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Developing hardware for the exascale era in the DEEP and DEEP-ER projects ...

Exascale supercomputing

Is 3D-stacked memory the solution for HPC? ...

Quantum computing

Scientists produce status check on quantum teleportation ...

Focus on Europe

12th PRACE Call for Proposals for Project Access now open ...

ESiWACE and ESCAPE: integrating leading edge climate and weather simulations into HPC ...

Human Brain Project (HBP) pre-commercial procurement has entered its final phase ...

Imperial announces winner of competition to name supercomputer ...

NLeSC Integrator Barend Mons appointed Chair of European Commission's high level expert group ...

Middleware

IBM expands Watson platform for next generation of builders; extends industry's largest portfolio of cognitive APIs ...

Hardware

Large hyper data centres making use of Climaveneta high efficiency solutions ...

Dialog Semiconductor to acquire Atmel for $4.6 billion ...

IBM research breakthrough paves way for post-silicon future with carbon nanotube electronics ...

Mellanox Technologies announces definitive agreement to acquire EZchip ...

Kyoto University's Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics awards supercomputer contract to Cray ...

Applications

SDSC extends its "network" with Graph Analytics Training ...

NVIDIA designates University of Wyoming as GPU research centre ...

Spectacular new era in satellite meteorology unveiled ...

University of Maryland awarded $1 million from NIST for next-generation cryptography ...

NWSC Visitor Center designed to educate and inspire public about science ...

New supercomputer software takes us one giant step closer to simulating the human brain ...

Titan helps unpuzzle decades-old plutonium perplexities ...

Alexander Szalay named recipient of 2015 IEEE Computer Society Sidney Fernbach Award ...

The Cloud

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NWSC Visitor Center designed to educate and inspire public about science


Jim Edwards, an NCAR scientist, and Ligia Bernardet interact with one of the science touch-screen kiosks at the NWSC visitor centre.
2 Oct 2015 Cheyenne - A simulated mini-tornado, various short videos depicting everything from wind to wildfire simulations, and a number of interactive touch-screen kiosks will make their debut and help the science come alive when the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC) is ceremonially opened October 15 by an invite-only delegation composed of the many partners behind its construction.

Following the opening, the NWSC will be home to a public visitor centre designed as an educational hub to engage the public and explain the NWSC's science mission, supercomputing systems, computational science and highlights of the facility's energy efficient design; and also convey the facility's scientific and societal benefits, said Marijke Unger, NCAR's external relations specialist.

The visitor centre will include educational, interactive displays - for children and adults alike - covering topics including extreme weather, climate science, supercomputing, wildfires, energy, water resources and their impacts on society.

The NWSC, located in Cheyenne's North Range Business Park, will be open for one-time, special public tours from noon-4 p.m., October 16; and 9 a.m.-4 p.m., October 17. Thereafter, self-guided tours of the visitor centre will be offered 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays. Large groups are asked to call ahead to make reservations.

Target audiences will include K-5, middle school, high school, post-secondary, computational science professionals and the public.

“The visitor centre is really for all members of the community", Marijke Unger stated. "We're also setting it up to be user-friendly for school groups, with an emphasis on self-guided learning and exploration."

The visitor centre contains several display stations, which will focus on science, supercomputing and the NWSC, plus a section dedicated to younger visitors.

The science section will focus on science and research from NCAR, the University of Wyoming and the atmospheric sciences community. Some examples include climate models, wildfire simulations, wind shear studies and carbon sequestration. How these examples affect people’s everyday lives, improve safety, and help inform policy and decision making will be included.

The computational science display will provide an introduction to computational science; convey challenges and research, including limitations and explorations of new frontiers; university collaborations and programmes; and the role of computational science in everyday life.

Finally, the exhibit also includes a section about the societal impact of research conducted at the NWSC. Climate, microbursts, wildfires, winds, aviation safety, solar phenomena, extreme weather and advances in forecasting are among the subjects covered.

"We also have a centre dedicated to younger visitors. There will be touch screens and a video of a mini-tornado simulation that kids can play with", Marijke Unger stated. "There will be a station that measures how quickly you can swipe your hand across a sensor, and then tells you how many calculations the supercomputer can do in that amount of time."

Gizmojo, a Cheyenne company, was chosen to create and build the visitor centre.

"We're looking forward to this visitor centre becoming a fixture and active participant in the Wyoming and regional educational landscape", stated Richard Loft, director of technology and development at NCAR.

The "Discover Earth: A Century of Change" science exhibit is open to the public at the Laramie County Library in Cheyenne through Nov. 2. The Laramie County Library System was one of 10 libraries nationwide selected to host the interactive exhibit, which is funded through a National Science Foundation grant and was created by the National Center for Interactive Learning at the Space Science Institute. University of Wyoming and the Wyoming State Museum have provided additional materials for the exhibit.
Source: University of Wyoming

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Primeur weekly 2015-10-05

Special

Developing hardware for the exascale era in the DEEP and DEEP-ER projects ...

Exascale supercomputing

Is 3D-stacked memory the solution for HPC? ...

Quantum computing

Scientists produce status check on quantum teleportation ...

Focus on Europe

12th PRACE Call for Proposals for Project Access now open ...

ESiWACE and ESCAPE: integrating leading edge climate and weather simulations into HPC ...

Human Brain Project (HBP) pre-commercial procurement has entered its final phase ...

Imperial announces winner of competition to name supercomputer ...

NLeSC Integrator Barend Mons appointed Chair of European Commission's high level expert group ...

Middleware

IBM expands Watson platform for next generation of builders; extends industry's largest portfolio of cognitive APIs ...

Hardware

Large hyper data centres making use of Climaveneta high efficiency solutions ...

Dialog Semiconductor to acquire Atmel for $4.6 billion ...

IBM research breakthrough paves way for post-silicon future with carbon nanotube electronics ...

Mellanox Technologies announces definitive agreement to acquire EZchip ...

Kyoto University's Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics awards supercomputer contract to Cray ...

Applications

SDSC extends its "network" with Graph Analytics Training ...

NVIDIA designates University of Wyoming as GPU research centre ...

Spectacular new era in satellite meteorology unveiled ...

University of Maryland awarded $1 million from NIST for next-generation cryptography ...

NWSC Visitor Center designed to educate and inspire public about science ...

New supercomputer software takes us one giant step closer to simulating the human brain ...

Titan helps unpuzzle decades-old plutonium perplexities ...

Alexander Szalay named recipient of 2015 IEEE Computer Society Sidney Fernbach Award ...

The Cloud

SDSC upgrades Cloud computing and storage services ...

Cloud28+ community launches Unified European Cloud Catalogue ...