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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.

June 25, 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).

May 18, 2009
SciDAC 2009 Electronic Visualization and Poster Night

Anyone involved in DOE Office of Science efforts, such as SciDAC, INCITE, and core-funded efforts, is encouraged to submit an image or animation to be shown at the SciDAC 2009 Electronic Visualization and Poster night on June 15. As a benefit to both your project and the program offices, all submissions will be provided to the program offices for future publicity. Deadline for submissions is May 20, 2009 at 5 p.m. (EDT).

May 11, 2009
Renovated Searle Chemistry Laboratory to Reopen June 1

Workers are putting the finishing touches on a $49 million total renovation of the Searle Chemistry Laboratory building that will meet the new and future technical demands of leading scientific research, while fostering the human interaction that fuels cross-disciplinary scholarship at the University of Chicago.

April 20, 2009
DOE Supercomputing Resources Available for Advancing Scientific Breakthroughs

DOE announced today it is accepting proposals to support high-impact scientific advances through the use of some of the world's most powerful supercomputers located at DOE national laboratories.

Approximately 1.3 billion supercomputer processor-hours will be awarded in 2010 through the Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) program for large-scale, computationally intensive projects addressing some of the toughest challenges in science and engineering.

April 15, 2009
Leading-edge data analytics and visualization enable breakthrough science on Argonne's Blue Gene/P

Most science applications that run on large-scale systems like the IBM Blue Gene/P Intrepid at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility generate huge volumes of data that represent the results of the calculations. To understand those results after the run has completed, it is essential to rapidly explore the output data and convert it to a visual representation.

April 10, 2009