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NSF awards NCSA funds for a deep learning research instrument

The rapid development of deep neural networks and their function in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and computer vision is transforming many disciplines. With applications in voice and image recognition, speech processing, healthcare, education and a plethora of other arenas, teaching computers to behave like the human brain, more than simply compute, is essential to technological … Continued

NCSA calls on HTCondor partnership to process data for DES

The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) has detected gravitational waves from a neutron star-neutron star merger. This event reveals a direct association between the merger and the galaxy where it occurred. Scientists have been trying to show for decades that this has been happening, but this is the first time they’ve been able to prove … Continued

LIGO and Virgo make first detection of gravitational waves produced by colliding neutron stars

For the first time, scientists have directly detected gravitational waves—ripples in space and time—in addition to light from the spectacular collision of two neutron stars. This marks the first time that a cosmic event has been viewed in both gravitational waves and light. The discovery was made using the U.S.-based Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO); … Continued

Crossing over, branching out: Meet the NCSA Genomics team

by Katherine Kendig Making the impossible possible The Genomics team at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a student-centered team that participates in academic research, industry work, and the education of campus faculty, students, and postdocs in the use of high-performance computing for genomic biology. “Every … Continued

High-performance computing in agriculture: NCSA and Syngenta’s dynamic partnership

NCSA Industry and Syngenta have been partners since 2014. Together, we’re solving some of the toughest issues in agriculture today, like how to feed our rapidly growing population knowing that the amount of land we have for growing crops is finite. NCSA Industry provides the high-performance computing resources that Syngenta’s scientists need to solve these … Continued

DISSCO tech: Advancing the legacy of computer music at Illinois

by Katherine Kendig Music is universal, but computing music—that is, composing pieces via computation rather than human input alone—is kind of an Illinois thing. Sever Tipei, a Professor of Composition-Theory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, says the connection began in 1956 when Lejaren Hiller created the first major piece of music composed by … Continued

Rolls-Royce partners with NCSA Industry to find engineering solutions faster

Rolls-Royce has been one of NCSA Industry’s longest-standing partners. Hear from Todd Simons, Rolls-Royce’s Computational Sciences Manager, about our collaborative partnership. NCSA Industry’s computational experts have collaborated with the domain experts at Rolls-Royce to improve their internally developed software in order to best utilize high-performance computing. This collaboration led to improved code and better scalability … Continued

Days to minutes: NCSA and ExxonMobil’s high performance partnership

NCSA partnered with ExxonMobil to help their team of geoscientists and engineers leverage advanced technology to model the complex processes that govern the flow of oil, water and gas in various reservoirs, increasing the likelihood of safely striking a commercially-viable well. This partnership has led to a major breakthrough in proprietary software using more than … Continued

Blue Waters supercomputer research call for proposals

The Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation is soliciting research proposals, due November 15, 2017. The Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation (GLCPC) has been allocated 3.5 million node hours—equivalent to approximately 50 million core hours—annually as part of the Blue Waters project. This allocation provides the GLCPC member institutions—nearly 30 universities and labs spread … Continued

NCSA congratulates Nobel Prize in Physics laureates

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a member of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) Scientific Consortium, congratulates the three scientists who were honored for “decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves” with the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics by the Royal … Continued

NCSA Director featured twice in the Department of Energy’s top 40 scientific milestones of the past

Two different papers that were coauthored by Dr. William “Bill” Gropp, the Director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and the Thomas M. Siebel Chair in the Department of Computer Science at Illinois, have been named in a select group of papers that have “changed the face of science” over the past 40 … Continued

Fourth gravitational wave found

When the discovery of the first gravitational wave was announced a mere 18 months ago, scientists predicted observing the waves would become commonplace. That day may be arriving sooner than thought, with the announcement today of the observation of a fourth gravitational wave signal from a binary black hole collision. This new observation uses data … Continued

LCI seeking Intermediate Workshop hosts

The Linux Clusters Institute (LCI) is currently seeking applications from institutions interested in hosting the 2018 LCI Intermediate Workshop. This workshop provides education and technical training for the deployment and use of computing clusters to the high-performance computing community worldwide. The deadline to submit your host site letter of interest form is October 15, 2017. … Continued

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