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Supercomputing Propels Fusion Science

Sep 29, 2014 |

University of Texas at Austin physicist Wendell Horton has been using the resources of the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) to study the full 3D structure and dynamics of plasma and advance the remarkable science of fusion energy. Fusion science, which seeks to recreate the energy of the stars for use on Earth, has long Read more…

Autotune Software Promotes Greener Buildings

Sep 23, 2014 |

A new software effort underway at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) aims to make it quicker, easier and cheaper to model energy use of buildings. ORNL building researchers are developing software that will automatically calibrate models for simulating building energy use, thereby promoting greener design of residential and commercial buildings. The new “Autotune” calibration software Read more…

The Nuts and Bolts of Nuclear Stewardship

Sep 10, 2014 |

Sometimes the impetus behind large-scale computing endeavors can be surprising. Take the case of nuts and bolts. Given the right context, these everyday objects become a much bigger deal. Like when the context is nuclear missile design. Every component of a nuclear weapon body must go through a painstaking review process. As an article at Deixis Magazine Read more…

The Evolution of HPC in Manufacturing

Jul 22, 2014 |

HPC has reached a tipping point where industry use has expanded dramatically. So what role do supercomputers have in manufacturing? Speaking on this topic is Greg Clifford, manufacturing segment manager at Cray. Manufacturing here refers to any company that’s producing a product, be that automotive and aerospace, consumer products, tire manufacturing, and so on. What Read more…

Advanced Wind Farm Simulations Key to Energy Strategy

May 14, 2014 |

With energy consumption on the rise around the world, interest in renewable energy sources has taken off. Wind power is a major component of the US energy strategy – it’s known for being affordable, efficient and abundant, as well as being pollution-free. Over the last decade, wind turbine farms have become a common feature, dotting landscapes across Read more…

Safety Simulation Sets Speed Record

May 8, 2014 |

For the automotive and aerospace industries, crash and safety analysis by finite elements is used to shorten the design cycle and reduce costs. Recently, a popular crash/safety simulation set a new speed record. Over on the Cray blog, Greg Clifford, manufacturing segment manager at the historic supercomputing company, explains how LS-DYNA “car2car” simulation reached new Read more…

Simulation Details 13.8 Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution

May 7, 2014 |

Astrophysicists and cosmologists have come up with a new time-lapse simulation of the universe’s evolution that is the most comprehensive and detailed yet. The Illustris simulation, as it’s called, spans 13.8 billion years of cosmic evolution and follows thousands of galaxies taking into account gravity, hydrodynamics, cooling, the course of stellar population and other complex Read more…

Graphene Faces Real-World Limitations

May 5, 2014 |

Graphene is a one-atom-thick layer of carbon that has been hailed as a potential silicon replacement capable of extending the exponential computing advances that modern society has come to depend on. Despite the material’s profile of being strong, flexible, light-weight and a good conductor, there are still a number of challenges that must addressed before Read more…

3D Tsunami Simulator Boosts Japan’s Emergency Preparedness

Apr 17, 2014 |

A partnership between Fujitsu and Tohoku University has paid off in the form of a precise tsunami forecasting system that will help make Japan more resilient to disasters, such as the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011, and the resulting tsunami that devastated the island nation. A collaboration between Fujitsu Limited and Tohoku Read more…

Product Design Strengthens HPC Ties

Jan 28, 2014 |

Increasingly, advanced computing technologies are embraced for their ability to bolster economic competitiveness. The advantages owed to a well-thought out and well-funded HPC strategy are embodied in the adage: to outcompute is to outcompete. One realm where the benefits of going digital have been especially prominent is product design. Over the last decade or so, Read more…