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NSF Petaflopper Skips Retirement for New Life in Africa

Jul 15, 2014 |

Quick obsolescence goes hand-in-hand with cutting-edge technology. Supercomputing is no exception, and it’s not unusual for these great machines to have lifespans of only a few years. While some retired number crunchers go into storage to perhaps be reconstituted by a museum in a later decade, other systems have happier retirement stories. Such is the Read more…

TACC’s New Director Shares Strategy, System Futures

Jul 3, 2014 |

Each of the national labs and supercomputing sites have defining characteristics or “personalities” that are most often driven by the user communities that exploit their computational resources. Certain centers are affiliated with particular missions or needs. Some tend to prefer architectures that maximize overall performance and size in a way that tops the Top 500 Read more…

Stampede Foreshadows Heterogenous Supercomputing

Jun 19, 2014 |

Supercomputers, and the people who run them, are the rock stars of the science and engineering world, enabling discoveries and facilitating crucial insights on some of the most challenging problems facing humanity. One of the world’s most powerful computing systems is Stampede, a key resource of the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) that was funded Read more…

TACC Celebrates 13 Years of Discovery

Jun 4, 2014 |

On June 1st, the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) celebrated a big milestone: 13 years of groundbreaking science, propelled by some of the most powerful supercomputing resources in the world. From being an early user of one of the first supercomputers, a Cray CDC 6600, to operating one of the first multi-petaflop systems, Stampede, the University of 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…

Brain Cancer, Alzheimer’s Share Cellular Process

Apr 22, 2014 |

Using the advanced computational resources at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin, researchers uncovered a link between Alzheimer’s disease and cancer that may pave the way for better treatment options and new medicines. The two afflictions share a pathway in gene transcription, a process essential for cell reproduction Read more…

Supercomputers Help Capture Rare Black Hole Events

Apr 16, 2014 |

When an orbiting star gets too close to a galaxy’s central supermassive black hole, it eventually gets torn apart by the immense gravitational forces, a phenomenon known as a “tidal disruption.” Although black holes cannot be seen directly, since their dense mass means that not even light can escape, the inhaled star produces a brief Read more…

Supercomputers Advance Understanding of Black Holes

Mar 3, 2014 |

Black holes, so fascinating to star-gazers of the professional and backyard variety, are definitely not empty as their name might imply. Quite to the contrary, they are exceedingly dense. According to NASA, these astronomic objects comprise a great amount of matter packed into a very small zone. It’s like a star ten times more massive Read more…

One Year, 7,000 Xeon Phi Cards: The TACC Experience

Feb 3, 2014 |

The Intel Xeon Phi, which was just branded and officially launched back in November 2012, is already behind some leading research at one of the U.S.’s premier scientific computing centers. According to leaders at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), the coprocessor has made significant bounds into a wider array of applications over the last Read more…

TACC Presents Highlights from SC13

Nov 21, 2013 |

During SC13 in Denver, Colorado, the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) has been presenting “live” commentary from the show floor with on-the-spot demonstrations and interviews with TACC representatives and their University of Texas partners. This third edition of TACC’s SC13 roundup provides an overview of the center’s Ultimate Science Environment for researchers and an introduction Read more…