Volume 1, Issue 12, December 16, 2014
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Researchers Hit Milestone in
Accelerating Particles with Plasma

Computer simulation Researchers from UCLA and the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have shown that a promising technique for accelerating electrons on waves of plasma is efficient enough to power a new generation of shorter, more economical accelerators. This could greatly expand their use in areas such as medicine, national security, industry and high-energy physics research.

This achievement is a milestone in demonstrating the practicality of plasma wakefield acceleration, a technique in which electrons gain energy by essentially surfing on a wave of electrons within an ionized gas. Read the full story.

News & Publications

UCLA Plasma Simulation Group Nabs Cover of Nature Magazine

The UCLA Plasma Simulation Group's simulation of a high-efficiency plasma wakefield accelerator is on the cover of Nature magazine's November 6, 2014 edition. The group, led by Professor Warren Mori, does pioneering work in high-performance computing of complex plasma phenomena. To learn more about the cover, please click here


Three UCLA Research Teams Awarded Over 200 Million Hours of Supercomputer Time through DOE INCITE Program

Three UCLA research teams have been awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy a combined 283 million core hours of computing time on the Mira supercomputer at Argonne National Laboratory, one of the world's fastest supercomputers.  

Center for Accelerated Application Readiness: Call for Proposals

The Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) is now accepting proposals for Center for Accelerated Application Readiness (CAAR) partnership projects. The CAAR will establish eight partnership teams to prepare computational science or engineering applications for highly effective use on the OLCF system to be named Summit that will become available to users at the OLCF in 2018. Proposals for CAAR partnerships are due February 20, 2015 and should be sent electronically to Please see this page for the requirements for proposal elements. 

Feedback Requested: National Academy of Science Report on the Future of NSF Advanced Computing

At NSF’s request, the National Research Council published an interim report on the Future of NSF Advanced Computing for Science and Engineering. The interim report is available online and public comment is requested by Jan 31, 2015. Both the report and the public feedback form are available here. XSEDE encourages its user community to contribute to this important discussion.

CADENS: Call for Participation supported by the NSF

The National Science Foundation is supporting a data visualization outreach project: the Centrality of Advanced Digitally Enabled Science (CADENS). If your research generates, analyzes and/or visualizes data and you would like to reach millions of people with your findings, please submit to the CADENS Call for Participation.  

Bruin Tech-a-Thon Presentations Available Online

Presentations from the 2014 Bruin Tech-a-thon are now available online on Please visit the BruinTech website to see presentations on a wide variety of current IT projects, issues, strategies and techniques. 

IDRE-related Lectures, Seminars & Colloquia


IS Colloquium: Michael Buckland "Discussion: Future of Information Studies"

January 15, 2015 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm in GSE&IS Room 111. 

IDRE-related Workshops & Events

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Symmetry and Topology in Quantum Matter

This interdisciplinary workshop will bring together theoretical physicists and mathematicians to discuss symmetric topological phases and TQFTs, with a goal of forging productive new interactions between these communities. January 26-30, 2015 at IPAM.

Grant & Funding Opportunities

Open Funding Opportunities
Google Doc highlighting open grant and funding opportunities applicable to the IDRE community.
Archived Funding Opportunities
Google Doc of archived grant and funding opportunities applicable to the IDRE community.
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