Tag: materials science

‘Virtual Lab’ Cuts Guesswork from Materials Science

Jan 9, 2015 |

Paving the way for a new era in materials science, a supercomputing-enabled “virtual laboratory” at University College London (UCL) promises to revolutionize the industry convention of trial-and-error testing for novel high performance materials known as nanocomposities. In the past, creating a new nanocomposite with specific physical properties meant dedicating incredible time and resources to making a sample and hoping Read more…

Titan Advances Superconductivity Research

Nov 5, 2014 |

Once again, the Department of Energy’s Titan supercomputer has helped propel a scientific breakthrough with far-ranging implications. Researchers with Rutgers University have used the 27-petaflops supercomputer, a key resource of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), to advance their understanding of the link between spin dynamics and superconductivity. As explained in this feature article from ORNL’s Read more…

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.