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Blue Waters Advances Understanding of Alzheimer’s Genetics

Feb 6, 2015 |

Thanks to modern medical and sanitation advances, human beings are living longer and generally healthier lives, but the boon of longevity comes with an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. One in three Americans over the age of 85 are living with this irreversible, progressive brain disease, and it is the fifth leading cause of death for those over 65. Everyone Read more…

Blue Waters Bolsters Tornado Prediction Efforts

Jan 13, 2015 |

Sometimes lifetime careers are spun from childhood events. Such was the case for Leigh Orf, Professor of Atmospheric Science at Central Michigan University, who lived through one of the worst tornadoes in recorded history. As Orf details in a recent blog, the supercell thunderstorm that hit New England on Oct. 3, 1979, spawned the deadly tornado that ran Read more…

Engineering Codes to Meet the Exascale Era

May 8, 2014 |

As we look to the future applications for exascale-class computers, the grand science challenges are often first on the list. From modeling the climate to the underpinnings of the universe, the problems most often associated with exascale computing are epic in scope. However, the range of complex, multidisciplinary engineering problems that can be solved with Read more…

How the iForge Cluster is Manufacturing Results for Big Industry

Feb 26, 2014 |

When one thinks of major manufacturing companies, including Boeing, Proctor and Gamble, John Deere, Caterpillar, Dow, GE and others, from a systems and software perspective, there is little doubt that the competitive edge lies in high performance computing. But for many of these companies, it’s not simply a matter of plugging engineering codes into high Read more…

SC13 Talk Pushes HPC in New Educational Directions

Nov 19, 2013 |

According to Dr. Thom Dunning from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, science and engineering research has been revolutionized by computation but, to date computing has largely been used to organize, prepare for and disseminate courses. Dunning says that “The potential of using these technologies to teach students the fundamental principles of a subject through authentic Read more…

Hurricane Force Supercomputing: Petascale Simulations of Sandy

Nov 14, 2013 |

The devastation incurred by the landfall of Hurricane Sandy on the northeast coast of the United States just over one year ago exemplifies the need for further advances in accuracy and reliability in numerical weather prediction. High resolution numerical weather simulations carried out on hundreds of thousands of processors on the largest supercomputers, Blue Waters in this case, are providing these very insights.

Securing the National Power Grid

Sep 4, 2013 |

Before we connect the dots on national smart power grid strategy, we need to be able to ensure its safety from malevolent cyber attacks. A new NSF-funded endeavor aims to do just that…

Blue Waters: Security at Scale

May 3, 2013 |

For the largest computer systems in the world, keeping IT assets safe presents a unique set of challenges.

Assembling Blue Waters

Mar 20, 2013 |

As NCSA’s Blue Waters supercomputer approaches full service status, we thought it would be appropriate to see how the machine was built.

How to Explain Your Job to Your Kids

Feb 27, 2013 |

On the lighter side of HPC, here’s a video explaining what supercomputers do.