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Engine behind a hypernova

Hypernovae are the most extreme and brightest explosions in the universe. They emit gamma-ray bursts and, along with weaker supernovae, synthesize most of the elements heavier than iron on the periodic table. Because of their connection to heavy elements, Philipp Mösta, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, and lead author of a … Continued

I-CHASS projects benefit Alaska natives, farmers in Bangladesh

by Susan Szuch In an isolated fishing village off the southwest coast of Alaska, an economically- and socially-depressed area is getting some new technology. Scott Poole, professor of communication, senior research scientist at NCSA, and director of I-CHASS, is the principal investigator on a project by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and I-CHASS. The project … Continued

XSEDE16 Call for Participation

XSEDE16, the 5th annual conference, will showcase the discoveries, innovations, challenges and achievements of those who use and support XSEDE resources and services, as well as other digital resources and services throughout the world. This year’s theme is Diversity, Big Data, & Science at Scale: Enabling the Next-Generation of Science and Technology. The XSEDE16 conference … Continued

PEcAn 1.4.4 released

The Predictive Ecosystem Analyzer (PEcAn) is an integrated ecological bioinformatics toolbox (LeBauer et al, 2013) which consists of: 1) a scientific workflow system to manage the immense amounts of publicly-available environmental data and 2) a Bayesian data assimilation system to synthesize this information within state-of-the-art ecosystems models. This project is motivated by the fact that … Continued

Applications due Feb. 3 for Blue Waters Graduate Fellowships

Applications are due Feb. 3 for the Blue Waters Graduate Fellowship program, which provides graduate students from across the country the opportunity to immerse themselves in a year of focused high-performance computing (HPC) research. Fellows will receive a stipend of $38,000, up to a $12,000 tuition allowance, and up to 50,000 node-hours on the petascale … Continued

Catching waves

by Barbara Jewett Pretend you’re a contestant on Jeopardy! and the only category remaining is physics. You have no choice but to choose it, so you pick the lowest value choice and cross your fingers. Host Alex Trebek reads the answer: A branch of physics that is synonymous with televisions. The answer: What is plasma? … Continued

Plants + HPC

Many fields of research are seeing changes in how that research is conducted thanks to advances in technology. Plant science is one of those, and NCSAis playing a role in two large projects. Historically, successful trait selection in plant breeding has involved manual measurement of individual plants. This requirement limits the number of plantsthat can … Continued

Building blocks

by Barbara Jewett Blue Waters’ computational power aids researchers studying the early building blocks of the universe to better understand modern phenomena. Why do we care what happened 13 billion years ago? A bold lead question for an interview with an astrophysicist looking at the early universe, but one that doesn’t seem to faze Brian … Continued

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