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August 26, 2015

Big data has been making a lot of headlines, but it's more than a fad or a mere academic exercise: It's about saving lives. Rice University bioengineers have pioneered an algorithm that helps doctors match child leukemia sufferers to the appropriate treatment.

August 12, 2015

Mounted atop the Blanco telescope in Chile, the Dark Energy Camera (DECam) takes very large photos of a very large object: the universe.

August 12, 2015

Is the $26 million invested in the XSEDE organization and its services a cost-effective way to deliver cyberinfrastructure services to the US open research community? Researchers took on this question at the recent XSEDE15 conference. 

July 8, 2015

“Solar Superstorms,” is a science documentary showing off the latest computation-enabled research about solar dynamics. Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, the 24-minute documentary illustrates what can happen when our closest star erupts. Stunning visualizations from Donna Cox’s team at the US National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) Advanced Visualization Laboratory tell the story.

June 24, 2015

An international group of astronomers began the Panchromatic Hubble Andromeda Treasury (PHAT) in 2011 to map and study the millions of stars that comprise the Andromeda galaxy. The project has captured the most detailed panoramic images of the galaxy yet seen, revealing that star formation appears to be the same across the universe.

June 17, 2015

The HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) is the research arm of the HathiTrust, and provides computational know-how for humanities scholars. With secure access to copyright-protected works, HTRC helps scholars see patterns across decades of literature. 

April 15, 2015

Buying a supercomputer can be a tough sell for administrators to make. A study by Clemson University researchers may change the argument.

February 25, 2015

The so-called 'long-tail' of research is an important and often underserved community, compared with other areas of science that are well supported by national supercomputing infrastructure. Cloud computing is making it easier to deliver tailored services to these researchers and is enabling new research collaborations across the globe.

February 18, 2015

UC San Diego School of Medicine scientists have teamed up with Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center engineers to create 3D models of enzymes that cause inflammation. What they've learned could bring relief to victims of asthma and arthritis.


September 3, 2014

While most of the original concepts for cloud computing originated within the academic research community, industry has driven much of the design and architecture as cloud use has grown.

Read about a new, $20 million cloud computing initiative, funded by the US National Science Foundation, that will enable researchers to develop and experiment widely with novel cloud architectures at scale, and discover and share new innovations.

August 27, 2014

Moving water through the state of California, US, involves a complex array of local water districts, aging federal projects, cobbled together state projects, pumps, and levees. Read about the Delta Stewardship Council and the effort to tackle the enormous goals of creating a reliable water supply for a growing state population, and trying to reverse the environmental damage done by 160 years of water development.

April 10, 2013

The University of Texas at Austin and TACC competed against the top supercomputing centers and universities to claim one of the most advanced systems in the world — and won. The prize, an estimated $50 million-plus investment over a four-year period.

April 10, 2013

Blue Waters, entering full deployment, is now crunching numbers around the clock at the National Petascale Computing Facility at the University of Illinois, US. Led by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications Blue Waters is funded by the US National Science Foundation to address the most challenging compute-, memory-, and data-intensive problems in science and engineering.

April 3, 2013

On February 15, 2013, as an asteroid entered Earth’s atmosphere and exploded over the Chelyabinsk region in the Russian Urals. Many amateur videos from the region captured the asteroid streaking across the sky and exploding in a bright light. Read about the science behind the atmospheric event and similar impacts on Jupiter.

December 5, 2012

Researchers in China have developed TransOS, a transparent operating system and integrated services for the cloud. Is this simply the next logical step following movement towards software as a service?

November 21, 2012

A monkey for a computer brain anyone? Image courtesy International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge.

September 19, 2012

Today, biology is a data-driven science, intrinsically linked to computing.  However, dialogue between researchers and computer scientists about the analysis of genomic data is still far from 'organic'. The HPCBio group and the Texas Advanced Computing Center are addressing this issue with a distributed approach to computing resources, new software, and tailored customer services.

August 29, 2012

Today's Kraken favors numbers instead of devouring sailors: This high-performance computer is managing the mountains of data streaming from NASA’s Kepler space telescope and is helping the search for Earth-like planets that orbit their stars in the 'Goldilocks Zone'.

August 8, 2012

There is no consensus on Alzheimer's disease underlying mechanism. Now, new simulations may lead to better diagnostic and treatment options to stop the disease.

August 8, 2012

During XSEDE'12, the Texas Advanced Computing Center presented their new high-performance computer that will replace both its Ranger system and Kraken at the National Institute for Computational Sciences.

June 27, 2012

The Open Science Grid, in the US, have received a large financial commitment to sustain its computing grid resources into the future.

June 27, 2012

Europe's leading neutron source, and international experiments, and projects, are setting up policies and tools to make raw data more open, streamlining cross-disciplinary research.

February 15, 2012

As funders consider how to best invest in the future of e-infrastructure, a number of questions arise: How much does e-infrastructure cost? How much impact does it have, and are funders getting value for their money? A number of projects are working to find concrete answers to these and other questions, at a time when getting an accurate price has never been more crucial to a sustainable future for scientific computing.

December 7, 2011