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Video: Computing for the Endless Frontier at TACC

In this talk from the Intel User Forum at SC18, Dan Stanzione from TACC presents: Computing for the Endless Frontier. “Coming to TACC in 2019, the Frontera supercomputer will be powered by Intel Xeon Scalable processors. It will be the first major HPC system to deploy the Intel Optane DC persistent memory technology for a range of HPC and AI uses. Anticipated early projects on Frontera include analyses of particle collisions from the Large Hadron Collider, global climate modeling, improved hurricane forecasting, and multi-messenger astronomy.”

Industry Leaders prepare for Rice University Oil and Gas Conference in March

The upcoming Rice University Oil and Gas HPC Conference will focus on the computational challenges and needs in the Energy industry. The event takes place March 4-6, 2019 in Houston. “High-end computing and information technology continues to stand out across the industry as a critical business enabler and differentiator with a relatively well understood return on investment. However, challenges such as constantly changing technology landscape, increasing focus on software and software innovation, and escalating concerns around workforce development still remain. The agenda for the conference includes invited keynote and plenary speakers, parallel sessions made up of at least four presentations each and a student poster session.”

Video: Intel to Power Fastest Supercomputer in Academia at TACC

In this video, Dan Stanzione from TACC describes how Intel technologies from Intel will power the World’s Fastest Supercomputer in Academia at the Texas Advanced Computing Center. “If completed today, Frontera would be the fifth most powerful system in the world, the third fastest in the U.S. and the largest at any university. For comparison, Frontera will be about twice as powerful as Stampede2.”

Predictions for SC18: A change in climate for HPC?

In this special guest feature, Dr. Rosemary Francis from Ellexus offers up her predictions for SC18 in Dallas. “It’s almost time for SC18 and this year it’s a biggie. Here is what we expect to hear about at SC18 as the Ellexus team treads the show floor.”

New Frontera supercomputer at TACC to push the frontiers of science

Today the National Science Foundation announced a $60 million award to TACC for the deployment of Frontera, a new machine that will be one of the fastest supercomputers ever available to academia. “The new Frontera systems represents the next phase in the long-term relationship between TACC and Dell EMC, focused on applying the latest technical innovation to truly enable human potential,” said Thierry Pellegrino, vice president of Dell EMC High Performance Computing. “The substantial power and scale of this new system will help researchers from Austin and across the U.S. harness the power of technology to spawn new discoveries and advances in science and technology for years to come.”

Legendary Magnum InfiniBand Switch comes to Computer History Museum

The Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley recently added a piece of TACC’s history into their permanent historical collection — sealing its place as a milestone in computing.

We’re always searching around the world for new, interesting, and important computing objects,” said Dag Spicer, senior curator at the Computer History Museum. “TACC’s Sun Microsystems 2007 Magnum switch was a critical part of high-performance computing at that time in history. The TACC switch was the largest of its class and is an example of InfiniBand technology, which has long been a key enabling technology for high performance computing.”

Podcast: Supercomputing New Enzymes for Breaking Down Plastics

In this TACC podcast, Gregg Beckham from NREL and Lee Woodcock from the University of South Florida describe how they are using supercomputers to engineer an enzyme that breaks down plastic. “We used computer simulations to understand how a polymeric ligand like PET would be able to bind to the enzyme,” said study co-author Gregg Beckham, a Senior Research Fellow and Group Leader at the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). “We also conducted experimental work to show that indeed, the PETase can break down water or soda bottles, industrially relevant PET films, and another plastic, polyethylene furanoate.”

Mentorship fosters a Career in STEM

In this special guest feature, Faith Singer-Villalobos from TACC continues her series profiling Careers in STEM. It’s the inspiring story of Je’aime Powell, a TACC System Administrator and XSEDE Extended Collaborative Support Services Consultant. “Options, goals, and hope are what can set you on a path that can change your life,” Powell said.

Podcast: Supercomputing the Emergence of Material Behavior

In this TACC Podcast, Chemists at the University of California, San Diego describe how they used supercomputing to design a sheet of proteins that toggle between different states of porosity and density. This is a first in biomolecular design that combined experimental studies with computation done on supercomputers. “To meet these and other computational challenges, Paesani has been awarded supercomputer allocations through XSEDE, the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment, funded by the National Science Foundation.”

Supercomputing How Cancer Spreads through Superdiffusion

Over a the University of Texas at Austin, Marc Airhart writes that researchers are using TACC supercomputers to better understand the physics behind the spread of cancer. “Having a physicist working on cancer can provide a new perspective into how a tumor evolves,” said Abdul Malmi-Kakkada, a postdoctoral researcher who led the project, along with postdoctoral researcher Xin Li, and professor and chair of chemistry Dave Thirumalai. “And rather than only looking at genetics or biology, trying to attack the problem of cancer from different perspectives can hopefully lead to a better understanding.”