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TACC Receives Two 'Editors' Choice' HPCwire Awards for 2020

Published on November 16, 2020 by Faith Singer-Villalobos



The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin received two HPCwire awards for 2020 — Best Use of HPC in Energy and Best Use of HPC in Physical Sciences.

The online publication formally announced the awards during the annual International Conference for High-Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis, otherwise known as SC20, held in a virtual format for the first time this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We at TACC are extremely honored to be recognized by HPCwire for the work we have done with our collaborators at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), and Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) this year in energy and neutron star collisions," said Dan Stanzione, executive director of TACC.

Specifically, HPCwire recognized TACC and its collaborators with the following honors:

Editors' Choice Award: Best Use of HPC in Energy

As part of an allocation from the NSF Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) cyberinfrastructure program, researchers from Georgia Tech and the Hanoi University of Science and Technology in Vietnam used TACC's Stampede2 supercomputer and SDSC's Comet supercomputer—both XSEDE-allocated resources— to identify four lead-free candidates for a more efficient, cheaper alternative to the silicon used in solar panels. More details.

Editors' Choice Award: Best Use of HPC in Physical Sciences

As part of an allocation from the NSF XSEDE cyberinfrastructure program, a National Center for Supercomputing Applications-led team used TACC's Stampede2 supercomputer and PSC's Bridges—both XSEDE-allocated resources—to obtain a correction factor that will allow for fast, accurate simulations of neutron star mergers for gravitational wave observatories. More details.

Now in its 17th year, the annual HPCwire Readers' and Editors' Choice Awards are determined through a rigorous nomination and voting process that engages the global HPCwire community and includes intensive review and selections from HPCwire's editorial team. The awards represent prestigious recognition from the HPC community and have become a proud, prominent feature of the publication.

These accolades are announced each year at the annual Supercomputing Conference.

"Each year we look forward to connecting with our HPC community while recognizing exceptional industry innovation at the SC conference," said Tom Tabor, CEO of Tabor Communications, publisher of HPCwire. "While it saddens us that we cannot physically connect with one another this year, we take great pride in bringing the community together through our new digital format for the Readers' and Editors' Choice Awards."

Tabor noted that the pandemic has brought the HPC community together in ways he never imagined possible.

"It is through these critical HPC efforts that we may address and mitigate the impact of problems facing humanity today and those that may challenge us in the future," he said. "We congratulate and honor all who have exceeded expectations and have truly excelled despite the challenges this pandemic presented in 2020. We hope to see our community face-to-face next year."


Story Highlights

The HPCwire 2020 Readers' Choice and Editors' Choice awards were announced at SC20, held in a virtual format for the first time this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

TACC received two HPCwire awards, which were achieved through XSEDE-allocated collaborations with the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and the San Diego Supercomputer Center.

HPCwire recognized TACC and its collaborators with the following honors: Editors' Choice Award: Best Use of HPC in Energy and Editors' Choice Award: Best Use of HPC in Physical Sciences.


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Faith Singer-Villalobos

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faith@tacc.utexas.edu | 512-232-5771

Aaron Dubrow

Science And Technology Writer
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Jorge Salazar

Technical Writer/Editor
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