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Two NCSA groups to participate in Google’s Summer of Code

This summer, two teams of National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) researchers will be participating in Google’s Summer of Code program, which introduces students to open-source software. From May to August, applicants will get hands-on experience programming for open-source organizations’ projects, spanning from 3D printing to genomics and even using open-source software to investigate particle … Continued

NCSA’s Donna Cox wins 2018 Innovation Transfer Award

NCSA’s Dr. Donna Cox was named a recipient of the 2018 Innovation Transfer Award, presented at the 13th Annual Innovation Celebration on Thursday, March 29, 2018. This award, presented by the Champaign County Economic Development Corporation, the University of Illinois, Parkland College and other community sponsors, is given to a University of Illinois researcher “whose … Continued

Deadly handshake: Blue Waters reveals how staph bacteria cling to human cells

What makes pathogenic bacteria so persistent? Researchers from the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois and the University of Munich (LMU) are using the National Center for Supercomputing Applications’ (NCSA) Blue Waters supercomputer to simulate and decipher the physical adhesion mechanism of a widespread pathogen virulence factor. This, in turn, could lead to innovation … Continued

NCSA-supported Ph.D. candidate successfully defends Ph.D. thesis

NCSA student researcher Ankit Rai, a Ph.D. candidate in Informatics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has just successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis. Ankit’s research at NCSA was funded by Brown Dog, one of NCSA’s research projects aimed at developing a method for easily accessing historical research data stored in order to maintain the … Continued

NCSA Assistant Director Dan Katz named BSSw Fellow

Daniel S. Katz, Assistant Director for Scientific Software and Applications at the National Center for Supercomputing Application (NCSA) has been named as one of the four inaugural fellows of the Better Scientific Software (BSSw) project, a program that promotes better scientific software. Katz, who was recognized for this achievement during the Exascale Computing Project’s 2nd … Continued

Powerful supercomputer unlocks possibilities for tinier devices and affordable DNA sequencing

by Susan Szuch Since its discovery in 2004, graphene has captured imaginations and sparked innovation in the scientific community. Perhaps rightly so as it is 200 times stronger than the strongest steel but still flexible, incredibly light but extremely tough, and conducts heat and electricity more efficiently than copper.Professor Jerry Bernholc of North Carolina State … Continued

NCSA researchers create one of the most reliable tools for long-term crop prediction in the U.S. Cor

With the help of the Blue Waters supercomputer, at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Blue Waters Professor Kaiyu Guan and NCSA postdoc fellow, Bin Peng implemented and evaluated a new maize growth model. The CLM-APSIM model combines superior features in both Community Land Model (CLM) and … Continued

NCSA announces Spring 2018 call for Illinois allocations on Blue Waters

Blue Waters is one of the world’s most powerful computing systems, located at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and housed at the National Petascale Computing Facility. Each year that Blue Waters is in operation, about 6 to 8 million node-hours are available for projects originating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign via Illinois … Continued

NCSA allocates over $2.4 million in new Blue Waters supercomputer awards to Illinois researchers

Fifteen research teams at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been allocated computation time on the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) sustained-petascale Blue Waters supercomputer after applying in the Fall of 2017. These allocations range from 75,000 to 582,000 node-hours of compute time over either six months or one year, and altogether total … Continued

NCSA intern accepts opportunity through Microsoft’s Autism Hiring Program

Sol Robinson, an NCSA intern with the Blue Waters project who graduated this past December, has just landed a software engineering position with Microsoft’s Xbox team, located at the company’s headquarters in Seattle, WA. Sol will be joining Microsoft’s diverse and inclusive workforce as they strive to hire more individuals with differences to make Microsoft … Continued

New Broadening Participation Allocations now available on Blue Waters supercomputer—apply by March 1

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications’ (NCSA) Blue Waters project has announced a new sub-allocation category called “Broadening Participation.” This new category is open to faculty and research staff at U.S. academic institutions who have not previously been a PI on a research allocation on the Blue Waters system and who are in one or … Continued

Scientists use Blue Waters to understand epilepsy

by Susan Szuch Epilepsy is the fourth most common human neurological disorder in the world—a disorder characterized by recurrent, unprovoked seizures. According to the Centers for Disease Control, a record number of people in the United States have epilepsy: 3.4 million total, including nearly half a million children. At this time, there’s no known cause … Continued

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