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ALCF Early Science Program to Award Cycles on Next-Generation IBM Blue Gene

The Argonne Leadership Computing Facility is now accepting proposals for time allocations on its next-generation, 10 petaflop IBM Blue Gene system. Allocations through the Early Science Program (ESP) are for preproduction hours (between system installation and full production) beginning in early 2012. More than four billion core hours are available.

February 1, 2010
This visualization of the Universe as it condenses around fluctuations in the density of dark and ordinary matter is a result from a collaboration between Argonne National Lab and the San Diego Supercomputer Center.
Argonne streaming visualization sends images across the world

Dealing with data is the specialty of a group of scientists at Argonne National Laboratory. To more easily share and analyze the mountains of data from today's scientific challenges, they are developing software that enables researchers to interact with their results in real-time from across the country.

January 4, 2010
Metagenome Analysis Service Exceeds 100GB

Argonne's Metagenomics Rapid Annotation using Subsystem Technology server, or MG-RAST, has processed more than 100 gigabytes (or 100 gigabases) of samples, making MG-RAST the primary data repository and analysis resource for the metagenomics community.

December 10, 2009
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 Black Holes

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