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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 tra

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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.

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. 

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As more researchers turn to whole genome sequencing, the data challenges increase.  A new $1.58 million award from the National Institutes of Health equips Globus Genomics to develop new tools and services that help geneticists overcome these obstacles and unlock new discoveries.

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On September 1st, the National Science Foundation computational cloud resource Jetstream goes into full operation. Read about how the Computation Institute's Globus provides key services for this new system that lowers the barriers of entry for researchers using high-performance computational tools.

Cyberinfrastructure is the connective tissue for computational science, tying together the research projects, resources, software, data, networks, and people needed to make important discoveries.

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Analyzing telescope images to search for expolanets in distant solar systems requires high-performance computation that is flexible and fast. Using Chameleon, the experimental cloud computing testbed hosted by the Computation Institute and the Texas Advanced Computing Center, a class of students at the University of Arizona built a new analytics software package that will help astronomers find these planetary needles in the cosmic haystack.

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A multi-institutional team of researchers is using Chameleon -- the cloud computing system for research operated by the Computation Institute and Texas Advanced Computing Center -- to study cyberattacks, detect vulnerabilities, and improve defenses.  

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One hundred petabytes is a lot of data.

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Ian Foster, Argonne Distinguished Fellow and director of the Argonne/University of Chicago Computation Institute, has been named this year’s winner of the IEEE Award for Excellence in Scalable Computing. The award is presented for significant and sustained contributions to the scalable computing community through the IEEE Technical Committee on Scalable Computing (TCSC). It acknowledges the recipient’s outstanding record of high-quality and high-impact research.