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Titan Advances Superconductivity Research

Nov 5, 2014 |

Once again, the Department of Energy’s Titan supercomputer has helped propel a scientific breakthrough with far-ranging implications. Researchers with Rutgers University have used the 27-petaflops supercomputer, a key resource of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), to advance their understanding of the link between spin dynamics and superconductivity. As explained in this feature article from ORNL’s Read more…

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…

Supercomputers Boost Jet Engine Design

Jun 11, 2014 |

The United States is home to many of the world’s top supercomputers, powerful machines that enable a wide-range of research efforts, from exploring the outer reaches of the universe to enabling faster, quieter and more efficient jet engines. As revealed in a recent report, a group of GE engineers are working with researchers from Arizona 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…

Titan Moves Full Steam Ahead

Jun 2, 2014 |

News being what it is, there’s a tendency to focus on what went wrong rather than what went right, but according to an update from the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility, the early glitches associated with their Cray XK7 “Titan” system have been ironed out. Representatives with OLCF say that Titan “has overcome a challenging launch and 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…

NVIDIA Highlights GPU Progress on Titan Supercomputer

Mar 27, 2014 |

The GPU Technology Conference this week in San Jose offered plenty of material for the supercomputing set with a number of presentations focused on specific programming challenges for large-scale scientific and enterprise HPC applications. The Titan system at Oak Ridge National Lab tied together key themes through a number of the talks, which helped put Read more…

GPUs Speed Early Science Apps

Jan 6, 2014 |

Researchers working with the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility’s (OLCF’s) Titan supercomputer are making the most of the system’s hybrid design, which pairs traditional CPUs with highly-parallel GPUs. As the fastest computer in the United States, Titan has a max theoretical speed of 27 petaflops, but as a recent OLCF article points out, “Titan is Read more…

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