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Researchers’ Release Digital Reconstruction of Roman Emperor’s Villa

An international team of academics is launching the reconstruction of an ancient Roman imperial villa at the Harvard University Center for Hellenic Studies. The site can be viewed online at <http://vwhl.clas.virginia.edu/villa/>. The five-year project used detailed archeological data to create an interactive version of Hadrian’s Villa. Built for the Roman emperor Hadrian, it is among the best-preserved Roman imperial sites. The research team—led by Indiana University professor Bernie Frischer—used academic studies of the site’s buildings and grounds, as well as detailed analysis of them in its digital reconstruction of the 250 acres and more than 30 buildings of the Tivoli, Italy, compound. Users can select a historically accurate avatar to tour the grounds, choosing from among Imperial Court members, Roman senators, soldiers, or slaves. Participants in the project included various academic institutions, museums, and a unit of the Italian Ministry of Culture.(SlashDot)(Indiana University @ Newswise)(University of Virginia)

Indiana University Unveils Supercomputer

The fastest supercomputer owned by an academic institution is now online at Indiana University. uses CPUs and GPUs, and operates at maximum of 1 petaflops. Academics will use IU’s Cray-based Big Red II system in the sciences, medicine, humanities, and fine arts. Indiana firm needing help with tasks such as advanced-product modeling will also be able to work with the machine. The computer has more than 21,000 CPU and GPU processing cores and will use a new high-speed, high-bandwidth disk-storage system. IU says it is an asset that should help attract and retain faculty, particularly those whose work requires advanced data-processing power. Officials say the computing power will, for example, let researchers complete a human-genome analysis—a task that typically takes six months—in eight days. Big Red II replaces the original Big Red, a 28-teraflops computer with 4,100 processing cores that became operational in 2006. (SlashDot)(Network World)(Indiana University)

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