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Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (ACI) Discoveries

NSF's public investment in science, engineering, education and technology helps to create knowledge and sustain prosperity. Read here about the Internet, microbursts, Web browsers, extrasolar planets, and more... a panoply of discoveries and innovations that began with NSF support.

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chart comparing SCEC simulations to observations from the 2008 Chino Hills earthquake. Los Angeles basin jiggles like big bowl of jelly in cutting-edge simulations
Computing power helps the Southern California Earthquake Center gain new insights about earthquakes
Released  August 20, 2015
visualization Science, faithfully rendered
NSF-supported ray tracing software lets researchers visualize science with greater fidelity
Released  August 7, 2015
interactive Tree of Trust diagram Cyber-defense and forensic tool turns 20
NSF-supported Bro cybersecurity software helps protect largest, most critical networks from attack
Released  August 4, 2015
visualization showing solar plasma Interacting with Earth's magnetic field Computational science and data visualization take the spotlight in new documentary
'Solar Superstorms' dome show highlights cutting edge research
Released  June 30, 2015
images generated using data from a particle-in-cell simulation Smaller and cheaper particle accelerators?
Scientists developing technology that could expand use for medicine, national security, materials science, industry and high energy physics research
Released  April 21, 2015
wheat plants Developing infrastructure for data sharing around the world
NSF-supported organization coordinates US participation in global data-sharing and infrastructure-building effort
Released  March 9, 2015
Visualizations of future nano-transistors From massive supercomputers come tiniest transistors
Purdue researchers use Blue Waters supercomputer to design the building blocks of future nano-computing technologies
Released  March 3, 2015
Microscopic image of senile plaques seen in the cerebral cortex of a person with Alzheimer's Uncovering Alzheimer's complex genetic networks
Researchers from the Mayo Clinic use NSF-supported Blue Waters supercomputer to understand gene expression in the brain
Released  February 3, 2015
LIGO advanced TACC Science powerhouses unite to help search for gravitational waves
Texas Advanced Computing Center and the Laser Interferometer Gravitation Observatory collaborate to develop data workflow for next-generation experiment
Released  December 5, 2014
image of numerically simulated three-dimensional and isotropic fluid turbulence. SciServer: Big Data infrastructure for science
Research team from Johns Hopkins extends tools from Sloan Digital Sky Survey to new scientific communities
Released  December 4, 2014
visualizations of data from a simulation of plasma turbulence in Earth's ionosphere A deep dive into plasma
Renowned physicist uses NSF-supported supercomputer and visualization resources to gain insight into plasma dynamic
Released  November 20, 2014
Crops growing in an Egyptian oasis, with the Pyramids of Giza in the background. Geospatial data project puts major issues on the map
Powerful Web-based system let users worldwide predict damaging floods and potential effects of climate change
Released  October 8, 2014
illustration of the brown dog search engine workflow Brown Dog: A search engine for the other 99 percent (of data)
Illinois-led team develops tools to search the unstructured Web
Released  October 6, 2014
Visualization of a rotating and highly magnetized progenitor star Everything is better in 3-D
Supercomputer-powered supernova simulations shed light on distant explosions
Released  July 2, 2014
iluustration showing a map of links between the genes of the mustard plant Arabidopsis thaliana "Bottom-up" proteomics
NSF-funded supercomputer helps researchers interpret genomes
Released  July 1, 2014
Illustration of the T. aurantiacus LPMO (gray) with cellulose Converting biomass to fuels
Researchers use NSF-supported Stampede supercomputer to improve catalysts for conversion
Released  June 30, 2014
illustration showing air pushed through vocal folds causing them to vibrate The aeroacoustics of jets
Simulations helps scientists understand and control turbulence in humans and machines
Released  June 27, 2014
image of protein strcuture and text photo gallery Computing a cure for HIV
Nine ways NSF-supported supercomputers help scientists understand and treat the disease
Released  June 26, 2014
Dynamic simulation of the structural evolution of hard spheres representing a colloidal gel Helping ideas gel
NSF-supported Stampede supercomputer powers innovations in materials science
Released  June 26, 2014
snapshot from the Penn State University real-time hurricane analysis Today's forecast: Better forecasts
Stampede supercomputer helps researchers design and test improved hurricane forecasting system
Released  June 25, 2014
two stages in the temporal evolution of synthetic DNA nanostructures  imaged through Stampede Blueprint for the affordable genome
Stampede supercomputer powers innovations in DNA sequencing technologies
Released  June 23, 2014
 3-D GRMHD simulation of a differentially rotating and highly magnetized progenitor to a supernova A high-performance first year for Stampede
NSF-funded supercomputer enables discoveries throughout science and engineering
Released  June 19, 2014
An illustration of multilayer graphene supported on an amorphous SiO2 substrate. Making graphene work for real-world devices
Fundamental research in phonon scattering helps researchers design graphene materials for applications
Released  April 24, 2014
montage of images shows the evolution of a white dwarf star Cosmic slurp
Georgia Tech researchers use supercomputers to understand and predict signs of black holes swallowing stars
Released  April 14, 2014
Animation from supercomputer data showing the inner zone of the accretion disk of a black hole Let there be light
Simulations on NSF-supported supercomputer re-create X-rays emerging from the neighborhood of black holes
Released  February 18, 2014
Illustration of simulations of a free energy perturbation study of phosphate hydrolysis in water Computational science takes the Nobel stage
2013 Nobel Prize winners in chemistry continue to develop important high performance computing methods
Released  February 11, 2014
simulation showing hydrodynamic instability of dark matter Heavy metal in the early cosmos
Simulations shed light on the formation and explosion of stars in the earliest galaxies
Released  January 22, 2014
Map of Antarctica Advances in Computational Research Transform Scientific Process and Discovery
NSF-supported supercomputers enhance union between technology and the human mind
Released  March 25, 2013
Photo of the dig site at Chersonesos, a Greek colony on the Crimean peninsula. Digitizing the Past to Protect and Preserve History
Using supercomputers to help protect and preserve ancient sites and artifacts
Released  August 14, 2012
A cellulose-digesting enzyme from a fungus. Making Nature's Best Better to Produce Biofuels
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory uses supercomputer simulations to explore designer enzymes for renewable fuels
Released  January 31, 2012

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