June 2020

 

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  Happy 19th Birthday TACC!  
 

Happy 19th Birthday TACC!

June 1st marked the 19th anniversary of the founding of the Texas Advanced Computing Center. We couldn't have made it this far without the talented, dedicated, and hardworking team that continues to overcome whatever challenges we face in our mission to power discoveries that change the world.

 
 
     
 
 
  How Supercomputers Are Getting Us Closer to a COVID-19 Vaccine

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How Supercomputers Are Getting Us Closer to a COVID-19 Vaccine

"Supercomputers are enabling a vastly accelerated pace by which scientists can conduct research and collect and analyze data. Never have they proven their value to society more than during this COVID-19 pandemic." Writing in The Hill, TACC Executive Director Dan Stanzione shares his perspective on efforts to combat the virus.

Read the full Op-Ed

 
 
     
 
 
  A COVID-19 Collaboration As Big As Texas

Screening platforms and automation technologies hosted at the Texas A&M Institute of Biosciences and Technology [Credit: TAMU IBT]

 

A COVID-19 Collaboration As Big As Texas

An international team of scientists — led by Texas researchers — used TACC supercomputers to screen millions of small molecules. They identified the 600 most likely to be effective at disrupting SARS-CoV-2, which are currently being tested at high-containment labs at Boston University, Texas A&M, and UT Medical Branch.

The COVID-19 Drug Discovery Consortium

 
 
     
 
 
 
Gold Standard Force Fields Help Identify Promising Peptides to Disrupt COVID-19

Representation of the coronavirus main protease with a peptide inhibitor. [Credit: Cheatham Lab]

 

Gold Standard Force Fields Help Identify Promising Peptides to Disrupt COVID-19

How molecules bend, bind, or react with proteins in a cellular environment depends strongly on their molecular force fields. Researchers at the University of Utah are using supercomputers at TACC to model more accurate force fields and predict the characteristics of novel drugs that can disrupt the COVID-19 virus.

Speeding up and improving drug discovery

 
 
     
 
 
  TACC COVID-19 Twitter Dataset Enables Social Science Research about Pandemic

Heatmap is derived from a sample of 100,000 tweets with ‘covid' in the tweet and corresponds to major coronavirus outbreak hotspots, indicating that individuals in these areas would be directly impacted by more accurate COVID-19 information. [Credit: Dhiraj Murthy, UT Austin]

 

TACC COVID-19 Twitter Dataset Enables Social Science Research about Pandemic

TACC experts are assembling a large dataset of COVID-19-related Tweets — 40 million a day — and making the dataset available to researchers. UT Austin social science researchers are using the dataset to explore misinformation and racist messaging on Twitter, and to understand how communities share (or don't share) information.

How Twitter can help us understand the pandemic

 
 
     
 
 
 
SARS Coronavirus One and Two Shared Resemblance Conceals Very Different Behavioral Patterns

Mahmoud Moradi, University of Arkansas. [Credit: University Relations, University of Arkansas]

 

SARS Coronavirus One and Two Shared Resemblance Conceals Very Different Behavioral Patterns

The 2003 SARS-CoV-1 global pandemic resulted in about 8,000 total infections worldwide and less than 800 deaths – a fraction of the number caused by SARS-CoV-2. Simulations of the spike proteins on TACC supercomputers show there are significant behavioral differences between the two strains, which could have major implications for how we treat the virus.

Significant differences between the two strains

 
 
     
 
 
 
Supercomputing Drug Screening for Deadly Heart Arrhythmias

A computational pipeline to screen drugs for cardiotoxicity has been developed with the use of TACC supercomputers. [Credit: Yang et al., Circulation Research]

 

Supercomputing Drug Screening for Deadly Heart Arrhythmias

Scientists have developed a new way to screen drugs for induced arrhythmias by computationally analyzing their chemical structures. Simulations on TACC supercomputers and other systems around the country helped scientists study interactions of drug molecules with an ion channel protein embedded in a hydrated lipid bilayer. The research could help make safer pharmaceuticals.

A computational pipeline tests for cardiotoxicity

 
 
     
 
 
  Texascale Days Showcases Potential of Frontera for Large-Scale Simulation and Modeling

Texascale Days Showcases Potential of Frontera for Large-Scale Simulation and Modeling

In March, seven research teams were provided exclusive access to Frontera, TACC's leadership-class supercomputer, to solve large problems in astronomy, biology, and physics. The event is a stepping stone to the science problems of tomorrow and the HPC resources required to investigate them.

Read the full Texascale Days recap

  WELCOME TO TACC'S FRONTERA COMPUTATIONAL SCIENCE FELLOWSHIP AWARDEES

Welcome to TACC's Frontera Fellowship Awardees

The Frontera 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. From simulations of black holes to hurricane storm surge models, these up-and-coming scientists will have an opportunity to conduct research at a scale rarely accessible to students.

Meet the Frontera Fellows for 2020-2021

  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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