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SDSC News Releases: 2011

  • SDSC Welcomes 'Gordon' Supercomputer as a Research Powerhouse

    When it officially comes online in early January, Gordon will help researchers tackle the most vexing data-intensive challenges, from mapping genomes for personalized medicine to rapidly calculating thousands of "what-if" scenarios affecting everything from traffic patterns to climate change

    Published December 7, 2011

  • Triton Resource Helps "Track" How Kinesin Molecules Move

    Researchers at UC San Diego's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, in collaboration with several universities in the U.S., United Kingdom, and Poland, have developed a new picture of how kinesin molecules move along microtubules, or tiny biological train tracks - and how they sometimes come to a halt, causing diseases such as Alzheimer's

    Published December 6, 2011

  • Amarnath Gupta Named an ACM Distinguished Scientist

    Amarnath Gupta, a researcher with the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, has been named a Distinguished Scientist by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the world's largest educational and scientific computing society

    Published December 1, 2011

  • SDSC's Trestles Debuts on 'Graph500' List

    <em>Trestles</em>, a new supercomputer using flash-based memory and launched earlier this year by SDSC, has made this year's Graph500 list, a new ranking that measures how well supercomputers handle data-intensive challenges.

    Published November 15, 2011

  • Gordon Ranks Among Top 50 Fastest Supercomputers in the World

    Gordon, a unique data-intensive supercomputer using flash-based memory made its debut as the 48th fastest supercomputer in the world, according to the latest Top500 list.

    Published November 14, 2011

  • SDSC's Triton Resource Helps Develop New Model for Forecasting California Solar Power Production

    Researchers at the Jacobs School of Engineering, with the assistance of SDSC's Triton Resource, recently used measurements from NASA's Shuttle Radar Topography Mission to predict how changes in elevation impact power output in California's solar grid.

    Published November 7, 2011

  • SDSC, Calit2, and CRBS Awarded $1.4 Million NSF Grant for New Bioinformatics Tools

    Researchers at SDSC, Calit2, and CRBS have been awarded a three-year grant to create a Kepler Scientific Workflow System module to help manage ever-growing data sets used in next-generation DNA sequencing.

    Published October 18, 2011

  • Timing is Right for SDSC Cloud

    Successfully managing, preserving, and sharing large amounts of digitally-based data has become more of an economic challenge than a technical one, as researchers must meet a new National Science Foundation policy requiring them to submit a data management plan as part of their funding requests.

    Published October 5, 2011

  • SDSC, SDSU Share in $4.6 Million NSF Grant to Simulate Earthquake Faults

    Researchers from SDSC and San Diego State University will be assisting researchers from six other universities and the U.S. Geological Survey to develop detailed, large-scale computer simulations of earthquake faults.

    Published September 23, 2011

  • SDSC Announces Scalable, High-Performance Data Storage Cloud

    SDSC Cloud is believed to be the largest academic-based cloud storage system in the U.S., specifically designed for researchers, students, academics, and industry users who require stable, secure, and cost-effective storage and sharing of digital information, including extremely large data sets.

    Published September 22, 2011

  • SDSC-Developed Software Used in First Global Camera Trap Mammal Study

    A novel software system developed by researchers at SDSC has been used in the first global camera trap study of mammals.

    Published September 13, 2011

  • SDSC, SDSU Receive NSF Grant to Expand Computer Science Curriculum

    SDSC and San Diego State University, have received grants to jointly expand the computer sciences curriculum among San Diego's high schools, community colleges, and universities.

    Published September 12, 2011

  • UC San Diego's HPWREN Aids in Recent Supernova Discovery

    A recent LBNL discovery of a supernova within hours of its explosion was made possible by a specialized telescope, state-of-the-art computational tools - and the high-speed data transmissions network of UC San Diego's HPWREN, as well as the Department of Energy's Energy Sciences Network.

    Published September 12, 2011

  • SDSC Readying 'Gordon' Supercomputer for Pre-Production Trials this Month

    SDSC will this month launch a pre-production phase of Gordon, the first high-performance supercomputer to use large amounts of flash-based SSD (solid state drive) memory.

    Published August 9, 2011

  • 'Data Motion Metric' Needed for Supercomputer Rankings, Says SDSC's Snavely

    As we enter the era of data-intensive research and supercomputing, the world's top computer systems should not be ranked on calculation speed alone, according to Allan Snavely, SDSC's associate director.

    Published August 9, 2011

  • SDSC Provides Advanced user Support for NSF's XSEDE Project

    XSEDE will be the most advanced, powerful, and robust collection of integrated advanced digital resources and services in the world.

    Published July 26, 2011

  • SDSC's Trestles Provides Rapid Turnaround and Enhanced Performance for Diverse Researchers

    The Trestles supercomputer is proving itself as a valuable resource for researchers who need access to computational resources with rapid turnaround.

    Published July 14, 2011

  • UC Irvine Study Points to New Approach to Influenza's Antiviral Resistance

    Researchers have found a new approach to the creation of customized therapies for virulent flu strains that resist current antiviral drugs.

    Published July 13, 2011

  • Scientific Computing Gets Flash

    Flops aren't everything. Sometimes what a researcher really needs is a computing system that can also do lots of iops. And systems that use solid state drives just might fit the bill.

    Published June 29, 2011

  • UC San Diego Receives NSF Support for Wildfire Modeling and Prevention

    Wildfires are increasing in both absolute number and severity in the American southwest and this trend is predicted to continue over decades to come. Wildfire prevention has now become a major priority, and UCSD scientists have received federal funding to devise descriptive and predictive simulation tools to help prevent or suppress wildfires.

    Published June 14, 2011

  • SDSC to Host 'Summer Institute' for Geosciences August 8-12

    SDSC will host the 8th annual Cyberinfrastructure Summer Institute for Geoscientists (CSIG'11) with this year's theme being "Big Data and Big Computing in the Geosciences."

    Published June 7, 2011

  • SDSC to Host 'Gordon' Supercomputer Workshop August 8-11

    SDSC will host a special workshop for a unique data-intensive, high-performance computing system called <em>Gordon</em>.

    Published June 7, 2011

  • SDSC Researchers Co-author, Co-edit New Book on Geoinformatics

    A new book that for the first time focuses on the potential to merge the latest advances in computer technologies with the earth sciences has been published, with researchers from SDSC co-authoring chapters or serving as co-editor.

    Published May 25, 2011

  • Michael L. Norman Appointed to the Advisory Committee of the NSF's Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate

    Michael L. Norman, director of the San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California, San Diego, has been appointed to serve on the advisory committee of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) Directorate of the National Science Foundation.

    Published April 25, 2011

  • CYCORE to Test System for Comparing Effectiveness of Cancer Treatments in Clinical Trials

    UCSD researchers and clinicians at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston have embarked on testing a new data system designed to determine which cancer treatments are most effective. Initial tests are designed to gauge how effective and easy-to-use the system is for physicians and patients enrolled in clinical trials of treatments for head-and-neck or colon cancer.

    Published April 13, 2011

  • SDSC to Open Large-scale Data Systems Research Center

    Today SDSC announced plans to establish a new partnership to bring together industry and university research to investigate a pressing business and information technology challenge: how to address both the management and technical aspects of "big data," or the accumulation of massive data sets requiring new approaches for large-scale data storage and business analytics.

    Published April 6, 2011

  • GPUs versus CPUs: Apples and Oranges?

    <p>The news late last year that China's GPU-rich Tianhe-1A supercomputer was ranked the fastest system in the world focused attention - and a lot of discussion - within the HPC community about the advantages of graphics processing units (GPUs) versus central processing units (CPUs) used in many systems.</p>

    Published April 1, 2011

  • Ross Walker Wins Outstanding Junior Faculty Award

    Ross C. Walker, an assistant research professor with SDSC, has been named a recipient of the 2011 Outstanding Junior Faculty Awards presented by Hewlett-Packard and the American Chemical Society's division of Computers in Chemistry.

    Published March 30, 2011

  • Antarctic Icebergs Play a Key Role in the Carbon Cycle

    A new study led by a researcher at the SDSC and SIO shows that icebergs drifting in the Antarctic's Southern Ocean play a key role in the carbon cycle process, and influence surface waters and mixing more than previously thought.

    Published March 28, 2011

  • CIPRES Gateway Provides Window to the Past - and Fast

    A novel supercomputing resource created by SDSC researchers is allowing scientists to study evolutionary relationships among large populations of living things in significantly shorter times, and without having to understand how to operate large, complex computer systems.

    Published March 28, 2011

  • Cyberinfrastructure to Meet Peak Demand for Emergency Data in Rural Areas

    Ahead of the next fire season in parched areas of southern California, research groups at the University of California, San Diego are building a scalable computer infrastructure to provide better access to camera feeds from rural areas when fires, an earthquake, flash floods or other natural disasters hit San Diego County.

    Published March 21, 2011

  • San Diego Supercomputer Center Launches Trestles

    SDSC has deployed a new high-performance computer called Trestles, the result of a $2.8 million award from the National Science Foundation.

    Published February 28, 2011

  • SDSC Mourns the Loss of Dr. Phil Andrews

    Dr. Phil Andrews, who for more than a decade served in a variety of leadership positions at the San Diego Supercomputer Center at UC San Diego, died early Thursday morning.

    Published February 25, 2011

  • SDSC, UCSD Researchers Develop New Way to Visualize Vector Data

    Researchers at SDSC and other organizations within UC San Diego, have developed a novel way to encode and display vector data that clearly shows magnitude and direction. This new visualization technique may help seismologists to accurately analyze ground movements for an earthquake, measure magnetic turbulence in deep space, or allow medical researchers to study areas such as blood flow and nutrient absorption.

    Published February 23, 2011

  • SDSC's Triton Resource Accelerating Research and Discovery Campus-wide

    After only fifteen months, researchers using the Triton Resource, a medium-scale high performance computing system at SDSC, are giving the system high marks for accelerating research across a wide variety of disciplines

    Published February 16, 2011

  • John Orcutt Elected to National Academy of Engineering

    John Orcutt, a Distinguished Professor of Geophysics at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Orcutt is also a Distinguished Scientist at SDSC.

    Published February 14, 2011

  • SDSC Announces New Round of Triton Research Opportunity (TRO) Grants

    SDSC has announced the latest round of computer allocations under the Triton Research Opportunities program associated with the center's Triton Resource, a data-intensive computing system primarily designed to support UC San Diego and UC researchers.

    Published February 9, 2011

  • Computer Simulations Reveal the Structure and Dynamics of a Chemical Signal that Triggers Metastatic Cancer

    In cancer and other pathological diseases, researchers are discovering that packaging is important: specifically, how DNA coils up and compacts neatly inside the nucleus of a cell. A team of researchers, with the help of high-performance computers housed at the SDSC, have captured the chemical structure of one such signal.

    Published February 8, 2011

  • UC Students Benefit from Supercomputing Access

    The San Diego Supercomputer Center's Triton Resource, a data-intensive computing system supporting UC San Diego and UC researchers, is proving itself to be not only a valuable research resource, but also a teaching tool in undergraduate and graduate courses in multiple disciplines.

    Published January 19, 2011

  • SDSC to Collect, Manage Data for San Diego Part of National Children's Study

    SDSC will host and manage collected data as part of the National Children's Study (NCS), the largest long-term examination of children's health and development ever conducted in the United States.

    Published January 14, 2011