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DOE awards Argonne projects 200 million hours of supercomputer time

Five researchers at Argonne National Laboratory will lead projects that have been awarded almost 200 million processor-hours of computing time at Argonne’s Leadership Computing Facility.

July 28, 2010
DOE launches Institute for Computing in Science at Argonne

The inaugural summer program of the Institute for Computing in Science (ICiS) commenced at July 17 in Snowbird, Utah, with a series of four one-week workshops. A major goal of the DOE-funded initiative is to get key members of the scientific community to start thinking about the development and integration of new computational methods within their discipline. Under the leadership of Rick Stevens, ICiS will enable the science community to come together to form interdisciplinary teams in a visitor-oriented institute structure to address the most challenging problems. 

July 12, 2010
Magellan explores scientific clouds -- scientifically

“Cloud computing has become a very exciting new field with several companies making offerings that are already being used by scientists around the world,” said Pete Beckman, director of Argonne Leadership Computing Facility and leader of the ALCF Magellan team. “The question the Department of Energy has is pretty straightforward: what kind of science can be done on clouds, and are there specializations or customizations that we can do on the software to get more science out of clouds?”

May 19, 2010
INCITE 2011 Call for Proposals

For the eighth consecutive year, the Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) program invites proposals for large-scale, computationally intensive research projects to run at America's premier leadership computing facility (LCF) centers, established and operated by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science. The INCITE program awards sizeable allocations on some of the world's most powerful supercomputers to address grand challenges in science and engineering, such as developing new energy solutions and gaining a better understanding of climate change resulting from energy use.

April 15, 2010
Bringing LHC data to US Tier-3s

The Open Science Grid is aiding physicists at over 40 Tier-3 centers nationwide to get set up on a grid to get access to data from the Large Hadron Collider. The new US Tier-3 centers – evenly split between the ATLAS and the Compact Muon Solenoid experiments – have each received about $30,000 in funding as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Physicists scattered around the country will be able to use them to do their own analysis of data generated by two of the LHC experiments.

February 10, 2010
ALCF Early Science Program to Award Cycles on Next-Generation IBM Blue Gene

The Argonne Leadership Computing Facility is now accepting proposals for time allocations on its next-generation, 10 petaflop IBM Blue Gene system. Allocations through the Early Science Program (ESP) are for preproduction hours (between system installation and full production) beginning in early 2012. More than four billion core hours are available.

To ensure the success of these early projects, ESP awardees will receive significant support from the ALCF staff of computational scientists and performance engineers, plus additional assistance from program postdocs.

Proposals are due April 29, 2010, and must include a detailed plan for the science to be accomplished plus a description of the application development that would be done. For full details or to submit your proposal, visit esp.alcf.anl.gov.

February 1, 2010
This visualization of the Universe as it condenses around fluctuations in the density of dark and ordinary matter is a result from a collaboration between Argonne National Lab and the San Diego Supercomputer Center.
Argonne streaming visualization sends images across the world

Dealing with data is the specialty of a group of scientists at Argonne National Laboratory. To more easily share and analyze the mountains of data from today's scientific challenges, they are developing software that enables researchers to interact with their results in real-time from across the country.

January 4, 2010
Metagenome Analysis Service Exceeds 100GB

Argonne's Metagenomics Rapid Annotation using Subsystem Technology server, or MG-RAST, has processed more than 100 gigabytes (or 100 gigabases) of samples, making MG-RAST the primary data repository and analysis resource for the metagenomics community.

MG-RAST has more than 2,500 registered data submitters representing more than 450 universities, institutes and companies.

The study of community genomes (metagenomics) is now being applied by researchers worldwide to understand the contributions of microbial organisms to processes like carbon sequestration, carbon cycling and environmental remediation.

Argonne's MG-RAST is a free, fully-automated online service for annotating the metagenome of an environmental sample. It uses a variety of computing resources - Argonne�s local clusters, the National Science Foundation-funded TeraGrid and cloud computing - to compare the DNA fragments of more than 3,000 samples submitted to the system against proteins contained in several publicly available databases.

Principal investigators are the Mathematics and Computer Science Division�s Robert Edwards and Folker Meyer, who are assisted by Narayan Desai, Mark d'Souza, Elizabeth Glass, Robert Olson, Tobias Paczian, Andreas Wilke and Jared Wilkening.

December 10, 2009
Argonne's Ian Foster named Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery

Ian Foster has been named a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). The fellowship program, established in 1993, honors ACM members for their achievements in computer science and information technology and for their significant contributions to the mission of the ACM.

December 1, 2009
Supercomputing for the Masses

With $32 million from the Energy Department, Argonne has set to work on Magellan, a project to explore the creation of a cloud-computing infrastructure that scientists around the globe can use. Mr. Beckman argued that such a system would reduce the need for smaller universities and labs to spend money on their own computing infrastructure.

Another benefit is that researchers would not need to spend days downloading huge data sets so that they could perform analysis on their own computers. Instead, they could send requests to Magellan and just receive the answers.

November 23, 2009