RENCI, ITS Research Computing Establish Tar Heel Grid


Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have a new distributed computing resource through the efforts of the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) and Information Technology Services’ Research Computing. Read more

Incredible Journey

For R. Jude Samulski, viruses are the good guys.

With minimal energy and great efficiency they deliver genetic material from outside sources to the nuclei of cells. If programmed correctly, the DNA sequences they carry can change the genetic information in cells, turning diseased cells into healthy ones. Read more

Hurricane Hunter

Hurricane Awareness activities at RDU

RALEIGH, May 6, 2009—The plane on display at Raleigh-Durham International Airport’s General Aviation Terminal was a veteran of storms well known to North Carolinians: Isabel, Floyd and Fran. Read more

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Stanly County teachers win RENCI Weather Web Competition

CHAPEL HILL, NC, April 29, 2009 – Stanly County will soon have detailed data about local weather conditions and new weather-related projects for school children thanks to the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) Weather Web competition.

The county is the latest in the list of North Carolina counties awarded a weather station through Weather Web, which aims to enhance weather-related K-12 education and improve the quantity and quality of weather data in under served areas of the state. Read more

New website shows live local weather conditions

ASHEVILLE, NC–As a possible April snowstorm approaches, eyes are turned to the sky. Now weather buffs won’t have to look out the window to get a glimpse of regional weather, thanks to a new weather watching website created by staff and student researchers at the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) at UNC Asheville. The Web site,, gives viewers access to images from dozens of local webcams, showing nearly real time weather in more than 100 locations across North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia.

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RENCI explores uses for 360-degree camera system

Every picture tells a story, but high-definition, 360-degree imagery can put you in a real situation, able to look around in all directions and notice the details.

RENCI’s research using a Dodeca 2360 camera system from Portland, Oregon-based Immersive Media aims to recreate real spaces in cyberspace using an 11-camera, geo-referenced imagery system that shoots high resolution video in full 360 degrees. The system collects huge amounts of data: 1 million pixels per second, or 1 gigabyte per minute. Read more

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Multi-hazard risk tool aims to help Buncombe County

Emergency personnel and town planners and managers in Buncombe County have a new online tool for analyzing natural hazard risks and their potential costs.

The Buncombe County Multi-hazard Risk Tool was introduced to emergency responders and government officials from Asheville and nearby communities by Todd Pierce of RENCI at UNC Asheville at a March meeting to discuss the county’s Multi-jurisdiction Hazard Mitigation Plan. Read more

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RENCI to host Open Science Grid, Cyberinfrastructure Workshop

Registration is now open for the Open Science Grid Campus and National Cyberinfrastructure Workshop, which will take place April 22-23 at the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI), 100 Europa Drive, Chapel Hill. A registration form is available at

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Visualization Challenge examines history, science and more


John Wagner won the RENCI at ECU Visualization Challenge with this representation of a 19th century gunboat.

RENCI at East Carolina University’s (ECU) second annual Visualization Challenge, held March 25, featured presentations on the center’s 21-foot by 6-foot visualization wall on topics ranging from 3D archeological ship reconstruction to research into genetic diseases using fruit flies.

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The Big Board

A public emergency is the ultimate example of multitasking. It can require crowd control, medical aid, evacuation and emergency response all at once under trying conditions.

Managers who direct emergency operations centers (EOCs) have few technological tools to help them with these complicated, critical tasks, but the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) hopes to change that. Read more

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