April 2020

 

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  Texas Supercomputers Join COVID-19 Fight  
 

Texas Supercomputers Join COVID-19 Fight

The White House enlisted some of the world's most powerful supercomputers in the battle against COVID-19, including Frontera and Stampede2 at TACC. COVID-19 researchers have already started using TACC systems. As part of the new High Performance Computing Consortium, TACC systems will enable researchers worldwide to understand, develop treatments, and predict the spread of coronavirus.

White House makes supercomputing a priority

 
 
     
 
 
  Coronavirus Massive Simulations Completed on Frontera Supercomputer

Rommie Amaro, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UCSD

 

Coronavirus Massive Simulations Completed on Frontera Supercomputer

UCSD researcher Rommie Amaro is creating an all-atom computer model of the coronavirus on the Frontera supercomputer. Her model builds on the success of her lab's previous all-atom influenza virus simulations. Knowledge gained from the full model can help researchers design new drugs and vaccines to fight COVID-19.

Towards a 200-million-atom computer model

 
 
     
 
 
  Supercomputers Unlock Reproductive Mysteries of Viruses and Life

Simulations of the structure of DNA polymerase highlighting the active site groups. Credit: Roston et al.

 

Supercomputers Unlock Reproductive Mysteries of Viruses and Life

Viruses such as the coronavirus rely on the host cell membrane to drastically bend and eventually let loose the replicated viruses trapped inside the cell. Scientists are using TACC's Stampede2 and SDSC's Comet supercomputers to understand the mechanism behind this budding off of viruses. A related study used supercomputer simulations to show how DNA adds bases to its growing strand during replication.

Unlocking reproductive mysteries

 
 
     
 
 
 
EPIC's WeTeach_CS Resources Available for Online Instruction
 

EPIC's WeTeach_CS Resources Available for Online Instruction

Thank you to the classroom teachers and administrators who are working overtime to support K-12 students and families no longer attending school in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic. EPIC's WeTeach_CS provides online platforms for learning Computer Science, particularly in high school courses.

Access to online CS courses

 
 
     
 
 
  Even the Smallest Problems Need the Biggest Supercomputers

Atomic-scale model of the interface between graphene and a hybrid organic-inorganic perovskite for photovoltaics. [Credit: George Volonakis]

 

Even the Smallest Problems Need the Biggest Supercomputers

Feliciano Giustino at the Oden Institute is well known for his contributions to materials design at the quantum level. Recently, he and his team developed a material that was found to efficiently produce warm-white LEDs that emit a glow closer to natural light. Current projects from his team are using TACC's Frontera supercomputer.

Solving the tiniest problems

 
 
     
 
 
 
Surveying Deepest Space to Understand Dark Energy

Astronomy Professor Karl Gebhardt is an expert at uncovering the dynamics of distant invisible phenomenon.

 

Surveying Deepest Space to Understand Dark Energy

The Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment, or HETDEX, is surveying the sky for galaxies that were active 10 billion years ago to determine the rate of expansion in the early cosmos. HETDEX will capture 400 billion resolution elements — a mountain of data that is analyzed using TACC supercomputers. The experiment will help astronomers understand why the expansion of the universe is accelerating.

Pinning down the expansion rate of the Universe

 
 
     
 
 
 
Supercomputers Drive Ion Transport Research

Supercomputers help scientists understand how salt in water passes through atomically-thin nanoporous membranes. Credit: Malmir et al.

 

Supercomputers Drive Ion Transport Research

New research could help make progress in water desalination, decontaminating the environment, better pharmaceuticals, and more. Scientists are using TACC's Stampede2 supercomputer to help understand the rare event of salts in water passing through atomically-thin nanoporous membranes — where the rate of ion transport through a membrane needs to be minimized.

A rare event bursts on the scene

 
 
     
 
 
  WELCOME NEW TACC STAFF MEMBERS!

WELCOME NEW TACC STAFF MEMBER

Please welcome Loren Cain to TACC! Loren has joined the Center Programs group as a Project Coordinator. She previously held a senior research coordinator position at Dell Medical School in the departments of Women's Health and Medical Education. She studied Kinesiology at Louisiana State University, earning undergraduate and graduate degrees.

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