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Argonne's Ian Foster named Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery

Ian Foster has been named a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). The fellowship program, established in 1993, honors ACM members for their achievements in computer science and information technology and for their significant contributions to the mission of the ACM.

December 1, 2009
Supercomputing for the Masses

With $32 million from the Energy Department, Argonne has set to work on Magellan, a project to explore the creation of a cloud-computing infrastructure that scientists around the globe can use. Mr. Beckman argued that such a system would reduce the need for smaller universities and labs to spend money on their own computing infrastructure.

Another benefit is that researchers would not need to spend days downloading huge data sets so that they could perform analysis on their own computers. Instead, they could send requests to Magellan and just receive the answers.

November 23, 2009
StarGate Demo at SC09 Shows How to Keep Astrophysics Data Out of Archival

As both an astrophysicist and director of the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), Mike Norman understands two common perspectives on archiving massive scientific datasets. During a live demonstration at the SC09 conference of streaming data simulating cosmic structures of the early universe, Norman said that some center directors view their data archives as "black holes," where a wealth of data accumulates and needs to be protected.

November 20, 2009
FutureGrid to Provide Platform for Experimental Computation

Over the next few months, a consortium that includes the University of Chicago will establish FutureGrid, a collaborative next-generation system for experimental scientific supercomputing.

November 17, 2009
Green Supercomputing at Argonne

"The ALCF seeks new ways to use extreme-scale supercomputers as a tool for scientific discovery. We pursue solutions to the nation's scientific challenges while simultaneously working to be the most environmentally responsible, efficient, computing resource available for science." Pete Beckman, Division Director

November 16, 2009
'Chicago Tonight' to Focus on Cloud Computing, Argonne

Rich Samuels, a news correspondent with \"Chicago Tonight,\" a local news program that airs on WTTW-Channel 11, visited the laboratory for a segment on cloud computing expected to run tonight during the 7 p.m. broadcast.

November 10, 2009
Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship

The U.S. Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship program provides outstanding benefits and opportunities to students pursuing doctoral degrees in fields of study that use high-performance computing to solve complex problems in science and engineering. The fellowship includes a 12-week research experience at one of 17 DOE laboratories. payment of all tuition and fees.

November 10, 2009
Argonne Staff Engaged in SC09 Activities

Argonne National Laboratory staff will be presenting a wide variety of papers, workshops, Birds-of-a-Feather sessions, tutorials, and posters at SC09 on November 14-20 in Portland, Oregon.

In addition to the participation in the technical program, an array of speakers, electronic posters and research highlights will be displayed at the Argonne exhibit.

November 3, 2009
Rick Stevens Talks About the Future of Supercomputing

As part of insideHPC's series of articles with some of the big thinkers in HPC ahead of SC09, insideHPC spent some time with Rick Stevens to get a sense from him about where we are now, and where our community is headed next.

October 21, 2009
Argonne, Lawrence Livermore Helped Design Supercomputer Honored by President Obama

The IBM Blue Gene series of energy-efficient supercomputers, central to breakthrough scientific research around the world, will be singled out by President Barack Obama as a Medal of Technology and Innovation award-winner on October 7 in Washington, D.C.

October 7, 2009