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PEcAn 1.4.5 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

NCSA turns 30!

The future started here when NCSA opened its doors 30 years ago to provide American researchers access to academic supercomputing. And we’re celebrating our 30th anniversary all year! NCSA will host a series of talks and colloquia, a museum exhibit at the University of Illinois’ Spurlock Museum, open houses, staff events and other celebratory gatherings … Continued

NCSA faculty affiliate wins Sloan fellowship

Yue Shen, an assistant professor of astronomy at the University of Illinois and a faculty affiliate at the National Center for Computing Applications (NCSA) has been named a Sloan Research Fellow for 2016. The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. These two-year fellowships are awarded … Continued

Gravitational waves detected 100 years after Einstein’s prediction

For the first time, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves, arriving at the earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. This confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity and opens an unprecedented new window onto the cosmos. Gravitational waves carry information about … Continued

Blue Waters supercomputer seeking allocation requests from Illinois researchers

Blue Waters is one of the world’s most powerful computing systems. Each year that Blue Waters is in operation, about 3 to 4 million node-hours will be allocated to projects from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As each node has many powerful cores, this is significantly more computing power than most universities have available … Continued

NCSA awarded grant to examine effective practices in industrial HPC

by Susan Szuch Being a principal investigator for a $300,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) award to evaluate and share practices in partnerships between high performance computing (HPC) and industry was not on Merle Giles’ radar before he started working with NCSA. “My background is business—it’s not technology and it’s not science. My previous lives were … Continued

Twenty-four hours, 4 awards: NCSA’s CyberSecurity team awarded grants from NSF for attack detection

by Susan Szuch In a span of 24 hours, The CyberSecurity team at the NCSA received news on four grants—two for continuing work, and two for starting new projects. At the beginning of September, Alex Withers, senior security engineer for the CyberSecurity team, was awarded a $499,136 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to … Continued

Dark Energy Survey releases early data

Catalogs of galaxies and stars derived from the data collected during the Dark Energy Survey’s science verification season prior to beginning official observations have been released to the public. Astronomers and astronomy buffs can download the data from the website at NCSA, which manages the processing, calibration, and archiving of all images taken for the … Continued

Illinois researchers invited to apply for NCSA Fellowships

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are invited to apply for the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) Fellowship program, which provides seed funding for demonstration or start-up projects, workshops, and/or other activities with the potential to lead to longer-term collaborations around research, development and education. Details about the fellowships program, including full … Continued

Allocation proposals for time on Blue Waters supercomputer due April 4

At least 80 percent of the capacity of Blue Waters—about 150 million node-hours each year—is available to scientists and engineers across the country through the National Science Foundation’s Petascale Computing Resource Allocation program. The next proposal due date is Apr. 4, 2016. Proposal guidelines and requirements are available at the NSF website. All research disciplines … Continued

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