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Coding Illini claim championship title at SC14

UPDATE 11/20/2014: The Coding Illini triumphed over the Korean team in the final match. The team donated the grand prize $26,000 to the National Center for Women and Information Technology. UPDATE 11/20/2014: The Coding Illini beat Europe and will now go on to battle the Korean team for the championship at 1:30 pm. UPDATE 11/18/2014: … Continued

NCSA-CompGen Graduate Fellowships available Spring 2015

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and the CompGen initiative are sponsoring two Spring 2015 fellowships for graduate students working in biology, bioinformatics, computational biology, or biologically-relevant computational science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The graduate fellows will contribute to the development of NCSA’s Bioinformatics and Health Sciences research theme, led by … Continued

NSF awards $1.5 million to NCSA team to create science documentaries

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $1.5 million to an NCSA-led project that will develop and widely distribute a series of science documentaries highlighting visualizations of computational and digitally-enabled science. The project assembles a creative team of producers, technologists, artists, and educators who will collaborate with scientists and researchers across the country to raise … Continued

Application now open for Blue Waters Graduate Fellowships

The Blue Waters Graduate Fellowship Program is a unique program funded by the National Science Foundation. As part of this program, several graduate students from across the country will get to immerse themselves in a year of focused high-performance computing (HPC) and data-intensive research. The fellowships will empower these talented budding scientists and engineers to … Continued

Small birds, big science

by Travis Tate They float and flutter away in mere seconds, but a lot happens in the fleeting moments people observe a hummingbird at a flower. A recent study—done with the help of XSEDE-allocated resources—has figured out the mathematical mechanisms behind their flight. In a paper published by the Journal of The Royal Society Interface, … Continued

(Cloud + super) computing = results

by Nicole Gaynor Blue Waters and cloud resources are helping Vijay Pande’s research group at Stanford analyze data to tackle serious diseases at the molecular level. Can cloud computing replace supercomputers like Blue Waters in the future? No, says Vijay Pande, director of the biophysics program at Stanford University. He says both are critical to … Continued

Vast digital realm

Brett Bode, head of NCSA’s Advanced Digital Services, chats with Access editor Barbara Jewett about the contributions his directorate makes to the center’s success. What is ADS? Advanced Digital Services, or ADS, covers all of the high-performance computing, data, storage, applications, user support, and systems support for our production project members. That includes system, storage, … Continued

More livable cities

What will the future city look like, and how can it become both smarter and more livable? A new centerat the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks to create such a vision and develop the knowledge and technologies that will enable today’s cities to move toward it. The center is supported by NCSA, the College … Continued

Many problems, many objectives

by Nicole Gaynor Patrick Reed’s team at Cornell University created a new algorithm to solve problems that require optimization of many conflicting objectives. His team focuses on managing droughts, but their methodology can be used in many other fields. Let’s say you want to buy a car. You want four doors, minimal cost, minimal upkeep, … Continued

Blue Waters project to offer online course on Designing and Building Applications for Extreme-Scale

NCSA’s Blue Waters project will offer of an online graduate course on Designing and Building Applications for Extreme-Scale Systems in spring 2015 and is seeking university partners that are interested in offering the course for credit to their students. Many problems in the sciences require more computing power and I/O performance than is available on … Continued

26 Illinois undergrads selected for internships with NCSA

Twenty-six University of Illinois undergraduate students have been selected for 2014-2015 internships at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). These talented undergraduates were selected through NCSA’s SPIN (Students Pushing Innovation) program. They will pursue research and development projects—from developing an app to display crystal structure data to enhancing the experience of dance, theater and … Continued

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