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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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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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