Interview with Stan Ahalt


In this video, Stan Ahalt answers each of the following questions: 


Q: What attracted you to the job of RENCI director?

Q: You were director of the Ohio Supercomputer Center for six years. How does RENCI differ from OSC? In what ways is it similar?

Q: What do you see as RENCI’s greatest strengths?

Q: On the flip side, you are taking over as director after the center has seen a significant budget cut and in during the most serious economic downturn since the Great Depression. What are the challenges facing RENCI in this economic climate?

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in your first year at RENCI?

Q: You’ve played many roles in your career, from teacher and mentor to administrator and leader of successful research initiatives. What excites you at this stage of your career?

Q: Do you have any advice for young people who are students or just starting their careers in high performance computing or related fields?



Portland, OR—The Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) will offer a look at leading edge technologies that enable research, decision making and collaboration in its exhibit at SC09, the international conference for high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis. Read more

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RENCI at UNC Asheville and A-B Tech to celebrate GIS Day

asheville viz wall

The 16-foot visualization wall will aid in showing how geographic information systems work.

ASHEVILLE, NC–RENCI at UNC Asheville and Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (A-B Tech) announce the third annual celebration of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day in Western North Carolina. The community drop-in event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, at the RENCI at UNC Asheville Community Engagement Site, located in the Grove Arcade in downtown Asheville.  The event is free and open to the public.

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Triangle universities and RENCI launch major data initiative


CHAPEL HILL, NC–An initiative that will determine how Triangle area universities access, manage, and share ever-growing stores of digital data launched this fall with funding from the Triangle Universities Center for Advanced Studies, Inc. (TUCASI). Read more

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RENCI-Duke network project moves forward with new funding


CAMBRIDGE, MASS.—New funding was announced this week for the RENCI and Duke University project to develop a dark fiber network where researchers can create and manage network experiments. Read more

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RENCI, National Weather Service to hold decision support and technology summit


CHAPEL HILL, NC–Leaders from the National Weather Service, meteorological researchers from RENCI and  North Carolina campuses, and community decision makers will convene Oct. 29 and 30 to discuss decision support, technology trends, and how technological tools can improve forecasts, severe weather warnings and communication with the public on weather issues. Read more

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University, community leaders welcome RENCI to downtown Asheville


Demonstrations on the 20-foot visualization wall were featured at the opening of RENCI’s new downtown Asheville center.

ASHEVILLE, NC — Community and university leaders celebrated the opening of the new downtown location of RENCI at UNC Asheville on Oct. 1. The event featured a ceremonial ribbon cutting and messages of support for the Asheville center from Erskine Bowles, president of the University of North Carolina System, UNC Asheville Chancellor Anne Ponder and Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy.

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Mock trial, virtual world, real learning

The judge, jury, witnesses and lawyers were all in the courtroom on September 25 for a mock trial conducted by University of North Carolina School of Law students and faculty. But for the first time, attendance in the courtroom didn’t require being in the same physical location. Read more

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Seminal NC urbanization study expands to Asheville, Triad and Triangle

CHARLOTTE, NC–Researchers at the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) at UNC Charlotte will expand their study of development patterns in North Carolina to rapidly-growing counties in western North Carolina as well as the Triad and Research Triangle regions of the Piedmont. Read more

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Carolina Launch Pad seeks new crop of university entrepreneurs

CHAPEL HILL, NC, September 15, 2009—Carolina Launch Pad, the pre-commercial technology business accelerator located at the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) will soon begin its second year and is seeking a new class of aspiring IT entrepreneurs from the UNC Chapel Hill community. Read more

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