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  • New journal promotes computational science education
    the first issue in December 2010 promotes the use of computation in education through disseminating unique uses of computation in the classroom as well as research findings in computational science education with submissions from both professionals and students said Robert M Panoff Ph D founder and executive director of The Shodor Education Foundation Inc JOCSE utilizes internet technology and a web based format to allow for enhanced interactivity Panoff added that the on line journal is a real journal and more than just a website since the referred articles will be professional work that will give full academic recognition to high quality work in computational science education Computational science is an increasingly important interdisciplinary field as scientists engineers and social scientists apply modeling and simulation techniques to gain insights on the behavior of complex systems accelerate the rate of discovery and design new approaches to a variety of problems Modeling has become recognized as the third approach to scientific advancement along with theory and experimentation said Steven I Gordon Ph D editor in chief of the journal and executive director of the Ralph Regula School of Computational Science RRSCS a program of the Ohio Supercomputer Center OSC Computational science has produced enormous advances in technological innovation and scientific inquiry such as product prototyping DNA sequencing behavioral modeling global climatic predictions drug design financial systems and medical visualization As a result an increasing number of institutions have begun academic programs in computational science ranging from minor and certificate programs for undergraduates to specialized undergraduate and graduate degree programs The journal is intended to provide an outlet for high quality papers describing successful computational science instructional materials and projects and research on the efficacy of instruction with computational science said Gordon Articles will be accepted from faculty describing instructional materials and or the impacts of those materials on student learning and from students presenting successful projects and their assessment of what was learned The journal ISSN 2153 4136 will be published quarterly with more frequent releases if the number of submitted articles warrants An editorial board of scientists mathematicians and engineers will lead the peer review process for submissions of computational science lesson plans exercises with documented programs and datasets or a technical paper describing the outcomes of computational science education For more information on submission procedures visit http jocse org submitProcedure Materials accepted by JOCSE will be hosted on the journal s website and catalogued by the Computational Science Education Reference Desk CSERD for inclusion in the National Science Digital Library NSDL NDSL is a national network dedicated to advancing STEM teaching and learning for all learners in both formal and informal settings and the locus of activity for the NSF s National STEM Distributed Learning program NSDL receives the majority of its funding through the NSF s Division of Undergraduate Education DUE Directorate for Education and Human Resources EHR Panoff serves as the principal investigator for the National Science Foundation grants DUE 0435187 and DUE 0937910 that funded the creation

    Original URL path: http://archive.osc.edu/press/releases/2010/JOCSE.shtml (2013-06-13)
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  • Biomineralization studies aim to replicate natural processes
    2010 A University of Akron researcher is leveraging advanced modeling and simulation techniques to more precisely understand how organic materials bond to inorganic materials a natural phenomenon that if harnessed could lead to the design of composite materials and devices for such applications as bone replacement sensing systems efficient energy generation and treatment of diseases Hendrik Heinz Ph D an assistant professor of polymer engineering at UA is accessing the systems of the Ohio Supercomputer Center OSC to study the process of biomineralization nature s ability to form complex structures such as bones teeth and mollusk shells from peptides Research in our group aims at the understanding of complex interfacial phenomena particularly biomineralization and organic photovoltaics at the molecular scale using computer simulation said Heinz Simulation with atomistic and coarse grain models and the development of computational tools goes hand in hand with collaborative experimental efforts Advanced materials remains one of the cornerstones of research supported by the Ohio Supercomputer Center and is fundamental to both the economic legacy and future prospects for the State of Ohio noted Ashok Krishnamurthy OSC is committed to providing state of the art computational and storage resources to scientists such as Dr Heinz who are focused on the design of fascinating new classes and applications of materials In a recent paper published by Interface a journal of The Royal Society Heinz describes how induced charges modify the interaction of proteins peptides and bond enhancing surfactants with metal surfaces In another recent article published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society Heinz explains how he used molecular dynamics simulations to investigate molecular interactions involved in the selective binding of several short peptides to the surfaces of gold palladium and a palladium gold bimetal Advances in materials science such as in biomedical and energy conversion

    Original URL path: http://archive.osc.edu/press/releases/2010/Heinz.shtml (2013-06-13)
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  • Ohio Supercomputer Center, R Systems merge efforts to aid industry
    to assist industrial clients Both will develop and submit proposals to funding agencies that assist industrial clients as well as subcontract with each other if an end user needs additional resources such as OSC s GPGPU cluster and R Systems Windows HPC Cluster expertise OSC deployed the Csuri Advanced GPU Environment in May 2010 to increase the Center s capabilities for advanced large scale remote visualization and batch rendering applications as well as GPGPU applications This environment provides robust visualization and computation capabilities to industry researchers in fields as diverse as finance film animation biomedicine and the electrosciences by helping to develop more complex visual effects and image processing R Systems offers access to high end customized research tools previously available only to elite researchers and Fortune 500 corporations Through key hardware and software combinations R Systems provides customizable services based on traditional Linux clusters as well as clusters that run on the Windows HPC Server 2008 operating system By making Windows HPC Server available R Systems increases productivity for its customers by using the best operating system for their particular research applications Through our agreement with OSC R Systems clients will receive a more robust modeling and simulation backbone in addition to the quick and reliable service they already receive through us said Brian Kucic business principal By extending our research capabilities through OSC s offerings we look forward to developing a strong working relationship that benefits new and existing customers Companies participating in OSC s Blue Collar Computing program gain access to the Center s advanced modeling simulation and analysis tools training and expertise in order to create product prototypes at a much reduced cost examine more innovative approaches to products and get new products to market faster The program also uses industry specific portals to give businesses

    Original URL path: http://archive.osc.edu/press/releases/2010/rsystems.shtml (2013-06-13)
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  • SEN. BROWN ANNOUNCES $355K IN NEW FUNDING TO ENHANCE OHIO MANUFACTURING SECTOR
    TO ENHANCE OHIO MANUFACTURING SECTOR Brown Visited Ohio Supercomputer Center to Announce Manufacturing Extension Partnership Grants Aimed at Bolstering Global Competitiveness above OSC Interim Co Directors Steve Gordon and Ashok Krishnamurthy with Senator Sherrod Brown center For Immediate Release Friday October 15 2010 Contact Meghan Dubyak Lauren Kulik 202 224 3978 WASHINGTON D C U S Sen Sherrod Brown D OH today visited the Ohio Supercomputer Center OSC to announce that 355 000 has been awarded to OSC and PolymerOhio Inc by the U S Department of Commerce Brown was joined by Wayne Earley president and CEO of PolymerOhio Steve Gordon Co Executive Director of the Ohio Supercomputer Center Carol Whitacre Vice President of Research at The Ohio State University and Ann O Beay Chief Technology Officer at the Ohio Board of Regents This is a great day for the small and medium sized manufacturers who will make Ohio a hub for clean energy innovation and technology Brown said Together Polymer Ohio and the OSC not only spur innovation but they also deploy technologies to more users These funds will help bolster their efforts to help transform U S manufacturing in the 21st century PolymerOhio and the Ohio Supercomputer Center OSC propose to improve the manufacturing capabilities of small and medium sized enterprises in the U S through advanced modeling and simulation of manufacturing process and functions The project will target small polymer companies to help them address the technical barriers costs and training necessary to effectively use this technology One of 22 grants awarded through competitive processes to nonprofit organizations this project will eventually transfer its model throughout MEP s national system of over 400 centers field offices and partners The funding will help encourage the creation and adoption of improved technologies and provide resources to develop new products

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  • Ohio Supercomputer Center serves new research groups with launch of ‘Csuri’ Advanced GPU Environment
    grid the effect of various pricing and incentive structures for users changes in the demand on the system and resulting environmental impacts Concerns about our country s reliance on fossil fuels have increased the incentive to reduce our dependence with solutions including increased renewable energy energy storage and plug in hybrid and battery electric vehicles said Ramteen Sioshansi assistant professor of integrated systems engineering and the leader of the project However it is important to understand economic and policy questions regarding these new solutions as well as resulting trade offs in initial cost local air quality climate change technology and energy independence Other factors such as locational differences in the benefits of certain technologies need to be considered as well The project is funded by a National Science Foundation program that aims to increase the understanding of science and engineering phenomena and socio technical innovations in order to enhance the national quality of life The federal grant will be shared by Ohio State s College of Engineering and College of Food Agricultural and Environmental Sciences as well as the Ohio Supercomputer Center This award exemplifies Ohio s leadership in linking higher education research to measurable and long lasting economic and environmental results said Eric Fingerhut chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents Getting NSF recognition is a validation of the state s approach to excellence as outlined in the 10 year Strategic Plan for Higher Education In addition to using the ICS EPP to examine various policy and technology scenarios the researchers aim to make the model scalable and available for others This will allow users to determine how various energy policies will affect the costs of investments in the energy grid and the costs to consumers The model could also be used to analyze the environmental impacts of policy

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  • Astronomer employs HPC to peer into cosmic mysteries
    and submitted it for publication in the Astrophysical Journal Their study involved a suite of high resolution smoothed particle hydrodynamics simulations of merging disk galaxies with supermassive black holes SMBHs These simulations include the effects of star formation and growth of the SMBHs as well as feedback from both processes Binary SMBHs are very important because once they form there is always the possibility that the two black holes may subsequently merge Kazantzidis explained Merging SMBHs will produce the strongest signal of gravitational wave emission in the universe Gravitational waves have not yet been directly detected although Einstein predicted them in his Theory of General Relativity The astronomers found that the mass ratios of SMBH pairs in the centers of merged galaxies do not necessarily relate directly to the ratios they had to their original host galaxies but are a consequence of the complex interplay between accretion of matter stars and gas onto them and the dynamics of the merger process As a result one of the two SMBHs can grow in mass much faster than the other Kazantzidis believes simulations of the formation of binary SMBHs have the potential to open a new window into astrophysical and physical phenomena that cannot be studied in other ways and might help to verify general relativity one of the most fundamental theories of physics Kazantzidis and his colleagues also recently developed sophisticated computer models to simulate the formation of dwarf spheroidal galaxies which are satellites of our own galaxy the Milky Way The study concluded that in a majority of cases disk like dwarf galaxies known in the field as disky dwarfs experience significant loss of mass as they orbit inside their massive hosts and their stellar distributions undergo a dramatic morphological as well as dynamical transformation from disks to spheroidal systems These galaxies are very important for astrophysics because they are the most dark matter dominated galaxies in the universe Kazantzidis said Understanding their formation can shed light into the very nature of dark matter Environmental processes like the interactions between dwarf galaxies and their massive hosts we ve been investigating should be included as ingredients in future models of dwarf galaxy formation and evolution For this project Kazantzidis Callegari Ewa Lokas of the Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center all of whom utilized the Glenn Cluster and the rest of the team have submitted to the Astrophysical Journal an article titled On the Efficiency of the Tidal Stirring Mechanism for the Origin of Dwarf Spheroidals Dependence on the Orbital and Structural Parameters of the Progenitor Disky Dwarfs Supercomputing centers such as OSC allow astronomers to create extremely sophisticated models that are not feasible on desktop systems However even with supercomputers Kazantzidis and his colleagues find that simulating the multitude of elements involved in these galactic processes remains an enormous challenge Our models can only follow a small subset of say the stars in a galaxy he explained For example a galaxy like our Milky Way contains hundreds of billions of stars and

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  • Researcher unveils prototype of Arctic climate reanalysis
    a polar orbiting climate research satellite When completed Bromwich s National Science Foundation project will provide a high resolution description of the high latitude expanse in dimensions of altitude 71 layers space every 10 kilometers and time every three hours The ASR which can be viewed as a blend of modeling and observations will ingest historical data streams along with measurements of the physical components of the Arctic Observing Network developed as part of the global scientific project known as the International Polar Year explained Bromwich who earned his doctorate in meteorology in 1979 With the introduction of space borne measurements over the last few decades researchers have been inundated with vast amounts of information Today the trick is to figure out how to effectively use all the diverse information sources To generate the complex visualizations the ASR group has processed the information using more than 1 000 cores of OSC s IBM 1350 Opteron Glenn Cluster over the last couple of months The data accumulated for and generated by the model eventually will fill hundreds of terabytes of disk space on the center s IBM Mass Storage System I think the model is giving very reasonable results said Lesheng Bai a research associate at BPRC We ve had to resolve several issues with the model physics because of the challenging conditions in the Arctic But the model is running well at this coarse spatial resolution Staff members at OSC have been responsible for installing and testing on the Glenn Cluster the state of the art Weather Research and Forecasting WRF model WRF is a numerical weather prediction system developed by a collaborative partnership that includes among others the National Center for Atmospheric Research NCAR and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA The Polar WRF version of the model developed by BPRC was installed once the ASR group had completed extensive testing of the model over the Arctic Ocean and Alaska We worked with Dr Bromwich to provide benchmarking for the model in order to select the most efficient infrastructure configurations of the Glenn Cluster said Lin Li an OSC systems engineer The staff optimized the programming code and developed a version control system for it We also identified and implemented archiving strategies both for on site and partner site storage systems Producing the ASR has not been a one shop job In addition to the assistance of several post doctoral research associates at BPRC Bromwich also depends upon the contributions of colleagues at several other research organizations Scientists at NCAR have been optimizing the system used to assimilate Arctic observations into Polar WRF and verified the integration of all the data streams A colleague at the University of Illinois is responsible for some quality control data archiving data access and visualization issues And at the University of Colorado Boulder investigators focused on optimization evaluation and testing The ASR is ingesting and generating a large volume of data creating about twenty terabytes of output per year all of which

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  • Grant funds simulation & modeling study at Youngstown firm
    Supercomputer Center project to spur use of computational science Columbus Ohio August 23 2010 The Ohio Supercomputer Center has received a 300 000 federal grant to work with a ceramics manufacturer and university experts to apply advanced modeling and simulation to the company s operations as a way to boost its competitive advantage The Ohio Supercomputer Center OSC recently received the National Science Foundation NSF funding to collaborate with Fireline TCON Inc and the Center for Excellence in Advanced Materials Analysis at Youngstown State University The grant from the NSF s Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research program funds a Manufacturing Modeling Simulation and Data Analysis Discovery project to spur computational science and cyberinfrastructure research through the center s interactions with industry Manufacturing competitiveness is a critical U S national interest that can benefit greatly from advanced virtual prototyping supported by high performance computing and related cyberinfrastructure said David Hudak OSC s program director for cyberinfrastructure and software development and the primary investigator for the award Through this partnership we will design improved modeling tools for high performance light weight materials that have multiple applications including body armor and braking systems We also will investigate the technical transfer activities that occur in creating cyber enabled modeling capabilities for small and medium sized companies The three grant partners have been working together on research analyses modeling and commercialization of ceramic products since receiving a 2008 Third Frontier Commission award from the State of Ohio OSC has been a leader in the trend of extending advanced modeling and simulation technologies to industrial partners since launching their Blue Collar Computing program in 2004 Industries participating in OSC s widely recognized industrial outreach program leverage these technologies to reduce the time and expense involved in designing new products and to improve production efficiency Participants

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