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Journal of Computational Science Education Releases Latest Version

The Journal of Computational Science Education has released the latest edition of the journal. To view the latest edition, please visit http://jocse.org/issues/.  There are articles on computational science education experiences in chemistry, computer science, astronomy, and statistical analysis. The journal editor continues to seek relevant articles from faculty on their implementation of computational scie...

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The Weather of Our Future: The Weather Channel’s 2050 Forecast

Sea level rise inundation in Miami. A record-setting heat wave in Chicago. A megadrought in the Southwest. Tourism at the North Pole. And the Summer Olympics in Anchorage.   Those are the top weather and climate stories in September, 2050 according to a futuristic video, produced by The Weather Channel. The Weather Channel’s biggest stars – Sam Champion, Jim Cantore, and Stephanie Abrams – deliver the distant news as part of an...

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Reminder: Call for Proposals Issued for PRACE Project Access - Submission Deadline – October 22, 2014

This Call for Proposals targets large-scale, computationally intensive projects that would not be possible or productive without access to PRACE resources. Applications for Project Access must use codes that have been previously tested and that demonstrate high scalability and optimisation to multi-core architectures or that demonstrate a requirement for ensemble simulations that need a very large amount of CPU overall. For additional information, please visit http://www.prace-ri.eu/.

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Broader Engagement with HPC Matters; Become an SC14-BE Ment

The Supercomputing Conference Broader Engagement program (SC-BE) increases conference participation by individuals who are traditionally underrepresented in the high-performance computing (HPC) arena, including women, minorities and people with disabilities. In a report by Timothy A. Mann and Valerie E. Taylor (Texas A&M) titled “Analysis of the Impact of the Broader Engagement Program on the SC Conference,” the authors explain how the BE experience increases the likelihood that scholars’ submissions (technical program papers, posters, etc.) will be reviewed favorably and they a...

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MIT’s Leiserson to Receive Ken Kennedy Award for Advances in Parallel Computing

Charles E. Leiserson of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will receive the 2014 ACM-IEEE Computer Society Ken Kennedy Award for his influence on parallel computing systems and their adoption into mainstream use through scholarly research and development. He was also cited for his mentoring of computer science leaders and students.  Leiserson introduced the notion of cache-oblivious algorithms, which can exploit the memory hierarchy near optimally despite having no tuning parameters for cache size or cache-line length. He also developed the Cilk mult...

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Highlighting a National Research Facility: About Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Oak Ridge National Laboratory is DOE’s largest multiprogram science and energy laboratory, with scientific and technical capabilities spanning the continuum from basic to applied research. These resources enable the lab to tackle an exceptionally wide range of R&D assignments, from fundamental nuclear physics to applied R&D on advanced energy systems. In addition, ORNL has a well-deserved reputation for combining insights from fundamental science with an in-depth technical understanding of applied systems to deliver practical solutions to real-world problems.

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Rice University Receives $1.1M Grant from NSF

A $1.1 million National Science Foundation grant to two Rice University computer science groups will allow them to build cloud-computing tools to help analyze evolutionary patterns. With the three-year grant, Christopher Jermaine and Luay Nakhleh, both associate professors of computer science, will develop parallel-processing tools that track the evolution of genes and genomes across species. Even those who have access to mainframes may find it easier to go to the cloud. The programs will be able to run parallel analyses on thousands of computers, with results that may not only be faster ...

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Big Data Needs Big Funding: NSF's Jahanian Makes the Case

Farnam Jahanian, out-going U.S. National Science Foundation assistant director for the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate, recently discussed the ways society will come to rely on a massive surge of new data that will require significant investments in cyber infrastructure to maintain. Speaking at the 2014 Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment conference in Atlanta earlier this month, Jahanian shared an anecdote about a visit to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to highlight how widespread the U.S.'s future reliance on mass data is likely to be. ...

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2014 Annual HPCwire Readers’ Choice Awards

Each year the HPCwire Readers’ Choice Awards are determined by our readers across the HPC community, to recognize the most outstanding individuals and organizations in the industry. The nomination period is over, and many great entries have been submitted. Voting for the HPCwire Readers’ Choice Awards has begun and will run through the month of September. The announcement and final presentation of these prestigious and highly anticipated awards will take place live during SC ’14 in New Orleans, Louisiana. For complete information, please visit

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Paul Messina Named Argonne Distinguished Fellow

High-performance computing pioneer Paul Messina has been named an Argonne National Laboratory Distinguished Fellow, the laboratory’s highest scientific and engineering rank. Comparable in stature to an endowed chair at a top-ranked university, the Argonne Distinguished Fellow title rank recognizes sustained outstanding scientific and engineering research and can also be associated with outstanding technical leadership of major, complex, high-priority projects. Paul, an applied mathematician and computer scientist, first joined Argonne’s Applied Mathematics Division in 1973 to manage t...

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XSEDE Seeking Partner Institutions to Offer Course in Applications of Parallel Computing

The XSEDE project and the University of California, Berkeley are offering an online course on parallel computing for graduate students and advanced undergraduates and are seeking other university partners that are interested in offering the course for credit to their students.  The course includes online video lectures, quizzes, and homework assignments with access to free accounts on the NSF supported XSEDE supercomputers.  Last year the course included participants from 17 different institutions with students from a variety of backgrounds that successfully completed the course...

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