Supercomputer News

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.

Supercomputer Research Helps Understand Planet-forming Gases

Many newly formed stars are surrounded by what are called protoplanetary disks, swirling masses of warm dust and gas that may potentially become celestial bodies such as planets and asteroids. Researchers are using the supercomputing power of Kraken to understand how these gases make this transformation.

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.

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.

UT’s Beacon Named Greenest Supercomputer

UT’s supercomputer, Beacon, may not be the fastest but it is the greenest. It was listed at the top of the Green500 which ranks the most energy-efficient supercomputers in the world.

WSJ: Supercomputer Ranking Offers Clues About Chips, China

Jack Dongarra, distinguished professor in the electrical engineering and computer science department, was written about in the Wall Street Journal. Dongarra’s Top500 list which ranks the world’s fastest supercomputers was released this week listing Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Titan at the top.

Professor Releases Supercomputer TOP500 Rankings

It’s official. UT researchers have access to the world’s fastest supercomputer enabling them to tackle the world’s toughest challenges. The “TOP500” list ranking the world’s fastest supercomputers was released today, listing Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s massive new system, named Titan, as the fastest computer. The list is published twice yearly by a collaboration between Jack Dongarra, distinguished professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and colleagues at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of Mannheim.

Washington Post: Oak Ridge and NVIDIA unveil Titan supercomputer

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory unveiled their new flagship computer, Titan, on Monday. The Department also announced its latest round of Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment award recipients. Titan is ten times more powerful than its predecessor, Jaguar, with a theoretical peak performance of twenty petaflops, or 20,000 trillion calculations per second.