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Argonne National Lab Aquires First SiCortex SC5832

SiCortex, the first company to engineer a Linux(R) cluster from the silicon up, today announced that the first production model of an SC5832, its flagship 5.8 teraflop system, will be installed at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory in Argonne, Illinois. The lab and its community of researchers will take advantage of the unique capabilities and energy efficiencies of the SC5832 to conduct research in a variety of areas, including astrophysics, climate modeling, oil and gas exploration, seismic research and biotechnology.

October 16, 2007
Greening the Meeting

In the article "Greening the Meeting", Science magazine highlights the Access Grid as an alternative to travel for scientific conferences and meetings.

October 5, 2007
Rob Jacob to Participate on a Panel as Part of the Chicago Humanities Festival

Rob Jacob, computational scientist, will participate in a panel on "The Truth of Images and Information" as part of the Chicago Humanities Festival's program "The Climate of Concern". The panel will discuss the role played by media in presenting information about global warming.

October 3, 2007
Supercomputing 2007 Storage Challenge Finalist

MPICH2 (Argonne National Laboratory) and mpiBLAST (Virginia Tech) have collaborated using the ParaMEDIC framework to land a finalist slot in the SC07 storage challenge. MPICH2 powers ParaMEDIC (short for Parallel Metadata Environment for Distributed I/O and Computing), allowing it to accelerate mpiBLAST by as much as 25-fold in a distributed I/O and computing environment.

September 11, 2007
Wilkinson Fellowship in Scientific Computing

The Mathematics and Computer Science (MCS) Division of Argonne National Laboratory invites outstanding candidates to apply for the J. H. Wilkinson Fellowship in Scientific Computing. The appointment is for one year and may be renewed for another year.

August 28, 2007
Institute Addresses Computational Challenges Posed by Economic Models

ICE2007 was the third in this annual series of computational economics workshops. Previous institutes have been only five days. The expanded program provided time for informal discussions as well as a poster session in which participants presented their current research.

August 23, 2007
Ian Foster Named One of the Top Three Contributors to Computer Science

Argonne researcher Ian Foster has been named one of the top three contributors to computer science, according to a recent article in Nature. The ranking is based on the so-called h-index, introduced by physicist Jorge Hirsch in 2005 to rank the quality of a researcher's work. Foster is internationally renowned for his technical contributions and leadership in Grid computing, which was named "Most Promising New Technology" by R&D Magazine in 2002 and was cited by MIT Technology Review in 2003 as one of "Ten Technologies That Will Change the World."

August 16, 2007
Reactor Simulation Takes the Heat

With a grant of 1 million processor hours from DOE\'s INCITE program, Argonne\'s Paul Fischer and fellow researchers are developing computer simulations of heat transfer in coolant flowing around tightly packed nuclear fuel rods.

August 13, 2007
Mihai Anitescu Presents a Semi-Plenary Address at ICCOPT

Mihai Anitescu, a computational mathematician at Argonne National Laboratory, will present a semi-plenary address at the Second Mathematical Programming Society International Conference on Continuous Optimization August 13-16, 2007, in Hamilton, Ontario. ICCOPT, held every three years, is the world's most prestigious conference in continuous optimization.

Anitescu's presentation,"Emerging Design Challenges in the Advanced Nuclear Fuel Cycles," will address the challenges and Argonne's recent results in optimization of complex systems and in particular optimization of the advanced nuclear fuel cycle.

August 13, 2007
Picture This: Visualization as a Tool for Data Analysis

As science becomes increasingly digitized and data-based, visualization is set to become more and more important. Using visualization, Gaither and Papka can help scientists from all fields: medical science, cosmology, computational fluid dynamics, architecture, geosciences and meteorology.

The biggest challenges, according to both Papka and Gaither, are visualizations of very abstract systems. In such cases collaborating with scientists and learning about the research domain is crucial to creating useful visualizations.

August 8, 2007