'What's New in XSEDE' - archives

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News from XSEDE is a monthly newsletter 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.


SDSC welcomes 'Gordon' supercomputer as a research powerhouse

The San Diego Supercomputer Center recently debuted a new resource for data-intensive computing -- its National Science Foundation-funded supercomputer, Gordon. Named after the comic book series, "Flash Gordon," it is the first supercomputer to rely on flash-based memory, providing superfast, data-intensive computing.

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Stampede's comprehensive capabilities to bolster U.S. open science computational resources; data center to expand for Stampede

The Texas Advanced Computing Center is building a new supercomputer to aid researchers in visualization, data analysis, and data-intensive computing, and it is due to be deployed in 2013. According to TACC director Jay Boisseau, "Stampede will be one of the most powerful systems in the world and will be uniquely comprehensive in its technological capabilities."

The Center also announced that it will extend its high performance computing data center by more than 11,000 square feet to accommodate Stampede.

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Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center wins high performance computing award

During the SC11 conference in Seattle in November, HPCwire presented a 2011 Reader's Choice Award to the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center for Best Use of HPC in "edge HPC" application for the work made possible by its Blacklight system.

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simulation of key class of drug-processing protein model.Supercomputer reveals new details behind drug-processing protein model

Supercomputer simulations are giving scientists unprecedented access to a key class of proteins involved in drug detoxification. The image to the right shows the simulation Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers used to reveal how water molecules (in red) move in and out of the active site (in blue) of a P450 enzyme.

Image courtesy of ORNL.

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Mining the word hoard

The very large shared-memory architecture of Blacklight, the SGI® UV1000 system at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, has enabled major new work in the field of natural language processing. With Blacklight, Carnegie Mellon computer scientist Noah Smith has expanded his innovative work with "unsupervised" modeling of text data, going beyond what has been done before in this domain of artificial intelligence.

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Climate change:
How aerosols affect the air we breathe

Scientists are using XSEDE resources to increase the accuracy and amount of information that will help us better understand the impact of different types of aerosols on the atmosphere. The computer simulation shown to the right illustrates the adsorption and subsequent dissociation of hydrogen chloride (HCl) on ice.

Image courtesy of the Paesani Group, University of California San Diego.

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XSEDE launches Scholars Program

Recently 40 undergraduate and graduate students from across the country were selected to participate in the first cohort of the XSEDE Scholars Program. Richard Tapia, professor, mathematician and diversity advocate from Rice University, directs the program, which was designed to support a community of underrepresented students as they pursue degrees in computational fields.

The students are exposed to opportunities such as conferences, seminars, mentoring, and training, which allow them to learn more about high performance computing and the digital services that XSEDE offers to scientists. XSEDE Scholars also have access to scientists and researchers to build identity and a sense of belonging in the computational community as they participate in research experiences using XSEDE resources.

In November, Scholars were invited to participate in a three-day meeting during the SC11 conference in Seattle, where they had a chance to hear from Tapia and John Towns, XSEDE principal investigator, and were able to network with conference attendees who are part of the research community.


Fluorish representing nutshell.XSEDE in a nutshell

Following are events, deadlines, program updates, and opportunities related to XSEDE: