2001 

TACC Rebooted

New leadership is hired to build a leading advanced computing center at The University of Texas at Austin from the staff and resources of the university's high performance computing facility.

TACC's First System
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TACC receives a 272-processor, liquid-cooled Cray T3E transitioned from the San Diego Supercomputing Center through the NPACI project.

 

TACC Visualization Lab Opens
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The ACES Visualization Laboratory on UT Austin's main campus is assumed by TACC.

 

2002 

TACC Grows to Multiple Systems
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Longhorn: A Power4 system with a peak performance of 300 gigaflops.
Tejas: TACC's first production Linux/x86 cluster
Santa Rita: An Intel Itanium-based cluster

 

HiPCAT Established
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The High Performance Computing Across Texas (HiPCAT) consortium is established by researchers at Rice University, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, University of Houston, and The University of Texas at Austin.

 

2003 

Lonestar2 Deployed

The Dell-Cray Linux cluster is installed by TACC. It is the most powerful system in the National Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (NPACI) and the 4th most powerful supercomputer for U.S. academic research at the time, with a peak performance of 3.67 teraflops.

 

TACC joins TeraGrid
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The National Science Foundation (NSF) awards TACC a partnership in the TeraGrid, the world's largest, distributed infrastructure for open scientific research.

 

TACC User Portal
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Developed and deployed by TACC staff, the portal allows researchers to log into and interact with TACC resources remotely.

 

2004 

GRACE Research in Climate Effects

The Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) at UT's Center for Space Research is featured in Science magazine for work using TACC resources to analyze data and understand the Earth's changes in mass distribution resulting from climate effects.

 

Maverick1 Deployed
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A unique high-performance, large shared memory Sun system provides remote 3D graphics and data-intensive compute resources for research like global weather prediction and homeland security.

 

Biomedical Research
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TACC places a staff expert at the UT Southwestern Medical Center to work directly with biomedical researchers, helping them use the computing resources at TACC, including Lonestar and Maverick.

 

2005 

New Building

The UT Board of Regents approves a new building at the J.J. Pickle Research Campus that provides new offices and machine room space for the rapidly growing center.

 

2006 

Lonestar3 Deployed
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In partnership with UT System and available to researchers at all 15 UT institutions, Lonestar3 debuts as the most powerful academic supercomputer in the U.S. and the 12th on the Top 500 list.

 

Gravitational Waves
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Dr. Richard Matzner, a UT physicist, uses Lonestar3 to simulate binary black hole mergers and aid the search for gravitational waves.

 

2007 

STAR Program
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The Science and Technology Affiliates for Research (STAR) program, instituted by TACC, supports and enhances private sector R&D using advanced computing technologies.

 

First Billion Years of the Universe
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Using TACC's resources, Volker Bromm and his team model the first billion years of the universe, shedding light on the cosmic past and future. The work is featured in Scientific American.

 

2008 

Ranger Deployed

TACC launches the world's most powerful supercomputer for open science research. With a peak performance of 579.4 teraflops, Ranger is five times more capable than any open system in the TeraGrid.

 

Computational Biology
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The program is established to provide the life sciences research community with computational tools and expertise.

 

Stallion Deployed
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The ACES Visualization Lab is upgraded and the world's highest resolution tiled display, with 75 screens and a total of 307 megapixels, is installed.

 

2009 

Corral Deployed
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A Dell/Data Direct Networks high performance storage system is launched for hosting and managing digital data collections and services.

 

H1N1 Research
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Using Ranger, Dr. Klaus Schulten and colleagues develop the first atomistic model of the H1N1 virus and discover how mutations in viral proteins lead to drug resistance.

 

iPlant Collaborative
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TACC begins major involvement with the iPlant Collaborative, a $50 million, 5-year project to create the cyberinfrastructure needed to tackle Grand Challenge questions in plant biology.

 

Texas-Sized Supercomputer Finds Massive Black Hole
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Astronomers use TACC's Lonestar supercomputer to determine that the black hole at the heart of M87, one of the largest nearby galaxies, is two to three times more massive than previously thought.

 

2010 

Longhorn Deployed
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TACC launches Longhorn, the largest hardware-accelerated interactive visualization cluster in the world, as well as the Longhorn Visualization Portal, a remote and collaborative tool for the national science community.

 

Arts & Humanities
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TACC's initiative to support digital media, arts and humanities offers the power of advanced computing technologies to enable these communities to study and exhibit digital works.

 

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

To protect property and wildlife, researchers and TACC staff collaborate to produce and visualize 3D models of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico using TACC resources.

 

Cover of Science
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Using Ranger, Omar Ghattas and his associates produce an unprecedented view of plate tectonics and the forces that drive it. The research appears on the cover of Science.

 

SCEC CyberShake Project
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TACC teams up with the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) to create next-generation seismic hazard predictions that are more comprehensive than anything that had been created before.

 

2011 

NARA Collaboration
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TACC collaborates with the National Archives and Records Association (NARA) to create visualization tools for 21st Century digital archives.

 

600,000 Hours Donated to Japan
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In the wake of the tsunami and earthquake in Japan, TACC donates 600,000 compute hours to researchers to simulate the potential environmental impact of radiation in the air and water.

 

Lonestar4 Deployed
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The NSF-awarded, 302 teraflop Dell/Intel cluster provides shared memory computing and remote visualization capabilities.

 

XSEDE
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TACC is selected as one of the leaders of The eXtreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) project.

 

2012 

Construction Completed
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TACC completes an 11,000-square-foot machine room, a new utilities plant, thermal energy storage, and a new seminar room.

 

Hurricane Predictions Improve
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Using Ranger, researchers improve intensity predictions for hurricanes by up to 40% over National Hurricane Center forecasts.

 

2013 

New Stampede Deployed
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At nearly 10 petaflops, Stampede goes into production on January 7. TACC staff designed, built and deployed Stampede, working closely with Dell, Intel and academic partners.

 

Stockyard Deployed
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A massive, 20 petabyte global file system is connected to all of TACC's computing and visualization systems.

 

2014 

Brain Tumors and Alzheimer's Disease

Scientists at the Houston Methodist Research Institute use Lonestar and Stampede to analyze data of brain tumors and Alzheimer's disease hoping to lead to better treatment options and new medicines.

 

Maverick Deployed
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TACC adds a new HP/NVIDIA interactive visualization and data analytics system to its comprehensive suite of resources.

 

Science Gateways Released
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TACC releases the Agave API, a cloud-based platform for gateway development, and Gateway DNA, a collection of open source components enabling the rapid development of science gateways.

 

2015 

Data-Intensive Supercomputer Deployed
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Wrangler, a groundbreaking new system, enables researchers to tackle the most complex, data science challenges.

 

Chameleon Cloud Computing Testbed Launched
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A new configurable, large-scale environment lets computer scientists develop and experiment with novel cloud architectures and pursue new applications.

 

Developing DesignSafe-CI
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TACC teams with UT's Cockrell School of Engineering to create the natural hazards engineering portal, DesignSafe, that will help the U.S. design more resilient buildings, levees and other public infrastructure.

 

Gordon Bell Prize at SC15
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UT geologists use Stampede1 to model mantle convection and win prize for outstanding achievement in high performance computing.

 

2016 

A Texas-sized Resource for State Researchers
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TACC deploys its second petascale system, Lonestar5, to advance science and engineering research across the state of Texas.

 

Cyberinfrastructure Enters the Cloud
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TACC partners with Indiana University to deploy Jetstream, the first NSF-supported cloud resource for science and engineering research.

 

LIGO Confirms Gravitational Waves

Researchers use TACC supercomputers to confirm the first discovery of gravitation waves by detectors at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO).

 

Hikari: Energy-Efficiency Computing
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TACC debuts Hikari, the first supercomputer in the U.S. that runs on solar power and high voltage direct current, in partnership with Japan.

 

TACC Expands
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On its 15th anniversary, TACC dedicates the new Advanced Computing Building, which includes space for growing staff and an experimental Visualization Lab.

 

2017 

Stampede2 Debuts

TACC launches Stampede2, the fastest supercomputer at any university in the U.S. and 12th most powerful in the world.

 

Modeling the Heart
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Stampede helps Johns Hopkins and Ohio State research identify a new metric to predict blood clots in the heart.

 

TACC Partners with NASA
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TACC signs five-year advanced computing partnership with NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory to provide cyberinfrastructure and expertise.