National Institute for Computational Sciences News

Virtual School of Computational Science and Engineering Offers Summer Classes

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.

Supercomputer Research to Revolutionize Tornado Prediction

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.

Research Group at NICS Tackling Turbulence Puzzle

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.

Supercomputer Research Investigates Roles of Proteins in Disease

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.

New York Times: A Laboratory Grows Young Scientists

UT and its supercomputer, Kraken, were mentioned in the New York Times profiling high school-aged scientists competing in the nationwide Intel Science Talent Search. One of the teens was 17-year-old Mayuri Sridhar who “carries a SecurID device, which allows her to connect her laptop with Kraken, a supercomputer at the University of Tennessee that can

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Supercomputer Research Enhances Energy Model Accuracy

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.

Supercomputer Research Follows Early Greening in Yellowstone

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.

Students Explore Artistic Video Vision in New NICS Class

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.

NICS’s RDAV Makes Improvements for Species Distribution Research

The Remote Data Analysis and Visualization Center at UT’s National Institute for Computational Sciences has enhanced the web interface to a system that allows researchers to interact with sophisticated data about locations and relationships of life species across geographical areas. The improvements were built out of a pilot study project involving species distribution modeling in the Great Smoky Mountains National.

UT’s Nautilus Supercomputer Upgraded

Nautilus, the supercomputer at the heart of UT’s Remote Data Analysis and Visualization Center, has recently been upgraded. Researchers all over the United States use the supercomputer for visualizing and analyzing data sets in ways that are not possible on smaller systems.