22
Aug
2017

Most studies of how climate change will impact global food production focus on crops, where the effects of higher temperatures and drier weather are well characterized. But the world's meals increasingly include seafood, and the production from fisheries and aquaculture has tripled in the last 50 years. The climate sensitivity of this industry may be just as large as that of crop agriculture, and the interconnectedness of these sectors in many countries raises worries about biodiversity and resilience. 

09
Aug
2017

Veterans will be the ultimate winners in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs-Department of Energy (DOE) Big Data Science Initiative, a collaborative research effort that casts Argonne National Laboratory in a prominent role. Argonne’s extensive track record of successes with big data and big computers make it the quintessential partner of this multi-faceted research team to improve healthcare for millions of veterans, advance supercomputing and solve some of the nation’s biggest scientific challenges. A team led by the Computation Institute's Rick Stevens, associate laboratory director for Computing, Environment and Life Sciences at Argonne, was instrumental in moving the effort from concept to reality.

10
Jul
2017

For the last two years, the Chameleon testbed has enabled researchers around the world to push the limits of cloud computing in areas such as astronomy, cybersecurity, and education. The project, led by the Computation Institute, has thus far served over 14000 users as an experimental, highly customizable environment where they can test new architectures and applications, at the kinds of scale needed for today's big data projects. To commemorate established achievements and plan for the future of the testbed, Chameleon will host its first user meeting this September at Argonne National Laboratory. 

05
Jul
2017

Using lists of names collected from publicly available websites, two University of Chicago researchers have revealed distinctive patterns in higher education systems, ranging from ethnic representation and gender imbalance in the sciences, to the presence of academic couples, and even the illegal hiring of relatives in Italian universities.

22
Jun
2017

Imagine you were able to solve a problem 50 times faster than you can now. With this ability, you have the potential to come up with answers to even the most complex problems faster than ever before. Researchers behind the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Exascale Computing Project want to make this capability a reality, and are doing so by creating tools and technologies for exascale supercomputers – computing systems at least 50 times faster than those used today. These tools will advance researchers’ ability to analyze and visualize complex phenomena such as cancer and nuclear reactors, which will accelerate scientific discovery and innovation.

16
Jun
2017

The CI team behind Swift likes to call the philosophy behind the parallel scripting language "programming in the large." The idea is that Swift lives one order higher than a project's core family of applications, coordinating the data inputs and outputs and allocating tasks according to whatever resources are available.

19
May
2017

Two groups of Computation Institute researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory earned special awards from the office of the U.S. Secretary of Energy for addressing the global health challenges of Ebola and cancer.

04
May
2017

An international team of scientists including the Computation Institute has determined the 3-D atomic structures of more than 1,000 proteins that are potential targets for drugs and vaccines to combat some of the world’s most dangerous emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases.

03
May
2017

The modern “shop class” is no longer the bandsaws and sandpaper of the old days. High school students today learn how to use high-tech instruments such as 3D printers and laser cutters, how to solder computer boards with sensors, lights, and processors, and how to write the code that makes these creations work. The best projects give students a chance to apply all these skills to a device of their own invention, giving them valuable experience in digital design and manufacturing.

01
May
2017

People have touted the potential of big data and computation in medicine for what feels like decades, promising more effective and personalized treatments, new research discoveries, and smarter clinical predictions. But only recently have these technologies made it to the clinic where they can actually improve patient care. At University of Chicago Medicine, several collaborations between physicians, researchers, and computational experts have produced such pioneering applications, from the pathology lab to the critical care wards.