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Team Led by Argonne Gets Best Paper Award

A team of researchers from 7 different research institutes, lead by Argonne National Laboratory, gets the best paper award. The team, lead by Pavan Balaji, together with Ewing Lusk, Rajeev Thakur, Ian Foster and Susan Coghlan from Argonne, received the best paper award at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC'08) that took place on June 18 - 20. The paper was one of two papers to be selected for the award.

June 23, 2008
The U.S. Embraces HealthGrid

Organized by Jonathan Silverstein, The University of Chicago hosted HealthGrid 2008 in early June at its downtown Gleacher Center, the first non-European venue for the conference. HealthGrid.US organized the meeting, signaling its readiness to collaborate fully with its European colleagues and begin the process of defining a roadmap.

June 18, 2008
ALCF's Blue Gene/L Retired

The IBM BG/L system housed at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) will be retired in July 2008. The system—with 1,024 dual-core nodes (2,048 processors) and 500 gigabytes of memory—has a peak performance of 5.7 teraflops. It has been instrumental in expanding the boundaries of scientific computing since February 2006.

June 18, 2008
Argonne Technology Aids Largest Metagenome Study to Date

Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory recently completed a study that compared more than 14 million microbial sequences from 90 metagenomes collected from nine different biomes or ecosystems. Unlike other metagenomic studies, this project analyzed samples that run the gamut from deep-sea samples to the bacterial communities inside the human gut.

May 12, 2008
Rob Ross Receives Outstanding Young Alumni Award

Dr. Robert Ross has received an Outstanding Young Alumni Award for 2008 from Clemson University, South Carolina.

May 12, 2008
IEEE eScience 2008 Call for Participation

Organizing committees of the 4th International IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Scalable Computing eScience 2008 Conference are now accepting papers and proposals for tutorials; posters, exhibits, and demos; and workshops and special sessions.

May 6, 2008
Argonne Supercomputer to Simulate Extreme Physics of Exploding Stars

A team of scientists at the University of Chicago's Flash Center will expend 22 million computational hours during the next year on one of the world's most powerful supercomputers at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility, simulating an event that takes less than five seconds.

May 1, 2008
Global Immersive Virtual Anatomy Classrooms

Held by The University of Chicago and broadcast using the AccessGrid the lesson used views of the Virtual Human data set to allow local colleagues to participate in the Anatomy Lecture given by Jonathan Silverstein M.D. Chicago University.

May 1, 2008
The New Nimbus: First Steps in the Clouds

A new cloud computing service is allowing scientists to provision virtual machines using a leasing model. Called Nimbus, the service offers the chance to explore a different way of using grid resources.

April 30, 2008
The Role of Open Source in Grid Computing: Past, Present and Future

Why is Globus software open source? Has this decision paid off? What does the future of open source technology hold and how can users play their part?

Ian Foster of the Computation Institute, Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago shares his thoughts on the evolution of open source movement.

April 30, 2008