TACC promotes discoveries and advances enabled by supercomputing, and provides information to create a general public awareness of the role of computing and technology in science and society.
February 28, 2014, Press Release
Visualization, HPC and storage experts and technologies contribute to growth scenarios for Central Texas region.
How will the Central Texas region evolve over the next 20 years? A newly developed suite of analytics tools developed in part by the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) is being used to provide a better understanding of the impacts of various development patterns, such as:
- What types of housing and business development should be planned?
- How concentrating growth can maximize a community's infrastructure?
- Where natural resources should be preserved?
- How can communities promote better health?
- How the region can ensure all segments of the community have access to education and jobs?
February 26, 2014, Feature Story
TACC's Ranger supercomputer helps researchers generate realistic light signals from a black hole simulation.
Astrophysicists became deeply interested in black holes in the 1960s, but the idea of an event horizon was first intimated in a paper by Karl Schwarzschild published after Einstein introduced general relativity in 1915.
February 17, 2014, Feature Story
Building the next generation of high performance computing professionals is an important part of the mission at TACC. For the second time in as many years, TACC welcomed a new ‘cluster' of students from South Africa to Austin as they prepare for the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) Student Cluster Competition this June.
February 6, 2014, TACC In The News
Texas Enterprise -- "More data don't guarantee better decisions. … The right data, however, do," said Dr. Michael Hasler, program director for the business analytics Master's program at the McCombs School of Business. The idea of "Big Data" is ubiquitous, and companies often believe they need to become part of the big data push without necessarily understanding why or how. But on Jan. 22 at the Texas Enterprise Speaker Series, Hasler reminded the audience gathered at the J.J. Pickle Research Campus that data's real value isn't in merely being collected, but in how it helps us make better decisions.
February 5, 2014, Feature Story
Simulations on XSEDE/TACC supercomputers shed light on the formation, explosion of stars in the earliest galaxies.
Ab initio: "From the beginning." It's a term used in science to describe calculations that rely on established mathematical laws of nature, or "first principles," without additional assumptions or special models.
January 31, 2014, TACC In The News
HPCwire -- Today we talk to Dan Stanzione, acting director at the Texas Advanced Computing Center. We'll be checking in with the first year of progress on the Stampede supercomputer and talking about some of the lessons learned working the novel architecture and high user demand. Specifically, we discuss their use of Xeon Phi and the challenges and opportunities it's presented, as well as hone in on specific applications that have kept the machine full since its kickoff.
January 24, 2014, Press Release
TACC Deputy Director Dan C. Stanzione Jr. has been named as acting director of the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin. After more than 12 years of leading the center, Jay Boisseau resigned as director on Jan. 15, 2014.
TACC has a national reputation as one of the leading academic supercomputing centers in the United States providing high-end advanced computing resources and services to researchers nationwide; conducting leading research and development projects; and providing training and education for the local and national scientific community.
January 22, 2014, Feature Story
Supercomputing simulations help to predict research on the fundamental nature of the universe, characteristics of subatomic particles.
For the past several years, much of the attention in particle physics has focused on the Higgs Boson, so one could be forgiven for thinking that the rest of the subatomic particle world has been figured out. In fact, many open questions remain about the precise masses and decay rates and characteristics of other particles, including mesons, quarks and gluons, which make up the protons, neutrons and electrons we're familiar with.
January 22, 2014, Press Release
The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin has released the Agave API, a cloud-based science-as-a-service platform for gateway development, and Gateway DNA, a collection of open source components enabling the rapid development of science gateways.
"Historically, science gateways have been built by small teams of extremely passionate and talented individuals," said Rion Dooley, lead architect of the Agave API and manager of TACC's Web and Cloud Services group. "Each gateway would recreate infrastructure from the ground up with very little code sharing between them. While the results were impressive, the cost was enormous. As a result, innovation slowed to a crawl year over year as the majority of time on new projects was spent reinventing the wheel."
January 7, 2014, Infographic
Stampede, one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world for open science research, celebrated its first birthday on January 7, 2014, by completing more than 75,000 years of scientific computations – not bad for a one-year-old. Here are some facts, figures & science highlights that capture the comprehensive impact of the system. Stampede and its academic partners will continue to enable promising computational research in 2014 and beyond.
January 6, 2014, Video
Brian Dietrich, Business Development Manager for Intel Americas, spoke with us from the exhibition floor of SC'13 about why Intel values its working relationship with TACC, and why they chose TACC to deploy the Xeon Phi many integrated core co-processor.