National Institute for Computational Sciences News

Using HPC to explore competitive balance

International Science Grid This Week , an international science publication, touted the Nautilus supercomputer, managed by National Institute for Computational Sciences, and other Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) resources used in research focused on competition in the financial and insurance industries. The researchers are using the supercomputing resources to consider information frictions which are

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XSEDE Powers Research into Healthcare Contract Economics

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Inside HPC featured research happening at the National Institute for Computational Sciences. The researchers are using NICS supercomputing resources to study the complex economics of industrial organization and contract theory. While these two fields have largely been considered separately, the researchers are investigating these forces and their effect on quality of service in healthcare.

Kraken Refining Earthquake Models

Californian and Swiss researchers have been using the Kraken supercomputer to model what would happen if a major earthquake hit the southern portion of the San Andreas Fault. The entire fault extends more than 800 miles, from San Francisco to Southern California. What makes these researchers’ work different from previous studies is that they’ve factored in “nonlinear behavior of rocks”—a phenomenon that could reduce the velocity of ground motion predicted by previous computer models.

Supercomputer Research Sheds Light on the Death of Stars

Supernovae exhibit the most-energetic explosions, dispersing elements that make life possible into the universe. However, the energy source for the violent death of these massive stars is not known. Researchers using UT’s Kraken supercomputer have created three-dimensional simulations that have made great strides in uncovering the source.

Researchers Use Kraken to Understand Weather and Climate

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Severe weather raises questions about the phenomena that cause it. The answer to all questions is atmospheric conditions. The atmosphere consists of varying layers of gases or fluid structures. Researchers at the National Institute for Computational Sciences are using the supercomputing power of UT’s Kraken to model how the structures interact to help prepare accurate weather forecasts and climate predictions.

UT Team Heads to Supercomputing Competition

A team of four UT students along with a student from Hardin Valley Academy and Oak Ridge High School are heading to Denver to compete in the SC!13’s international student supercomputing cluster competition. The competition is designed to introduce the next generation of students to the high powered computing community.

Supercomputer Work Makes Stride in Biofuels Research

Cellulase enzymes found in nature from sources such as wood-degrading fungi or in cows’ stomach compartments form one of the key catalysts for breaking down plant biomass to make biofuels. But, they remain quite expensive. Compute allocations from the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) have made a breakthrough possible that could have big cost implications.