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NCSA creates video tutorials on cybersecurity and incident response

Having an incident response plan in place is a key part in securing systems and networks. This includes preparation for intrusion, an unauthorized person gaining access; a breach, a release of private information; and the accidental, a mass deletion of data. As part of the Center for Trustworthy Scientific Cyberinfrastructure’s (CTSC) continuing effort to improve … Continued

NSF awards $2 million to NCSA to support global collaboration

The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant of $2 million over five years to the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (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 … Continued

Streamlining simulation

The first fully functional version of CyberShake ran on 800 processors on NCSA’s Mercury in 2008. Six years and a few versions later, the SCEC team scaled up the code to run on 295,040 processors on Blue Waters in early 2014 (the run was dubbed CS14.2). The net effect was that the simulations ran about … Continued

Do the wave

by Nicole Gaynor The SCEC PressOn project is leading the charge in more physically realistic, wave-based earthquake simulations. In addition to the computing power of the Blue Waters supercomputer, more efficient workflows have proven essential to the project’s success. Earthquake risk is a thorny subject scientifically and in society. In 2012, an Italian judge sentenced … Continued

A bridge between GridFTP and HPSS

By Nicole Gaynor Big data requires new tools for transferring data between machines, especially when the source and target machines use different data transfer protocols. The GridFTP High Performance Storage System data storage interface (GridFTP HPSS DSI), developed at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, is exactly that. HPSS, a highly scalable, hierarchical storage system, … Continued

New capabilities make data on Blue Waters shareable and movable

By Nicole Gaynor At the 2014 Blue Waters Symposium and in other conversations, the science and engineering partners identified the ability to share their data related to massive supercomputing projects with the broader scientific community as an important service for the future. For the Blue Waters project, the future is arriving quickly with the prototype … Continued

eDream awards first Fiddler Innovation Fellowship

Earlier this year, Jerry Fiddler and his wife, Melissa Alden, announced their gift of $2 million in support of student and faculty interdisciplinary research initiatives through the Illinois Emerging Digital Research and Education in Arts Media (eDream) Institute at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). As a part of this endowment, eDream at NCSA … Continued

18 general, 9 exploratory allocations on Blue Waters awarded to Illinois researchers

Eighteen researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign received allocations on the Blue Waters petascale supercomputer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). A portion of available time on Blue Waters is reserved for University faculty and staff projects like these that require the system’s unique capabilities. Ten of the awards will continue … Continued

NCSA’s Private Sector Program Receives 3 HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards

The Private Sector Program of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) received THREE awards in the HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards, presented at the 2014 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC14), in New Orleans. The three awards are: Readers’ Choice: Top Supercomputing Achievement Readers’ Choice: Best Use of … Continued

NCSA Private Sector Program scales Fluent to 36,000 cores on Blue Waters

ANSYS and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) announced today that they have scaled ANSYS® Fluent® to 36,000 compute cores – an industry first that could lead to greater efficiencies and increased innovation throughout manufacturers’ product development processes. As companies increasingly seek to minimize time, quality and cost pressures by using engineering simulation, they … Continued

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