Press Archive

SDSC Press Releases: 2006

  • SDSC Triples Speed of BlueGene Data Supercomputer

    Like movie makers who dazzle audiences with virtual imagery created with supercomputers, scientists rely on massive computational power to build digital worlds

    Published December 15, 2006

  • Pioneering Petascale Computing in the Biological Sciences - Workshop Report

    Supercomputers help scientists build virtual worlds to explore blood flow for stroke prevention, design new proteins for life-saving drugs, and diagnose brain disorders.

    Published December 14, 2006

  • SDSC Researchers Publish Findings on Evolution, Cell Biology in PNAS

    Findings by researchers at SDSC and UCSD were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

    Published November 7, 2006

  • SDSC Helps Speed High-Tech Drug Design

    The high-stakes task of designing new drugs relies on high-tech tools, especially computerized predictions of the 3-D structure of proteins. Researchers at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at UC San Diego, contributing their massive computational capabilities to a collaboration with colleagues at the University of Washington (UW) and IBM, have helped to achieve the largest-ever protein structure prediction and completed the complex simulation in less than three hours, a task that previously took weeks.

    Published November 1, 2006

  • SDSC Participates in New Science of Learning Center at UCSD

    The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced the formation of the Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center at UC San Diego.

    Published October 20, 2006

  • Educating Cyberinfrastructure-Savvy Researchers

    In an increasingly complex and interconnected world the ability to make real-time decisions in a global manufacturing and service enterprise requires integrating vast amounts of data and computation through the use of cyberinfrastructure.

    Published October 11, 2006

  • SDSC Announces the Release of Gemstone Version 1.0

    The GEMSTONE project, Grid Enabled Molecular Science Through Online Networked Environments, has released Version 1.0 of the Gemstone environment, a rich client interface to an important set of grid-enabled computational chemistry and biochemistry tools.

    Published October 11, 2006

  • Mapping Tool Spots Brain Disorders

    Published October 6, 2006

  • SDSC Partners TeraGrid and BIRN Win 2006 GRIDtoday Award

    The TeraGrid, a powerful computing facility that integrates distributed resources from nine research institutions including the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at UC San Diego, was honored in the inaugural Readers' and Editors' Choice Awards at the recent GridWorld Conference in Washington, D.C.

    Published September 25, 2006

  • New CTWatch Quarterly Explores Trends and Tools in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

    The August 2006 issue of <em>CTWatch Quarterly</em> is now available. In this issue, entitled "Trends and Tools in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology," guest editor Rick Stevens has assembled a collection of articles that will give readers an outline of the current broad trends and corresponding tool development strategies in the bioinformatics and computational biology community.

    Published September 15, 2006

  • SDSC Helps National Geographic Explore the 'Big One'

    For the first time, National Geographic Explorer will follow a realistic simulation that reveals the details of second-by-second events as this possible quake unleashes its phenomenal power against this mega-city city of 11 million people.

    Published September 6, 2006

  • San Diego Supercomputer Center Staff Help Nation's Archivists with Digital Preservation Expertise

    SDSC has participated in sustained collaborations with the archiving community since the late 1990s, and the maturing of these relationships and growing understanding between the communities was reflected in the meeting, according to archivists in attendance.

    Published August 21, 2006

  • SDSC and the National Center for Atmospheric Research Enter Partnership to Preserve Critical Data

    The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) have entered a new collaboration for data preservation.

    Published August 8, 2006

  • SDSC Team Backs Firefighters in Recent "Horse" Wildfires

    Firefighters facing fast-spreading wildfires, especially in remote areas where communications and other resources are scarce, can now add "cyberinfrastructure" to their firefighting arsenals. Such combined hardware and software proved useful in the recent "Horse Fire" in California's Cleveland National Forest, when experts from the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, responded to the urgent request of state firefighters for quick and reliable wireless communication among widespread teams.

    Published August 8, 2006

  • SDSC Helps Scientists Accurately Simulate Sun's Corona

    The most true-to-life computer simulation ever made of our sun's multimillion-degree outer atmosphere, the corona, successfully predicted its actual appearance during the total solar eclipse of March 29, 2006, scientists have announced. The demanding calculations required four days running on more than 600 processors of the DataStar system at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at UC San Diego.

    Published August 3, 2006

  • SDSC's Supercomputers Cast Light on Cloudy Puzzle of Global Weather

    Published August 3, 2006

  • Phil Bourne Heads Scientific Programming for ISMB 2006

    SDSC's Phil Bourne is chairing the scientific program committee of the 14 th Annual Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB 2006) in Fortaleza , Brazil, August 6-10, with S?ren Brunak of the University of Denmark serving as co-chair. ISMB is the annual conference of the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB), a worldwide membership society of bioinformaticians that moved its headquarters from Stanford University to SDSC under Bourne's leadership as ISCB President in 2002.

    Published July 7, 2006

  • SDSC SRB Manages Data for the National Optical Astronomy Observatory

    The NOAO Science Archive, based on the SDSC Storage Resource Broker (SRB), manages some 14.5 terabytes of astronomical data in more than 800,000 files. This mosaic of images of the Large Magellanic Cloud, part of the MCELS study of the glowing interstellar medium -- the breeding ground for new stars and cemetery for dead stars -- will form part of the archive. C. Smith, S. Points, the MCELS Team and NOAO/AURA/NSF.

    Published July 5, 2006

  • The National Archives and the San Diego Supercomputer Center Sign Landmark Agreement to Preserve Critical Data

    Washington, DC -- The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), with concurrence from the National Science Foundation (NSF), today signed a landmark Memorandum of Understanding that provides an avenue for preserving valuable digital data collections. This collaboration marks the first time NARA has established an affiliated relationship for preserving digital data with an academic institution. Some of the digital data under SDSC's technical stewardship was produced by or for agencies of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. The Memorandum of Understanding provides for governance of Federal electronic records and other Federal informational materials within the collections under applicable Federal laws, regulations and authorities.

    Published June 27, 2006

  • NCAR Joins TeraGrid, Enabling Scientists to Strengthen Research into Complex Phenomena

    The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) has joined the TeraGrid, the nation's most comprehensive and advanced infrastructure for open scientific research. The announcement was made by National Science Foundation director Arden L. Bement, Jr. today at the TeraGrid '06 conference.

    Published June 13, 2006

  • SDSC in June 12 Newsweek

    In the June 12 edition, Newsweek Magazine gathered a team of experts to look at how the U.S. can remain competitive in the changing global environment in "15 Ideas to Recharge America". Leaders from the fields of science, technology, education and business were asked to assess the challenges we face and to offer solutions. SDSC Director Dr. Fran Berman offered ideas on developing national-scale solutions for the deluge of data.

    Published June 9, 2006

  • SDSC Breaks Ground on Building Expansion

    On June 8, University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Chancellor Marye Anne Fox and San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) Director Fran Berman broke ground on the Center's 80,000 square foot building expansion. SDSC's building extension will double the size of the national science, engineering and technology center, adding needed room for trillions of bytes of data, powerful supercomputers and more than 400 professional multidisciplinary staff. The building extension marks SDSC's 21st year and an era of expanded national leadership for the Center.

    Published June 8, 2006

  • SDSC Researcher Awarded Science Foundation of Ireland's Walton Visitor Award

    SDSC researcher Lynn Ten Eyck was recently awarded the Science Foundation of Ireland's Walton Visitor Award from University College in Dublin (UCD). Under the sponsorship of Jens Erik Nielsen from UCD's School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science, Ten Eyck will establish a collaborative research project 'Modeling Protein Structural Variability'.

    Published June 5, 2006

  • EBI Bioinformatics Two-Day Training Workshop

    The European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) will conduct a two day hands-on training at the San Diego Supercomputer Center <br/>at UCSD, June 15-16, 2006, covering the use of EMBL-EBI databases <br/>and tools. Courses and tutorials will be given on the effective use of protein, microarray and genomic databases and open source software, including Uniprot, InterPro, IntAct, <br/>PRIDE, Ensemble, ArrayExpress, BioMart and EMBOSS.

    Published May 23, 2006

  • SDSC Hosts 12th Annual Summer Institute

    SDSC will host its 12th Annual Summer Institute "Taking Your Science to the Next Level: On the Path to Petascale Computing" July 17 - 21, 2006. The curriculum will focus on common limitations scientists face as extreme datasets push the high-performance computing ceiling towards petascale computing.

    Published May 23, 2006

  • SDSCers Participate in Bike to Work Day 2006

    <p>On Friday, May 19, SDSC employees showed their support for alternate methods of transportation by participating in The League of American Bicyclists' National Bike to Work Day. Pictured from left to right are: Kevin Walsh, Wayne Schroeder, Dong Ju Choi, Yifeng Cui, Bob Sinkovits, Tim Kaiser, Leesa Brieger, and Tim McNew.</p>

    Published May 19, 2006

  • New CTWatch Quarterly Looks Behind the Scenes of Cyberinfrastructure

    The May issue of CTWatch quarterly has been issued by guest editors Fran Berman, Director of the San Diego Supercomputer Center and Thom Dunning, the Director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. The issue is entitled Designing and Supporting Science and Engineering-Driven Infrastructure and offers a behind the scenes look at what is required to develop and deploy successful cyberinfrastructure for compute, data, software and grids.

    Published May 15, 2006

  • SCEC Earthquake Simulations at SDSC Published in Geophysical Research Letters

    In a recently published paper in Geophysical Research Letters, earthquake researchers from the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) Community Modeling Environment (CME) report on large-scale earthquake simulations known as TeraShake that produced important insights into how a massive earthquake can be expected to impact the region. The paper was written by Kim Olsen and Steve Day of San Diego State University (SDSU); Jean-Bernard Minster of the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics (IGPP) at UC San Diego; Yifeng Cui, Amit Chourasia, Marcio Faerman, and Reagan Moore of the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at UCSD; and Philip Maechling and Tom Jordan of the University of Southern California.

    Published May 12, 2006

  • Registration and Schedule for the 12th Annual SDSC Summer Institute Available Online

    SDSC is now accepting applications to attend its 12th Annual Summer Institute. This year, the Summer Institute will focus on providing solutions for the common limitations faced by our high-end users. The week-long program includes lectures and hands-on laboratory sessions led by experts from SDSC's staff as well as from other institutions who will introduce researchers to technologies that can help them reach their goals faster and more efficiently.

    Published May 10, 2006

  • Geoinformatics 2006 Meeting to be Webcast

    We are pleased to announce that the Geoinformatics 2006 meeting will be webcast live, beginning at 8:30 a.m. (Eastern Time) on Thursday, May 11 and again on Friday, May 12. This webcast will include the keynote speakers and oral abstracts being presented during this two day meeting.

    Published May 10, 2006

  • American Red Cross San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter Honors SDSC

    SDSC researchers who helped organize and manage missing persons data during Hurricane Katrina were honored with a special plaque by The American Red Cross San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter.

    Published May 2, 2006

  • Leading Department of Energy Genome Scientist to Direct Joint Marine Microbial Metagenomics Cyberinfrastructure Initiative

    Dr. paul gilna, an experienced genomics science program administrator has been recruited to direct a $24.5-million effort to develop an innovative cyberinfrastructure that will allow scientists to organize and analyze a vast amount of data on the genomes and community ecologies of ocean-dwelling microbes.

    Published May 2, 2006

  • Internet2 Presents SDSC Researcher and Team Inaugural IDEA Award

    Internet2 today recognized the work done by the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) Storage Resource Broker team in collaboration with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the University of Maryland. The collaborators' work received the First Annual Internet2 Driving Exemplary Applications (IDEA) Award held at the 2006 Spring Member Meeting in Washington, DC. The award recognizes leading innovators who have created and deployed advanced network applications that have utilized advanced networking to enable transformational progress in research, teaching and learning, and promise to increase the impact of next-generation networks around the world.

    Published April 26, 2006

  • San Diego Students Catch the Web Wave this Spring Break

    This spring break, more than 20 San Diego-area students decided to forego the surf and sand to learn more about web site design and development at StudentTECH 2006 hosted by the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC). The week-long program, held April 10-14, gave students step-by-step instruction on how to create a visually appealing and effective webpage or website for their teachers, for their sports team or for another education purpose.

    Published April 21, 2006

  • SDSC Shows Scientists What's Shaking

    Published April 18, 2006

  • SDSC's Director of Administration and Operation Receives the "Lifetime Achievement" Award for Excellence in Program Management

    <p>"When you need to get something done and there's no one else to turn to, who are you going to call -- Mary Hart." These were the words of praise for Mary Hart, Division Director of Administration and Operations at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), as she received the 2006 Betsy Faught Award at the Chancellor's Complex on the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) campus. The Betsy Faught Award recognizes university individuals for outstanding achievement in the management of campus academic units.</p>

    Published April 7, 2006

  • Maria Goeppert-Mayer Interdisciplinary Symposium Gets Underway

    Scientists and engineers from the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) as well as students form the surrouding Universities and Junior colleges will attend the eleventh annual Maria Goeppert-Mayer Interdisciplinary Symposium (MGM) held April 7 and 8, 2006 on the University of San Diego campus. The event will feature keynote presentations from women in science and technology representing a variety of scientific fields including optical sciences, pharmaceuticals, chemistry and neuroendocrinology.

    Published April 6, 2006

  • NCSA, SDSC Add Compute Systems to TeraGrid

    As of April 1, users requesting high-performance computing resources from the National Science Foundation have seamless access to all computational resources at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) within the TeraGrid environment. TeraGrid now provides the nation's scientists and engineers with access to NCSA's Tungsten, Radium and Copper systems (in addition to the previously available Mercury and Cobalt) and SDSC's DataStar and Blue Gene systems. Combined with systems in Texas, Indiana, Tennessee, and Pittsburgh, these additions bring the TeraGrid's total computational performance to a peak of 102 trillion calculations per second.

    Published March 30, 2006

  • SDSC Helps Scientists Predict Corona Structure of Solar Eclipse

    Using San Diego Supercomputer Center's (SDSC) high-performance computing tools, scientists from the Solar Physics Group at SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation) were able to model with improved accuracy the energy flow of an upcoming total solar eclipse. The simulation used photospheric magnetic field data collected weeks before the actual event to predict the state of the solar corona when the moon moves directly between the sun and the Earth on March 29, 2006.

    Published March 29, 2006

  • Cyberinfrastructure Seminar Series features TeraGrid Overview

    Published March 23, 2006

  • SDSC Director Delivers Keynote Addresses at CENIC Annual Conference

    Today, SDSC Director Fran Berman delivered the keynote addresses at "Your Connection to the World," the annual networking conference held by the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) at the Marriott Oakland City Center Hotel in Oakland, CA.

    Published March 14, 2006

  • GAMA Seeks to Simplify the User's Security Experience

    In geology and microscopy, Grid users are showing interest in a new GSI credential management and integration solution that "makes Grid security as easy to use as any commercial web site, while maintaining the security and delegation capabilities of GSI." This month, the GCJ caught up with Kurt Mueller, the lead developer behind the GAMA ( Grid Account Management Architecture ) project, and Abel Lin, the lead developer of the Telescience Portal, to learn more.

    Published March 13, 2006

  • TeraGrid '06: Advancing Scientific Discovery - Call for Submissions

    <p>National Science Foundation Director Dr. Arden Bement will be the conference keynote speaker and Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier will be an invited keynote speaker for the first annual TeraGrid Conference -- TeraGrid '06, Advancing Scientific Discovery -- to be held in Indianapolis, Ind., June 12-15, 2006.</p>

    Published March 6, 2006

  • San Diego Supercomputer Center Hosts TeraGrid Science Gateways Seminar

    The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) will host the next Cyberinfrastructure Seminar Series on Tuesday, March 7 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Pacific Time). Nancy Wilkins-Diehr, SDSC director of consulting, training and documentation as well as TeraGrid area director for Science Gateways, will discuss "TeraGrid Science Gateways" and highlight work from four groups. Then presenters from each group will describe the science that the gateway enables using TeraGrid resources and will talk briefly about gateway design and TeraGrid integration.

    Published February 28, 2006

  • SDSC Helps Connect San Diego Families with Loved Ones in Iraq

    The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) announced today that it will host regular video teleconferencing (VTC) sessions connecting San Diego military families with loved ones currently serving their country in Iraq. Utilizing existing satellite uplink technology and staffed by SDSC volunteers, the center will open its doors each Saturday to give families the opportunity to spend about 30 minutes virtually face-to-face with their loved ones.

    Published February 23, 2006

  • SDSC Director Discusses Expanding Universe of Digital Data Collections at AAAS Annual Meeting

    A distinguished panel of national leaders, including San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) director and Professor Fran Berman, discussed the expanding universe of digital collections at the Annual Meeting of the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) on February 19 in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Berman was joined by Dr. Anita Jones, Professor and former Director of the U.S. Office of Defense Research and Engineering, Dr. Ray Ohrbach, Director of the Office of Science at DOE, Dr. Warren Washington, Chair of the National Science Board, Dr. Bruce Schatz, Director of the Community Architectures for Network Information Systems Laboratory, Dr. Jeff Dozier, Professor and former Senior Scientist for NASA's Earth Observing System and Dr. Helen Berman, Director of the Protein Data Bank (PDB ).

    Published February 20, 2006

  • SDSC Helps UCSD Astrophysicists Apply New Technique to Modeling Turbulence

    Published February 13, 2006

  • How Many Ways Can You Shake Like a Bowl Full of Jelly?

    &lt;p&gt;The San Diego Supercomputer Center's (SDSC) TeraShake 2 earthquake dataset, which was converted into a visualization to help the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) show how parts of Southern California could shake like a bowl full of jelly if it was hit by a 7.0+ earthquake, will serve as the data template for IEEE's 2006 Visualization Design Contest. In addition, SDSC will be hosting the visualization design contest data.&lt;/p&gt;

    Published February 9, 2006

  • NSF Names Daniel Atkins to Head New Office of Cyberinfrastructure

    The National Science Foundation (NSF) has named distinguished computer scientist Dr. Daniel E. Atkins to head its newly created Office of Cyberinfrastructure (OCI).

    Published February 8, 2006

  • Author of the "Atkins Report" Addresses MSI Cyberinfrastructure Workshop at SDSC

    Published February 2, 2006

  • Exploring the Exotic World of Nanomaterials

    no summary

    Published February 2, 2006

  • SDSC Visited by Two National Science Foundation Leaders

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    Published February 2, 2006

  • Geoinformatics 2006 conference opens for registration, abstract submission

    Organizers of Geoinformatics 2006 announced today that they are now accepting registration and abstract submissions. The meeting, co-hosted by GEON (the Geosciences Network) and the USGS (the U.S. Geological Survey) as well as co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), and the Geological Society of America. This meeting will be held May 11-12, 2006, at the USGS Headquarters located in Reston, Virginia, and is designed to encourage and stimulate the exchange of current research results that advance the broad goals of Geoinformatics.

    Published January 23, 2006

  • TeraShake 2: Simulating Earthquakes for Science and Society

    SDSC Helps SCEC Simulate Magnitude 7.7 Earthquake&amp;#160; on San Andreas Fault

    Published January 23, 2006

  • SDSC and UC San Diego partner with Venter Institute to build marine microbial genomics cyberinfrastructure

    no summary

    Published January 17, 2006

  • SDSC and NCSA Provide Combined TeraGrid Resources

    <p>Starting in 2006, users requesting high-performance computing resources from the National Science Foundation will have seamless access to all computational resources at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) within the TeraGrid environment. TeraGrid will provide the national user community access to the Tungsten, Radium and Copper systems at NCSA and SDSC's DataStar and Blue Gene systems in addition to TeraGrid systems in Texas, Indiana, Tennessee and Pittsburgh. Access to the SDSC and NCSA systems will bring the TeraGrid's total computational performance to a peak of about 102 trillion calculations per second.</p>

    Published January 6, 2006