A techie marathon: RENCI hosts “Hackathon” to improve water science software

Chapel Hill, NC- Serious brain muscles were flexed at the software developers’ version of the Olympics—a  “hackathon,” held at RENCI Europa Center, to work towards a collaborative goal of improving water modeling software important for future water scientists and researchers.

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ESIP Federation meeting highlights data practices related to disaster management

July 16, 2013 —The Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP Federation) met in Chapel Hill, North Carolina to advance the work of its data practitioner community. Hosted by RENCI, the meeting focused on bringing together communities to improve Earth science data management practices and coordinate efforts to make data more discoverable, accessible and useful to many. Read more

US Ignite recognizes RENCI and NC State for innovative app for monitoring power grids

CHAPEL HILL, NC, July 9, 2013 – Researchers at RENCI and North Carolina State University took home an award at the recent US Ignite Application Summit for demonstrating a prototype next-generation Internet application that monitors large power systems over a wide-area, high-performance communication network.
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IDC recognizes RENCI with two HPC Innovation Excellence Awards

An ASGS hindcast of water inundation resulting from Hurricane Sandy, with reds showing the highest surge and inundation levels. A hindcast uses actual storm data to compare numerical models to actual storm data and thereby measure the accuracy of the models. For Hurricane Sandy, ASGS models were as accurate or better than those used by the National Weather Service.

CHAPEL HILL, NC, June 20, 2013 – International Data Corporation (IDC) presented the 2013 HPC Innovation Excellence Awards last week at the ISC’13 supercomputing conference in Leipzig, Germany.  Of the 11 awards presented, two were won by RENCI, the Renaissance Computing Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill.

NCGENES and the ADCIRC Surge Guidance System, both projects that depend on RENCI-developed technologies and computing resources, were among the projects recognized for using high performance computing to impact research, business and society.

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First open source release of E-iRODS announced by RENCI

RENCI announced this week the release of E-iRODS 3.0, the first open source release of E-iRODS software to be managed and overseen by the iRODS Consortium, an alliance of organizations working together to fund and guide the continued development of the iRODS/E-iRODS platform.

iRODS—or integrated Rule-Oriented Data System—was developed by the Data Intensive Cyber Environments Group at UNC Chapel Hill and the University of California at San Diego. It is a popular data grid infrastructure that allows data to be viewed, shared and managed as a single collection with support for metadata. E-iRODS is a branch of the iRODS platform designed to be as stable, robust and supported as commercial software. RENCI leads the development of E-iRODS. Read more

World’s first intercontinental 100 gbps link for research and education demonstrated at TERENA Networking Conference

Maastricht, The Netherlands – June 3, 2013 – Six of the world’s leading research and education (R&E) networks and two commercial partners today demonstrated for the first time a Transatlantic 100 gigabits-per-second (Gbps or one billion bits per second) transmission link for research and education between North America and Europe during the TERENA Networking Conference 2013 (TNC2013), held in Maastricht, The Netherlands. These demonstrations showcased emerging technologies and advanced applications for science, research and education.

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NCGENES project recognized as a health IT innovation by NCHICA


Chapel Hill, May 9, 2013 – Tuesday, May 7, marked the first annual Health IT Innovation Awards sponsored by the North Carolina Healthcare Information and Communications Alliance (NCHICA). RENCI had a strong presence at the awards event, held at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill, and walked away with the top award for health IT innovation in the research applications category.

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Analysis of the human genomics landscape a decade after the Human Genome Project

Eric Green, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, talks about the impact of the Human Genome Project at the first NCDS-sponsored public event. Watch the full lecture at https://youtube.com.

National consortium to lead North Carolina in big data innovation


Chapel Hill, NC – A new collaboration called the National Consortium for Data Science (NCDS) aims to make North Carolina a national hub for data-intensive business and data science research and education, a move that will help develop a national strategy to ensure U.S. leadership in the data-driven global economy. Read more

Sailing again: UNC’s Topsail supercomputer comes out of retirement with a RENCI makeover

UNC’s Topsail supercomputer comes out of retirement with a RENCI makeover from Erik Scott (left) and Mark Montazer (right).

In its prime, the UNC supercomputer called Topsail had a peak performance of nearly 30 trillion calculations per second—more than enough to earn a spot on the biannual Top500 supercomputers list. Read more

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