NICS Tackles Big Science with Beacon

Jun 16, 2014 |

With support from the National Science Foundation and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, the National Institute for Computational Science (NICS) is expanding access to Beacon, its newest HPC cluster, providing researchers with a powerful research tool. Efforts are underway to optimize a number of science and engineering applications for this system utilizing both Intel Xeon Read more…

Remembering Kraken

Jun 5, 2014 |

In supercomputing, it is often the case that top systems are only around for about half a decade. With the breaking of the petascale barrier now fixed in the rearview mirror of 2008, we are starting to see some of those ground-breaking systems reach their retirement age. It happened with Roadrunner, the world’s first petaflopper, not Read more…

Preparing for Solar Storms

Aug 26, 2013 |

It may not be possible to prevent devastating space-weather events like solar storms from reaching the earth’s surface, but with enough warning, we can prepare for them. Scientists believe that mapping the earth’s magnetosphere – the magnetic shield that stops most but not all of these storms – is the first step.

Kraken Chews on Gribble Data for Industrial Enzyme Research

Jun 25, 2013 |

A diminutive marine crustacean called the Gribble landed on the biofuel industry’s radar for its unique ability to digest wood in salty conditions. Now, researchers in the US and the UK are putting the University of Tennessee’s Kraken supercomputer to work modeling an enzyme in the Gribble’s gut, which could unlock the key to developing better industrial enzymes in the future.

Revolutionizing Tornado Prediction

Apr 23, 2013 |

University of Oklahoma researcher zeros in on why some storms generate tornadoes while others don’t.

NVIDIA Scores Green Victory with Italian Supercomputer

Feb 5, 2013 |

<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/NVIDIA_Tesla_K20X_K20_GPU_2.jpg” alt=”” width=”94″ height=”91″ />Last week, Eurotech and NVIDIA announced they had created the most energy-efficient supercomputer in the world, besting the most recent Green500 winner by a margin of 26 percent. NVIDIA credits its new GPU accelerators, along with Eurotech’s on-board hot-water cooling system. But Intel has something called the Xeon Phi.