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Primeur weekly 2020-09-14

Focus

Some RISC-V high performance implementations presented at RISC-V Global Forum by European Processor Initiative, NSITEXE, OpenBLAS, and SemiDynamics ...

Exascale supercomputing

Combustion pioneer named Department of Energy fellow ...

Quantum computing

New method prevents quantum computers from crashing ...

Q-CTRL and Quantum Machines announce partnership to accelerate quantum computing development ...

Cambridge Quantum Computing welcomes Mehdi Bozzo-Rey ...

Focus on Europe

Researchers develop molecule to store solar energy ...

First release of PROCESS software now available ...

From artificial intelligence to nanomaterials and astrophysics - Seven Irish research projects to benefit from EuroHPC Academic Flagship Programme ...

Middleware

SDSC to help create science gateway for new materials discovery ...

Hardware

NCSA's Donna J. Cox honoured with rare IPS Technology Innovation Award ...

Advanced NVMe controller technology for next generation memory devices ...

Credo announces the DOVE platform, its second generation of low power PAM4 DSPs for 100G/200G/400G data networks ...

Tachyum opens U.S., EU and NATO Government Business Unit ...

National Science Foundation awards CENIC an international networking grant for operation of Pacific Wave ...

UCF Consortium receives open source contribution from Arm to speed access to persistent memory storage ...

Liqid announces agreement with Arrow Electronics to bring composable disaggregated infrastructure solutions to data centres worldwide ...

Research and Markets to issue Global Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) and High-Bandwidth Memory (HBM) Suppliers Strategic Positioning and Leadership Quadrant Report 2020 ...

Genomics England scales up genomic sequencing with Quantum ActiveScale object storage ...

NVIDIA to acquire Arm for $40 billion, creating world's premier computing company for the age of AI ...

Applications

NCSA and University of Illinois announce new Center for AstroPhysical Surveys ...

Lead lab selected for next-generation cosmic microwave background experiment ...

Insilico announces the launch of AI-powered COVIDomic to support COVID-19 research worldwide ...

Model shows that the speed neurons fire impacts their ability to synchronize ...

Physicists achieve tunable spin wave excitation ...

EBRAINS makes bid to enter the European Research Infrastructure Roadmap with ten-country strong coalition and France as lead country ...

Mysterious cellular droplets come into focus ...

The presence of resonating cavities above sunspots has been confirmed ...

The Hospital Clínic and BSC will use artificial intelligence to predict the evolution of patients with COVID-19 ...

ORIGINS - answers to existential questions ...

Altair announces 2020 Global Technology Conference to explore "The Future of..." ...

The Cloud

National Science Foundation-funded CloudBank now operational ...

Schlumberger, IBM and Red Hat announce major hybrid Cloud collaboration for the energy industry ...

Red Hat Marketplace aims to accelerate open hybrid Cloud innovation with certified software solutions ready to run on any Cloud ...

Renesas introduces DDR5 data buffer for high-performance server and Cloud service applications ...

NETINT deploys video transcoding technology in the Nimbix Cloud ...

NCSA and University of Illinois announce new Center for AstroPhysical Surveys


Professor Joaquin Vieira with the inaugural class of CAPS Fellowship recipients. From left to right: Prof. Joaquin Vieira, Melanie Archipley, Alex Gagliano, Cail Daley, Dr. Monika Soraisam, Colin Burke.
8 Sep 2020 Urbana-Champaign - The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have launched the new Center for AstroPhysical Surveys (CAPS). The centre is a collaborative effort between NCSA, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, Department of Astronomy, and the Department of Physics at Illinois which seeks to bring cohesion and advancement to astrophysical survey science efforts across campus.

CAPS strives to create a diverse, inclusive environment that facilitates collaboration between researchers and students interested in survey science with NCSA goals and projects. The centre also increases accessibility to advanced resources and services such as high-performance computing, software development, data processing, user experience design, standard AI execution, and consultation.

This effort is led by Illinois Astronomy and Physics Professor Joaquin Vieira. "As CAPS director, I am particularly excited for our postdoctoral and graduate student fellowship programmes. The postdoctoral fellows' programme will bring three independent researchers to campus to work with faculty in astronomy and physics, and the staff at NCSA, on analyzing scientific data from existing astrophysical surveys, as well as developing new tools and techniques to conduct future astrophysical surveys. The graduate student fellowship program will help support graduate students on campus who are actively engaged in turning the survey data into scientific results", stated Joaquin Vieira. "The University of Illinois has a rich legacy of scientific leadership in both astrophysics and computation. The new Center for AstroPhysical Surveys at NCSA will bring research fields closer together on campus and help maintain the university's role as an international leader in the processing and analysis of astrophysical survey data."

CAPS houses several ongoing and upcoming astrophysical surveys such as the U.S. Department of Energy's Dark Energy Survey and the Vera C. Rubin Observatory's Legacy Survey of Space and Time, both of which are crucial to understanding the Universe. "The next decade is going to be the era of 'big surveys' in the field of astrophysics. This new generation of surveys, enabled largely by new camera technologies, will map the skies in greater detail than ever before in a global effort to explore our cosmic origins. These surveys will generate a huge volume of data and produce a treasure trove of astrophysical information", stated Joaquin Vieira.

NCSA provides a data management framework for DES, which uses one of the world's largest digital cameras to undertake the largest galaxy survey ever attempted. Among other discoveries, it has produced the largest and most accurate dark matter map to date. The framework processes, calibrates, archives, and collects massive amounts of data, roughly 700 million astrophysical sources. NCSA will also help process and archive data for LSST which is currently under construction at the Vera C. Rubin Observatory in Chile and set to begin a ten-year survey in 2022. LSST will use a brand new and state-of-the-art 8,4-meter telescope coupled to the largest digital camera ever built - and 3-gigapixel - to produce a wide-field astronomical survey of the universe by collecting massive amounts of data every night and mapping the entire visible sky every three days.

"The CAPS effort includes many avenues of research crossing many boundaries within astrophysics and NCSA, including the LSST project. It's so exciting to see all the synergy these projects have together in a single programme", stated Michelle Butler, senior assistant director of LSST core services and astronomy at NCSA. Through CAPS, scientists, researchers, and students will be able to further explore the mysteries of the Universe. "I am thrilled that both NCSA and campus are supporting this astrophysical effort at the University of Illinois. This investment will help maintain our leadership in the field of astrophysics through the next decade and will also generate new insights into the history and eventual fate of the Universe", stated Joaquin Vieira.

Aligning with the University's mission, CAPS encompasses research and scholarship to further scientific discovery, engagement, and education. "We were so pleased to support this initiative, as it highlights what Illinois does best - cross-disciplinary, convergent research that pushes the boundary of human understanding of the universe", stated Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation Susan Martinis. The centre builds on Illinois' rich legacy of leading and pioneering interdisciplinary research. Associate Dean for Illinois' College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Matthew Ando added: "The University of Illinois has been at the forefront of research in Astronomy for more than 50 years. The leaders of CAPS deserve enormous credit for developing and implementing a vision to harness the strengths of our campus and to establish Illinois as a leader in the field of astrophysical surveys."
Source: National Center for Supercomputing Applications - NCSA

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2020-09-14

Focus

Some RISC-V high performance implementations presented at RISC-V Global Forum by European Processor Initiative, NSITEXE, OpenBLAS, and SemiDynamics ...

Exascale supercomputing

Combustion pioneer named Department of Energy fellow ...

Quantum computing

New method prevents quantum computers from crashing ...

Q-CTRL and Quantum Machines announce partnership to accelerate quantum computing development ...

Cambridge Quantum Computing welcomes Mehdi Bozzo-Rey ...

Focus on Europe

Researchers develop molecule to store solar energy ...

First release of PROCESS software now available ...

From artificial intelligence to nanomaterials and astrophysics - Seven Irish research projects to benefit from EuroHPC Academic Flagship Programme ...

Middleware

SDSC to help create science gateway for new materials discovery ...

Hardware

NCSA's Donna J. Cox honoured with rare IPS Technology Innovation Award ...

Advanced NVMe controller technology for next generation memory devices ...

Credo announces the DOVE platform, its second generation of low power PAM4 DSPs for 100G/200G/400G data networks ...

Tachyum opens U.S., EU and NATO Government Business Unit ...

National Science Foundation awards CENIC an international networking grant for operation of Pacific Wave ...

UCF Consortium receives open source contribution from Arm to speed access to persistent memory storage ...

Liqid announces agreement with Arrow Electronics to bring composable disaggregated infrastructure solutions to data centres worldwide ...

Research and Markets to issue Global Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) and High-Bandwidth Memory (HBM) Suppliers Strategic Positioning and Leadership Quadrant Report 2020 ...

Genomics England scales up genomic sequencing with Quantum ActiveScale object storage ...

NVIDIA to acquire Arm for $40 billion, creating world's premier computing company for the age of AI ...

Applications

NCSA and University of Illinois announce new Center for AstroPhysical Surveys ...

Lead lab selected for next-generation cosmic microwave background experiment ...

Insilico announces the launch of AI-powered COVIDomic to support COVID-19 research worldwide ...

Model shows that the speed neurons fire impacts their ability to synchronize ...

Physicists achieve tunable spin wave excitation ...

EBRAINS makes bid to enter the European Research Infrastructure Roadmap with ten-country strong coalition and France as lead country ...

Mysterious cellular droplets come into focus ...

The presence of resonating cavities above sunspots has been confirmed ...

The Hospital Clínic and BSC will use artificial intelligence to predict the evolution of patients with COVID-19 ...

ORIGINS - answers to existential questions ...

Altair announces 2020 Global Technology Conference to explore "The Future of..." ...

The Cloud

National Science Foundation-funded CloudBank now operational ...

Schlumberger, IBM and Red Hat announce major hybrid Cloud collaboration for the energy industry ...

Red Hat Marketplace aims to accelerate open hybrid Cloud innovation with certified software solutions ready to run on any Cloud ...

Renesas introduces DDR5 data buffer for high-performance server and Cloud service applications ...

NETINT deploys video transcoding technology in the Nimbix Cloud ...