May 2018

 

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  An AI Oncologist to Help Cancer Patients Worldwide

Comparison between computer-predicted ground-truth clinical target volume (CTV1) (blue) and physician manual contours (red) for four oropharyngeal cancer patients. The primary and nodal gross tumor volume is included (green).

 
 

An AI Oncologist to Help Cancer Patients Worldwide

Before performing radiation therapy, oncologists review medical images to identify tumors and surrounding tissue, a task known as contouring. Researchers from MD Anderson Cancer Center developed a method for automating the contouring process using artificial intelligence and TACC's Maverick supercomputer. They reported their results in the June 2018 issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics.

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  TACC Promotes Two Esteemed Leaders and Longtime Staffers as Group Directors

Paul Navratil (left) and Maytal Dahan (right) have been promoted to directors of their respective groups.

 

TACC Promotes Two Esteemed Leaders and Longtime Staffers as Group Directors

TACC announced that Maytal Dahan will serve as the new Director of Advanced Computing Interfaces, and that Paul Navratil will serve as the new Director of Visualization. Both are leaders in their respective fields and principal investigators on large National Science Foundation (NSF) grants. They will oversee the strategic direction and management of their groups. Congratulations to them both!

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Catching Mantle Plumes by their Magma Tails

Numerical simulation of a mantle plume rising from the core-mantle-boundary.

 

Catching Mantle Plumes by their Magma Tails

Hawaii's volcanoes are unique because they're not located at tectonic plate boundaries. Upwellings of hot rock known as mantle plumes may explain their uniqueness. Simulations on TACC's Stampede1 supercomputer by University of Michigan researchers revealed how mantle plumes form and how they rise in the Earth. The research could help guide future experiments and reduce the need for large-scale, ocean-bottom seismometers.

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  Profile: Je'aime Powell — A Path to Success

Je'aime Powell, Senior Systems Administrator, TACC.

 

Profile: Je'aime Powell — A Path to Success

Je'aime Powell knows what it's like to be an under-represented student. But his immediate love for computers starting at age three and mentors along the way helped him thrive in school and in his career. As a Senior Systems Administrator at TACC, Powell continues to put his passion for education and outreach to good use.

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  TACC Builds Seamless Software for Scientific Innovation

Turbulent channel flow visualization produced using GraviT — a TACC-led SI2 project. Data courtesy of the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences at UT Austin.

 

TACC Builds Seamless Software for Scientific Innovation

At the 2018 NSF Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (SI2) Principal investigators Meeting, researchers from TACC presented new scientific software developed at the center. From frameworks for large-scale visualization to automatic parallelization tools to volunteer computing launchers, TACC-developed software is changing how researchers will compute in the future.

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  New Control Strategy Helps Reap Maximum Power from Wind Farms

The December 2017 cover image of Wind Energy by UT Dallas researchers was produced using TACC's Stampede2 supercomputer.

 

New Control Strategy Helps Reap Maximum Power from Wind Farms

Researchers from The University of Texas at Dallas developed a way to extract more power from the wind. TACC supercomputers allowed the team to accurately model single turbines and full wind farms, and to test new control strategies for maximizing production. The approach has the potential to increase wind power generation by 6-7% and increase revenue by more than $600 million nationwide.

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  TACC Institutes Kick Off with Designing and Administering Large-scale Systems Workshop

A group photo of Institute participants in the TACC machine room.

 

TACC Institutes Kick Off with Designing and Administering Large-scale Systems Workshop

System administrators from across the U.S. and around the world spent a week learning from TACC's experts about the tools, techniques, and practices used to build some of the largest and highest performing clusters in the world. Participants gained practical, hands-on experience provisioning nodes, installing and configuring resource managers, maintaining a user environment, and addressing security concerns.

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  TACC Hosts Scientific Gateways Bootcamp

The cohort from the 2018 Science Gateways Bootcamp.

 

TACC Hosts Scientific Gateways Bootcamp

Developers of scientific gateways who want to advance their work met at TACC this month for a week-long bootcamp organized by the NSF-sponsored Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI). Researchers learned core business skills, technology best practices, and long-term sustainability strategies.

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  Save the Date for the Inaugural TACCSTeR Symposium

Save the Date for the Inaugural TACCSTeR Symposium

On September 20-21, 2018, the center will host the inaugural TACC Symposium for Texas Researchers (TACCSTeR), a meeting of scholars from across Texas who use TACC to advance their research. Participants will showcase their ongoing research using TACC resources, participate in Birds-of-a-Feather panel discussions, learn new and useful computing skills, network with other Texas-based researchers, and hear about the latest TACC systems and services.

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  Welcome Justin Drake to TACC!

Welcome Justin Drake to TACC!

Justin Drake is TACC's newest staff member. He'll be working at the Dell Medical School to transform biomedical data into models that will guide the treatment of pregnant women and newborns. Justin has a PhD in Computational Biophysics from The University of Texas Medical Branch. He enjoys data analysis and visualization, in particular, integrating data science into the delivery of health care. Welcome, Justin!

  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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