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Iowa State University to Utilize Cori Supercomputer for Research

A team of Iowa State University nuclear physicists is preparing to scale up its computer codes for Cori, the next-generation supercomputer being developed by the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center. Iowa State’s Pieter Maris and James Vary want to use the supercomputer to study the basic physics of the burning sun and exploding stars. Those studies could one day lead to safer, more efficient forms of nuclear power. “We’ll work with a select group of top computer scientists and applied mathematicians to co-develop new math algorithms and new schemes in order to get t...

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Brain Cell Linker Dependence Shown by XSEDE/TACC Supercomputer Simulations

It all begins in the brain as a flood, tens of millions of neurotransmitters handed off from one neuron to another in just a fraction of a second. Stubborn walls that enclose our neurons keep out the signal flow of one cell to another needed for brain activity. Chemists call this gatekeeper of our thoughts an ion channel, which takes a key in the form of a chemical neurotransmitter, unlocking the channel and opening it. The discovery of how ion channels work earned chemist Roderick MacKinnon the Nobel Prize in 2003. Now scientists are making new discoveries of the inner w...

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Projects Headed by University of Wyoming Researchers Selected for Supercomputer Use

Carbon sequestration, planet formation, and two projects that focus on water are the subjects of research University of Wyoming faculty members are conducting with the assistance of the supercomputer in Cheyenne. Four UW research projects were recently awarded computational time and storage space at the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC). Each project was critically reviewed by an external panel of experts and evaluated on the experimental design, computational effectiveness, efficiency of resource use, and broader impacts — such as ho...

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An Alliance of Major Players to Guide Open Source Software

The New York Times

Several large technology firms have formed the TODO Project, a group dedicated to expediting and making open source development more focused. TODO, which stands for "talk openly, develop openly," was the brainchild of Facebook's open source team. Other founding members include Google and Twitter, cloud storage firms Box and Dropbox, open source repository Github, and online learning platform Khan Academy. Although the group has not announced what open source software it plans to focus on, it has said its priorities will be promoting standards for upda...

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Carnegie Mellon’s Mary Shaw Honored as a Nation’s Top Scientist and Innovator

CCC Blog

President Barack Obama has selected Mary Shaw, University Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, as one of the recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. Our Nation’s highest honor for achievement and leadership in advancing the fields of science and techno...

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SC14 to Deliver a Diverse Lineup of Invited Talks

Researchers and managers alike know that conferences and workshops like SC are critical to an innovation culture such as that reflected in the international supercomputing community. Through sessions, workshops, tutorials, and informal interactions, HPC practitioners get feedback on ideas that shape their future work, and the collective result is that the community as a whole continues to thrive and innovate while preserving vital coherence in its overall technology and research agenda. The Invited Talks program at SC is an important catalyst in this collective wayfinding. The Invited Tal...

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Carnegie Mellon Leads New NSF Project to Improve Learning

Carnegie Mellon University will lead a five-year, $5 million early implementation project sponsored by the National Science Foundation to improve educational outcomes and advance the science of learning by creating a large, distributed infrastructure called LearnSphere that will securely store data on how students learn. By accessing more than 550 datasets generated from interactive tutoring systems, educational games and massively open online courses, or MOOCs, course developers and instructors will be able to improve teaching and learning thro...

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XSEDE Resource Partner Jülich Supercomputing Centre to Develop HPC Platform for the Human Brain Project

Forschungszentrum Jülich announces the successful launch of a pre-commercial procurement of research and development services on “interactive supercomputers.” Interactivity will be a key feature of a future high-performance computing infrastructure for brain research. Three bidding consortia comprising leading providers of HPC solutions have each been awarded with a contract.                             Forschungszentrum Jülich, leading the crea...

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NSF Promotes Data Science with $31M Award: Indiana University is a Recipient

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced today some $31 million in awards for 17 innovative projects geared toward the promotion of data science and a robust data infrastructure. The National Science Foundation (NSF) seeks to improve the nation’s capacity in data science by investing in the development of infrastructure, making it easer to use data, and increasing the number of skilled data scientists. The NSF is taking a building block approach to data science. Beyond the hardware, software and networking components, there is the human element, the research community. The curren...

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SDSC Receives $1.3M Award from the NSF

Researchers at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego have received a three-year, $1.3 million award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a web-based resource that lets scientists seamlessly share and access preliminary results and transient data from research on a variety of platforms, including mobile devices.  Called SeedMe – short for ‘Swiftly Encode, Explore and Disseminate My Experiments’ – the new award is from the NSF’s Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBs) program, par...

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