IRCCYN, Nantes, France). PREDIT is a programm of research, experimentation and innovation in land transport, started and implemented by the ministries in charge of research, transport, environment and industry, the ADEME and the ANVAR. For further information please click here








SimSummit Meeting at Spring Simulation Multifconference 2010

The next meeting of SimSummit Roundtable will be held in association with SpringSim 2010.  The meeting will be on Thursday, April 15, from 9:00 – 11:00 in Legacy South 2 Room at the Florida Mall Conference Center in Orlando, FL.  Several topics relating to the SimSummit agenda are active; and progress will be reported at the meeting.  Of particular interest will be:

· An after-action review of the proceedings, determinations and findings, and prospective actions pursuant the U.S. M&S Congressional Caucus “Leadership Summit” meeting held recently

· Consideration of the establishment of a “National M&S Enterprise Campaign”


Simulations illuminate universe's first twin stars

By creating robust simulations of the early universe, astrophysicists Matthew Turk and Tom Abel of the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, located at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, and Brian O'Shea of Michigan State University have gained the most detailed understanding to date of the formation of the first stars.

"We used to think that these stars formed by themselves, but now we see from our computer simulations that sometimes they have siblings," said Turk. "These stars provide the seeds of next generation star formation, so by understanding them we can better understand how other stars and galaxies formed." [...]


Simulating The Grandfather Paradox

Since I watched Stargate Continuum last week, I’ve been thinking more about the Grandfather Paradox, a puzzle that sooner or later crops up in all good time travel-related science fiction.

The Grandfather Paradox revolves around this question: “What would happen if someone went back in time and killed their own grandfather before the grandfather had a chance to have any children?” By killing their grandfather, the time-traveler erases themselves from existence. But if the time traveler is erased from existence, they couldn’t have travelled back in time to kill their grandfather, so therefore they should exist. Does the time-traveler exist or not? This is the paradox. [...]


The Man Who Builds Brains

Using computer processors that behave like neurons in the neocortex, Henry Markram is inching closer to building a simulated human brain—a truly conscious machine.

On the quarter-mile walk between his office at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland and the nerve center of his research across campus, Henry Markram gets a brisk reminder of the rapidly narrowing gap between human and machine. At one point he passes a museum like display filled with the relics of old supercomputers, a memorial to their technological limitations. At the end of his trip he confronts his IBM Blue Gene/P—shiny, black, and sloped on one side like a sports car. That new supercomputer is the center­piece of the Blue Brain Project, tasked with simulating every aspect of the workings of a living brain. [...]


Call for Projects in France

ANR : Call for projects. The French National Research Agency, the ANR, addresses both public research institutions and industries with a double mission of producing new knowledge and promoting interaction between public laboratories and industrial laboratories through the development of partnerships.

Many calls for projects are available at different periods, click here for further information


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