July 2020

 

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  Sugar Coating Locks and Loads Coronavirus for Infection

The coronavirus uses glycans (deep blue) to camouflage itself as harmless from defending antibodies. Credit: Lorenzo Casalino (UCSD).

 
 

Sugar Coating Locks and Loads Coronavirus for Infection

Simulations on the Frontera supercomputer at TACC have revealed the atomic makeup and infection-activating function of the coronavirus's sugary shield of molecules called glycans. The Amaro Lab hopes this research will add to the arsenal of knowledge needed to defeat COVID-19.

Shielding and beyond

 
 
     
 
 
  MD Anderson, UT Austin Create Unique Data-Driven Collaboration to Eliminate Cancer

(L-R) David Jaffray, MD Anderson Cancer Center; Karen Willcox, Oden Institute; Dan Stanzione, Texas Advanced Computing Center.

 

MD Anderson, UT Austin Create Unique Data-Driven Collaboration to Eliminate Cancer

TACC and the Oden Institute at UT Austin announced a new collaboration with the MD Anderson Cancer Center to advance computational oncology research. With their combined expertise, the three organizations represent one of the world's largest ecosystems for computational modeling and HPC applied to cancer research.

Learn more about the collaboration

 
 
     
 
 
  New Collection of Stars, Not Born In Our Galaxy, Discovered in Milky Way

The all-sky view that the Gaia survey would have of a simulated Milky-Way-like galaxy. [Credit: Sanderson et al. The Astrophysical Journal]

 

New Collection of Stars, Not Born In Our Galaxy, Discovered in Milky Way

Astrophysicists announced the discovery of Nyx, a new collection of 250 stars that are the remnant of a dwarf galaxy that merged with the Milky Way eons ago. The research combined galaxy simulation, deep learning, and data from the Gaia space mission, and required some of the largest, fastest supercomputers in the world, including Stampede2 and Frontera at TACC.

First sighting, Nyx

 
 
     
 
 
 
Designing Anew: Radical COVID-19 Drug Development Approach Shows Promise

New antiviral binder proteins (blue) have been designed on the computer to target the coronavirus and block its ability to infect cells. Credit: Ian C. Haydon/Institute for Protein Design.

 

Designing Anew: Radical COVID-19 Drug Development Approach Shows Promise

Researchers at the University of Washington's Baker Lab are using computational design on TACC systems to create synthetic, never-before-seen therapeutics for coronavirus. They have designed millions of mini-binders that target the virus's seven major proteins. To date, more than 2,000 have shown binding signals to their respective targets.

Read more about new COVID-19 therapeutics

 
 
     
 
 
  Stampede1 Pays Dividends for Economic Research

BigTex at Flexential Plano data center.

 

Stampede1 Pays Dividends for Economic Research

After it was decommissioned in 2017, TACC donated racks of Stampede1 to the Federal Reserve, which renamed it BigTex. The system has tripled the bank's research computing capacity and supports research into policy decisions or shocks to the U.S. economic system.

Read more about how economists compute

 
 
     
 
 
 
UT Austin Collaborative Tackles Math and Computer Science Teaching Shortages in Texas
 

UT Austin Collaborative Tackles Math and Computer Science Teaching Shortages in Texas

WeTeach_CS of TACC has partnered with two organizations from the College of Natural Sciences — the Charles A. Dana Center and UTeach — to address critical needs of Texas educators and students in math and computer science.

Expanding access to computer science and mathematics education

 
 
     
 
 
  BigHPC Texas/Portugal Partnership Forged to Transform Data Science

BigHPC Texas/Portugal Partnership Forged to Transform Data Science

The Portuguese Foundation of Science and Technology, TACC, the UT Austin Portugal program, and the UT Austin Department of Computer Science have partnered on a new $2 million project called BigHPC: A Management Framework for Consolidated Big Data and HPC.

Addressing challenges in today's HPC data centers

  Mask Up and Carry On

Mask Up and Carry On

Mitchell Collins-Bailey in TACC's Large Scale Systems group wears one of TACC's new face coverings while working in the data center. Masks are being mailed to staff members who are working from home.

Photo courtesy of Mark Brueschke, TACC.

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