20
Sep
2017

​Services Layer At The Edge (SLATE), a new $4 million project funded by the National Science Foundation and led by a team from the Enrico Fermi and Computation Institutes at University of Chicago, will provide technology that simplifies connecting university and laboratory data center capabilities to the national cyberinfrastructure ecosystem, enabling global research collaboration.

06
Sep
2017

For decades, fierce debates have raged over the benefits of different programming languages over others: Java vs. C++; Python vs. Ruby; Flask vs. Django. While often waged with religious fervor by computer scientists and programmers, these debates tend to rely on anecdotal evidence, with very little rigorous comparison of programming approaches or the larger question of how software may augment human thinking.

05
Sep
2017

A new grant from the National Science Foundation extends the Chameleon cloud computing testbed for another three years, allowing the project led by University of Chicago and Computation Institute scientists to enter its next phase of computer science innovation. Upgrades to hardware and services as well as new features will help scientists rigorously test new cloud computing platforms and networking protocols.

31
Aug
2017

Globus, the leading research data management service, today announced general availability of Globus for Google Drive, a new capability that lets users seamlessly connect Google Drive with their existing storage ecosystem, enabling a single interface for data transfer, sharing and publication across all storage systems.

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. 

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.

17
Apr
2017

From its beginning, the Globus vision was to make research easier for scientists, taking on the burden of the annoying and tedious data tasks to make more time for the actual science. Gradually, the service has increased its toolbox from transfer and sharing to analysis and discovery, tapping the potential of the cloud to handle the tricky business of research data management. At Globusworld 2017, the spotlight was appropriately on “labs” -- both the internal working on new features and the external using Globus services to boost their science.

06
Apr
2017

Renovations beginning this spring will provide a vibrant new home in the John Crerar Library building for the Department of Computer Science and the Computation Institute. Included as well are renovated library spaces to provide a range of research services for faculty and students on campus. Combined, these efforts will transform the building into an exciting campus hub for collaboration, instruction, research and support, especially around computing and data science.

07
Mar
2017

Personal computers and smartphones have democratized computing around the world, giving regular people access to technology capable of conducting billions of calculations per second. But a significant computing gap remains between consumer technology and the high-performance computers used in national laboratories and universities, and not just because of the state-of-the-art supercomputers that only these institutions can afford to run.