RENCI Bioportal enhanced with first workflow

CHAPEL HILL, NC, September 20, 2006 – The North Carolina/TeraGrid Bioportal, the web-based biology environment developed at the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI), now offers scientists a new capability to help them work more efficiently and effectively. Read more

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NSF taps CRA to create Computing Community Consortium

WASHINGTON, DC, September 18, 2006 – The National Science Foundation today announced an agreement with the Computing Research Association (CRA) to establish a consortium of computing experts that will provide scientific leadership and vision on issues related to computing research and future large-scale computing research projects. Read more

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GRIDtoday names RENCI’s Bioportal top life sciences grid implementation

CHAPEL HILL, NC, September 12, 2006 — The North Carolina/TeraGrid Bioportal, developed by the Renaissance Computing Institute, was recognized by the readers of GRIDtoday in the publication’s inaugural Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards. Read more

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RENCI partners on two DOE SciDAC awards

CHAPEL HILL, NC, September 11, 2006 — The Renaissance Computing Institute will play a key role in two national research projects that are among 30 computational science projects being supported by the Department of Energy’s Scientific Discovery (SciDAC) program. Read more

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Summit on Hurricane Katrina includes panel on technology and storm prediction

RENCI Director Dan Reed will join Ed Seidel, director of the Center for Computation and Technology at Louisiana State University, and University of Illinois atmospheric scientist Bob Wilhelmson for a live virtual discussion of how advance technology can aid in understanding hurricanes and other severe storms. Read more

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Reed joins Mikel Rouse for ‘end of cinematics’ symposium

On September 29, the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education in partnership with the Carolina Performing Arts Series and the Carolina Inn, will host UNC-Chapel Hill’s inaugural Performing Arts Symposium. Read more

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Digital Diagnostics

In a way, innovative computer programmers and engineers are like good mechanics. They get under the hood, unafraid to grapple with the dirty details, in an effort to create finely tuned systems and applications that that better serve their users. Read more

PCAST in California

A delegation from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) received an overview of computing programs at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), on Monday, Aug. 7. The group, including RENCI Director Dan Reed, toured the lab’s Terascale Simulation Facility (TSF). Read more

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Experts testify on HPC and competitiveness

On July 19, the Senate Subcommittee on Technology, Innovation, and Competitiveness listened to testimony from expert witnesses on the subject of high performance computing in the context of national competitiveness. Read more

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Viewing the Neurosphere

Patients with schizophrenia often cope with debilitating symptoms, and their suffering can be compounded by the lack of a reliable tool for diagnosing the disease. A group of researchers in the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill works with bioinformatics software developers at RENCI to find new ways to study the brain in order to better understand schizophrenia and its causes. Read more

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