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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
Program Finalized for First International HealthGrid meeting to be held in U.S., June 2-4, 2008

The HealthGrid U.S. Alliance has finalized the program for the sixth annual International HealthGrid conference - the first one to be held in the United States, "Global HealthGrid: eScience Meets Biomedical Informatics."

April 28, 2008
Initiative to Focus on Energy Use

Proposals will be reviewed by a committee composed of Ian Foster, the Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor in Computer Science and Director of the Computation Institute; Kevin Murphy, the George J. Stigler Distinguished Service Professor of Economics in the GSB; Raymond Pierrehumbert, the Louis Block Professor in Geophysical Sciences and the College; Robert Rosner, Director of Argonne National Laboratory and the William E. Wrather Distinguished Service Professor in Astronomy & Astrophysics and the College; and Topel.

April 17, 2008
Ray Bair, Raymond Bair, Chief Computational Scientist, CELS, Will Lecture at IIT and Sigma Xi Research Day

Following the student poster competition, Sigma Xi is holding a lecture by Doctor Raymond Bair, Chief Computational Scientist in the CELS Directorate at Argonne National Laboratory and CI Senior Fellow.

April 11, 2008
CTWatch Quarterly edition on Urgent Computing

Pete Beckman is the guest editor for the latest issue of the CTWatch Quarterly-Urgent Computing: Exploring Supercomputing's New Role.

The challenges and crucial applications of urgent computing, including space shuttle damage analysis, severe weather forecasting and warning, and real-time medical simulations are discussed.

April 10, 2008
ALCF Intrepid 100-TF BG/P System Goes Live

The 100-TF BG/P system is now available for production use.

April 2, 2008
Metagenomics indicates changes in microbial communities

A new bioinformatics technique, developed by researchers in MCS, is allowing researchers to rapidly screen the genetic sequences present microbial communities.

March 26, 2008
ALCF Tutorial at SciDAC 2008

Kalyan Kumaran, Manager, Performance Engineering and Data Analytics, at the ALCF will present a tutorial on \"Porting and Scaling Applications on ALCF\'s Blue Gene/P\" on July 18 in Redmond, WA. A day of tutorials on SciDAC-supported research is being held in conjunction with the upcoming SciDAC 2008 conference.

March 26, 2008
Beckman Appointed ALCF Project Director, Bair to Lead CELS Strategic Planning

Pete Beckman has been appointed project director of the ALCF. He also will serve as acting division director for the Leadership Computing Facility.

March 24, 2008