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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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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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