Ocracoke doubles its power

CHAPEL HILL, NC–RENCI’S IBM Blue Gene®/L computing system will double its size and power in February with the addition of another 1,024 compute nodes. The upgraded system, named Ocracoke after the oldest active lighthouse in North Carolina, will consist of 2,048 compute nodes and will have a peak performance of 11.4 teraflops, meaning it will be capable of more than 11 trillion calculations per second.   Read more

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RENCI hosts open house for new UNC engagement center

CHAPEL HILL, NC, January 14, 2008 – The Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) will host an open house for its new engagement center at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill on Thursday, Feb. 7, featuring state-of-the-art visualization technology and collaboration tools. Read more

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Grid School offers support for using OSG, TeraGrid

Applications are now being accepted for the 2008 Tuskegee Grid School (TUGS ’08) to be held Feb. 6 – 8 at Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL.

Undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, educators and professionals in any scientific discipline are eligible to attend. Applicants should have at least intermediate programming skills (one to two semesters in C/C++, Java, Perl or Python) and hands-on experience with UNIX/Linux in a networked environment. Applicants should have a compelling project to which they can apply grid techniques after completing the course. Read more

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RENCI part of Asheville partnership to target climate-related businesses

Community leaders in Asheville aim to build on the area’s history in climate analysis and digital arts to build Western North Carolina into a center for climate-related services. RENCI’s engagement center in Asheville is expected to play a key role in that effort.

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RENCI at ECU gives kids lesson in geography

Students and teachers from Belvoir Elementary School in Greenville became some of the first people to learn about weather and geography using RENCI at East Carolina University’s new state-of- the-art high resolution visualization wall. More than 40 students and their teachers attended a program on Oct. 30 that was put together by Theodore “Teddy” Allen, a geography graduate student and RENCI at ECU research assistant, and Sue Chapman, administrative support specialist for the University Honors, ECU Scholars, and Undergraduate Research Programs. Read more

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RENCI 'Topobathy' dataset aids in storm surge prediction and management

Researchers at the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) have compiled new data on ocean floor and coastal typography that will help state and local emergency managers and scientists who model, predict, plan for, and respond to floods and storms along the North Carolina coast. Read more

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HPCwire names Dan Reed community award winner

RENO, Nev., Nov. 14 — RENCI Director Dan Reed was named winner of the 2007 Community Recognition Award by the editors of HPCwire, the leading publication of the high performance computing community.

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RENCI launches new communication tools at NCEMA fall conference

The annual fall conference of the North Carolina Emergency Managers Association featured the debut of RENCI’s Collaborative Workspace Environment, a comprehensive online workspace for emergency managers consisting of desktop conferencing software, the North Carolina Emergency Management Association (NCEMA) Web portal, and NC-FIRST, RENCI’s portal for weather information.

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RENCI begins new chapter as Dan Reed heads to Microsoft

CHAPEL HILL, NC, Nov. 8, 2007–The Renaissance Computing Institute, launched in 2004 to build partnerships and apply advanced technologies to complex, multidisciplinary problems, enters a new stage in December as founder Daniel A. Reed joins Microsoft Research and Deputy Director Alan Blatecky takes the helm as interim director.

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RENCI SC07 booth to highlight broad impact of computing and collaborative technologies

CHAPEL HILL, October 31, 2007—Integrated models for disaster planning and management, virtual environments for research and decision support, and computing and visualization to reveal the functions of proteins and gene mutations linked to cancer are among the presentations that will be featured in the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) booth at SC07 in Reno.

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