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Video: TACC’s Ranger Simulation Shows Event Horizon


Researchers are using TACC supercomputers to study the role of black holes in shaping the cosmos.

Video: The Cardioid Project – Simulating the Human Heart


Here’s one to get your kids into supercomputing. In this video, David Richards from LLNL and Tracy High School Teacher Erin McKay discuss how researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are using supercomputers to simulate how the heart reacts to drugs.

Insight into the Physics of Turbulence in Real and Canonical Flows


Ramesh Balakrishnan from Argonne presented this talk at the Stanford HPC Conference. “The main scientific challenge in fluid dynamics remains that of gaining better insight into the physics of turbulence and its role in the transfer of momentum, heat, and mass in engineering applications which include the aerodynamics of high lift devices, chemically reacting flows in combustion systems, such as combustors of jet engines, and the aeroacoustics of low and high speed flows.”

Kurzweil: Natural Language is the Key to AI at Google


Over at The Guardian, Carole Cadwalladr writes that Ray Kurzweil is looking to take artificial intelligence to the next level in his role as Director of Engineering at Google. Language is the key, he says of his one-line mission statement: help bring natural language understanding to Google.

Video: Petascale Simulations of Cloud Cavitation Collapse


Babek Hejazialhosseini from ETH presented this talk at the Stanford HPC Conference. “This talk outlines the challenges that hinder the effective solution of complex flows on contemporary supercomputers. It demonstrates several generalizable techniques towards achieving unprecedented performance on both IBM Blue Gene/Q and Cray supercomputers. Simulation of cloud cavitation collapse, a challenging flow problem with a broad range of applications, is presented.”

Maxeler Technologies to Deploy Energy Efficient HPC System at Daresbury


The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and London-based Maxeler Technologies are collaborating in a project funded by the UK Department of Business Innovation and Skills to install the next generation of supercomputing technology in a new facility at the Daresbury Laboratory focusing on energy efficient supercomputing to enable UK industry to have the edge in using a technology designed for the move towards Exascale computing.

PRACE Allocates Millions of Core Hours in 44 Awards

The European PRACE initiative has allocated 44 awards totaling millions of hours of supercomputing time in their 8th Regular Call for Proposals.

Beagle Supercomputer is a Genome Smasher


The Beagle Supercomputer at the University of Chicago can analyze 240 whole genomes in two days.

South African Student Cluster Champs Visit TACC in Austin


For the second time in as many years, TACC welcomed a new ‘cluster’ of students from South Africa to Austin as they prepare for the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) Student Cluster Competition this June.

Gordon Supercomputer Helps Guide New Drug Designs

Single amyloid-beta monomers can pair up to form a variety of dimers that can aggregate into larger peptide rings that reside on cell membranes such as those pictured. This process has been implicated in the development of Alzheimer’s disease.

Researchers at SDSC are using the flash-based Gordon supercomputer in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. By studying peptides using Gordon, the scientists have found new ways to elucidate the creation of the toxic oligomers associated with this devastating illness.