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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 Surprising Science Behind Everyday Products

Aug 27, 2014 |

One doesn’t normally associate their favorite shampoo or laundry detergent with science, let alone multi-million dollar supercomputers, but in today’s modern world many well-known consumer goods are the products of extensive R&D. By using large-scale computational modeling to facilitate advanced product design, manufacturers can improve customer satisfaction and minimize costly design flaws. A recent feature article on the Read more…

Tiny Titan Preps Students for Multicore Era

Jun 16, 2014 |

Supercomputing can be daunting to the uninitiated. A peek at the hardware, for example, with row after row of black boxes, reveals little of the exciting science that is being enabled by these ultra-fast computations. To help make the world of HPC a little less opaque, staff members at Oak Ridge National Labs (ORNL) created Read more…

Titan Enables Next-Gen Nuclear Models

Jun 5, 2014 |

One of the main research areas for the Titan supercomputer, the elite Cray system installed at Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility, is energy, and in particular nuclear energy. At this point, about 20 percent of America’s energy is produced by nuclear power. Many experts say that increasing this percentage is key to meeting our nation’s growing Read more…

HPC Speeds Desalinzation Efforts

May 6, 2014 |

With the long dry spells leading into seasons of drought, one’s thoughts turn to the long-held promise that is desalinization. Abutting California, which is facing one of the most severe droughts on record, is the vast Pacific Ocean – if only the salt could be separated from the valuable H2O in an economically feasible way. Read more…

Titan Captures Liquid-Crystal Film Complexity

Apr 14, 2014 |

Liquid-crystal displays (familiar to most as LCDs) rely on the light modulating properties of liquid crystals to bring images to life on a wide variety of screens. From computer monitors to televisions to instrumental panels and signage, LCDs are a pervasive element of modern life. LCDs employ high-tech films, which must be both thin and Read more…

Titan Expands on Molecular Dynamics Discovery

Dec 13, 2013 |

Thanks to the power of supercomputing, scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the University of Tennessee (UT)–ORNL Joint Institute for Computational Sciences (JICS) have discovered a molecular “switch” in a receptor that controls cell behavior. To allow for an even more detailed simulation and a better understanding of the primary molecular switch that controls cell behavior, scientists Read more…

Titan Gets A Little Help

Nov 18, 2013 |

With the announcement of the 42nd TOP500 list at SC13 in Denver today, Titan, the 17.6 petaflop (Rmax) Cray XK7 system installed at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory, held onto its number-two spot for another year, but in this era of big data, even the largest supercomputer in the United States Read more…

Ice-Repellant Materials One Step Closer

Sep 12, 2013 |

Scientists at GE Global Research are using the multi-petaflop Titan supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to study the way that ice forms as water droplets come in contact with cold surfaces. They are working to develop “icephobic” materials that prevent ice formation and accumulation.

Big Rig Redesign Still Going Strong

Aug 26, 2013 |

In 2011, South Carolina-based BMI Corp. worked with researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to develop a technology that improves the aerodynamics of long haul tractor trailers, thereby boosting fuel efficiency. Two years later, the company and the partnership are still going strong.