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The goal of the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is to catalyze the computing research community to debate longer range, more audacious research challenges; to build consensus around research visions; to evolve the most promising visions toward clearly defined initiatives; and to work with the funding organizations to move challenges and visions toward funding initiatives. The purpose of this blog is to provide a more immediate, online mechanism for dissemination of visioning concepts and community discussion/debate about them.

Supercomputing Highlighted by NSF

March 26th, 2013 / in NSF / by Ann Drobnis

nsfThis week marks the dedication of the NSF “Blue Waters” supercomputer at NCSA.

Over the past 30 years, driven in large part by the NSF Supercomputer Centers program and its successors, science has been transformed by computation.  Scientific breakthroughs are no longer happening only in the field or in the lab – they are happening on computers.

“Science is now investing in supercomputers, and they are where many new scientific discoveries are being made,” says Michael Wiltberger, a space weather researcher.

The National Science Foundation is in the process of building up the nation’s computational power by funding the acquisition and deployment of three new leading-edge systems – “Yellowstone” at NCAR in Cheyenne, WY, “Blue Waters” at NCSA at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and “Stampede” at TACC at the University of Texas at Austin.  Read more aobut the impact these supercomputers are having in fields ranging from weather to HIV research to quantum mechanics here.

(And remember, the next revolution in computational science is all about data analytics!)

Supercomputing Highlighted by NSF