Feature Stories

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DOE JGI sets 'gold standard' for metagenomic data analysis

With the advent of more powerful and economical DNA sequencing technologies, gene discovery and characterization is transitioning from single-organism studies to revealing the potential biotechnology applications embedded in communities of microbial genomes, or metagenomes.

May 14, 2011
Bigger supercomputers to help safeguard nation

When someone mentions national security and computation, the phrase "war games" probably pops into many heads. Indeed, the U.S. government uses powerful computers to run such strategic simulations. But war strategy is not the first thing that comes to mind for many security experts, including Robert Rosner, senior fellow at the University of Chicago's Computation Institute and professor of physics and astronomy and astrophysics. When Rosner considers the potential contribution from extreme-scale computing for national security, his mind is on certification of the stockpile. That is a very important issue.

May 5, 2011
Winners of 2011 Wilkinson Prize for Numerical Software Announced

Andreas Waechter (IBM T. J. Watson Research Center) and Carl Laird (Texas A&M University) have been awarded the 2011 Wilkinson Prize for Numerical Software. The prize, sponsored by Argonne National Laboratory and the Numerical Algorithms Group and National Physical Laboratory, is awarded every four years to the entry that best addresses all phases of the preparation of numerical software.

April 19, 2011
Language quest turns to the brain

Computational linguists John Goldsmith and Greg Kobele use computer programs to model different components of human language, as part of a broader effort by researchers at the University of Chicago to find new ways to incorporate the field’s latest approaches and tools.

April 18, 2011
Ian Foster on Accelerating Science and Discovery

It seems that nearly every domain has its own range of community-level celebrities—individuals who have blazed new trails in their fields, creating new opportunities for innovation and progress. In the world of distributed computing, Ian Foster, current director of the Computation Institute at the University of Chicago, is one of those stars.

April 15, 2011
Steve Tuecke on Science, SaaS Synergies

In scanning the floor during the GlobusWORLD conference event this week, it wasn't hard to miss Steve Tuecke. Not just because of he towered over most of the attendees or the fact that he seemed to be everywhere at once--there was something else--you could say that he seemed to be bursting with energy. This was probably due to his excitement to showcase a new extension of his long-standing work with the Globus Project in the form of a web-based service aimed at researchers with big data demands called Globus Online.

April 14, 2011
Newer, faster supercomputers have allowed scientists to create detailed models of blood flow that help doctors understand what happens at the molecular level.
Blood vessel simulation probes secrets of brain

Zoom down to one artery in your body, and the commotion is constant: blood cells hurtle down the passage with hundreds of their kin, bumping against other cells and the walls as they go. The many variables—and the sheer immensity of the human circulatory system—have kept scientists from closely documenting the rough-and-tumble life inside blood vessels.

April 13, 2011
Argonne Talks Exascale - and Mira

Recently, Argonne has been in the news with "Mira" -- the anticipated 10-petaFLOPS IBM Blue Gene/Q supercomputer expected to go online in 2012. To get a better understanding of what Mira is all about, and what it means for exascale computing, we interviewed Mike Papka, the Deputy Associate Laboratory Director for Computing, Environment, and Life Sciences at Argonne National Laboratory, Acting Division Director of the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility, and Senior Fellow in the Argonne National Laboratory/University of Chicago Computation Institute.

March 24, 2011
2011 CI Speaker Series: Computation Knowledge Synthesis

A 2011 Computation Institute Speaker Series that highlights advances in the use of computation to reason over human knowledge and generate path-breaking insights, hypotheses and conclusions.

February 25, 2011
DOE Research Group Makes Case for Exascale

Exascale computing promises incredible science breakthroughs, but it won't come easily, and it won't come free. That's the premise of a feature story from the DOE's Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research, whose mission it is "to discover, develop, and deploy the computational and networking tools that enable researchers in the scientific disciplines to analyze, model, simulate, and predict complex phenomena important to the Department of Energy."

February 21, 2011