'What's New in XSEDE' - archives

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News from XSEDE is a monthly enewsletter providing information on scientific discoveries made possible by the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment and the people, places and programs involved. XSEDE is a five-year high-performance computing project supported by the National Science Foundation.


Penn grad student earns award, time on NICS' Kraken for carbon nanotube research

Christopher Von Bargen, a doctoral student of chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania, recently received the Peter Kollman Graduate Award in High-Performance Computing, which also earned him 1 million processor hours on Kraken, a supercomputer at the National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS). Von Bargen plans to use the computing time to research the solubilization and selection of carbon nanotubes by conjugated semiconducting poly(arylene ethynlene) polymers. His work is expected to have an impact on the design of new polymers.

The American Chemical Society and NICS co-sponsored the award.

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High school student earns awards from PSC, ACM for new keyboard design

Natalie Nash, a high school student at Vincentian Academy in the North Hills suburbs of Pittsburgh, won the first prize award of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Nash also won a Sponsor award from the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center at the 2011 Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair for her project and then went on to win the ACM honors. She used the simulated annealing algorithm to design a keyboard that is much faster for disabled users than standard keyboards.

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Seid Koric, NCSA (left), and David Lifka, CAC (right).XSEDE staff earn HPC innovation awards

Seid Koric and David Lifka, both XSEDE staff members, received HPC Innovation Excellence awards from International Data Corporation in November.

At the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, award recipients Seid Koric and Brian Thomas are project leaders of the Continuous Casting Consortium, a group that works to solve practical problems related to the steel industry. At the Cornell University Center for Advanced Computing (CAC), David Lifka and Paul Redfern earned the award for enabling the use of CAC computing resources in the study of determining new ways to address the effects of the hepatitis C virus.

For XSEDE, Koric (pictured here on the left) is a member of the Advanced Research Teams Support group and Lifka (pictured here on the right) is a member of the Systems Operational Support group.

Read more about the award for NCSA's Koric arrow to link
Read more about the award for CAC's Lifka arrow to link


Model of slab rupture that caused magma flow in Western U.S.Study of origin of lava formations in Western U.S. yields new model, aided by XSEDE resources

Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego used XSEDE resources, including  Ranger and Lonestar supercomputers at the Texas Advanced Computing Center and Abe at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, to create simulations that helped them discover a source of massive lava formations in the Western United States.

The new model discovered by geophysics professor Dave Stegman and postdoctoral researcher Lijun Liu proposes a different origin for the lava flows than previous explanations. One of the "more recent" examples of the lava formations they studied is in the Columbia River area, which developed about 17 million years ago.

The accompanying image shows the new model developed by the Scripps researchers. It details a rupture inside the Farallon slab from 17-14 million years ago (Ma) that caused a magma flow and created the Columbia River flood basalt in the Western United States.

Credit: Lijun Liu, SIO/University of California San Diego. Used with permission.

Read more about lava formation research in the Scripps announcement arrow to link

Read more about Stegman's and Liu's new model in Decoded Science arrow to link


TACC's Ranger helps predict storm intensity with greater accuracy

In recent years, scientists have become more accurate at predicting the path of a hurricane, but thanks to research enabled by Ranger at the Texas Advanced Computing Center, now they also can be more accurate about predicting its intensity. This aids decision makers in determining if and when people should evacuate along the hurricane's path.

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PSC and Drexel connect via high-performance cross-state link

The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and Drexel University are now connected through a high-performance fiber-optic network, which facilitates education and research in western Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

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Photo of train running alongside coast of Ireland.Applications are being accepted for HPC summer school in Dublin

Applications are being accepted to the third international Summer School on High Performance Computing (HPC) Challenges in Computational Sciences, and the deadline is March 18, 2012. Co-sponsored by the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) and XSEDE, the school is intended to help graduate students and postdocs learn more about HPC and foster new partnerships among the presenters and attendees. The event runs June 24-28, 2012, in Dublin, Ireland.

Details and application arrow to link


Fluorish representing nutshell.XSEDE in a nutshell

Following are events, deadlines and opportunities related to XSEDE: