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Marc Snir delivers opening keynote address at SBAC-PAD'2012

Marc Snir, director of Argonne’s MCS Division and an Argonne Distinguished Fellow, presented a keynote address at the 24th International Symposium on Computer Architecture and High-Performance Computing (SBAC-PAD’2012). Snir opened the symposium Oct. 24 with a talk on “Exascale Computing: Opportunities and Challenges.”

November 16, 2012
Electron microscopes capture Bacillus subtilis bacteria. Image courtesy Kumaran Ramamurthi, National Cancer Institute.
The minimal microbe

Microbes are not only numerous but also incredibly diverse, occupying extreme habitats where little else can survive. Argonne and three other national laboratories are collaborating to build a research tool called the Systems Biology Knowledgebase.

October 19, 2012
Argonne-Sponsored Meeting Showcases Scientific Advances in Soil Metagenomics

More than 140 researchers from the United States, Canada, Brazil, Asia (Taiwan), and Europe (Czech Republic, France, Germany, Spain) gathered at the Indian Lakes Resort near Chicago to participate in the 4th Annual Argonne Soil Metagenomics meeting October 3–5, 2012.

October 10, 2012
Songs in the key of sea

Soft horns and a tinkling piano form the backbone of “Fifty Degrees North, Four Degrees West,” a jazz number with two interesting twists: it has no composer and no actual musicians. Unless you count bacteria, that is.

September 27, 2012
Fig. 1 Combined heat and power (CHP), distributed generation (DG) system consisting of photovoltaic (PV) cells, power-only and CHP solid-oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), lead-acid batteries, and a hot water storage tank.
Determining optimal design and operation of mixed-device energy systems

Researchers in the Mathematics and Computer Science Division at Argonne, in collaboration with colleagues at the Colorado School of Mines, have developed an optimization model that makes it easy to design and operate local power generation systems at minimal environmental and economic cost.

July 17, 2012
Researchers have developed a suite of computer tools that allow them to “see” the physical processes that occur in a nuclear reactor core.
SHARP could slash nuclear reactor design costs

Researchers are using some of the world’s most powerful computers at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility to take a leap forward in nuclear reactor design, analysis and engineering.

July 1, 2012
Computation Institute scientists receive honors

Computation Institute scientists at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory are accruing multiple honors this year, including two by CI director Ian Foster.

June 1, 2012
Beaubien Elementary's 8th Grade Math Club Visits Argonne

On May 18, the math club of Jean Baptiste Beaubien Elementary School in northwest Chicago visited Argonne National Laboratory, the Lemont-based U.S. Department of Energy lab, and met with scientists who explained how important math is in solving some of the world's greatest challenges.

May 31, 2012
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Victor Zavala, Pavan Balaji Win Early Career Research Awards

Two researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory's Mathematics and Computer Sciences Division have received 2012 Early Career Research Program awards, granted to exceptional researchers beginning their careers.

May 10, 2012
Thakur of MCS to Be Technical Program Chair of SC12

Rajeev Thakur, senior scientist in the Mathematics and Computer Science (MCS) Division at Argonne National Laboratory, will be technical program chair of the SC12 conference.

March 27, 2012