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Last modified: Monday, November 17, 2008

IU cyberinfrastructure, life sciences and digital arts and humanities showcased at annual supercomputing conference

November 17, 2008

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Information technology leaders and experts from around the world will learn the vital role Indiana University's advanced cyberinfrastructure plays in scholarly innovation, creative activity and research during the SC08 supercomputing conference, the premier U.S. event in the field of supercomputing, being held this week in Austin, Texas.

The exhibit, "Foundations for Innovation: Gateways to Insight," will showcase IU's activities in national grids and cyberinfrastructure activities, research technologies in support of the life sciences, and projects related to digital libraries, arts and humanities.

"Indiana University celebrates and values its rich and glorious tradition in the arts and humanities as well as its accomplishments and leadership in advanced information technologies and cyberinfrastructure," said IU Associate Dean for Research Technologies Craig Stewart. "Our SC08 exhibit honors the nexus of these institutional fortes."

As a nod to Austin's designation as the "Live Music Capital of the World," IU technologists, artists and musicians will take center stage during tonight's opening night gala, with performances by:

  • Scott Deal -- percussionist, composer and professor of music at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis -- will perform his telematic piece Coccoliths, accompanied by a visually rich environment created by students and faculty in fine arts that is controlled across a high-speed network.
  • Margaret Dolinsky -- painter, digital artist, and associate professor of fine arts at IU Bloomington -- will premiere her new Emotive Portraits installation where computational image analysis allows viewers to become part of the visual composition.
  • Steve Simms, technologist and visual mixologist, and Don Malone, musical composer, will present their cyclical digital collaboration of music and visuals titled Whorl -- An Interactive Intermedia Pastiche.

Visitors can also learn about the IU supercomputers, Big Red and Quarry, and the new state-of-the-art Data Center nearing completion on the IU Bloomington campus.

"IU's supercomputing efforts are a foundation for innovation providing the power, tools, expertise and the facilities to support novel research, creative activity, and scholarly excellence," said Stewart. "These tools, in conjunction with an environment of collaboration supported at the highest levels of the university, provide the gateways for insight that lay the groundwork for future advances."

Other presentations include overviews of IU's innovations and contributions in the life sciences, polar and meteorological research, and open grid computing environments. For more details on the Indiana University exhibit, and to view the complete schedule of speakers, visit