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Deconstructing the Hummingbird’s Hover

Sep 2, 2014 |

Ever wonder how a hummingbird is able to hover in mid-air, appearing for a moment to defy the laws of gravity? You’re not alone. Vanderbilt University mechanical engineer Haoxiang Luo accessed the XSEDE’s Lonestar supercomputer to run 3D simulations of a hummingbird flight in an attempt to deconstruct its mysterious powers. Science Writer Jorge Salazar details Luo’s Read more…

Supercomputing Propels Record-Setting Supercar

Sep 2, 2014 |

Engineering students from Ohio State University have designed another record-setting vehicle, thanks in large part to the advanced computing resources of the Ohio Supercomputer Center. Ohio State’s Venturi Buckeye Bullet team set an international land speed record last week at the Bonneville Salt Flats near Wendover, Utah. In a new competition category, the electric vehicle Read more…

Big Rig Redesign Still Going Strong

Aug 26, 2013 |

In 2011, South Carolina-based BMI Corp. worked with researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to develop a technology that improves the aerodynamics of long haul tractor trailers, thereby boosting fuel efficiency. Two years later, the company and the partnership are still going strong.

Aircraft Simulations Push Computing to the Cutting Edge

Jan 26, 2012 |

<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/Guus_Dekkers_small.jpg” alt=”” width=”107″ height=”89″ />Designing an aircraft is one of the more expensive endeavors in the manufacturing business. It’s no surprise that large manufacturers like Boeing and Airbus have turned to computing, and especially high performance computing, to streamline the effort. To get a sense of the current state of the art, we asked Guus Dekkers, CIO of EADS and Airbus, to shed some light on the computational challenges involved.

HPC Powers Bobsled Team to Olympic Gold

Mar 9, 2010 |

For the first time in 62 years, the four-man Olympics bobsled team from the US captured the gold medal, setting a course world record in the process. The winning bobsled had some state-of-the-art engineering behind it, including CFD software from Exa Corporation. As it turned out, that software may have proved to be the margin of difference in the race.