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…

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…

3D Simulations Raise Bar for Astrophysics

Jul 3, 2014 |

For those outside the HPC/science realm who question why there need to be ever-more powerful supercomputers, one need only look at the amazing breakthroughs that the petascale age has facilitated. Astrophysics research out of Caltech is the latest example. Because of leadership-class systems like Stampede and Blue Waters and their experienced support staff, researchers from Read more…

XSEDE Program Forges Industry Alliances

Feb 21, 2014 |

The eXtreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) is launching a new program – called the Industry Challenge – that connects industry partners with researchers from the open science community in order to enhance product designs and speed time to market. Over at the XSEDE.org website, science writer Scott Gibson details the new program, which Read more…

XSEDE Launches Campus Bridging Initiative

Sep 26, 2013 |

XSEDE is announcing a new program – the campus bridging initiative – that aims to unify its diverse resources, making it easier for researchers to go back and forth between local clusters and national supercomputing resources.

XSEDE Network Hops 10x with Internet2 Thrusters

Sep 5, 2013 |

The supercomputing network that provides a big data pipeline between some of the most notable supercomputing centers in the U.S. is in the process of a throughput boost thanks to an Internet2 upgrade…

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.

Programming Competition Allows Students to “Geek Out” and Gain Crucial Skillsets

Aug 15, 2013 |

Binary search trees, dynamic arrays, matrix multiplication — these are some of the reasons that more than 50 students traveled to San Diego in July as part of the 2nd Annual XSEDE (Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment) conference.

Cray Addresses Academic HPC Needs with Roundtable

Aug 15, 2013 |

Universities have been at the forefront of high performance computing for decades, and many of the world’s largest supercomputers run at academic institutions. But when it comes to HPC and academia, there is no one-size-fits-all solution, representatives from supercomputer maker Cray said at a recent roundtable.

Gateways for Open Science

Aug 12, 2013 |

“Science is really ripe for disruption. A lot of the practices are still very much rooted in their analog beginnings.” That is how Kaitlin Thaney, Director of the Mozilla Science Lab—a new open science initiative focused on innovation, best practice, and skills training for research—began her plenary talk at XSEDE13 in San Diego last month.