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NICS is contributing expertise and high-performance computing resources to a new program from the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) aimed at promoting multidisciplinary collaborations between the scientific and industrial communities.

Papers and tutorial proposals for the XSEDE14 conference, July 13–18, at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, are due March 15. Early registration for the conference and hotel booking availability begins on April 14.

Using the Kraken supercomputer, researchers are studying the energy transfers in rotating, layered fluid flows in the atmosphere to better understand weather and climate systems.

Kwai Wong of the Joint Institute for Computational Sciences (JICS) has received two research leadership appointments in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Wong said his new roles will facilitate additional collaboration and enable JICS to bring computational sciences to an even broader range of students.

This workshop will provide relevant, and timely information on exascale computing and mathematical challenges with many-core and accelerated architectures. Information will address both experts and non-experts alike.

Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from institutions in Europe, Canada, Japan, and the United States are invited to apply for the fifth International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences, to be held June 1-6, 2014, in Budapest, Hungary. Interested students should apply by March 9.

Using the Kraken supercomputer and a combination of complementary methods based on the theory of quantum mechanics, researchers have developed a new computational capability to study the dynamics of possible energy and materials applications.

An expansive set of courses in high-performance computing presented by leaders in the field is available for free online. This seminar series, which began in autumn of 2013, will resume in 2014 with content about programming for supercomputers and proceed to cover a vast array of topics during winter and spring.

The Computational Science for Undergraduate Research Experiences (CSURE) 10-week summer program equips participants with a synergistic set of knowledge and skills to begin using leading-edge computational methods. The application deadline for CSURE 2014 has been extended to March 14.

In the race to adopt the newest supercomputing architectures, researchers need the best tools they can find. That’s why developers at the Application Acceleration Center of Excellence are working with Allinea DDT.

Sometimes preparing for a contest offers a victory all its own, one of newly acquired confidence and knowledge. That’s true for the team of students that will represent the University of Tennessee when it participates for the first time in the annual international Student Cluster Competition at the SC13 supercomputing conference in Denver, Nov. 17–22.

Jack Dongarra, University Distinguished Professor at UT Knoxville and 2013 Ken Kennedy Award honoree, will deliver the keynote talk on Monday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m., in the UT booth (#836) at the SC13 supercomputing conference in Denver, beginning what promises to be an enlightening speaker series and an exciting week. The conference runs Nov. 17–22.

Researchers at the University of Utah are taking advantage of high-performance computing and NICS-managed resources to study how the risks associated with the transport of explosives can be mitigated. Using a computational framework called Uintah, the team is modeling accidents to determine the safest way to pack and ship explosive materials.

A recent paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences offers details of a surprising discovery about cellulases, the enzymes that are used to industrially break down plant biomass for biofuels production. Compute allocations on supercomputers of the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) are providing crucial support to the research aimed at addressing the multifaceted challenges of understanding cellulases.

Jack Dongarra will receive the Association for Computing Machinery–Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society Ken Kennedy Award on Nov. 19 in Denver at SC13 for his leadership in high-performance computing.

Researchers employed the Nautilus supercomputer to explore how to help university library users see the broadest selection of relevant resources in their searches of a 14-million-item collection.

Resources from the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) are integral to research focused on building and analyzing a set of computer simulations of the most powerful, long-lived thunderstorms, called supercells. Of primary interest is the identification of an atmospheric feature or features signaling that a monster tornado is imminent.

The University of Tennessee–Oak Ridge National Laboratory Joint Institute for Computational Sciences—and UT’s Office of Information Technology—have announced final plans to upgrade the bandwidth of UT’s wide area network for research and education to 100 gigabit per second (100G) capability by July 2014.

The unofficial end of summer is a nice time to consider some of the accomplishments of the season that just ended. The award for Best Poster at the International Supercomputing Conference in Leipzig, Germany, was among the successes for the staff of the National Institute for Computational Sciences.

The high-performance-computing resources of the National Institute for Computational Sciences support researchers as they investigate the interaction between space weather and the magnetosphere, the protective region that surrounds Earth. A clearer understanding of how the magnetosphere responds to space-weather events will aid in the development of the proper tools to forecast the intensity of incoming solar storms.

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