An international team of researchers used resources at UT’s National Institute for Computational Sciences to develop components that would serve as the basis for “Illustris,” the most ambitious simulation of galaxy formation ever done. Illustris allows one to journey back and see in high detail our universe twelve million years after the Big Bang and then watch the cosmos evolve over a period of 13.8 billion years.
Using the Darter supercomputer at UT’s National Institute of Computational Sciences, a team of researchers is modeling the biophysics of red blood cells to understand their behavior in the spleen, with the aim of finding cures to diseases.
Some very computer-savvy UT and area high school students are training with UT faculty mentors for the Student Cluster Competition, which is part of the SC14 conference, the world’s largest high-performance computing event.
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.
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.
Jacek Jakowski, a computational scientist at the National Institute for Computational Sciences, was interviewed on an HPCWire podcast about a
Research being done on the supercomputer Kraken holds promise for overcoming limitations in the study of energy and materials applications. The method employs quantum mechanics to understand how nuclear effects change the dynamics of microscopic-size materials.
The National Science Foundation’s “News from the Field” and Inside HPC featured work done at then National Institute for Computational
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.
Researchers using the supercomputing resources at the National Institute for Computational Sciences are investigating a way to recommend sources for users at university libraries. The result would be similar to the “recommender system” at Amazon.com which prioritizes descriptive information based on social behavior.