'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.

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Dr. Richard Tapia and National Medal of Science.Tapia receives National Medal of Science in White House ceremony

Richard Tapia, Rice University mathematician, professor, diversity advocate, and director of the XSEDE Scholars Program, is among seven individuals selected as recipients of the 2010 National Medal of Science. Tapia received the honor from President Obama during a White House ceremony on Oct. 21. The citation reads, "The 2010 National Medal of Science to Richard A. Tapia, Rice University, for his pioneering and fundamental contributions in optimization theory and numerical analysis, and for his dedication and sustained efforts in fostering diversity and excellence in mathematics and science education."

Video and transcript of the ceremony arrow to link 

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Scientists use TeraGrid/XSEDE resources to determine how shock waves move through solids

A new computer simulation technique developed using TeraGrid and XSEDE resources, provides scientists with a better observation technique for determining how high-speed shock waves move through solids and how the solids respond. University of South Florida scientists made the discovery while working with research colleagues from the Landau Institute of Theoretical Physics in Russia and the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC.

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U.S. map showing bird sighting locations.Citizen bird watchers and scientists work together to track patterns in bird migration

With the help of citizen bird watchers and supercomputing resources, scientists are tracking huge numbers of birds as they migrate from hundreds of thousands locations around the United States. The data gathered by this massive project is expected to lead to signs of habitat changes and ecological issues that may need to be addressed.

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Indiana University receives funding to establish new center for the study of genomics

Indiana University has received funding from the National Science Foundation to create the National Center for Genomic Analysis Support (NCGAS). The center will provide tools, services and access to resources, including XSEDE. Partners in the new project include the Texas Advanced Computer Center and the San Diego Supercomputing Center, and all three entities are principal partners in XSEDE.

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Series of three photos from computer simulations showing massive black holes.Solving the mystery of huge black holes formed during early stages of the universe

Using XSEDE computing resources at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and the National Institute for Computational Sciences, scientists are studying visualizations that help determine how "supermassive" black holes grow and could have formed billions of years ago, a seemingly impossible action, considering the "newness" of the universe. The three snapshots pictured here are from the researchers' simulation, which they called MassiveBlack. At three different redshifts (higher redshift represents earlier time), they show the evolution of a quasar associated with a supermassive black hole within the first few billion years of the universe.

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Community software code helps scientists work together to build a better future 

New tools, networks and cyberinfrastructure are being developed to allow for greater collaboration on community codes, which are software tools that help specific scientific communities work together to solve common problems and make new discoveries.

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Visualization of movement of 2010 Gulf oil spill.Seeing is Believing: Extreme Digital visualization and data analysis resources help researchers derive insights from massive data sets

Visualization helps researchers see, analyze and interact with data in a more navigable and efficient way. Several recent examples of virtual experiments scientists were able to conduct via high-performance computing and visualization resources include studies of how earthquake-induced waves travel around the earth, how to predict the flow of the 2010 Gulf oil spill, and how to deliver drugs more effectively to the major arteries of the heart.

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Fluorish representing nutshell.XSEDE in a nutshell

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