In the News
March 31, 2011
"Ian Foster Receives IEEE Computer Society's Tsutomu Kanai Award "
Ian Foster, director of the Computation Institute, a joint initiative between the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory, has been named the recipient of the IEEE Computer Society's 2011 Tsutomu Kanai Award, which recognizes major contributions to state-of-the-art distributed computing systems and their applications. Foster was acknowledged for his pioneering research in grid computing, integrating geographically distributed instruments, computers and data. | read more>
September 30, 2010
"7 Hot Cloud Computing Innovations"
Researchers have been investigating ways to link their cloud deployments with other clouds. Called "sky computing," this model takes resources from multiple cloud providers and pools them to create large-scale, distributed infrastructures. Sky-computing clouds have emerged at the University of Chicago, Purdue University and the University of Texas at Austin, to name a few. | read more>
September 21, 2010
"Argonne and BuildingIQ partner to develop next-generation energy management systems for buildings"
Recently, Victor Zavala, a Director's Postdoctoral Fellow in the Mathematics and Computer Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory, has started a partnership with BuildingIQ, a cutting-edge building energy management company. The partnership leverages Argonne's expertise on optimization modeling and algorithms to develop next-generation energy management systems for buildings. | read more>
July 4, 2010
"Nuclear power picks up steam in Indiana"
MCS associate and Purdue University researcher Ahmed Hassanein and colleague Amit H. Varma say the next generation of nuclear power plants will be safer, smaller and less expensive than their predecessors. "There's no doubt that nuclear energy should be the near-future reliable source of electricity in the U.S." Hassanein said. | read more>
February 22, 2010
"Optimization server reaches 2 million milestone"
NEOS, the Network-Enabled Optimisation System developed by researchers at Argonne in conjunction with Northwestern University, has reached a new milestone: two million submissions to its optimisation software. NEOS has been used extensively for a variety of applications, including modeling electricity markets, predicting global protein folding and training artificial neural networks. | read more>
January 11, 2010
"Two Argonne scientists to receive prestigious nuclear physics prize"
Steven Pieper and Robert Wiringa, senior scientists at Argonne National Laboratory, have won the 2010 Tom W. Bonner Prize in nuclear physics. The award will be presented by the American Physical Society in Washington, D.C., in February 2010. | read more>
November 22, 2009
New York Times
"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. | read more>
November 20, 2009
GenomeWeb Daily News
"Cloud Bio-Computing at SC09"
Anyone who might have arrived at SC09 in Portland, OR still scoffing at the viability of cloud computing for life sciences research should have had a change of heart - this year's conference, with its emphasis on bio-computing, has much to offer about what many still consider to be an HPC pie-in-the-sky. | read more>
November 9, 2009
"U.S. government explores limits of cloud and virtualization"
The United States government invested $32 million in a large project known as Magellan to better understand how cloud computing can benefit the scientific community. The money will be divided between projects at Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) in Illinois and the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) in California. Both facilities will use the money to purchase mid-range high-performance computing (HPC) facilities to test out different cloud-related technologies. | read more>
October 28, 2009
International Science Grid
"Feature - In case of emergency, call SPRUCE"
When disaster strikes, simulations could give authorities the information they need to save lives. But simulations are computationally intensive, and during a crisis, there's no time to wait in line for access to computer resources. That's where urgent computing comes in.
"What you really want is to be able to hook together or have access to all the supercomputers that you need, wherever they are," said Pete Beckman, project lead for TeraGrid's Special PRiority and Urgent Computing Environment, or SPRUCE. "The purpose of this sort of urgent computing infrastructure is to design and create the infrastructure before it's needed." | read more>