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New Texascale Magazine from TACC looks at HPC for the Endless Frontier

This feature story describes how the computational power of Frontera will be a game changer for research. Late last year, the Texas Advanced Computing Center announced plans to deploy Frontera, the world’s fastest supercomputer in academia. To prepare for launch, TACC just published the inaugural edition of Texascale, an annual magazine with stories that highlight the people, science, systems, and programs that make TACC one of the leading academic computing centers in the world.

XSEDE teams with Aristotle Cloud Federation to implement clouds on U.S. campuses

Two NSF-funded projects have joined forces to help university systems administrators implement cloud computing systems on their campuses. “Combining the consulting strengths of the XSEDE Cyberinfrastructure Resource Integration (CRI) group with Aristotle Cloud Federation project expertise in OpenStack cloud implementation is a win-win for U.S. campus cyberinfrastructure administrators interested in adding clouds to their campus research resources,” said John Towns, principal investigator and project director for XSEDE.”

NSF funds second round for OSC’s Open OnDemand

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded funding to a team led by the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) for further development of Open OnDemand, an open-source software platform supporting web-based access to high performance computing services. “The Open OnDemand 2.0 project will deliver an improved open-source platform for HPC, cloud and remote computing access,” said David Hudak, Ph.D., executive director of OSC. “Additionally, interaction with a growing user base has generated requests for new technical capabilities and more engagements with the science community to extend this platform and deepen its science impact.”

Sunita Chandrasekaran Receives NSF Grant to Create Powerful Software Framework

Over at the University of Delaware, Julie Stewart writes that assistant professor Sunita Chandrasekaran has received an NSF grant to develop frameworks to adapt code for GPU supercomputers. She is working with complex patterns known as wavefronts, which are commonly found in scientific codes used in analyzing the flow of neutrons in a nuclear reactor, extracting patterns from biomedical data or predicting atmospheric patterns.

OARnet in Ohio to Help Researchers Accelerate Big Data Sharing

OARnet recently joined several other regional and federal network organizations on a three-year, $3.5 million grant to help scientists more efficiently work with massive datasets that have become essential to modern scientific discovery. “Throughout Ohio, and across the nation, we are seeing researchers transmitting an ever-increasing volume of larger and larger datasets over our networks,” said Paul Schopis, executive director of OARnet. “These vast stores of information are laying the foundations for improvements in health and prosperity. As research and education networks serving these educators, scientists and engineers, we have to develop the techniques, infrastructure and policies that will fully support their information-sharing needs.”

NSF Awards Instrumentation Grant for Research Data Archiving at University of Oklahoma

Today the NSF announced that a University of Oklahoma team led by Henry Neeman is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation grant. The $967,755 award will be used for a new academic research data storage instrument—a massive tape archive known as the OU and Regional Research Store, which will serve as a national model for affordable, large-scale, multi-institutional storage.

Leadership Computing and NSF’s Computational Ecosystem

Irene Qualters gave this talk at the HPC User Forum in Detroit. “For over three decades, NSF has been a leader in providing the computing resources our nation’s researchers need to accelerate innovation,” said NSF Director France Córdova. “Keeping the U.S. at the forefront of advanced computing capabilities and providing researchers across the country access to those resources are key elements in maintaining our status as a global leader in research and education. This award is an investment in the entire U.S. research ecosystem that will enable leap-ahead discoveries.”

New Frontera supercomputer at TACC to push the frontiers of science

Today the National Science Foundation announced a $60 million award to TACC for the deployment of Frontera, a new machine that will be one of the fastest supercomputers ever available to academia. “The new Frontera systems represents the next phase in the long-term relationship between TACC and Dell EMC, focused on applying the latest technical innovation to truly enable human potential,” said Thierry Pellegrino, vice president of Dell EMC High Performance Computing. “The substantial power and scale of this new system will help researchers from Austin and across the U.S. harness the power of technology to spawn new discoveries and advances in science and technology for years to come.”

NSF STAQ Project to devise First Practical Quantum Computer

To accelerate the development of a practical quantum computer that will one day answer currently unsolvable research questions, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $15 million over five years to the multi-institution Software-Tailored Architecture for Quantum co-design (STAQ) project. “Developing the first practical quantum computer would be a major milestone. By bringing together experts who have outlined a path to a practical quantum computer and supporting its development, NSF is working to take the quantum revolution from theory to reality.”

Mentorship fosters a Career in STEM

In this special guest feature, Faith Singer-Villalobos from TACC continues her series profiling Careers in STEM. It’s the inspiring story of Je’aime Powell, a TACC System Administrator and XSEDE Extended Collaborative Support Services Consultant. “Options, goals, and hope are what can set you on a path that can change your life,” Powell said.