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Video: Panel Discussion on Supercomputing for Aerospace

Panelists (left to right): Jeff Dawson, Bill Gropp, Mark Seager

In this video from the AIAA Aviation Conference 2015, panelists discuss Supercomputing: Roadmap and its Future Role in Aerospace Engineering. “Supercomputing has made significant contributions in aerospace engineering in recent decades, including advances in computational fluid dynamics that has fundamentally altered the way aircraft are designed. And the relentless growth in high-performance computing power holds promise of huge leaps in engine performance and other aerospace technology.”

Video: Highlights of Day 3 at ISC 2015


In this video, attendees discuss highlights from Day 3 of the ISC 2015 conference, including the conference’s industry track, exhibit floor, and vendor parties. The program includes short interviews with Ed Seidel from NCSA, Sverre Jarp from CERN, Horst Simon from LBNL, Jack Dongarra from the University of Tennessee, and Jürgen Kohler from Daimler AG.

Solar Superstorms Documentary Powered by Blue Waters


A new high-resolution science documentary about the dynamics of the Sun will feature data-driven supercomputer visualizations produced by NCSA. Narrated by Benedict Cumberbach, Solar Superstorms debuts June 30 at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum in Baton Rouge before heading out to more than a dozen planetariums and science centers around the world.

Video: Petascale Supercomputing for Space-Based Earth Science

Reed Patrick

“We have made substantial progress towards three transformative contributions: (1) we are the first team to formally link high-resolution astrodynamics design and coordination of space assets with their Earth science impacts within a Petascale “many-objective” global optimization framework, (2) we have successfully completed the largest Monte Carlo simulation experiment for evaluating the required satellite frequencies and coverage to maintain acceptable global forecasts of terrestrial hydrology (especially in poorer countries), and (3) we have evaluated the limitations and vulnerabilities of the full suite of current satellite precipitation missions including the recently approved Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission. This work illustrates the tradeoffs and consequences of a collapse in the current portfolio of rainfall missions.

Ed Seidel Presents: Supercomputing in an Era of Big Data and Big Collaboration


“Supercomputing has reached a level of maturity and capability where many areas of science and engineering are not only advancing rapidly due to computing power, they cannot progress without it. I will illustrate examples from NCSA’s Blue Waters supercomputer, and from major data-intensive projects including the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, and give thoughts on what will be needed going forward.”

Video: From Megaflop to Petaflop and Beyond

Arden L. Bement

“Over the three decades supercomputer throughput rates have increased dramatically from 100s of MFLOPs in 1985 to tens of PFLOPS today, making U.S. universities pre-eminent in the world in computational S&E, which is a tribute to both NSF and Centers’ dedication and leadership. Looking ahead to the impacts of synaptic computing, high-performance computing coupled with data analysis, and cloud computing coupled with the Internet of Things (IOT), the challenges and opportunities in computational S&E in all sectors of U.S. Society is projected to advance dramatically.”

Video: First Galaxies and Quasars in the BlueTides Simulation

Figure 1 from The BlueTides Simulation paper; reproduced with permission; 
z = 8 refers to a redshift of 8 when the universe was a little over 1/2 billion years old.

“BlueTides has successfully used essentially the entire set of XE6 nodes on the Blue Waters. It follows the evolution of 0.7 trillion particles in a large volume of the universe (600 co-moving Mpc on a side) over the first billion years of the universe’s evolution with a dynamic range of 6 (12) orders of magnitude in space (mass). This makes BlueTides by far the largest cosmological hydrodynamic simulation ever run.”

Simulating Geomagnetic Storm Effects on Power Grids


“Using Blue Waters, we are for the first time running highly detailed, global simulations of the Earth-ionosphere waveguide under the effect of a geomagnetic storm. Disturbed ionospheric currents are modeled in a three-dimensional Maxwell’s equations finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) model extending from -400 km to an altitude of 400 km.”

BlueTides on Blue Waters: The First Galaxies

Figure 1 from The BlueTides Simulation paper; reproduced with permission; 
z = 8 refers to a redshift of 8 when the universe was a little over 1/2 billion years old.

“The largest high-redshift cosmological simulation of galaxy formation ever has been recently completed by a group of astrophysicists from the U.S. and the U.K. This tour-de-force simulation was performed on the Blue Waters Cray XE/XK system at NCSA and employed 648,000 cores.”

NCSA’s Merle Giles Publishes New Book on Industrial HPC

Merle Giles

“Industrial Applications of High-Performance Computing: Best Global Practices offers a global overview of HPC for industrial applications, along with a discussion of software challenges, business models, access models (e.g., cloud computing), public-private partnerships, simulation and modeling, visualization, big data analysis, and governmental and industrial influence.”