IARPA in the News

Deep Dive Intel

The intelligence community’s research shop wants to see if DNA, lightwaves or other phenomena can be harnessed into computers that would rip through big data sets dramatically faster than today’s machines or those on the horizon.

Scientists in the U.S. and abroad have until April 5 to chime in about their work and its potential relevance to intelligence problems. IARPA released the “Novel Technologies for High Performance Computing” request for information on March 8.

New York Times

In 2006, Philip E. Tetlock published a landmark book called “Expert Political Judgment.” While his findings obviously don’t apply to me, Tetlock demonstrated that pundits and experts are terrible at making predictions.

Military & Aerospace Electronics

Government computer scientists are asking industry for information that could lead to new levels of computational performance with dramatically lower power, space, and cooling requirements than the high-performance computing (HPC) systems of today.

Science Magazine

In a world overwhelmed by increasing amounts of data, finding new ways to store and process information has become a necessity. Conventional silicon-based electronics has experienced rapid and steady growth, thanks to the progressive miniaturization of its basic component, the transistor, but that trend cannot continue indefinitely.

R&D Magazine

Recently, Science Magazine invited JQI fellow Chris Monroe and Duke Professor Jungsang Kim to speculate on ion trap technology as a scalable option for quantum information processing. The article is highlighted on the cover of this week’s (March 8, 2013) issue, which is dedicated to quantum information. The cover portrays a photograph of a surface trap that was fabricated by Sandia National Labs and used to trap ions at JQI and Duke, among other laboratories.

FedTech Magazine

The National Institute of Standards and Technology, NIST, is building a repository of software bugs to help application developers find and eradicate weaknesses in their programming code.

Called the SAMATE Reference Dataset (SRD), the repository is a free online tool that assists software developers in fortifying their creations against hackers....

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, is both a user of the SRD and a contributor to the data set. It uses the SRD to reduce costs and improve the effectiveness of the Securely Taking on New Executable Software of Uncertain Provenance (STONESOUP) program, which develops tools to find and automatically mitigate security vulnerabilities in software.

BusinessWeek

What if the government could know the future?

It’s trying. Armed with billions of tweets, Google (GOOG) searches, Facebook (FB) posts, and other publicly available social-media and online data, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence is sponsoring research projects involving 14 universities in the United States, Europe, and Israel with the goal of using advanced analytics to predict significant societal events.