December 2020

 

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  Happy Holidays from the Texas Advanced Computing Center!  
 

Happy Holidays from the Texas Advanced Computing Center!

As this unprecedented year draws to a close, we'd like to take this opportunity to wish you a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season. We look forward to powering discoveries with you in 2021!

 
 
     
 
 
  Charting the Course for U.S. Academic Supercomputing

Conceptual view of TACC's expanded data center.

 

Charting the Course for U.S. Academic Supercomputing

The National Science Foundation (NSF) invited TACC to develop a plan for a Leadership-Class Computing Facility (LCCF) — a center for cyberinfrastructure that includes hardware, software, storage, people, and programs. The facility would begin operations around 2025 and support academic researchers in the U.S. on a decadal scale. Its first mission: to deploy a system 10 times more capable than Frontera.

10x Science

 
 
     
 
 
  Frontera Expansion to Support Urgent Computing

Frontera, TACC's NSF-funded leadership-class advanced computing system, will expand to support urgent computing and basic science for the national research community.

 

Frontera Expansion to Support Urgent Computing

Thanks to a supplemental award from NSF and contributions from Dell Technologies, TACC will add several new compute racks to the Frontera supercomputer — currently the 9th most powerful system in the world — to support urgent computing efforts, including COVID-19 tracking and modeling, and hurricane forecasting. The award will also allow the academic community to double its usage of Longhorn, a subsystem of Frontera that supports deep learning workloads.

Frontera Expands

 
 
     
 
 
 
Protein Storytelling to Address the Pandemic

Computational molecular physics modeling of COVID-19 infecting the human cell. Credit: Lucy Fallon, Laufer Center.

 

Protein Storytelling to Address the Pandemic

Stony Brook University researcher Ken Dill is using TACC's Frontera supercomputer to make structure predictions for 19 proteins from the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Each of these proteins could serve as an avenue for new drug developments. Dill and colleagues have made their structure predictions publicly available and are working with teams to experimentally test their accuracy.

The Secret Lives of Proteins

 
 
     
 
 
  TACC Staff, Systems Contribute to 2020 Gordon Bell Prize for COVID-19 Research

Rommie Amaro, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, San Diego.

 

TACC Staff, Systems Contribute to 2020 Gordon Bell Prize for COVID-19 Research

A team led by Rommie Amaro at the University of California, San Diego, and Arvind Ramanathan at Argonne National Laboratory, has been exploring how the COVID-19 spike protein gains access to the human cell. The team's first-of-its-kind workflow, developed at TACC and run on Summit at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, earned the team the ACM Gordon Bell Special Prize for High Performance Computing-Based COVID-19 Research.

Coveted Supercomputing Award

 
 
     
 
 
  Disaster Database is Go-To Hub for Natural Hazard Information

Disaster Database is Go-To Hub for Natural Hazard Information

Thanks to a $15.5 million renewal from NSF, the DesignSafe natural hazards research platform will continue to grow and serve researchers through 2025. Currently, more than 5,000 researchers have uploaded data documenting the damage from more than 50 major disasters. TACC hosts DesignSafe data on its cloud servers, and TACC researchers are developing analytical tools using machine learning and artificial intelligence for DesignSafe users.

A more complete picture of natural hazards

  Final Dance of Unequal Black Hole Partners

Final Dance of Unequal Black Hole Partners

In 2005, Carlos Lousto was among the first researchers to simulate the impacts of two black holes merging. A decade later, his results were observationally confirmed by LIGO. Recently, Lousto and James Healy, both of Rochester Institute of Technology, used TACC's Frontera supercomputer to model for the first time a merger of two black holes with very different sizes, a ratio of 128 to 1.

First-ever simulation of large mass ratio black hole merger

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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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