Calit2, SDSC and Jacobs School Team on Cyberinfrastructure News

By Doug Ramsey, 858-822-5825,

San Diego, February 13, 2009  -- Calit2 has teamed with other technology units at UC San Diego to deliver CyberLink, a monthly digest of news and events related to cyberinfrastructure technology, infrastructure and applications on the La Jolla campus.

UC San Diego CyberLink is a monthly digest of news and events related to cyberinfrastructure from the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), and the Jacobs School of Engineering, in collaboration with Administrative Computing & Telecommunications (ACT) and UC San Diego Libraries. 

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Bringing High-Resolution Video to Virtual Reality
Jacobs School and Calit2 computer scientists aim to use virtual-reality environments for high-resolution video conferencing, video surveillance and virtual movie theaters.

Closing the Gap Between High-speed Data Transmission and Processing
UC San Diego engineers have achieved world-record speeds for real-time processing and they say speeds up to one Terabit per second for optical processing are now within reach.

Wireless Upgrade Provides Additional Security and Enhanced Performance Across Campus
ACT is nearing completion of the first phase of a wireless upgrade project to replace old access points and deploy new Wi-Fi encryption – now available in 95% of buildings on the UC San Diego campus.

Supercomputing to Help UC San Diego Researchers Visualize Cultural Patterns
Department of Energy and the National Endowment for the Humanities have awarded 330,000 hours on DOE supercomputers to let visual arts researchers explore the full potential of cultural analytics.

Cyberinfrastructure for Hollywood?
CineGrid, a spinout from Calit2, leverages next-generation cyberinfrastructure to promote higher-resolution movie formats, better sound, and more secure and efficient distribution of blockbusters and other digital media over photonic networks.

UC San Diego Researchers Use Metagene 'Portraits' to Reveal Distinct Stages of Kidney Formation
A multi-disciplinary team uses novel computational methods to perform time-series analyses of global gene expression, to better understand how kidneys form.

Paving the Way for a Mediterranean Archaeology Network Cyberinfrastructure
Calit2 and SDSC experts are developing the planned network to link a Holy Land ‘node' to other major sites around the Mediterranean region.

Tests to Make Buildings Safer
Recent simulated earthquake tests will lead to retrofit schemes that make historic buildings safer. Data from the shake tests were shared with researchers in real time across NSF cyberinfrastructure.

SDSC-led Team Sets Records in Simulating Seismic Wave Propagation Across the Earth
A team led by SDSC researchers has successfully completed record-setting, petascale-level simulations of the earth's inner structure, paving the way for seismologists to model seismic wave propagations at frequencies of just over one second – the same frequencies that occur in nature.

Intelligent Infrastructure for Scientific Discovery
Calit2 director Larry Smarr's month Down Under gives Australian government and academe a new vision for cyberinfrastructure in the 21st century.

“Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" Game Provides Clue to Efficiency of Complex Networks
Results of research by SDSC's Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA) group could help remove bottlenecks from the Internet and biological systems.

Virtual Screening Leads to Real Progress in Drug Design
SDSC Supercomputers Provide Detailed Molecular Simulations to better understand parasites related to African sleeping sickness.

Alums of Pacific Rim Cyberinfrastructure Program Reflect Back to the Future
Five years into UC San Diego's Pacific Rim Experiences for Undergraduates (PRIME) program, alumni of the program assess the value of full-time summer research stints in Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

California, Canada Campuses Combat Greenhouse Gas Emissions with Green IT
UC San Diego and the University of British Columbia sign an MoU to collaborate on developing so-called ‘green cyberinfrastructure' – to improve energy efficiency and reduce IT's greenhouse gas emissions.

Bad Computations from Good Code
If you want to make sure your computer or server is not tricked into malicious behavior, it's not enough to keep bad code out of the system.

San Diego Supercomputer Center and UC San Diego Announce 'Triton Resource'
Three-pronged program to focus on data analysis, storage, and scalable clusters under a partnership between SDSC and UC San Diego.

San Diego Supercomputer Center Dedicates New 'Green' Campus Building
80,000 Square-Foot "Green" Expansion Marks New Era in Cyberinfrastructure Partnerships

California Scientists Demonstrate How to Use Advanced Fiber-Optic Backbone for Research
A two-day CENIC workshop showcased end-to-end advanced scientific applications enabled by CalREN's experimental-developmental and research networks.

Free Software to Track Stolen Laptop while Preserving Privacy
Cryptography researchers created software that uses the Internet as a homing beacon to locate a stolen laptop while at the same time protecting your privacy.

Boosting Network Routing Efficiency
A new algorithm helps answer the question: “What's the best way to get from here to there?” The result promises to significantly boost the efficiency of network routing.


… for these upcoming cyberinfrastructure-connected events and training sessions. All events will be held at UC San Diego (except where noted otherwise).

Feb. 19, 8:30AM-2PM
Research Expo
Cyberinfrastructure is either the subject or a tool that is central to much of the graduate student research presented at this day of information exchange at the Jacobs School of Engineering. Research Expo is designed to foster research collaborations between industry and the Jacobs School and to give employers the opportunity to meet graduate students.
Location: UC San Diego Price Center Ballrooms

Feb. 21, 9AM-10PM
San Diego Science Alliance
Middle-school girls from the San Diego Science Alliance's BeWise program will learn how easy it is to create interactive 2D and 3D animations without any programming. They will learn the same 3D modeling and animation tools used to make big-budget Hollywood films and video games.
Location: Room 279, SDSC

Mar. 14-15, 8:30AM-5PM
RECOMB Satellite Conference on Bioinformatics Education
How can cyberinfrastructure help change the way computational biology is taught at the undergraduate level? This is one question to be discussed at the first conference of its kind on bioinformatics education.

Mar. 23, 26 and 30, 5-7PM
San Diego Science Festival Workshops at SDSC
A series of workshops for high school students will begin with “Mash Up Madness,” focusing on web applications that combine content from multiple sources into a single program, all through the web. This will be followed by a hands-on program exploring environmental science through the use of hand-held sensors and will culminate with a workshop on March 30 that spotlights Flash animation creation with a scientific twist.
Location: SDSC Auditorium

Related Links

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Jacobs School of Engineering