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.
Scientists using supercomputers found genes sensitive to cold and drought in a plant help it survive climate change. These findings increase basic understanding of plant adaptation and can be applied to improve crops. The iPlant Collaborative and the supercomputers Stampede, Lonestar and Ranger of the Texas Advanced Computing Center aided in the research. Study funding came from the NSF and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Firefly is using physics-based simulation software, which runs on the Texas Advanced Computing Center’s Stampede supercomputer, to speed up their development process. Firefly, which has signed a Space Act agreement with NASA, is planning to launch its first rocket in 2017.
Published on August 19, 2014 by Faith Singer-Villalobos
At the XSEDE14 conference in Atlanta, a roomful of computational veterans from inside and outside the NSF Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) participated in a full-day workshop on the topic of reproducibility, and clearly, there is a lot at stake. So, what is reproducibility?