Astrophysics researcher given access to world’s fastest supercomputer

first_imgProfessor of Astronomy Daniel Eisenstein leads one of nearly two dozen groups who have been granted access to the world’s fastest supercomputer to conduct research.Known as Summit, the massive system is located at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), and is capable of reaching speeds as high as 200 petaflops, or 200 quadrillion operations per second.To understand what that means in terms of computing power, imagine 6.3 billion people making one calculation a second, every second, for an entire year.Eisenstein and his group received 300,000 node hours to put that power to work to create large-scale simulations of the structure of the Universe, which astrophysicists can use to compare current cosmological theories to data that will come from the next generation of galaxy redshift surveys.Among those surveys is the soon-to-begin Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) collaboration, which survey over 30 million galaxies to map the distribution of galaxies over regions billions of light-years across.The maps generated by such surveys, Eisenstein said, show clustering patterns that have grown by the force of gravity from small density fluctuations in the early Universe. The computer-generated simulations can track that process, starting from the fluctuations in different cosmological theories and demonstrated how they lead to the distribution of matter in response to the large-scale gravitational forces.“The award of this computer time is very exciting for us,” Eisenstein said. “We have been developing this code base for nearly a decade, using custom-built local computers to provide the particular mixture of hardware features that we needed to optimize its performance. It turns out that this flagship computer has exactly the feature mix we need and comes at a time well-suited to the schedule of the DESI survey. It’s very gratifying to see this long-term student-based project come to fruition.”last_img read more

Utilizing public relations to promote community service

first_img 52SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Patti Hazlett As Director of Corporate Communications for the Mountain West Credit Union Association, Patti oversees all aspects of public affairs and communications for the Association and member credit unions. She is … Web: Details Every credit union does tremendous work in its community. The efforts are genuine and tied to the mission of credit unions – people helping people. While no credit union engaged in this type of activity is doing it with a goal of self-promotion, there can be some benefit to letting those outside the reach of the credit union know about your work.When credit unions get involved in their community, people benefit. From fundraising to service projects to providing financial education, community members are well served when credit unions are active. For example, a community experiences a natural disaster, such as a fire or a flood. Recovery and relief activities can include a credit union taking donations or coordinating efforts for financial assistance. When those functions are publicized, through media relations and social media promotion, the impact on the fundraising efforts can be strong, increasing the reach and potentially, the amount of money raised to help the community.Another example is when credit unions get involved in efforts to help during things like back to school. Many credit unions are tied to school systems, so it is a natural extension of their mission to help gather school supplies and backpacks for children in their community. When a credit union gets the word out beyond its membership, donations increase, and there is the potential to gain new members. Financial education, a driving principle of a credit union’s purpose, is a strong gateway to the community. When a credit union provides services such as budget planning, financial education and even things like reality fairs – experiencing real-world scenarios like poverty simulations and budgeting for everyday living – it is a way to reach people in the community who may have never heard about a credit union or know what the difference is in having a credit union membership.When a credit union’s community efforts strike a chord with people within that community, a door is opened. There is an opportunity to educate those who may not know what a credit union is, to talk about the benefits of becoming a member of a credit union, to highlight those services within the credit union that could possibly help serve the needs of potential members. Public relations and social media efforts provide simple tools to help get the word out to both your existing membership, as well as others in your community who might resonate with the activity you are promoting. Encouraging members to share your social media posts is a simple way to organically spread the word about your efforts. Working with your Association’s public relations resources can provide you with tools that can get the word out to local media to promote your programs.When credit unions take the time to tell their story, many people benefit.last_img read more

The National Association of Black Journalists South-Florida Chapter to Host ‘Breathing…

first_imgMIAMI, Florida – The South Florida chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ-South Florida) is hosting a Town Hall meeting entitled “Breathing While Black.”This public event precedes NABJ’s Convention and Career Fair, Aug. 7-11 at the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry.  The town hall will be hosted by NBC 6 Anchor Jawan Strader and will be live-streamed on during a special edition of “Voices with Jawan Strader.” The event will take place on Tuesday, August 6, at Florida Memorial University.“We’re proud supporters of NABJ,” said Larry Olevitch, President and General Manager at NBC 6.  “Voices with Jawan Strader gives a platform to South Florida’s diverse community every week, talking about real issues and highlighting true difference makers, so it made perfect sense for us to be partners in bringing this town hall to life.”Confirmed panelists for the event include FIU Police Captain Delrish Moss, Miami Civilian Investigative Panel’s Rodney Jacobs, Jr., BSO Deputies Association President Jeff Bell, activist Phillip Agnew, Dyma Loving and her attorney Justin Moore.“We think it’s important that we have these inclusive conversations impacting the community, particularly, the black community,” said Russell Motley, president of NABJ-South Florida. “We appreciate NBC 6 and NBC 6 Voices for guiding this discussion to help work toward solutions.”Civic and resource organizations will be present at the town hall to offer services and information to attendees. Confirmed participants include; NAMI Miami-Dade, The Urban League of Broward County, OIC of South Florida, NAACP Miami-Dade, Miami Civilian Investigative Panel, Legal Services of Greater Miami, Trayvon Martin Foundation, Broward State Attorney’s Office and Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office.last_img read more

Uefa announces Euro 2020 to be held in 13 cities

first_imgUefa has announced that Euro 2020 will be held in 13 different cities across Europe.Michel Platini held a press conference on Friday which confirmed previous hints he has given that the competition would be held across the continent as opposed to a one country or two neighbouring nations, as every previous edition has.There is a maximum of one venue per nation and there are technical specifications for stadia size which limit entries for each stage of the finals.The 13 countries containing the host cities will not gain automatic qualification into the group stage, but the host nations that do qualify will be spread across the groups in the finals.Each national association will be permitted to submit two bids – one for the standard group stage ‘package’, and one to hold a semi-final/final match.Uefa will decide which cities are to be hosts at Euro 2020 in September 2014, with September 2013 being the expected month for formal confirmation of bids. This new format is not expected to be a long-term direction, however, and the current format that is in place for Euro 2016 in France is expected to be continued for Euro 2024.last_img read more