<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/Steven_Chu_official_DOE_portrait_150x.jpg” alt=”” width=”94″ height=”92″ />US Energy Secretary Steven Chu steps down after a controversial term in which he championed high performance computing, launched dozens of energy research centers, and led the government’s attempts to help industry transform the country’s energy landscape. But his most famous decision was the most politically divisive: backing a company called Solyndra.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/research_globe_150x.jpg” alt=”” width=”93″ height=”88″ />As the name implies, this new feature highlights the top research stories of the week, hand-selected from prominent science journals and leading conference proceedings. This week brings us a wide-range of topics from stopping the spread of pandemics, to the latest trends in programming and chip design, and new tools for enhancing the quality of simulation models.
NYU researchers use TACC and XSEDE supercomputers to model the effect of carcinogenic compounds on DNA.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/Cardioid_code_image_LLNL_IBM_180x.jpg” alt=”” width=”92″ height=”90″ />The world’s fastest computer has created the fastest computer simulation of the human heart. The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Sequoia supercomputer, a TOP500 chart topper, was built to handle top secret nuclear weapons simulations, but before it goes behind the classified curtain, it is generating sophisticated cardiac simulations.
Officials from Russia’s space agency are prospecting for a new hybrid system to power rocket research.
Advanced computing resources optimize the site selection of wind farms.
The Department of Energy has backed the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. This sweeping five-year effort will unleash the power of HPC to simulate innovative designs that could dramatically improve nuclear safety, output, and waste reduction.
Dr. Steven E. Koonin, Under Secretary for Science, examines the link between computer simulation and scientific progress.
HPCC Conference speakers talk up HPC democratization.
The White House hosted a press conference on Wednesday to announce a new public-private partnership that aims to bring HPC technology to the have-nots of the US manufacturing sector. Using a $2 million grant from the US Department of Commerce and an additional $2.5 million investment from industrial partners, a consortium has been formed to broaden the use of HPC technology by small manufacturing enterprises (SMEs).