June 2018


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  An AI Oncologist to Help Cancer Patients Worldwide

Electrostatic potential distribution mapped to the solvent-accessible surface of PETase showing binding site (dotted). Credit: Gregg Beckham, NREL.


Stampede2 Supercomputer Helps Create Mutant Enzyme That Eats Plastic

The Stampede2 system at TACC helped a research team modify an enzyme that degrades polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, one of the most produced plastics worldwide. It goes into making everything from carpets to water bottles. The scientists published their results in March of 2018 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. They used Stampede2 for molecular dynamics simulations of how the enzyme binds to PET plastic. "Our experience to date on Stampede2 has been absolutely wonderful," said study co-author Gregg Beckham of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. "For all the codes on there that we use, Stampede2 has been a fantastic machine."


  TACC Promotes Two Esteemed Leaders and Longtime Staffers as Group Directors

The Code@TACC Robotics camp gave 36 high school students from Central Texas the opportunity to build and program autonomous vehicles.


Driving Students to STEM Success

This month, 36 high school students from across Central Texas had the opportunity to build and program autonomous vehicles as part of the CODE@TACC Robotics program. Thanks to a $45,900 gift from the KLE Foundation, TACC is addressing the dire need for diversity in computing. The Code@TACC program, now in its fourth year, gives students from schools with limited resources their first exposure to coding and uses a project-based learning approach to expose students to careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).


Catching Mantle Plumes by their Magma Tails

Texas Researchers: You're Invited to the 2018 TACCster Conference!

The 2018 TACC Symposium for Texas Researchers (TACCster) is a meeting of scientists, engineers and scholars from across the state of Texas who use TACC to advance their research. This meeting will be an opportunity to showcase ongoing research involving TACC resources, attend and participate in Birds-of-a-Feather panel discussions, learn new and useful computing skills from a variety of tutorials, network with other Texas-based researchers, and hear about the latest TACC systems and services.


  Profile: Je'aime Powell — A Path to Success

Chemists at UCSD designed a sheet of proteins (C98RhuA) that toggle between states of porosity and density. The cells of the crystal lattice are hinged at the corners of the C98RhuA tetramer, allowing it to turn and open or close the pore. Credit: Robert Alberstein et al.)


Computing the Emergence of Material Behavior

New research, published in April 2018 in Nature Chemistry, could help create new materials for renewable energy, medicine, water purification, and more. Chemists at the University of California, San Diego, designed a sheet of proteins that toggle between different states of porosity and density. This artificial protein assembly is the first whose conformational dynamics can be chemically and mechanically toggled. The biomolecular design research combined experimental studies with computation done on the Maverick GPU-based supercomputer at TACC.


  Save the Date for the Inaugural TACCSTeR Symposium

One of the TACC Institutes from 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 to administering leadership-class advanced computing systems, and more! The next Institutes to take place are: "Data Intensive Computing and Machine Learning" and "Computational Techniques for Life Sciences," July 16-20. Registration deadlines are July 7 and July 9, respectively.


  Welcome Justin Drake to TACC!

Welcome New Members of the ACI Team!

Let's give a warm TACC welcome to the newest staff members in the Advanced Computing Interfaces group (left to right): Brandi Kuritz joins the team as a support specialist; Smruti Padhy joins the group as an engineering scientist; Alexander Barnes joins the development operations team; and Nathan Franklin will work on portals and contribute his GIS expertise to that growing area. Welcome to these new staff members!

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