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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
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
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
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.

The Wilkinson Fellowship is intended to encourage scientists actively engaged in state-of-the-art research in scientific computing. Candidates must have received a recent Ph.D. prior to the beginning of the appointment.

August 28, 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
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
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
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
Argonne's green Blue Gene/P gets more muscle to address most challenging scientific problems

IBM and the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory today announced completion of a contract for a 445-teraflops Blue Gene/P system for the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF).

As the ALCF's second major acquisition, this enhancement increases the system capability by a factor of five to 556-teraflops. This additional capacity will accelerate the coming era of petascale computation in support of breakthrough science and engineering aimed at solving the nation's most challenging scientific problems.

November 1, 2007
ParaMEDIC Enables Worldwide Supercomputer for Bioinformatics

ParaMEDIC, a general software-based framework for large-scale distributed computing developed by Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) and Virginia Tech, will have a significant impact on the study of genomics.

November 8, 2007