April 2018

 

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  Anticipating the Dangers of Space

Artist's depiction of the proposed Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL) vehicle platform. (Douglas Aircraft Co., 1967)

 
 

Anticipating the Dangers of Space

Astronauts and future space tourists may one day face radiation from solar winds and galactic cosmic rays that can cause illness and injure organs. How much radiation, what kind, and what the anticipated health impacts of this exposure would be to astronauts are open questions. Researchers from Texas A&M, NASA and the University of Texas Medical Branch used TACC supercomputers to investigate the radiation exposure related to the Manned Orbiting Laboratory mission, planned for the 1960s and 70s, during which a dangerous solar storm occurred.

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  Catching a Big Fish Genome Requires Big Data

Scientists annotated and assembled the fish genome of Seriola dorsalis, aka California Yellowtail, using big data and supercomputers. Closely related Seriola Ialandi shown. (Fishbase)

 

A Big Fish Genome Requires Big Data

Researchers from the Southwest Fisheries Science Center of the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service, Iowa State University, and the Instituto Politécnico Nacional in Mexico assembled and annotated for the first time the genome of the fish species Seriola dorsalis using TACC's Stampede and other advanced computing resources. Also known as California Yellowtail, it's a fish of high value to the seafood industry. Insights into its genome will help with breeding and commercialization. They published their results in January 2018 in the journal BMC Genomics.

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  New Control Strategy Helps Reap Maximum Power from Wind Farms

The December 2017 cover image of Wind Energy, by University of Texas at Dallas researchers Christian Santoni Kenneth Carrasquillo Isnardo Arenas‚ÄźNavarro and Stefano Leonardi, was produced using Stampede2 at the Texas Advanced Computing Center.

 

New Control Strategy Helps Reap Maximum Power from Wind Farms

Researchers from The University of Texas at Dallas developed a new way to extract more power from the wind using improved algorithms and control strategies. The approach has the potential to increase wind power generation by 6-7% with a consequent increase in revenue of mre than $600 million nationwide. The researchers used TACC supercomputers to create virtual wind farms on which to develop and test the new approach and published their research in Wind Energy and Renewable Energy.

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  Hands-On Supercomputing Labs Prepare Students in Careers for Drug Discovery

Pierre Neuenschwander, Associate Professor of Biochemistry, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler

 

Hands-On Supercomputing Labs Prepare Students in Careers for Drug Discovery

Pierre Neuenschwander at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler has used TACC supercomputers for his Proteins and Nucleic Acids course every year since 2014. Access to TACC allows him to expose students to computational modeling and design in a way that makes molecular and atomic reactions more concrete for students. In the class, students learn how to use TACC supercomputers to run virtual experiments and get hands-on experience in computational biochemistry to prepare them for careers in the field.

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  Overcoming a Battery's Fatal Flaw

Researchers used TACC supercomputers to simulate the behavior of new materials in lithium metal batteries.

 

Overcoming a Battery's Fatal Flaw

Electric vehicles, wind turbines or smart grids require batteries with greater energy capacity than are currently available. Lithium-metal batteries are leading contender, however dendrites, or sharp needles made of clumps of lithium atoms, can cause the batteries to heat up and short-circuit. Using the Stampede and Lonestar supercomputers, researchers from Texas A&M simulated the behavior of graphene oxide nanosheets that can limit the formation of dendrites and produce more efficient and long-lasting energy storage devices.

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  The TACC Institutes: Immersive Training in Advanced Computation

One of the TACC Institutes in a previous year.

 

The TACC Institutes: Immersive Training in Advanced Computation

Get ready to learn from the experts at TACC! The TACC Institute Series offers attendees five days of intense, immersive training in advanced computation with topics ranging from developing parallel applications for modern high performance computers to visualizing and analyzing large data sets, administering leadership-class advanced computing systems, executing reproducible experiments in the cloud, and purchasing and operating considerations for organizations wanting to add advanced computing resources to their R&D portfolio. The first Institute starts next week (April 30) and the last Institute occurs in September.

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  Gateways 2018 Call for Participation (1st deadline: May 7)

TACC's new building on the J.J. Pickle Research Campus

 

Gateways 2018 Call for Participation (1st deadline: May 7)

The Gateways 2018 conference will take place September 25 - 27 at TACC on the J.J. Pickle Research Campus. Gateways are user-friendly interfaces to scientific computing, data, and other domain-specific resources to support research and education. The conference is now accepting submissions for papers, demos, tutorials, and panels on the topic of science or engineering gateways. The primary submission deadline is May 7, and the poster session deadline is August 1.

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  Get Involved: Computing4Change Competition

Students celebrate their work at SC17.

Get Involved: Computing4Change Competition

Do you know of currently enrolled undergraduate students who want to enhance their computing skills and create positive change in their communities? TACC is organizing a one-of-a-kind learning experience, culminating in a week at SC18, with travel, hotel and registration expenses covered. Participants will learn to think computationally and solve real problems. Diversity is encouraged, and no programming skills are required. Applications close May 21!

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  Welcome Michael, Sarah and Joe to TACC!

(Left to right): Michael Spinks, Sarah Gray, Joe Garcia

Welcome Michael, Sarah and Joe to TACC!

Michael Spinks joins TACC's HPC Performance and Architecture group. Michael comes to the center from UT's Texas Petawatt Laser facility and works on front line ticket support. Sarah Gray joins the Web and Mobile Applications group where she develops software for various web portals, including DesignSafe. Sarah has a BS in Computer Science from A&M and six years of experience at the Department of Defense doing software development. Joe Garcia joins the HPC Software Tools group at TACC to provide front line ticket support. He has a BS in Computational Physics from UT Austin and was a TACC intern during Summer 2017. Welcome to these new TACCsters!

  Work at TACC!

Work at TACC!

Working at TACC means being part of a dynamic and exciting environment, where talented individuals can pursue their interests, engage their imaginations, and work at the forefront of computational research. Working with us also means living in Austin, an exceptional city that thrives on innovation, culture, and creativity.

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