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Cybersecurity team nets four awards in 24 hours

The NCSA Cybersecurity team received four grants—two for continuing work, and two for starting new projects, all within a 24-hour period. At the beginning of September, Alex Withers, senior security engineer for the CyberSecurity team, was awarded a $499,136 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to build a tool to detect malicious activity. Designed to fit inside an existing security environment, the tool consumes security...

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Dark Energy Survey releases early data

Catalogs of galaxies and stars derived from the data collected during the Dark Energy Survey’s science verification season prior to beginning official observations have been released to the public. Astronomers and astronomy buffs can download the data from the website at NCSA, which manages the processing, calibration, and archiving of all images taken for the Dark Energy Survey. The release of these catalogs contains information for...

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Blue Waters simulates bacteria’s response to environment

A new study led by research from University of Illinois physics professor Klaus Schulten offers atomic-level details of the molecular machinery that allows swimming bacteria to sense their environment and change direction when needed. The receptors on the surface of a bacterial cell detect light, chemicals, edible things and poisonous things, and transmit that information to a deeper layer of proteins, called kinases, which interpret this...

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NCSA plays key part in Midwest Big Data Hub

To accelerate advancements in the rapidly emerging field of big data analysis, the National Science Foundation has given $5 million to establish four regional Big Data Hubs. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will lead the Midwest Big Data Hub, a consortium of public and private partners. "The BD Hubs program represents a unique approach to improving the impact of data science by establishing partnerships...

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NCSA Director Ed Seidel speaks to House subcommittee

Director Seidel speaks to House subcommittee

Congressman Darin LaHood (IL-18) welcomed Dr. Edward Seidel to Capitol Hill to testify on a review of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program. Serving as a witness to the House Sub-committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Dr. Seidel, Director of NCSA, provided his expertise to the committee as they discuss the NITRD Program, as well as the funding for its breakthrough...

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“Solar Superstorms” documentary released

A 24-minute, high-resolution science documentary about the dynamics of the Sun that features data-driven visualizations produced by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will debut June 30 at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum in Baton Rouge before rolling out to more than a dozen planetariums and science centers around the world. "Solar Superstorms" was produced as part...

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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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