As the year comes to a close, it's time to look back at an exciting 2016 of discoveries, events, announcements, and exploration at the Computation Institute. Enjoy this recap of our work in climate change, particle physics, education, cyberinfrastructure, genomics, spatial analytics, and much, much more.


As the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE's) Exascale Computing Project (ECP) works towards its goal of creating computing systems at least 50 times faster than the nation’s most powerful supercomputers in use today, it needs research on how hardware and software will work together at these unprecedented speeds. As part of a 4-year $48 million funding award to tackle this challenge, the ECP recently selected four "co-design" centers, including one led at Argonne National Laboratory by CI Director Ian Foster.

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Zombie-Based Modeling


Agent-based modeling can be used to simulate any number of complex scenarios, from the evacuation of a city after a natural disaster to the actions of the immune system after a gunshot wound. The Complex Adaptive Systems group at Argonne National Laboratory, led by CI Senior Fellow Chick Macal, is a leader in developing these models, including creating a simulation of the entire city of Chicago to test the spread of MRSA, ebola, and other diseases.


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The Discovery Cloud is CI Director Ian Foster's vision to deliver powerful computational tools and methods to every professional and amateur scientist around the world, fundamentally transforming the ecosystem of science. Globus is the first step towards realizing this vision.

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The OSDC is a petabyte scale science cloud for researchers to manage, analyze and share their data and to get easy access to data from other scientists.

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Nimbus is an open-source toolkit focused on providing Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) capabilities to the scientific community. Nimbus enables providers of resources to build private or community IaaS clouds, users to use IaaS clouds and developers to extend, experiment and customize IaaS. Combining those tools and capabilities in different ways allows users to rapidly develop custom community-specific solutions.

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