Posts Tagged ‘ high-performance computing ’

Speeding up simulations with Amazon EC2

February 10, 2010

Over at Cerebral Mastication, JD Long tells a characteristically entertaining and informative story about how he uses R to run stochastic simulations of insurance portfolios and reinsurance treaties. A typical job involves 10,000 simulations, and when each estimate takes over 20 seconds you're talking some serious time to get the job done. Fortunately, this is the kind of problem...

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According to Microsoft, the fourth paradigm of science is data

December 16, 2009

In scientific discovery, the first three paradigms were experimental, theoretical and (more recently) computational science. A new book of essays published by Microsoft (and available for free download -- kudos, MS!) argues that a fourth paradigm of scientific discovery is at hand: the analysis of massive data sets. The book is dedicated to the late Microsoft researcher Dr Jim...

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