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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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TeraGrid comes online

The first computing systems of the National Science Foundation's TeraGrid project are in production mode, making 4.5 teraflops of distributed computing power available to scientists across the country who are conducting research in a wide range of disciplines, from astrophysics to environmental science. The TeraGrid is a multi-year effort to build and deploy the world's largest, most comprehensive distributed infrastructure for open scientific research. The TeraGrid...

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Donna Cox

Donna Cox gives SC2003 keynote

Donna Cox—an acclaimed artist and a senior research scientist at NCSA—presented her keynote speech, "Beyond Computing: The Search for Creativity," at SC2003, the international conference on high-performance computing and networking. She examined the fusion of high technology and high creativity to produce innovative solutions to the challenges of our age A renowned expert on computer visualization, Cox is a professor in the University's School of...

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Tungsten cluster comes online

Tungsten, a cluster with more than 1,450 dual-processor Dell PowerEdge 1750 servers running Red Hat Linux, a Myrinet 2000 high-speed interconnect fabric, and an I/O subcluster with more than 120 terabytes of DataDirect storage, becomes available for research. The machine achieved a Linpack benchmark performance—the figure used to compile the Top500 list—of 9.8 teraflops (9.8 trillion calculations per second), which at the time rated fourth...

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Ground breaks for NCSA building

Illinois officials broke ground for a $30 million, 142,000-square-foot building for NCSA staff and researchers. The center has grown steadily, and the approximately 400 people employed by NCSA are housed in several buildings across the University's campus, including the Beckman Institute Advanced Science and Technology and the Computing Applications Building. "Uniting many of our people and projects at this state-of-the-art facility will enable an even greater level...

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