CI-BER project plans to store billions of electronic records

The result of a recent three-way partnership between The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Cyberinfrastructure for Billions of Electronic Records project (CI-BER) held its official kickoff meeting on Thursday, October 28, 2010 in Chapel Hill.

One of the first federally-funded projects of its kind to bring the benefits of social media and public reports of its progress via a blogging format, CI-BER will create master copies of NARA’s Center for Advanced Systems and Technologies’ testbed collections of electronic records and  store them at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Read more

RENCI and North Carolina partners to exhibit at SC10

North Carolina research universities will present their latest work in high performance computing, data management and preservation, networking and scientific and information visualization at SC10, the international conference of high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis, beginning at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15.   Read more

Open Data Center Alliance sets out to define requirements for next generation data centers and cloud infrastructure

SAN FRANCISCO – The Open Data Center Alliance, an independent consortium of global IT leaders this week announced its formation and previewed the Alliance’s 0.5 vendor-agnostic Usage Model Roadmap. Read more

Documenting the Battle of the Atlantic


Video: John McCord, Coastal Studies Institute

One of the most overlooked battles of World War II played out in our own backyard, claiming 80 ships and hundreds of lives.

The waters off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, commonly known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic, are also the resting place of merchant vessels, German U boats, and American and British navel ships lost in the Battle of the Atlantic in 1942. The Germans aimed to sink U.S. merchant ships that were carrying supplies to England. U.S. and Royal Navy ships patrolled the coast to protect them and, when necessary, engage the Germans. Read more

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RENCI at UNC Asheville presented with Friends of the River Award

RENCI at UNC Asheville Director Jim Fox (right) receives the Friends of the River Award from Bob Davy of the Land-of-Sky Regional Council at the group’s annual dinner.

ASHEVILLE, NC—RENCI at UNC Asheville received the Friends of the River Award by the Land-of-Sky Regional Council at the 33rd annual Friends of the River Dinner held Sept. 29.

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East Carolina celebrates science at regional festival

RENCI at ECU Director Tom Allen, far right, helps a youngster view a hurricane track on a laptop computer as his dad looks on.

RENCI at East Carolina University was one of the organizations that planned and participated in the Eastern North Carolina Science Festival, held Friday, Sept. 24, at the East Carolina Heart Institute in Greenville.

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Mathematicians to tackle climate change issues through new NSF-funded virtual organization

Chris Jones, lead investigator of the Mathematics and Climate Change Network

CHAPEL HILL, NC, Sept. 23, 2010—A new project funded by the National Science Foundation links researchers at leading U.S. universities to study the mathematical problems related to climate change research.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill leads the Mathematics and Climate Change Network, with the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) providing logistical support and cyber tools to support the creation of a virtual organization spanning the U.S. The NSF will provide $1 million a year for five years to support the network. Read more

RENCI's UNC Charlotte partners team up to win NSF land use grant

The four organizations that comprise RENCI at UNC Charlotte have been awarded $300,000 from the National Science Foundation to study how land owners’ decision processes affect forest persistence. Read more

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RENCI issues call for NC State visualization projects

RENCI at North Carolina State University seeks NC State faculty members and researchers to participate in the center’s inaugural Program in Applied Scientific and Information Visualization.

Two researchers or research team will be selected for the one-year program and will have the opportunity to work directly with RENCI experts and use advanced visualization technologies and tools to enhance their research. Each awardee will receive a stipend to support their work of $10,000 to $12,000. Read more

Molecules to Materials

RALEIGH, NC – Take some long, skinny molecules that are bunched together like a bowl of spaghetti. Now, try spinning them into a yarn that can conduct electricity. Or perhaps weave them, along with carbon nanotubes, into a next-generation bullet-proof vest.

Sound challenging? It is—but it’s just the kind of challenge Melissa Pasquinelli likes. Read more

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