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in East Tennessee,
is nestled in the foothills of the
Great Smoky Mountains, amongst shimmering blue lakes and rolling green
valleys. East Tennessee offers vacationers a rich array of
recreational activities. Mild weather assures visitors
many delightful and memorable adventures in hiking, backpacking, bicycling,
whitewater rafting, boating, fishing, and swimming.
Knoxville hosts the flagship
campus of the University of Tennessee (UT). Housed within UT is the Joint
Institute for Computational Science (JICS). JICS was established by
The Science Alliance, a Center of Excellence in Tennessee, as a
consortium among UT, ORNL, and other participating academic
institutions within Tennessee, and delegated the task of facilitating
high-performance computing research.
Located nearby is the historic city of Oak Ridge,
home to Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Computer Science and Mathematics
Division is located outside the fence at ORNL, overlooking the Swan
Few areas in the country can boast such
a concentration of scientific
personnel and technical resources. Because of the proximity between UT
and ORNL, a wealth of scientific research collaborations abound.
Knoxvillians and visitors alike savor an enchanting assortment of
cultural diversions---the Knoxville Museum
of Art, bluegrass and jazz musicians,
ballroom, swing, and country/western dances, riverboat excursions, and
fine dining coupled with the warm hospitality of the South.