Tiny, wood-boring marine crustaceans with a funny name and a penchant for collectively attacking piers and dining on driftwood, ships, boats, and docks have made a big splash in the science news media lately. These creatures, called Gribbles, have as their recent claim to fame a novel biomass-degrading enzyme in their guts that is of keen interest to the biofuels research and engineering communities.
National Institute for Computational Sciences News
Using supercomputing resources provided by the National Institute for Computational Sciences, a research team has made discoveries using computer modeling and simulations that have overturned longstanding, widely held beliefs about black holes.
Graduate students, post-docs and professionals from academia, government and industry are invited to enroll in two summer school courses offered by the Virtual School of Computational Science and Engineering and presented at the University of Tennessee Knoxville and other sites across the country during July and August.
During peak tornado season, researchers using supercomputers at the National Institute for Computational Sciences are working to revolutionize the ability to anticipate tornadoes by explaining why some storms generate tornadoes and others don’t. They are also developing advanced techniques for analyzing data to discover how the twisters move in both space and time.
Smoke flowing out of a chimney, the wind moving between the leaves and branches of trees, massive clouds moving in the atmosphere—turbulence is everywhere. However, it has remained one of the biggest puzzles in classical physics. A research group is using supercomputing power at the National Institute for Computation Sciences to solve the puzzle and tackle turbulent flow problems.
Proteins can play either pernicious or positive roles in the dynamics of disease. Some proteins that anchor to cell membranes promote the development of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), while some proteins thwart the growth of cancer, for example.
UT and its supercomputer, Kraken, were mentioned in the New York Times profiling high school-aged scientists competing in the nationwide
Imagine a world in which an energy model can attain cost savings, security, and sustainability in our buildings. It is the goal of Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers working on a project using UT’s Nautilus supercomputer. Called the Autotune methodology, the project is playing an important role in placing the bargain of energy efficiency within reach for more commercial and residential buildings. Current energy model exist but lack accuracy.
Research conducted using UT’s supercomputer, Nautilus, is uncovering the effects of expedited vegetation green-up in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem catalyzed by a warmer planet. Nautilus is managed by the National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS) with resources and support provided by the Remote Data Analysis and Visualization Center of the institute.
A group of UT students put the use of aesthetics and artistic flair to the test in delivering scientific messages as part of a pilot project class. The students developed videos about the work of researchers associated with the National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS) through the guidance from Art Professor Norman Magden and NICS communicator Christal Yost. To read more about the class, visit NICS website.