Monthly Archives: June 2012

The known and unknown pioneers of modern computing

This topic is perhaps a little outside the normal scope of my blog, but I read a very good article last week in the International Science Grid This Week (ISGTW). The article honored the June birthdays of two computer science … Continue reading

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Creating a Scientific Visualization

Here is a very useful video from the Advanced Visualization Laboratory of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) on the process of creating a scientific visualization, in this case a fly-through movie of a molecular cloud, detailed enough to … Continue reading

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The Public Library of Science: Open Access Journals, and Advice For Scientists

The Public Library of Science (PLoS) is a nonprofit open-access scientific publishing project aimed at creating a library of open access journals and other scientific literature under an open content license.  I learned of this organization the other day from … Continue reading

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An Example of Cloud Computing in Astronomy Education and Training

In a number of previous posts, I have described how cloud computing can be effective in supporting “high-burst” or one-time computing needs. Generally, the cloud is too expensive to support science services on a 24/7 basis. I recently learned of … Continue reading

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