Tag: TACC

Jetstream: Targeting the Long Tail of Science

May 21, 2015 |

Improving HPC access to the so-called long tail of science is an ongoing NSF priority. Several initiatives, funded at least in part by NSF, are underway and one – Jetstream – is the first NSF-funded HPC Cloud targeted directly at domain scientists and engineers who typically have limited access to HPC resources and limited expertise. Read more…

Why TACC’s New Data ‘Wrangler’ Is a Big Deal

Apr 30, 2015 |

While there’s been a lot of activity around the coming crop of “exascale-relevant” supercomputers, the HPC landscape is also shifting to become more data-aware. Perhaps no system reflects this transition better than Wrangler, the I/O-optimized open science system from Dell and EMC that debuted earlier this month at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC). In a presentation Read more…

Supercomputing Sheds Light on Party Polarization

Apr 7, 2015 |

What can supercomputers tell us about the way that government operates, or in some cases doesn’t operate? Quite a bit, actually. In a new feature piece on the Texas Advanced Computing Center website, science writer Makeda Easter shares how one TACC researcher is using the center’s Stampede supercomputer to analyze the link between federal spending priorities Read more…

Study Points to Big Bang of Bird Evolution

Dec 15, 2014 |

An international consortium comprised of hundreds of scientists from around the world has successfully decoded the avian genome. The multi-year project harnessed the power of nine supercomputers and 400 years of computing time to sequence, assemble and compare the full genomes of 48 bird species, shedding light on a wide range of avian evolutionary diversity. The Read more…

Better Taxation Through Supercomputing

Oct 15, 2014 |

Should the US raise taxes on the top 1 percent of earners? One of the country’s top supercomputers has been tasked with answering this question. Early findings are sparking debate about effective taxation strategies and the role of quantitative modeling in guiding economic policy. The top one percent of households, those that make $365,000 per year or Read more…

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…

Deconstructing the Hummingbird’s Hover

Sep 2, 2014 |

Ever wonder how a hummingbird is able to hover in mid-air, appearing for a moment to defy the laws of gravity? You’re not alone. Vanderbilt University mechanical engineer Haoxiang Luo accessed the XSEDE’s Lonestar supercomputer to run 3D simulations of a hummingbird flight in an attempt to deconstruct its mysterious powers. Science Writer Jorge Salazar details Luo’s Read more…

Supercomputing Facilitates Breakthrough Cancer Treatment

Aug 25, 2014 |

MD Anderson Cancer Center researchers are relying on a powerful supercomputer to develop a dosing protocol for an MRI-guided radiation therapy for cancer care, called MRI-linac. The Lonestar system at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) is helping researchers fine-tune the radiation dosing mechanism so that just the right amount of radiation is delivered to the Read more…

Simulations Link Common Brain Disorders

Jul 28, 2014 |

When a coalition of leading researchers from the US and the EU wanted to study brain disorders that involve disturbances of dopaminergic signaling, they turned to the powerful supercomputing resources of the Texas Advanced Computing Center. Using the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) cyberinfrastructure and TACC’s Stampede supercomputer, the research team uncovered a link Read more…

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…