RENCI gives Carolina community access to USC Shoah Foundation Institute’s Visual History Archive

CHAPEL HILL, NC, November 20, 2006—Students, faculty, and staff at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will have access to the world’s largest visual history archive beginning this month, when the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) deploys a 5.5-terabyte digital media cache of testimonies from the USC Shoah Foundation Institute’s Visual History Archive. Read more

Birds of a Feather session to examine petascale performance issues

TAMPA, FLA, November 1, 2006—Those interested in the challenge of evaluating the performance and reliability of petascale computing systems and of developing application codes that scale effectively on these systems should plan to attend the SC06 Birds of a Feather Session  “Evaluating Petascale Infrastructure Systems: Benchmarks, Models, and Applications.” The BoF will take place Wednesday, Nov. 15, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Tampa Convention Center, room 17 (please confirm the room number with signs in the convention center).  Read more

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RENCI debuts at International Supercomputing Conference

TAMPA, FLA, November 1, 2006-Imagine if, in the midst of a hurricane, flood or severe storm, emergency response teams could interface with a high-resolution, near real-time computer model and determine what neighborhoods were likely to be affected, how far inland storm surges would reach, how water runoff and flooding might be impacted by development, and the safest evacuation routes based on constantly changing conditions. Read more

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Renaissance Computing Institute goes statewide with two new locations

CHAPEL HILL, NC, October 25, 2006–The Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) today announced plans to expand its reach to Western and Eastern North Carolina by opening sites in Asheville, affiliated with the University of North Carolina Asheville, and in Greenville, affiliated with East Carolina University. Read more

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Discussion series looks at data issues in bioinformatics, genetics

The Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) will host a panel discussion on the data needs of the bioinformatics and genetics communities at research universities in the Triangle from 2:30 – 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26 at the Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Drive, Chapel Hill. Read more

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RENCI, Duke to present first HASTAC international conference

The Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC, pronounced “haystack”) will hold its first international conference April 19 – 21, 2007, in Durham, NC.

The conference, titled Electronic Techtonics: Thinking at the Interface, will be one of the culminating events of HASTAC’s In|Formation Year, which began last June and runs through May 2007. In|Formation Year events include a series of networked discussions, lectures and performances hosted by HASTAC member institutions that highlight the human and humane dimensions of advanced technology. Read more

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Techno Being 2050

What will it mean to be human in 2050? Environmentalists speculate that by then, the climate in central North Carolina may feel like Central Florida today. A better understanding of genetics could lead to cures for deadly diseases and new technologies could put sensors in our bodies to monitor vital signs and administer personalized doses of medicines. Read more

RENCI to bring new communities to Open Science Grid

CHAPEL HILL, NC – The Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) will help in the next phase of development of the Open Science Grid by working to make the grid useful to even more scientists representing a wider range of research fields.

The National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy’s Office of Science today announced a five-year, $30 million award to the Open Science Grid Consortium to operate and expand the OSG, a computing environment used by scientists to harness computing resources and scientific data from around the world. RENCI will recruit scientists to the OSG from many disciplines, such as the biological, materials and environmental sciences. RENCI researchers will work with these new users to integrate new applications into the OSG framework and to ensure that the OSG’s networked environments and collaborative resources can serve a larger scope of scientific domains.  Read more

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RENCI Bioportal enhanced with first workflow

CHAPEL HILL, NC, September 20, 2006 – The North Carolina/TeraGrid Bioportal, the web-based biology environment developed at the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI), now offers scientists a new capability to help them work more efficiently and effectively. Read more

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NSF taps CRA to create Computing Community Consortium

WASHINGTON, DC, September 18, 2006 – The National Science Foundation today announced an agreement with the Computing Research Association (CRA) to establish a consortium of computing experts that will provide scientific leadership and vision on issues related to computing research and future large-scale computing research projects. Read more

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