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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
Why America Needs a 21st Century Power Grid

Director Eric Isaacs's article for the Huffington Post on the need to upgrade our nation's power grid. Isaacs discusses why we need to make the investment in revamping and redesigning our power grid infrastructure for long-distance transmission of renewable electricity.

December 26, 2010
Division Director Mathematics and Computer Science Division

Argonne National Laboratory seeks applications from highly qualified candidates for the position of director of the Mathematics and Computer Science (MCS) Division. Argonne is one of the preeminent multidisciplinary research facilities in the country and is a U.S. Department of Energy laboratory managed by UChicago, Argonne, LLC.

December 3, 2010
These high core count experimental chips from Intel could provide one path to exascale computing—in which computers would perform one quintillion operations per second. Photo by Intel Corporation.
New institute to tackle exascale computing

Renowned supercomputing expert Pete Beckman has been named director of a newly created Exascale Technology and Computing Institute at Argonne National Laboratory.

November 19, 2010
Why America must win the supercomputing race

The United States cannot afford to take a back seat in computer technology to the Chinese, or to anyone else. The nation that leads the world in high-performance computing will have an enormous competitive advantage in every sector, including national defense, medicine, energy, environment, finance, manufacturing and product development.

November 18, 2010