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Video: Supercomputing the Human Brain at Jülich

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In this video, Prof. Dr. Dirk Pleiter from the Jülich Supercomputing Centre describes how Jülich is creating a 3D model of the human brain. “Jülich Supercomputing Centre, one of the largest research center in Germany, uses Lenovo Enterprise Systems to support research into a wide range of fields including neuroscience, fundamental physics, life sciences, climate change and energy.”

Caterpillar & NCSA Expand Collaboration for Realistic Simulations

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Today Caterpillar Inc. announced it will expand its collaboration with NCSA to develop more realistic simulations that can lead to improved product designs.

GE and Cascade Optimize Gas Turbine Simulation

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Today GE announced a multi-year joint development agreement with Cascade Technologies to improve combustion simulation software. With new visualaztion capabilities, engineers can virtually look inside a gas turbine as it operates and gain a better understanding of the turbulent fluid, chemical and acoustic processes occurring within advanced, low-emissions gas-turbine combustion systems.

Supercomputing the Interior Dynamics of Stars and Giant Exoplanets

Night-side view of magnetic field lines in a simulation of a "hot Jupiter" exoplanet. Simulations like these help researchers better understand the interior dynamics of these planets and learn more about how they may have formed. Magenta indicates magnetic fields with positive polarity, and blue indicates fields with negative polarity. Tamara Rogers, Jess Vriesema, University of Arizona

Over at the NASA Ames Research Center, Michelle Moyer writes that the agency is using supercomputer simulations to explore the interior dynamics of stars and giant exoplanets.

New 3D Seismic Viewer from Fraunhofer

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Today Fraunhofer announced XtreemView, a new scalable 3D viewer for seismic data.

Oakley Cluster Powers Satellite Surface Mapping for Disaster Relief in Nepal

Two university research teams are employing satellite imagery and supercomputers to produce high-resolution images to aid the Nepali earthquake relief effort. This image is a hillshade-rendered Digital Terrain Model image of the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal, created by SETSM software.

Researchers are using supercomputer automated surface mapping technology to help with disaster relief and longer-term stabilization planning efforts related to the recent earthquake in Nepal.

Video: GPUs Power Simulation of the SpaceX Mars Rocket Engine

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“SpaceX is designing a new, methane-fueled engine powerful enough to lift the equipment and personnel needed to colonize Mars. A vital aspect of this effort involves the creation of a multi-physics code to accurately model a running rocket engine. The scale and complexity of turbulent non-premixed combustion has so far made it impractical to simulate, even on today’s largest supercomputers. We present a novel approach using wavelets on GPUs, capable of capturing physics down to the finest turbulent scales.”

Video: 2015 Argonne State of the Lab Address

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“The Argonne Leadership Computing Facility’s (ALCF) mission is to accelerate major scientific discoveries and engineering breakthroughs for humanity by designing and providing world-leading computing facilities in partnership with the computational science community. We help researchers solve some of the world’s largest and most complex problems with our unique combination of supercomputing resources and expertise.”

Video: HPC Transforms Parkinson’s Disease

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“By using high performance visualization systems, researchers at the Scientific Computing and Research Institute are using deep brain stimulation to treat several disabling neurological symptoms—most commonly the debilitating motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, such as tremor, rigidity, stiffness, slowed movement, and walking problems. The procedure reduces patient treatment time from four to five hours to less than 10 minutes. The result for the patient is restored movement and a more normal life.”

SGI Powers Earthquake Research in Japan

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Today SGI announced that the Earthquake and Volcano Information Center of the Earthquake Research Institute (ERI) at the University of Tokyo, has deployed a large-scale parallel computing solution from SGI for leading-edge seismological and volcanological research.