A data center upgrade for a data-rich world

What is a data center? Ask any number of technologists or scientists and you will probably get a wide range of answers, in part because the data center concept changes as the technologies that power them change.

In the 1960s and 70s, as scientists began to exploit new technological research tools, data centers began popping up on university campuses and at research labs worldwide. The first- generation data centers functioned primarily as long-term data repositories. In the 1980s and 90s, data centers evolved to include new resources and tools for managing data sets that were growing larger and more complex. These new methods for accessing, managing, and archiving data meant researchers could collaborate and share their data and research results. Read more

New research project aims to translate biomedical data for better healthcare, research, and policy-making


CHAPEL HILL, NC – Data is ubiquitous in both clinical settings and in biomedical research labs. It includes disease symptoms noted by healthcare professionals, lab results from tests done on patients, information about clinical procedures and the effects of specific drugs, evidence about the environmental and socioenvironmental factors that impact diseases and disease treatments, the biological pathways and genetic underpinning of diseases, and information about the chemical and molecular structure of drugs and drug targets.  Read more

RENCI and the Coastal Resilience Center partnership honored with 2016 HPCwire Editors’ Choice Award


Tom Tabor, publisher of HPCWire, presents an HPCWire reader’s choice award to RENCI Communications Director Karen Green. Also pictured are Anthony Jenkins of Dell (far left) and RENCI COO Jay Aikat (far right).

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) and the Department of Homeland Security Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence (CRC) have been recognized in the annual HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards, presented at the 2016 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC16) in Salt Lake City, Utah. Read more

Big Data Innovation Hubs selected for NTIS joint venture partnership

joint-partners_1Partnerships called “a major milestone for the data economy”

The four Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs have been selected by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) of the U.S. Department of Commerce to enter into a Joint Venture Partnership. Once finalized, this partnership will provide opportunities for collaborations between the Big Data Hubs and NTIS to deliver groundbreaking data projects across federal agencies. Read more

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RENCI teams with Duke on networking research to make science more productive

NSF grant will address security issues of Network Infrastructure as a Service (NIaaS)


CHAPEL HILL, NC – RENCI will lead a $1 million research project to securely automate and monitor the creation of virtual “superfacilities” that link scientists to multiple resources to increase their productivity.

The award from the National Science Foundation’s Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure (CICI) program will provide three years of funding to RENCI’s Network Research and Infrastructure group and to partners in the Duke University computer science department and Duke’s Office of Information Technology. Read more

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U.S. EPA announced as newest member of National Consortium for Data Science

EPA-frontpageCHAPEL HILL, NC – The United States Environmental Protection Agency is the latest organization to join the National Consortium for Data Science (NCDS), a public-private partnership to capitalize on the opportunities of big data and advance data science.

The U.S. EPA, which works with massive amounts of environmental data in its efforts to protect human health and the environment, joins Deloitte, Drexel University, EMC, GE, IBM, MCNC, North Carolina State University, RENCI, RTI International, UNC Charlotte, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC Greensboro, and UNC General Administration as NCDS members. As a member, EPA representatives will be able to participate in NCDS events, workshops, and working groups and will collaborate with other consortium members to develop strategies for utilizing big data and advancing data science education.   Read more

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iRODS team offers free workshop at SC16

IRODS: From Prototype to Production will be sponsored by DDN

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Attendees of SC16 who are interested in federated data management will have the chance to learn about iRODS and the iRODS Consortium at a free workshop sponsored by consortium member DDN.

The workshop will take place from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 14, in the Wasatch Room on the second floor of the Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown, 215 S. Temple. To reserve a seat at the workshop and view more information, click here.

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As hurricane heads up coast, a RENCI supercomputer swings into action

Models this week show storm surge from Hurricane Matthew could be as high as 12 feet in some coastal areas.

Models this week show storm surge from Hurricane Matthew could be as high as 12 feet in some coastal areas.

CHAPEL HILL, NC – As Hurricane Matthew slowly makes it way toward the U.S., RENCI’s Dell PowerEdge supercomputer, named Hatteras for the home of North Carolina’s most famous Outer Banks lighthouse, is working overtime to model the storm surge that Matthew could bring to communities along the Eastern Seaboard.   Read more

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South Big Data Hub announces awards that apply data science to regional challenges

Ashok Goel's class, Knowledge-Based Artificial Intelligence (CS 4635/7637); Architecture East Room 123 Reinsch-Pierce Family Auditorium

Ashok Goel of Georgia Tech leads one of the three research teams that received awards through the South Big Data Hub Spokes program.

Awards part of $11 million in National Science Foundation Big Data Hub “Spoke” awards

Three research teams in the Southern U.S. will receive funding for projects designed to use data science and data analytics to address challenges related to healthcare, environmental sustainability, and updating and improving power grids. The funding will be awarded through the “Big Data Spokes” program of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Big Data Regional Innovation Hub initiative.

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RENCI teams with Indiana, ISI on Pegasus cybersecurity project

IT-data-security-1CHAPEL HILL, NC – RENCI will work with Indiana University and the Information Sciences Institute (ISI) at the University of Southern California on a new project to strengthen the integrity of data, giving researchers added assurance and trust in computational science. Read more

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