Video: Simulation of Magnetic Fields in a Sun-like Star

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Our Video Sunday feature continues with this simulation of a young, Sun-like star undergoing a cyclic reversal of its magnetic fields. This simulated star is rotating five times faster than our Sun.

A team led by Juri Toomre from the University of Colorado is using Kraken, a Cray XT5 supercomputer, to simulate a Sun-like star. Located at the National Institute for Computational Sciences, a National Science Foundation-funded supercomputer managed by the University of Tennessee and located at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Kraken is ranked eighth on the Top 500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers.

The visualization produced using VAPOR, developed by the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Full Story

A tip of the hat goes to Scott Jones at ORNL for pointing us to this story.