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U.S. Senator Mark Kirk

U.S. Senator Kirk celebrates Blue Waters

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) convened a celebration in honor of the second birthday of NCSA's Blue Waters supercomputer, which is used by scientists and engineers across the country to tackle challenging research for the benefit of science and society. In kicking off the event, Kirk highlighted the importance of Blue Waters—and of continuing investment in high-performance computing. He pointed to China's current #1 ranking on...

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NCSA receives $2m for global collaboration

The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant of $2 million over five years to the NCSA to bring together members of the international research community, including graduate students, post-docs, and early-career faculty members, for collaborative research and development of new computing and analysis tools. The project, called the Global Initiative to Enhance @scale and Distributed Computing and Analysis Technologies (GECAT), is part of NSF's Science...

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NCSA creates National Data Service

Creating an infrastructure supporting data from across all disciplines of science, engineering, and humanities so that researchers can easily find, reuse, and publish data in a world where researchers generate immense amounts of it daily was the focus of the kickoff meeting for the National Data Service (NDS). More than 70 representatives from organizations across the United States and around the world gathered in Boulder, Colorado,...

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NCSA Director Ed Seidel

Seidel becomes NCSA director

On January 15, H. Edward Seidel, the senior vice president of research and innovation at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology in Moscow, has been named the director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Seidel led NCSA's numerical relativity group from 1991-1996. He was among the original co-principal investigators on the Blue Waters supercomputing project at Illinois. In...

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Brown Dog software gets $10.5m in funding

NCSA's Image and Spatial Data Analysis division, partnering with faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Boston University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will develop two services to make the contents of un-curated data collections accessible. The Data Access Proxy (DAP) will chain together open/save operations within software applications in order to seamlessly transform unreadable files into readable ones. The...

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App brings campus icon home for commencement, virtually

Commencement is a time rich in both tradition and anticipation for the future. Although a vital icon of tradition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Alma Mater sculpture, is absent in body, she is present in spirit—and in pixel. The bronze Alma Mater sculpture is one of the most recognizable and beloved symbols of the campus. At 13 feet tall, Alma herself stands with...

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Blue Waters opens for science

The Blue Waters supercomputer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign entered production, meaning the behemoth capable of performing quadrillions of calculations every second and working with quadrillions of bytes of data is now crunching numbers around the clock to help scientists and engineers across the country tackle a wide variety of science and engineering challenges. Because Blue Waters is among the most powerful supercomputers in...

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Center for Trustworthy Scientific Cyberinfrastructure formed

NCSA's cybersecurity group is collaborating with Indiana University to form the Center for Trustworthy Scientific Cyberinfrastructure (CTSC) using a newly funded three-year, $4.297 million grant from the National Science Foundation. CTSC will help NSF cyberinfrastructure projects improve security by offering assistance in identifying problems and designing and implementing solutions. The center will also expand education and training opportunities in cybersecurity. CTSC aims to capitalize on a...

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NCSA contributes visualizations for “Dynamic Earth”

A team at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications created data-driven scientific visualizations of Hurricane Katrina and the harsh terrain of Venus for "Dynamic Earth," a new immersive digital fulldome production that follows the trail of energy that flows from the sun into the interlocking systems that shape our climate: the atmosphere, oceans, and the biosphere. Based on satellite data and supercomputer simulations, NCSA's Advanced Visualization...

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XSEDE created

The National Science Foundation funded a partnership of 17 institutions to create the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) project for five years, at $121 million. XSEDE will be the most advanced, powerful, and robust collection of integrated advanced digital resources and services in the world. Scientists and engineers use these resources and services—things like supercomputers, collections of data, and new tools—to propel scientific discovery...

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