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  • NCSA Mosaic™ | National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois
    browser But it was the first to make a major splash In November 1993 Mosaic v 1 0 broke away from the small pack of existing browsers by including features like icons bookmarks a more attractive interface and pictures that made the software easy to use and appealing to non geeks NCSA offered Mosaic free from its website and soon more than 5 000 copies were being downloaded each month the center was receiving hundreds of thousands of email inquiries a week and Internet traffic was dramatically rising NCSA Mosaic won multiple technology awards including being named 1993 Product of the Year by InfoWorld magazine and 1994 Technology of the Year by IndustryWeek magazine The technology was quickly transferred to the private sector with Marc Andreessen and several other Mosaic developers launching Netscape and more than 100 companies including Microsoft licensing the software through start up Spyglass Inc NCSA discontinued support for Mosaic in 1997 shifting its focus to other research and development projects The availability of Mosaic and its offspring transformed communication and commerce Today calculations put global Web use at over 2 billion individuals with use growing by more than 500 percent in the past eleven years In

    Original URL path: http://www.ncsa.illinois.edu/enabling/mosaic (2015-04-11)
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  • Researchers selected for Blue Waters advisory committee | National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois
    Waters user groups Petascale Computing Resource Allocation PRAC Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation GLCPC University of Illinois Urbana Champaign and industrial affiliates The SETAC will be expected to provide guidance on the overall vision of Blue Waters through various functions With access to Blue Waters operation monitoring the committee will be able to better provide guidance for delivering the best possible performance to enable achieving science and engineering teams objectives They will be able to make recommendations on technical directions strategies and management while identifying potential challenges for petascale applications As users themselves the SETAC will also provide advice for solving common issues that arise from moving applications to Blue Waters and from system software at scale Members will also be expected to offer suggestions on how to improve communications between the project and its science and engineering communities and the general public SETAC members PRAC Physics and Astrophysics Paul Woodward University of Minnesota Chemistry Tom Cheatham University of Utah Civil and Environmental Engineering Systems Optimization Patrick Reed Cornell Physics and Molecular Dynamics Klaus Schulten University of Illinois Urbana Champaign Physics and Material Science David Ceperley University of Illinois Urbana Champaign Physics and Cosmology Tiziana Di Matteo Carnegie Mellon University Atmospheric Sciences and Climate Dave Randall Colorado State University GLCPC Academic Research Technologies in Information Technology Joe Paris Northwestern University Chair for 2013 2014 followed by Structural Mechanics and Biophysics Jorge Vinals University of Minnesota Chair for 2014 2015 University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign Chemistry So Hirata University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign Industry Computer and Software Engineering Rick Arthur General Electric Global Research Membership on the SETAC will be for staggered two year terms with rotations beginning after year two The committee will meet three to four times each year producing one report per year that will

    Original URL path: http://www.ncsa.illinois.edu/news/story/setac (2015-04-11)
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  • NCSA helps Chicago’s Adler Planetarium create ‘Deep Space Adventure’ | National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois
    single seamless digital image in the world with a resolution of more than 8 000 by 8 000 pixels In a June 21 interview with The Chicago Sun Times Adler chief technology officer Doug Roberts said unless you have been to space you ll have the highest quality that s ever been done before Deep Space Adventure s premiere show features colliding galaxies a supernova explosion and a black hole ripping apart a star AVL had a hand in all of these dramatic data driven visualizations The NCSA team is known for combining cinematic flair with scientific accuracy to create inspiring exciting visualizations Roberts said They tapped into the power of supercomputers to provide truly cutting edge images of our universe The AVL team has produced visualizations for planetarium shows in the past including Life A Cosmic Story for San Francisco s Morrison Planetarium at the California Academy of Science Black Holes The Other Side of Infinity with the Denver Museum of Nature Science and IBEX Search for the Edge of the Solar System for the Adler Planetarium We have over the years accrued a lot of visualization and dome expertise working with other full digital dome systems said AVL Director Donna Cox But this is the biggest dome resolution yet AVL worked with scientific data provided by scientists from the University of California Santa Cruz the California Institute of Technology Harvard University and the Adler The project relied on software developed by AVL Amore a volume renderer for the type of adaptive mesh refinement data typically produced by astronomy cosmology simulations and Virtual Director a collaborative choreography tool and Partiview an interactive visualization viewer Using Virtual Director the Adler and NCSA teams could interactively collaborate As the NCSA team created virtual flights the Adler staff could watch the visualizations

    Original URL path: http://www.ncsa.illinois.edu/news/story/ncsa_helps_chicagos_adler_planetarium_create_deep_space_adventure (2015-04-11)
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  • ‘The Tree of Life’ to screen in Champaign | National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois
    of Life to screen in Champaign National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois The Tree of Life to screen in Champaign 06 20 11 Permalink You ve probably heard about The Tree of Life which recently won the Palm d Or at the Cannes film festival and stars Brad Pitt But you might not have heard that the movie features two scientific visualizations by NCSA s Advanced Visualization Lab The Tree of Life will begin its run at Champaign s Art Theater on June 24 Two screenings of the film will feature the NCSA team that contributed to the movie Those screenings will include an introduction and brief Q A from Donna Cox and her team They ll talk about how they got involved the work that they did and how they turn scientific simulations from a supercomputer into the sort of art that ends up in a movie The first screening will be Saturday June 25 at 7 30pm The second will be Friday July 1 at 7 30pm Tickets are 9 for adults or 7 50 with a student ID You can buy your tickets in advance at Art Theater s box office 126 W

    Original URL path: http://www.ncsa.illinois.edu/news/story/the_tree_of_life_to_screen_in_champaign (2015-04-11)
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  • Volodymyr Kindratenko to guest edit journal | National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois
    guest edit journal 06 14 11 Permalink NCSA s Volodymyr Kindratenko will guest edit the May June 2012 issue of Computing in Science Engineering The special issue will focus on the use of GPUs in science and engineering applications Submissions for the issue are now being accepted They can cover all aspects of the topic but articles presenting results of porting efforts of large scale scientific applications on large scale

    Original URL path: http://www.ncsa.illinois.edu/news/story/volodymyr_kindratenko_to_guest_edit_journal (2015-04-11)
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  • NCSA’s Advanced Visualization Lab contributes to Palm d’Or-winning Terrence Malick film | National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois
    Tree of Life marks the center s first work in a feature film And perhaps the first time that a scientific supercomputer simulation has appeared in a feature In 2006 we started discussing the film with Terrence Malick and his team We began to explore how NCSA could employ state of the art supercomputer science to help create an experience beyond what any other film could provide says Donna Cox who leads NCSA s AVL Cosmic events are powerful visual metaphors for the human condition and we wanted to combine accurate science with artistic sensitivity For The Tree of Life the AVL team collaborated with Malick Dan Glass visual effects supervisor and others to create two animated visualizations that are based on scientific data The collaborative journey included exploring the data and testing a variety of camera moves visual looks and approaches The NCSA team also developed new software to add detail and realism Donna and her team at NCSA were terrific to work with bringing heart and soul to the scientific visualizations We collaborated closely over many months to design the shots in question deeply respecting the underlying science while shaping it into emotional imagery Glass says One visualization shows an awe inspiring flight through a highly detailed galaxy model created at NCSA The team also visualized a supercomputer simulation by Volker Bromm an astronomy professor at the University of Texas at Austin It shows how the very first stars appeared illuminating the previously dark universe Bromm simulated this event at the Texas Advanced Computing Center on their Ranger supercomputer over the course of 42 days The calculation would have taken 114 years on your laptop The results of the simulation are so significant that they were published in Astrophysical Journal last year AVL took the scientific data and

    Original URL path: http://www.ncsa.illinois.edu/news/story/ncsas_advanced_visualization_lab_contributes_to_palm_dor_winning_terrence_m (2015-04-11)
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  • NCSA deploys new high-performance cluster dedicated to industrial use | National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois
    center s Private Sector Partners such as Rolls Royce Boeing and Caterpillar iForge comprises a mix of 121 Dell servers 116 PowerEdge M610 servers featuring dual socket six core 12 cores total 3 46 GHz Intel Xeon x5690 processors 96GB of DDR3 memory and 292GB of storage The x5690 is Intel s fastest six core processor and will provide excellent performance for CPU bound codes In addition eight of the M610 nodes feature solid state drives instead of conventional hard disks to provide a performance boost to applications that are particularly sensitive to local storage speeds and latency 3 PowerEdge M910 servers featuring quad socket eight core 32 cores total 1 86 GHz Intel Xeon L7555 processors 192GB of DDR3 memory and 292GB of storage The L7555 features 24 MB of cache memory which can boost applications capable of leveraging memory that is tightly coupled with processor cores 2 PowerEdge C6145 servers which actually combine two complete servers in a single chassis Each of these four nodes features quad socket 12 core 48 cores total 2 5 GHz AMD Opteron 6180SE processors 256GB of DDR3 memory and 600 GB of storage These nodes are so powerful that an entire power user job may be able to be run inside a single node Industrial partners are expected to use these nodes for memory intensive pre and post processing and for highly threaded applications that perform particularly well on AMD based systems All of the nodes are connected with a very fast low latency network fabric 40 gigabit QDR InfiniBand provided by Mellanox iForge runs both Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 operating systems iForge is a unique resource at NCSA as it is designed specifically for commercial and open source applications widely used by industry said Merle

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  • NCSA installing 153 teraflop supercomputer | National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois
    enter production by July 1 Forge will combine 18 Dell PowerEdge C6145s that contain 36 nodes of dual socket eight core AMD processors with M2070 NVIDIA Fermi GPU units housed in Dell s C410x PCI expansion enclosures there are eight Fermi units for each node for a total of 288 Each NVIDIA M2070 provides more than 500 gigaflops of double precision performance and 6GB of GDDR5 memory A QDR InfiniBand interconnect fabric will interconnect the nodes 700 terabytes of GPFS filesystem space will be provided by two Data Direct Networks SFA 10000 units The I O bandwidth of the system is expected to exceed 16GB sec Projects that have used Lincoln in the past will have the opportunity to continue with Forge For example Klaus Schulten s research team which uses NAMD to study the organization and function of proteins and protein complexes within cells found that two of Lincoln s GPUs were equivalent of 24 of Lincoln s CPU cores while eight of its GPUs were equivalent to 96 CPU cores University of Utah s Thomas Cheatham aims to develop better understanding of how proteins behave in solutions and how drugs interact with them Using AMBER on GPUs he

    Original URL path: http://www.ncsa.illinois.edu/news/story/ncsa_installing_153_teraflop_supercomputer (2015-04-11)
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