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iForge cluster debuts

NCSA deployed a 22-teraflop high-performance computing cluster, dubbed iForge, dedicated exclusively to the center's Private Sector Partners, such as Rolls-Royce, Boeing, and Caterpillar. "iForge is a unique resource at NCSA, as it is designed specifically for commercial and open-source applications widely used by industry," said Merle Giles, director of NCSA's Private Sector Program. "This machine offers our Private Sector Partners several platforms to reach higher and...

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EcoG GPU cluster

Student-built cluster No. 3 on Green500

With guidance from ECE professor Wen-mei Hwu, CS professor Bill Gropp, and cluster experts at NCSA, students got hands-on experience building their own supercomputer with NVIDIA graphics-processing units. When the Green500 list of energy-efficient supercomputers was posted, their system took third place overall and was named the greenest self-built cluster. The students had three big sessions working tirelessly in the new National Petascale Computing Facility to...

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NPCF Open House welcomes 1,000

More than 1,000 people visited the University of Illinois' National Petascale Computing Facility, touring the state-of-the-art building and learning more about the supercomputers it will house. The building is home to Blue Waters, a supercomputer capable of performing 10 quadrillion calculations every second. Scientists will use Blue Waters to better understand a wide range of phenomena, from the formation of tornadoes to the complex workings...

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“Hubble 3D” includes NCSA visualizations

"Hubble 3D" takes viewers through distant galaxies as it tells the story of the repair and upgrade of the Hubble telescope. While most of the film is shot with IMAX 3D cameras, including live-action footage from the space shuttle, nearly a quarter of the movie's run time is devoted to NCSA Advanced Visualization Lab's two dramatic voyages. Comprising nearly 10 minutes of the 43-minute film,...

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CILogon project launches

Von Welch, Randy Butler, and Jim Basney of NCSA's Cybersecurity Directorate receive a three year $1,750,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to integrate, deploy, and support an open-source, standards-based cyberinfrastructure logon (CILogon) service, providing the NSF research community with credentials for secure access to cyberinfrastructure. The service bridges the identity credentials generated by the nation's universities, through the InCommon Federation, to a credential that...

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CaSToRC formed

The Cyprus Institute and NCSA establishes the Computation-based Science and Technology Research Center (CaSToRC) at the Cyprus Institute. The center provides high-performance computing resources to researchers in Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean region, as well as offering economic development, research, and educational programs. CaSToRC is home to hundreds of teraflops of computing power. These resources are used to tackle critical research questions in environmental science and...

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NCSA gets funding for Dark Energy Survey

NCSA) and the Department of Astronomy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have received more than $2.5 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support development of a data processing and archiving system for the Dark Energy Survey (DES), a collaborative project aimed at discovering the nature of the "dark energy" that scientists believe is the dominant component of the physical Universe and...

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NCSA installs Lincoln cluster

Installation began on a new computational resource at NCSA at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Lincoln will deliver peak performance of 47.5 teraflops and is designed to push the envelope in the use of heterogeneous processors for scientific computing. Lincoln will consist of 192 compute nodes (Dell PowerEdge 1950 III dual-socket nodes with quad-core Intel Harpertown 2.33GHz processors and 16GB of memory) and 96 NVIDIA...

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NSF funds Blue Waters project

Extending more than 50 years of supercomputing leadership, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and its National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) announced to build the world's first sustained petascale computational system dedicated to open scientific research. This leadership-class project, called Blue Waters, is supported by a $208 million grant from the National Science Foundation. "Blue Waters will be an unrivaled national asset that will have...

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NCSA adds two new supercomputers

NCSA will give a powerful boost to researchers in academia and industry with the addition of two new supercomputing clusters. The two systems, Abe and T3, will provide 110 teraflops (trillions of calculations per second) of computing power, more than doubling NCSA's total capacity to more than 146 teraflops. Abe, named in honor of 16th president Abraham Lincoln, has a peak performance of more than 88...

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