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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 (Drs. Feng, Di-Matteo, Croft, Bird, and Battaglia) 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. They utilized approximately 700 billion particles (!) to represent dark matter and ordinary matter and to create virtual galaxies inside the supercomputer. The authors, who represent Carnegie Mellon University, UC Berkeley, Princeton University, and the University of Sussex, have given their simulation the moniker BlueTides.”

NCSA’s Merle Giles Publishes New Book on Industrial HPC

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“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.”

Celebrating Two Years of Blue Waters Supercomputing at NCSA

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This week NCSA celebrated two years of Blue Waters supercomputing in an event convened by U.S. Senator Mark Kirk. The powerful Cray supercomputer is used by scientists and engineers across the country to tackle challenging research for the benefit of science and society.

Three GPU Hackathons Going Global with OpenACC

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NCSA, ORNL, and CSCS will host a series of GPU Hackathons in 2015.

Video: GPU-Accelerated Analysis of Large Biomolecular Complexes

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“This presentation will highlight the use of GPU ray tracing for visualizing the process of photosynthesis, and GPU accelerated analysis of results of hybrid structure determination methods that combine data from cryo-electron microscopy and X-ray crystallography atom molecular dynamics with all- simulations.”

NCSA Boosts Manufacturing Competitiveness with Allinea

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Allinea Software and NCSA are enabling software heavily used in industry to run faster and it is creating competitive advantages for some of the nation’s largest companies.

Earthquake Prediction Using the Blue Waters Supercomputer

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The Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC), using the power of the petascale Blue Waters Supercomputer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has developed a physics-based model called CyberShake that simulates how an earthquake works rather than approximating the tremors based on observations.

Bill Gropp to Teach Designing and Building Applications for Extreme-Scale Systems

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NCSA’s Blue Waters project will offer of an online graduate course on Designing and Building Applications for Extreme-Scale Systems in spring 2015.

Industrial Achievements on Blue Waters Using CPUs and GPUs

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In this video from the 2014 HPC User Forum in Seattle, Seid Koric from NCSA presents: Industrial achievements on Blue Waters Using CPUs and GPUs.

Video: Industrial Supercomputing, Why Do We Care?

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“NCSA has worked with more than one-third of the Fortune50, in sectors including manufacturing, oil and gas, finance, retail/wholesale, bio/medical, life sciences, astronomy, agriculture, technology, and more. NCSA’s Private Sector Program currently boasts 26 partners. PSP’s core mission is to help its partner community gain a competitive edge through expert use of modern, high-performance digital and human resources.”