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Globus Online Surpasses 1,000-User Milestone

Globus Online, the service for secure, reliable data movement, signed up over 1000 users in its first six months of service.

August 5, 2011
Message passing evolves to meet data-hungry applications

Ewing "Rusty" Lusk says you need a standard so that the same parallel programs can run on a wide range of computers. The Message Passing Interface (MPI) standard aims for that goal, but it's a moving target.

June 14, 2011
'Art of Science' winners chosen

Three images resulting from Argonne research have been selected as the best of the "Art of Science 2011" competition, earning cash prizes for the laboratory employees who submitted them.

June 13, 2011
Grid Pioneer Foster Named 2011 Kanai Award Winner

The University of Chicago's Ian T. Foster has been named winner of the 2011 IEEE Computer Society Tsutomu Kanai Award for his accomplishments in grid computing. The primary focus of Foster's research has been the acceleration of discovery in a networked world. In partnership with many others, notably Carl Kesselman and Steven Tuecke, Foster developed and promulgated the concepts and methods that underpin grid computing.

May 25, 2011
Rajeev Thakur named technical papers co-chair for SC11

Rajeev Thakur, computer scientist in Argonne's Mathematics and Computer Science Division, is co-chair of the Technical Papers Program at SC11.

May 16, 2011
DOE JGI sets 'gold standard' for metagenomic data analysis

With the advent of more powerful and economical DNA sequencing technologies, gene discovery and characterization is transitioning from single-organism studies to revealing the potential biotechnology applications embedded in communities of microbial genomes, or metagenomes.

May 14, 2011
Bigger supercomputers to help safeguard nation

When someone mentions national security and computation, the phrase "war games" probably pops into many heads. Indeed, the U.S. government uses powerful computers to run such strategic simulations. But war strategy is not the first thing that comes to mind for many security experts, including Robert Rosner, senior fellow at the University of Chicago's Computation Institute and professor of physics and astronomy and astrophysics. When Rosner considers the potential contribution from extreme-scale computing for national security, his mind is on certification of the stockpile. That is a very important issue.

May 5, 2011
Winners of 2011 Wilkinson Prize for Numerical Software Announced

Andreas Waechter (IBM T. J. Watson Research Center) and Carl Laird (Texas A&M University) have been awarded the 2011 Wilkinson Prize for Numerical Software. The prize, sponsored by Argonne National Laboratory and the Numerical Algorithms Group and National Physical Laboratory, is awarded every four years to the entry that best addresses all phases of the preparation of numerical software.

April 19, 2011
Language quest turns to the brain

Computational linguists John Goldsmith and Greg Kobele use computer programs to model different components of human language, as part of a broader effort by researchers at the University of Chicago to find new ways to incorporate the field’s latest approaches and tools.

April 18, 2011
Ian Foster on Accelerating Science and Discovery

It seems that nearly every domain has its own range of community-level celebrities—individuals who have blazed new trails in their fields, creating new opportunities for innovation and progress. In the world of distributed computing, Ian Foster, current director of the Computation Institute at the University of Chicago, is one of those stars.

April 15, 2011