CHAPEL HILL, NC–The computer simulations created by Dinesh Manocha, Ming Lin and their graduate students in the UNC Chapel Hill computer science department display data with realism and creativity.
But until recently, their interfaces to the simulations—mouse, Joybox game controller and haptic feedback—were nothing out of the ordinary. That changed when Manocha, Matthew Mason Distinguished Professor of computer science, and Lin, Beverly Long Distinguished Professor of computer science discovered RENCI’s multi-touch visualization table. Read more
Asheville, N.C. – Ever wanted to predict the future? Researchers at UNC Asheville and UNC Charlotte, as part of an ongoing Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) project, are learning how to do just that. Using historical satellite imagery, development trends, population data and population projections, they’ve been able to design an Urban Growth Model that can generate a visual representation of what our landscape may look like in the near future.
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
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.
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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RENCI (Renaissance Computing Institute) develops and deploys advanced technologies to enable research discoveries and practical innovations. RENCI partners with researchers, government, and industry to engage and solve the problems that affect North Carolina, our nation, and the world. An institute of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, RENCI was launched in 2004 as a collaboration involving UNC Chapel Hill, Duke University, and North Carolina State University.