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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…

Toopher Offers TACC ‘Invisible’ Authentication

Nov 19, 2013 |

This week the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at the University of Texas at Austin announced a partnership with Toopher, the company behind the multifactor authentication solution of the same name. TACC revealed that starting in December it will begin pilot testing on Toopher’s smart phone-based multi-factor authentication technology to provide secure access within TACC’s Read more…

TACC Spurs Data-Intensive Science with Corral

Oct 11, 2013 |

Corral, the DataDirect Networks storage system installed at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), recently crossed the one petabyte mark in total data stored, and it now hosts over 100 unique data collections.

NCGAS Makes HPC a Mainstay Tool for Biologists

Aug 22, 2013 |

The National Center for Genome Analysis Support (NCGAS) at Indiana University has expanded its services to help biologists use high-performance computing, NCGAS’ manager announced at a July 23 presentation at the XSEDE13 conference in San Diego.

TACC Longhorn Takes On Natural Language Processing

Jun 14, 2013 |

For all the progress we’ve made in IT over the last 50 years, there’s one area of life that has steadfastly eluded the grasp of computers: understanding human language. Now, researchers at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) are utilizing a Hadoop cluster on its Longhorn supercomputer to move the state of the art of language processing a little bit further.

TACC’s Hadoop Cluster Breaks New Ground

May 30, 2013 |

A 256-node Hadoop system at the University of Texas at Austin is breaking down the barriers that have traditionally kept high performance computing relegated to technical experts. Nearly 70 students and researchers at TACC have used the cluster to crunch big datasets, and provide potential answers to questions in the fields of biomedicine, linguistics, and astronomy.

NSF Official On New Supers, Data-Intensive Future

Mar 28, 2013 |

This week we spoke with Alan Blatecky who directs the NSF’s Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastrcture about two of supercomputing’s biggest announcements of the year-both of which came out in nearly in tandem this week. The introduction of TACC’s Dell-Intel powered Stampede and the storied Blue Waters system Cray retailored caused Blatecky to reflect on the balance of data-intensive and….