December 2019

 

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  HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE TEXAS ADVANCED COMPUTING CENTER!  
 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE TEXAS ADVANCED COMPUTING CENTER!

As 2019 draws to a close and a new decade begins, we'd like to take this opportunity to wish you a happy, festive holiday season from everyone at TACC! We look forward to powering discoveries with you in 2020!

 
 
     
 
 
  TACC REMAINS AMONG THE WORLD'S LEADERS IN ACADEMIC SUPERCOMPUTING

Frontera is the most powerful supercomputer at any university in the world, and the fifth fastest overall.

 

TACC REMAINS AMONG THE WORLD'S LEADERS IN ACADEMIC SUPERCOMPUTING

According to the November 2019 Top 500 list, three of TACC's supercomputers are among the fastest in the world: #5 (Frontera), #18 (Stampede2), and #120 (Longhorn). They are the first, second, and sixth most powerful academic supercomputers in the U.S., respectively, and are helping to make UT Austin the leading computational research institution in the world. In addition, TACC won three awards from HPCwire: an Editor's Choice Award for Top Supercomputer Achievement; a Readers' Choice Award for Top HPC-Enabled Scientific Achievement; and an Editors' Choice Award for Best Use of HPC in Life Sciences.

TACC LEADS THE PACK

 
 
     
 
 
  LEADERSHIP-CLASS COMPUTING ON FRONTERA

Still from a simulation of an HIV capsid computed on Frontera by Gregory Voth from the University of Chicago.

 

LEADERSHIP-CLASS COMPUTING ON FRONTERA

In October, TACC provided five research teams access to the entire Frontera system to run calculations that, for many, were among the largest ever performed in their field. Ranging from simulations of HIV's protein shell to models of merging stars, the research pushed the limits of sustained petascale performance and helped power discoveries.

SUPERSIZED RESULTS

 
 
     
 
 
 
SUPERCHARGE YOUR EDUCATION ON FRONTERA
 

SUPERCHARGE YOUR EDUCATION ON FRONTERA

Just announced! The new Frontera Computational Science Fellowship program provides a year-long opportunity for talented graduate students to compute on the most powerful academic supercomputer in the world and collaborate with experts at TACC.

MORE INFORMATION ON ELIGIBILITY, PROGRAM DETAILS, AND HOW TO APPLY

 
 
     
 
 
  TACC KEY COLLABORATOR IN NEW NIH GRANT TO EXPLORE CHRONIC PAIN AND OPIOID RELIANCE

With more than 25 million adults in the U.S. experiencing daily pain, the U.S. is facing a crisis due to the high prevalence of chronic pain and associated opioid use disorder and overdose deaths.

 

TACC KEY COLLABORATOR IN NEW NIH GRANT TO EXPLORE CHRONIC PAIN AND OPIOID RELIANCE

TACC will be a key collaborator in a first-of-its-kind effort to investigate the biological characteristics underlying the transition from acute to chronic pain and the subsequent addiction to opioids. TACC will provide the cyberinfrastructure and expertise that will serve as the central nexus for information, data, analysis, and collaboration on the project.

ISSUES THAT MATTER

 
 
     
 
 
  RETHINKING BRAIN-INSPIRED COMPUTING FROM THE ATOM UP

Researchers in Alex Demkov's group study new nanomaterials in the UT Materials Physics Lab.

 

RETHINKING BRAIN-INSPIRED COMPUTING FROM THE ATOM UP

In the last century, computer processing power has doubled every two years (according to Moore's Law), and in the process transformed our world. But as chips begin to reach the physical limits of miniaturization, alternative paradigms — some new, some old — are getting a fresh look from researchers. Neuromorphic computing, based on how the brain operates, is one such paradigm. An interdisciplinary team at UT Austin are using the power of TACC's supercomputers to envision new neuromorphic computing architectures.

NEW THINKING ON COMPUTING

 
 
     
 
 
  NSF INVESTS IN CYBERINFRASTRUCTURE INSTITUTE TO HARNESS COSMIC DATA

Artist's conception of the extended gaseous halo surrounding the distant, low mass galaxy. Image credit: T. Klein, CGCA

 

NSF INVESTS IN CYBERINFRASTRUCTURE INSTITUTE TO HARNESS COSMIC DATA

The NSF recently awarded $2.8 million to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and eight collaborating organizations, including TACC, to develop a Scalable Cyberinfrastructure Institute for Multi-Messenger Astrophysics (SCIMMA). TACC will help develop machine learning-based algorithms to allow researchers to quickly detect key astronomical events, coordinate observations, and aggregate information.

HARNESSING COSMIC DATA

 
 
     
 
 
  TACC ANNOUNCES TWO CHANGES TO LEADERSHIP TEAM

Left to Right: Bill Barth and John Cazes of TACC

 

TACC ANNOUNCES TWO CHANGES TO LEADERSHIP TEAM

John Cazes has been promoted to Director of the High Performance Computing (HPC) where he will oversee a team of 20 responsible for improving application performance and providing frontline support. Bill Barth, who served as TACC's Director of HPC for more than a decade, will lead the newly-formed Future Technologies group, which will focus on technology decisions around the center's future HPC systems.

CONGRATULATIONS!

 
 
     
 
 
  TWISTED PHYSICS  

TWISTED PHYSICS

In 2011, UT Austin physicist Allan MacDonald used TACC supercomputers to make an unexpected discovery. When layers of bilayer graphene were twisted 1.1 degrees — the "magic angle" — the electrons behaved in an unusual way. Seven years later, physical experiments at MIT confirmed that twisted bi-layer graphene exhibited remarkable properties — in particular, superconductivity at a surprisingly high temperature. A study in Nature showed that this superconductivity can be turned on or off with a small voltage change, increasing its usefulness for electronic devices.

A LITTLE TWIST

 
 
     
 
 
  WELCOME NEW TACC STAFF MEMBERS!

Left to Right (top): Gopaulakrishnan Shweta, Sophia Price, Wesley Bomar. Left to Right (bottom): Chante Steinbarth, Hannah Lewis

WELCOME NEW TACC STAFF MEMBERS!

Please welcome several new faces to the center: Gopaulakrishnan Shweta, Data Science Specialist in the Life Sciences Computing group; Sophia Price, Senior HR Coordinator in the Center Operations & Administration group; Wesley Bomar, Front End Developer in the Communications, Media & Design group; and Chante Steinbarth and Hannah Lewis, Administrative Associates in the Center Operations & Administration group.

  GET A COPY OF TEXASCALE 2019!

GET A COPY OF TEXASCALE 2019!

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  Work at TACC!

Work @ TACC

Working at TACC means being part of a dynamic and exciting environment, where talented individuals 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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