February 2019

 

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  Serving the Lone Star State

UTRC infographic designed by Matt Stelmaszek, TACC.

 
 

Serving the Lone Star State

Though TACC's reach is nationwide, our heart bleeds burnt orange. Since our inception, TACC has helped scholars throughout The University of Texas System's 14 institutions collaborate and compete at the forefront of science and discovery. In 2018 alone, TACC supported more than 2,000 Texas scientists from all 14 UT System Institutions and provided more than 550 million core hours of compute time as part of the UT Research Cyberinfrastructure (UTRC) initiative. In our newest Special Report, we profile incredible discoveries from every UT System institution.

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  TACC Wins Cyberinfrastructure (CI) Research 4 Social Change Award

NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) programs support active research participation by undergraduate students in research.

 

TACC Wins Cyberinfrastructure (CI) Research 4 Social Change Award

Starting this summer, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will award TACC with a $323,600 renewal grant to engage undergraduate students in solving real-world problems of national relevance. The project will prepare students to use advanced CI resources to build capacity in research areas, such as computational medicine, hurricane storm surge, and environmental monitoring. Today's students have a strong desire to have an impact in their communities and a strong desire to be part of something larger than themselves.

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  Modeling Uncertain Terrain with Supercomputers

Tan Bui-Thanh, ICES, UT Austin.

 

Modeling Uncertain Terrain with Supercomputers

Many areas of science and engineering try to predict how an object will respond to a stimulus—how earthquakes propagate through the Earth or how a tumor will respond to treatment. This is difficult even when you know exactly what the object is made of, but how about when the object's structure is unknown? The class of problems that deal with such cases is known as inverse modeling. Researcher Tan Bui-Thanh from UT Austin's Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) recently received a NSF CAREER award to develop and test new mathematical and computational approaches to statistical inverse problems using TACC's supercomputers.

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  Renewable Generation of Energy

A schematic of photocatalytic reduction of CO2 to chemical fuels. (Credit: Kristin A. Personn et al.)

 

Renewable Generation of Energy

While the conversion of greenhouse CO2 to chemical fuels offers a promising renewable energy technology, there is a dire need for new materials. With the help of TACC's Stampede2 supercomputer, authors report the largest CO2 photocathode search using a first-principles approach to identify both known and unreported candidate photo catalysts.

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  TACC Leadership Invited to Speak at EuroVis 2019

Paul Navratil, Director of Visualization, TACC

 

TACC Leadership Invited to Speak at EuroVis 2019

Congratulations, Paul Navratil! As TACC's Director of Visualization, Paul has been invited to give one of two plenary keynotes at EuroVis 2019, which will take place this June in Portugal.

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  Getting Ready for Frontera

Data Direct Networks will contribute the primary storage system to Frontera.

 

Getting Ready for Frontera

In August 2018, the NSF announced that it awarded TACC the acquisition and deployment of a new supercomputer, known as Frontera, which will be the fastest at any U.S. university and among the most powerful in the world. Construction of the system is well underway. TACC recently started installation of Data Direct Networks storage in Frontera—60 petabytes in all! Since 2006, TACC has built and operated three supercomputers that debuted in the Top 15 most powerful systems in the world: Ranger (2008), Stampede1 (2012) and Stampede2 (2017). Three other systems debuted in the Top 25.

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  Inspiring the Next Generation

Roberto Camacho Barranco, The University of Texas at El Paso.

Inspiring the Next Generation

At TACC, we strive to get students excited about STEM careers. Roberto Camacho Barranco, a PhD candidate in Computer Science at UT El Paso, credits his professors, and TACC's Kelly Gaither and Rosie Gomez for being "a continuous source of inspiration" and helping him grow as a person and as a mentor. This summer, Roberto will start his dream job at Google.

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  NSF Funds Jetstream through 2020

Jetstream helps researchers create interactive GIS applications to protect Rocky Mountain trees.

NSF Funds Jetstream through 2020

The NSF announced it will fund operations for the Jetstream supercomputer through 2020. Jetstream, co-located at Indiana University and TACC, is the first user-friendly, scalable cloud environment for researchers across the country. The system enables researchers working at the "long tail of science" to make new discoveries.

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  Work at TACC!

New TACC staffers: Frank Netscher and Kelly Pierce.

Welcome Kelly Pierce and Frank Netscher to TACC!

Kelly Pierce joins TACC's Data Mining and Statistics group as a research assistant. She is interested in using data analytics and machine learning tools to address problems in public health. She earned her PhD in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior from UT Austin. Frank Netscher, formerly an intern in the Web & Mobile Applications group, also joins the team as a full-time developer. Frank earned his B.S. in Physics from UT Austin.

 
 
     
 
 
 

 

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