New RENCI center at UNC Charlotte to focus on urbanization and regional growth

CHAPEL HILL, NC, October 24, 2007–The Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) today announced a partnership with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to create a new RENCI engagement center focused on forecasting urban growth and its impacts.

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RENCI, NCSA collaboration wins conference award

A scientific paper written by a research team from RENCI and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) was named the best application paper at the recent IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Bioengineering (BIBE 2007).

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Computational Matchmaking

Brian Kuhlman is always on the lookout for resources that can make it simpler and quicker to study the innumerable shapes and sequences proteins can adopt. Read more

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Presidential advisors report on federal Networking and Information Technology R&D Program

WASHINGTON—The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) today delivered its report Leadership Under Challenge: Information Technology R&D in a Competitive World. The report assesses global U.S. competitiveness in networking and information technology and provides recommendations aimed at ensuring that the Federally funded Networking and Information Technology R&D (NITRD) Program is appropriately focused and implemented. Read more

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Flood sensors to aid county in evacuation planning

Chapel Hill, NC, September 5, 2007 – A hybrid network of flood and weather sensors to be installed over the next two months will give Brunswick County emergency managers advance warning about how fast water is rising along critical flood-prone roads in the county.

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RENCI offers “food for the mind” at informational ‘bistros’

Chapel Hill, NC, August 17, 2007 – The public is invited to feed their minds—as well as their stomachs—at the Renaissance Computing Institute’s Renaissance Bistros. RENCI has scheduled two bistros, informal informational sessions to discuss RENCI focus areas, in September, which will focus on disaster research, including collaborations with the state of North Carolina on hurricane and storm surge prediction and disaster planning and mitigation. Both bistros are free and open to the public.

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National Science Board endorses NCSA petascale proposal

The National Science Board has approved a resolution authorizing the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund the acquisition and deployment of the world’s most powerful “leadership-class” supercomputer.

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A new water view

Three years ago, floods caused by Hurricanes Ivan and Frances devastated western North Carolina, claiming a dozen lives and leaving behind millions of dollars in property damage in and around Asheville. Read more

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RENCI assists state in floodplain remapping

CHAPEL HILL, NC, August 8, 2007 – Residents living in flood-prone coastal areas of North Carolina can rest a little easier knowing that state emergency managers and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will soon have new state-of-the-art storm surge models to help them determine the best flood response to storms .

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Expert panel discusses the future of computing

At the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit, held July 16 in Redmond, WA, a panel of experts from academia, government, and Microsoft Research discussed the role of multidisciplinary research powered by computing in maintaining the U.S. position as the world’s number one innovation leader. Panelists were RENCI’s Dan Reed, Craig Mundie, chief research and strategy officer of Microsoft’s  Advanced Strategies and Policy division; Rick Rashid, senior vice president, Microsoft Research; and Jeannette Wing, assistant director for the National Science Foundation’s Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) directorate. Ed Lazowska, Bill and Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington, moderated the discussion.

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