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Modern Alchemy and the Quest for ‘Cheapium’

Jan 27, 2014 |

In a move reminiscent of medieval times – when alchemists attempted to synthesize noble metals like gold and silver from base metals such as lead and iron – modern engineers are on the hunt for less expensive alternatives to platinum. The search has Duke University engineers using brute force computing to uncover new materials that Read more…

Supercomputing Raises Materials Science to New Heights

Dec 5, 2013 |

Materials science, also called materials engineering, is on the cusp of a new era, emboldened by advances in computational power and quantum mechanics. For some time now, manufacturers have used supercomputers to design better airplanes, cars and other equipment, but now scientists are using similar techniques to develop new materials from scratch. A recent article Read more…

A Toolkit for Materials Scientific Cloud Computing

Jul 5, 2013 |

Researchers from the physics department at the University of Washington at Seattle, through a grant from the National Science Foundation, created what they call a ‘virtual platform’ for scientific cloud computing, or SC2VP, which they simply named “SC2IT” for scientific cloud computing interface tools.

Supercomputing Challenges and Predictions

Feb 27, 2013 |

Everybody loves predictions. Here’s a few made by IEEE group members at SC12 in case you missed it.