When a hail storm moved through Fort Worth, Texas, on May 5, 1995, it battered the highly populated area with hail up to 4 inches in diameter, as well as striking a local outdoor festival known as the Fort Worth Mayfest.
Daniel Bodony's love of science began with a love of airplanes. He worked for one of his dad's colleagues on the weekends who had an airplane. "I would mow his grass and he would let me fly," Bodony remembers fondly.
A fresh breeze is blowing across the scientific landscape in 2016. As the cloud-based component in the US cyberinfrastructure, Jetstream promises to sweep thousands of researchers into the world of computationally intense discovery, providing on demand access to NSF-managed computing resources.
Published on December 3, 2015 by The Next Platform
The Next Platform had a chat with Tommy Minyard, director of advanced computing systems at TACC, about the experimental nature of the center and what compute, storage, and networking technologies are being embraced now to run its HPC workloads for the next several years.
Published on November 20, 2015 by The Next Platform
Between 75,000 and 100,000 people in North America receive heart valve implants each year, and several hundred thousand people receive them worldwide. The first such replacement valves were made from synthetic materials. These “mechanical” valves last indefinitely but require lifelong treatment with anticoagulants (blood thinners), which requires monthly blood tests to monitor dosage and has associated medical complications.
The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin today announced it will enable the academic research community to take advantage of the capabilities of Microsoft’s Project Catapult reconfigurable fabric platform. Project Catapult is expected to improve the speed and efficiency of science and engineering calculations using conventional cluster nodes augmented with field-programmable gate arrays, or FPGAs.
Tens of thousands suffer from abdominal aortic aneurysms every year, too often with deadly consequences. Yale scientists looked to Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) supercomputers to model the flow of blood through the aorta. Their work is a crucial piece to solving this disease and saving patient lives.
Published on Sept. 24, 2015 by By Amina Khan, LA Times
Not all astronomy is about gazing at stars. By creating a galaxy inside a powerful supercomputer, scientists say they’ve developed a model that may explain how some of the brightest galaxies in the early universe came to be.
Published on July 26. 2015 by Kirk Ladendorf, Austin American Statesman
Texas Advanced Computing Center’s new supercomputer, Lonestar5, will serve the University of Texas, the University of Texas System, Texas A&M University and Texas Tech University. Eventually, the new UT Dell Medical School is also expected to become a user.
Published on July 21, 2015 by Ralph Haurwitz, Austin American Statesman
University of Texas researchers have been awarded a $13.7 million federal grant to develop a software platform and other cyber tools to help engineers construct buildings, levees, bridges, highways and other structures that are better able to withstand earthquakes and other natural hazards.
Powerful supercomputers around the country continue to push advances in cancer research. One of the latest success stories comes out of The University of Texas at Austin, where Texas Advanced Computing Center machines revealed a connection between cross-shaped (cruciform) DNA segments and human cancers. By shedding light on the pathways involved in cancer formation, the research may lead to improved cancer prevention and treatment efforts.
With the TACC Vislab as the hosting venue, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 632 to put the Governor’s University Research Initiative into legislation. This initiative will provide matching funds for any state university that seeks to recruit well-renowned faculty, namely Nobel Prize laureates and members of the National Academy. The bill particularly hones in on academics in STEM, and will provide a new trajectory to place Texas at the very top tier of higher education in the United States.
“Early operations mode” describes the status of two NSF-funded systems that are on track to support a wider range of user than is traditionally served by elite-level supercomputing. Wrangler is the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) system that we reported on last week, so now we turn our attention to Comet, the petascale supercomputer readying for launch at San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC).
A recent study relied on programming by Weijia Xu, group leader for the Data Mining and Statistics Group at TACC, suggests gene expression plays a significant role in a plant’s adaptation to local climate.