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NCSA creates Institute for Chemistry Literacy and Computational Science

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $5 million grant to a five-year project designed to improve chemistry education in rural schools throughout Illinois. Partnering on the project are NCSA, the College of Medicine and the Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, A-C Central Community Unit School District 262 in Chandlerville, and the Regional Office of Education in Lincoln, Illinois. These partners...

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NCSA researcher simulates entire life form

It's a simple little virus—so simple that biologists often refer to it as a "particle" rather than organism, so small and primitive that it can only proliferate in a cell that's already been hijacked by another virus. But a recent simulation of the satellite tobacco mosaic virus is also a striking first. There's never been a computer simulation of an entire life form at atomic...

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NCSA dedicates new building

For the first time, NCSA has a home to call its own on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. On Jan. 25, NCSA held an official dedication for its new 142,000-square-foot building at 1205 W. Clark St., Urbana. "This celebration recognizes the dedication, hard work, and ingenuity of NCSA's staff in building and operating the computing infrastructure upon which the nation depends," said...

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ICHASS created

The Center for Computing in Humanities, Arts, and Social Science (CHASS), a joint effort of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and NCSA, will foster innovation by engaging humanists, artists, and social scientists in sustained collaboration with their colleagues in computer science, engineering, and high-performance computing and communications in order to develop tools to accelerate research and education. "Bringing together the experience of humanists and the...

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CLEANER gets funding

NCSA received a grant of $2 million to lead a two-year intensive effort to develop a roadmap for CLEANER, the Collaborative Large-scale Engineering Analysis Network for Environmental Research. The goal of CLEANER is to transform and advance the scientific and engineering knowledge base in order to address the challenges of complex, large-scale, human-stressed environmental systems, such as managing and protecting our nation's water supplies, restoring altered...

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NCSA installs Cobalt

NCSA added 6.5 teraflops of computing power to its machine room with the installation of a Silicon Graphics shared-memory, symmetric multi-processor (SMP) computing system, visualization capability, and storage technology. The SGI® Altix® system, called Cobalt, is the largest shared memory machine in the National Science Foundation system and the largest SMP system to be part of the TeraGrid network. "Cobalt offers researchers a unique configuration that...

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NCSA Director Thom Dunning

Dunning becomes NCSA director

"As an accomplished, respected discipline scientist, Thom Dunning has developed research and leadership skills that are well-suited to achieving NCSA's mission of enabling scientific discovery," said Charles Zukoski, vice chancellor for research at the University's Urbana-Champaign campus, home to NCSA. "Thom is a great addition to the university's research leadership." Dunning comes to NCSA from Tennessee, where he was the director of the Joint Institute for...

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NEESgrid comes online

There are numerous communities out there clamoring for concentrated support as they build cyberinfrastructure for their practitioners, but someone has to lead the way. In 2001, the National Science Foundation settled on earthquake engineers when development of the NEESgrid, a national virtual engineering laboratory, got underway. NCSA, among 10 collaborating institutions, built the NEESgrid. In October 2004, the NEESgrid was handed off to a community-based consortium...

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NCSA and SDSC partner on NLADR

In a world where the software, the hardware, and the networks are complicated enough, there needs to be a special focus on issues relating to data and how to get the most out of that data on the burgeoning cyberinfrastructure. The National Laboratory for Advanced Data Research was established in 2004 to design and prototype a common, shared data architecture. It is a joint project...

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NOVA’s ‘Hunt for the Supertwister’ airs

The PBS TV series 'NOVA' focused on the search for understanding nature's most violent tornadoes, from daredevil storm chasing in tornado alley to simulating severe weather with the computational resources and visualization expertise of NCSA at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. "Hunt for the Supertwister," produced by Thomas Lucas Productions, Inc. for NOVA and partially funded by Intel Corporation, was aired nationally on PBS stations...

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