Mira is a red giant star estimated 200-400 light years away in the constellation Cetus. Closer to home, Mira is also a 10 Petaflop supercomputer that is due to arrive at Argonne National Lab during the second half of 2012.
David Bader, director of the Georgia Institute of Technology High Performance Computing Center, calls the Blue Gene/Q “revolutionary.” It’s impossible to watch a star explode in person, but Mira’s supercharged resolution could simulate a supernova “down to the sub-millimeter level,” Bader explains. “We’re talking about simulations even more detailed than the human eye can perceive.” His group will get in line to use Mira soon.
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