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
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.
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.
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.
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
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 .
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.
Registration is now open for the 2007 Microsoft eScience Workshop, hosted by the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI). This free workshop will be held Oct. 21-23 at the University of North Carolina’s Friday Center for Continuing Education. To register, go to http://www.mses07.net.
Jeff White, an associate professor in the Department of Soil Science at North Carolina State University (NCSU), hopes to make farming more cost-effective and environmentally sound in North Carolina and across the country, with help from the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) and its visualization resources. Read more
CHAPEL HILL, NC, June 21, 2007–Patrick Dreher, a theoretical nuclear physicist at MIT with years of experience in research computing and information technology strategic planning, will lead the effort to expand the IT infrastructure that supports the work of the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI), its engagement sites, and research computing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, RENCI Director Dan Reed announced today.