SC17 Video Highlights Nobel Prize Winning LIGO Collaboration

By Brian Ban

October 5, 2017

Editor’s note: At SC16, LIGO project collaborators — SDSC, TACC, Open Science Grid, XSEDE and UNL’s Holland Computing Center — won the HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice awards for their work verifying the groundbreaking gravitational wave discovery.

To help tell the story of how high performance computing is enabling truly “out of this world” discoveries, SC17 has released a new video that focuses on the role of high performance computers in the Nobel Prize-winning LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) collaboration. The just-announced prize was awarded for the discovery of gravitational waves, originally theorized 100 years ago by Albert Einstein in his general theory of relativity.

LIGO, funded by the National Science Foundation, uses incredibly sophisticated geographically-distributed laser detectors to find the elusive sounds in the universe that prove the existence of gravitational waves.

“We are only now beginning to hear the vibrations of space-time that are all around us—we just needed a better ear.  And when we detect that, we’re detecting the vibrations of everything that has ever moved in the universe. This is real. This is really there, and we’ve never noticed it until now,” said Alan Weinstein Head, Caltech LIGO Laboratory Astrophysics Group and Professor of Physics, Caltech.

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