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President Obama Honors IBM's Blue Gene Supercomputer with National Medal of Technology and Innovation

President Obama recognized IBM and its Blue Gene family of supercomputers with the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the country's most prestigious award given to leading innovators for technological achievement.

September 18, 2009
caBIG in Action: Speeding research with data analysis workflows

Since its inception, the goal of caBIG® has been to reduce the burden of cancer by enabling the type of collaborative research that these workflows support. Ravi Madduri, a computer scientist at the University of Chicago and long time participant in the caBIG program, has been working for the last two years with a team at the University of Manchester (UK) to develop a solution to this challenge-a user-friendly tool to create reusable analysis workflows.

September 11, 2009
$30 Million Grant to Enhance World's Largest Open Computing Network

A $30 million National Science Foundation grant will enable the University of Chicago to expand and extend until 2011 the operation of TeraGrid, a national system of interconnected supercomputers devoted to leading-edge scientific discovery and science and technology education.

August 27, 2009
Foster reappointed Director of Computation Institute

Ian Foster has been reappointed Director of the Computation Institute for a three-year term with a mandate to continue building the University's thriving community of computational scientists.

A joint project between the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory, the institute addresses the most challenging problems arising in the use of strategic computation and communications.

July 23, 2009
PETSc Wins 2009 R&D 100 Award

Researchers from Argonne National Laboratory's Mathematics and Computer Science Division received an R&D 100 award for PETSc, high-performance software for engineering and science. Judged by R&D magazine, the awards recognize the top scientific and technological innovations of the past year.

PETSc is designed to allow engineers and scientists to perform large-scale numerical simulations of physical phenomena rapidly and efficiently. These simulations allow the effects of design decisions to be evaluated and compared, including cost benefits, safety concerns, and environmental impact.

July 21, 2009
Podcast with Pete Beckman: How to Make Computing Green

Is energy use in IT even big enough to matter? What about HPC? In the second episode of the Green HPC podcast series we put those questions to our guests, talk them about the primary drivers for the adoption of energy aware ("green") computing practices in IT at large, and then home in on HPC and how the customers, workloads, and solutions differ between the two.

July 14, 2009
MCS Summer Student is a Winner of the 2009 SIAM Student Paper Prize

Jie Chen, an MCS summer student is a winner of the 2009 SIAM Student Paper Prize. Jie is working with Ilya Safro.

The SIAM Student Paper Prize is awarded every year to the student author(s) of the most outstanding paper(s) submitted to the SIAM Student Paper Competition. This award is based solely on the merit and content of the student's contribution to the submitted paper. The purpose of the Student Paper Prize is to recognize outstanding scholarship by students in applied mathematics or scientific computing. Up to three awards will be given.

June 25, 2009
HPC Successes Featured at SciDAC 2009 Electronic Visualization and Poster Night

Argonne showcased select simulations representing high performance computing (HPC) research results at the SciDAC 2009 Electronic Visualization and Poster Night held June 15 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina.

June 16, 2009
Computational Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Advanced computers are revolutionizing our ability to address complex problems in science and engineering. To stimulate research in computational science, Argonne has inaugurated an exciting new Computational Postdoctoral Fellowship program for outstanding new Ph.D.s.

June 12, 2009
Leyffer named SIAM fellow

Sven Leyffer, a computational mathematician in the Mathematics and Computer Science Division has been named a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).

Leyffer is developing and applying nonlinear optimization methodologies to emerging areas such as mixed-integer nonlinear optimization and optimization problems with complementarity constraints. Examples include seeing how electricity producers maximize profit in a deregulated market while exploiting government- allocated NOx permits to drive up costs of their competitors.

May 18, 2009