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  • 200,000+ Articles Available for Text and Data Mining

    Text and data-miners rejoice! All of the 200,000+ Public Library of Science (PLOS) articles are open and available for research at

  • 2017 August Newsletter (Archived)

    Read the August 2017 Technology Services Research IT Newsletter.

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  • 2017 June Newsletter (Archive)

    Read the June 2017 Research IT at Tech Services Newsletter.

  • 2017 May Newsletter (Archive)

    Read the May 2017 Research IT at Tech Services Newsletter. This will take you to the HTML version of the newsletter.

  • 2017 October Newsletter

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  • 2018-2019 NCSA Faculty Fellowship Application Now Available

    This competitive fellowship program provides a unique opportunity for faculty and researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign by offering seed funding for startup collaborative research projects.

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  • 2018 April Newsletter (Archive)

  • 2018 DATA SCIENCE DAY - 9/27

    This event is a celebration of data science from across our campus. Events include sessions focusing on the application of data science in genomics and materials science, the hesitant data scientist, a session on data governance, and a session on community data science. This event is open to all, faculty, staff, students, and the public..

  • 2018 February Newsletter

    View the February newsletter online.

  • 2018 January Newsletter

    View the January newsletter online.

  • 2018 Summer Boot Camp XSEDE Registration Pages Available

    The registration pages for the 2018 Summer Boot Camp event are now available.

    This 4 day event will include MPI, OpenMP, OpenACC and accelerators and run June 4-7. This event will be presented using the Wide Area Classroom(WAC) training platform and will conclude with a special hybrid exercise contest that will challenge the students to apply their skills over the following 3 weeks and be awarded the Fifth Annual XSEDE Summer Boot Camp Championship Trophy.  In addition, an XSEDE Badge will be available to those who complete the Challenge.

  • 2nd IBM PowerAI training workshop

    NCSA has recently deployed a powerful system for deep-learning as part of a Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) grant from the National Science Foundation.

    We are organizing a training workshop to help get started with ML and DL on POWER9 using PowerAI. Event attendance is open to the University of Illinois research community interested in using the system in their research.

    Please view the agenda and register for the workshop by Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Registration is on a first-come first served basis, as it is limited to the first 45 registrants per session.

  • 38 Illinois Research Groups Awarded Time on Blue Waters Leadership Supercomputer

    Thirty-eight research groups at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been allocated new computation time on the Blue Waters supercomputer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF). This round of allocations provides over 17 million node-hours, equivalent to over half a billion core hours, and is valued at over $10.5 million, helping Illinois researchers push the boundaries of innovation and frontier science discovery.

  • ACH2019 Call for Reviewers

    Deadline: September 1, 2018

    ACH 2019 is seeking reviewers to evaluate conference proposal submissions during December 2018 and January 2019. ACH wishes to establish a wide, and as varied as possible, pool of reviewers for this conference. We welcome members of any academic affiliation or professional role who are interested in the digital humanities that would like to help shape the representation of our organization at its first national conference. Although we are a US-based organization, we encourage those who live in regions of the world that are not represented by existing professional organizations to review, recognizing that intellectual, cultural, institutional, and other forms of diversity make a vital contribution to scholarship and practice.

  • After The Storm: Simulating and Visualizing Extreme Weather with XSEDE

    Stormy weather is perfect for hot tea, warm clothes, and cool science.

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  • Agriculture Technology Innovation Summit


    Wednesday, March 6, 2019

    The University of Illinois is uniquely positioned where agriculture, engineering and technology intersect, and is on its way to becoming a hub of agricultural entrepreneurship and activity. Modern agriculture is being transformed by a confluence of advancing technologies. As a result, record-breaking investments in the sector are supporting new ventures. This year’s 2019 AgTech Summit will include panels and discussions about the landscape of AgTech Investment, the future of digital agriculture featuring collaborations between startups and large corporations and much more.

    Check out the schedule of events and register today!

  • Agriculture Technology Innovation Summit - registration open!

    Registration is now open for the 4th AgTech Summit, March 5-6 at the Research Park. Champaign-Urbana is one of the premier AgTech hubs in the nation, and we are uniquely positioned to bring together entrepreneurs, investors, academics, and industry for learning, networking and advancing this sector. 

  • Amazon Alexa Microgrant Program

    Application Deadline: March 3, 2019

    Are you interested in enhancing your own project using Alexa-enabled products, or prototyping for Alexa-enabled products? The Technology Entrepreneur Center will award a limited number of microgrants worth up to $1000 of acoustic test equipment and Alexa development kits for Illinois students to use on their projects.

  • Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Fellowship in Legal Humanities

    The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities presents this opportunity to apply for the position of Mellon Faculty Fellow. 

    The IPRH-Mellon Faculty Fellow will serve as the director for the IPRH-Mellon Legal Humanities Research Group, beginning with his or her appointment in spring 2019, and concluding in the 2022–23 academic year. The Faculty Fellow will serve as the primary supervisor for the research group and will report directly to the PI (Antoinette Burton) on all activities pertaining to and funded by the grant.

    Please note that this is an internal fellowship, open only to current University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign tenured professors who possess a Ph.D. in a humanities discipline.

  • A Powerful Supercomputer is Helping Scientists to Understand Epilepsy

    Epilepsy is the fourth most common human neurological disorder in the world — a disorder characterized by recurrent, unprovoked seizures. According to the Centers for Disease Control, a record number of people in the United States have epilepsy: 3.4 million total, including nearly half a million children. At this time, there’s no known cause or cure, but with the help of NCSA’s Blue Waters supercomputer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, researchers like Ivan Soltesz are making progress.


  • Apply for the Data Purchasing Program at the University Library

    The University Library is soliciting applications from faculty, academic professionals, and graduate students who need to purchase numeric, spatial, or textual data for their research. Through the Data Purchase Program, funds will be awarded for such data purchases, with a maximum award of $5,000. The application deadline for first consideration is May 28, 2018.

    Visit for more details, including a link to the online application.

  • Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing Registration Extended

    Designed to train the next generation of supercomputer users, the Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing (ATPESC) is scheduled for its sixth year in the Chicago area from July 29 - August 10. Deadline extended to March 15.

  • Artificial photosynthesis transforms carbon dioxide into liquefiable fuels

    Chemists at the University of Illinois have successfully produced fuels using water, carbon dioxide, and visible light through artificial photosynthesis. By converting carbon dioxide into more complex molecules like propane, green energy technology is now one step closer to using excess carbon dioxide to store solar energy – in the form of chemical bonds – for use when the sun is not shining and in times of peak demand.

  • Attend the inaugural Industry Data Science Summit

    Learn about cutting-edge data science research happening at Illinois. The summit will take place on May 1-2 at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and will cover topics such as Data Governance, Data Security, Privacy, and Trust, Data Driven Architecture and Management, Data Analytics and Industry-University of Illinois Collaborations in Data Science. Register with the link above.

  • Attend the XSEDE HPC Workshop

    XSEDE along with the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center are pleased to announce a one-day OpenMP workshopTuesday, January 9. This workshop is intended to give C and Fortran programmers a hands-on introduction to OpenMP programming. Attendees will leave with a working knowledge of how to write scalable codes using OpenMP. This event will be presented using the Wide Area Classroom (WAC) training platform.

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  • Attend XSEDE's HPC Training Sessions to expand your knowledge of Big Data!

    We would like to call your attention to upcoming events being held at NCSA:

    March 6 - GPU Programming Using OpenACC

    Throughout the year, the Blue Waters and Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) projects, led by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), support a variety of interdisciplinary training sessions, workshops and webinars to assist researchers in expanding their computational and data analytics knowledge and providing skills to advance their research.

    The training sessions are offered as hands-on workshops that provide a convenient way for researchers to learn about the latest techniques and technologies of current interest in high performance computing (HPC). 

    Registration is free and required. The sessions are scheduled for 10 AM until 4 PM Central Time in Room 1030 of the NCSA building at 1205 W. Clark St. in Urbana. RSVP on Facebook to receive regular updates.

    If you need assistance finding relevant training sessions, contact us and we’ll work with you to help address your needs – 

    The Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) is a single virtual system that scientists can use to interactively share computing resources, data and expertise. People around the world use these resources and services — things like supercomputers, collections of data and new tools — to improve our planet. XSEDE is supported by the National Science Foundation.

  • AWS Now Bills EC2 and Block Volumes By The Second

    Amazon Web Services has announced new per-second billing for EC2 and block volumes.

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  • Beckman Institute receives animal MRI

    Eighteen University of Illinois colleges, departments, and schools, along with a generous gift from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, are funding the purchase of a Bruker 9.4 Tesla preclinical animal MRI system.

  • Black Holes and the Music of the Spheres

    Dr. Eliu Huerta Escudero and his team are extending our understanding of gravitational wave astronomy by developing new tools that detect and characterize wave sources in dense stellar environments.

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  • Black hole simulation solves a mystery about their accretion disks

    Scientists conducted the most detailed simulations of a black hole to date using a custom code and the GPUs on Blue Waters. A number of theoretical predictions regarding accretion disks have finally been validated.

  • Blue Waters and XSEDE User Charles Gammie Contributes to M87 Black Hole Image

    Thanks in part to the power of the Blue Waters supercomputer and the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), both headquartered at NCSA and supported by the National Science Foundation, a massive research collaboration was able to capture a picture of a black hole for the first time ever.

  • Blue Waters Makes Tornado Come To Life

    Tornados are more common in the U.S. than anywhere else in the world. But to really understand these intense wind funnels of destruction, you need lots and lots of data. That's what scientist Leigh Orf with the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison is working on, with the help of one very important tool—a massive supercomputer.


  • Blue Waters User Claire Porter Wins NOAA David Johnson Award for ArcticDEM Research

    Blue Waters researcher Claire Porter received the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) David Johnson Award for her work as project manager and lead developer of the ArcticDEM project. This award is given to young professionals who “developed an innovative application of Earth observation satellite data that is, or could be, used for operational purposes to assess and/or predict atmospheric, oceanic, or terrestrial conditions.” Porter and the ArcticDEM team use stereoscopic images from satellite data leveraging the high-resolution images with the Blue Waters supercomputer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) to create digital elevation models (DEMs) to map the Arctic, the Antarctic, and soon, the entire world.

  • Box Community Summit June 27-28

    Universities from around the country will be gathering together to share ideas, concerns, and best practices. Learn how others are using Box on their campuses and how they address challenges they face.

  • Breakfast meeting on undergraduate data science education - 9/5

    A breakfast on undergraduate data science education on Wednesday September 5 from 8:30 to 10:30, Rm 314, Illini Union. Hear about an initiative for a broadly accessible introductory course on data science as an on-ramp to other educational opportunities on campus. The goal is that every Illinois undergraduate should have the opportunity to have a meaningful exposure to data science. RSVP by 8/29.

  • Bringing Cloud Computing to Data Analytics

    “Research has shown that evidence-based decision making has greater returns than gut instinct based,” said Business Administration Associate Professor Ramanath Subramanyam, who teaches data analytics courses in the Gies Business MBA program.

  • Call for Proposals: iConference 2020

    The Call for Proposals is now open for iConference 2020 in Borås, Sweden. The theme is Sustainable Digital Communities and there is a great deal of flexibility in presentation formats, from full papers, to workshops to colloquia. Submission deadlines vary by track, beginning September 16.

  • Call for Proposals now open for the Women Advance IT Conference

    "Women Advance IT" is an IT leadership conference that will be held at the Nebraska Innovation Campus, 2021 Transformation Dr, Lincoln, NE 68508 on November 5-6, 2019. This two-day conference is open to the public. The final day of registration is October 29, 2019.This year's conference theme is, "Disruption." We want to hear about programs that encourage inclusiveness and continued education in improving diversity and inclusion, growing future leaders and adding more women in IT. This year's Emerging Tech track will focus on STEM, we encourage students to submit proposals on their research projects.  

  • Call for Proposals: SBSRI Small Grant Program

    The Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Initiative, with support from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research both directly and via the Campus Research Board, requests proposals for its 2018 Small Grant Program. This program brings together interdisciplinary research teams to develop projects that show promise for external funding. Applications will be accepted until April 28, 2018.

  • Campus Champion Publishes CURE Paper

    For the past three years, several course-based undergraduate research experiences, called CUREs, have been led by Campus Champion and Assistant Professor of Inorganic Chemistry Chantal Stieber at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona). Stieber has served as a Campus Champion since 2016, a program which was founded by XSEDE with the intent to help researcher, educators, and scholars use advanced digital capabilities to improve and accelerate their achievements. Stieber recently teamed with Cal Poly Pomona graduate student Erica Hummel to publish their CURE study findings in the Journal of Computational Science Education. 

  • Cancer Center at Illinois Seed Funding Call for Proposals

    The Cancer Center at Illinois (CCIL) was founded to build campus capacity in cancer research. The CCIL Seed Funding Program provides support for Illinois cancer research teams to develop new ideas and innovative approaches bridging the engineering–biology continuum. The expected outcome of this seed grant program is a fundable interdisciplinary research proposal. The CCIL anticipates funding two or three interdisciplinary research proposals during the 2018-2019 cycle.

  • Cancer Research Advocacy Day - Registration open

    Composed of individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer or have a strong personal connection to it, the Cancer Research Advocacy Group (CRAG) represent and share insights and experiences of cancer survivors. CRAG's Research Advocacy Day at the I-Hotel and Conference Center will promote interactions between cancer survivors, researchers, and clinicians and honor those who have been impacted by the disease. Register to present or find more information.

  • Can you imagine: Helping Research Reach New Heights with AI

    Whether it be with Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) like those in our Blue Waters supercomputer, or Field-programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs), Kindratenko’s research has focused on pushing the limits of computational research, allowing high-performance computing architectures to be optimized to tackle unique and intensive challenges with great efficiency.

  • Can You Imagine: Shaping the future of finance with HPC

    NCSA Faculty Fellow and Assistant Professor at the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois, Mao Ye’s research lies at the intersection of big data, high-performance computing and the economics, and finance realm. Using computing resources, Ye tackles large amounts of data currently being collected by companies and finance institutions. “The high-performance computing is more like a tool,” he said, “because we are basically doing big data research.”

  • Can you imagine: Supporting data infrastructure with software?

    Data, as well as the software used in the creation and usage of data, are now a major part of scientific research and education, to the point where many groups are pushing for them to be on par with paper publications with regards to dissemination as well as reproducibility. The preservation, sharing, and use of these digital products, however, is far from trivial, with many conceptual, technical, and social complexities that are now being addressed in fields such as computer science, information science, and the evolving cross-disciplinary field of data science.

    Deputy Director of Scientific Software & Applications at NCSA, Kenton McHenry has worked with scientific communities for over 10 years across biology, geoscience, and engineering to develop a service that would mutually support a need at the intersection of all of these communities with regards to utilizing data, specifically data transformations. As a principal investigator of the NSF-funded Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation (CSSI) - Clowder, McHenry and his team explore tools around the notion of active curation in support scientific data sharing, management, and reuse.

    Active curation addresses the need for curation around scientific data, such as annotating data with metadata describing it, in order to make it discoverable and usable by others. Specifically, active curation distributes the curation process throughout the lifecycle of the data, leveraging analysis/machine learning to automate a good portion of the process. The Clowder framework provides an open source Dropbox-like capability that allows data to be shared as easily as within Dropbox, but further supports the active curation and exploration of data so that data can be more easily published in community data archives at a later time. This effort further addresses the sustainability of scientific tools such as Clowder, exploring potential service models and brings together a very diverse community made up of academic, education, industrial, and international partners all requiring similar capabilities.


    The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign provides supercomputing and advanced digital resources for the nation's science enterprise. At NCSA, University of Illinois faculty, staff, students, and collaborators from around the globe use advanced digital resources to address research grand challenges for the benefit of science and society. NCSA has been advancing one third of the Fortune 50® for more than 30 years by bringing industry, researchers, and students together to solve grand challenges at rapid speed and scale.

  • Can You Imagine: Visualizing Biomedical Breakthroughs in Data?

    "Making sense of complex biological data is the daily routine for the VI-Bio group at NCSA. Whether it be investigating the role of certain dietary interventions in the human microbiome, working to improve risk prediction in breast cancer, or even developing an app to connect cancer patients and caregivers, VI-Bio is constantly working to make data more accessible, culminating in visual analytic tools for studying genomic and related data.

    What's not routine about this work, however, are the outcomes..."