The National Science Foundation’s “News from the Field” and Inside HPC featured work done at then National Institute for Computational Sciences. The work is looking into using cellulase enzymes in the biomass in industrial processes to make biofuels. To read the full story, visit NSF’s website and Inside HPC‘s website.
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.
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.
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.