November 2020

 

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  Frontera on the Front Lines During Record Hurricane Season

A snapshot of the storm surge guidance system from ADCIRC and CERA powered by TACC's Frontera and other supercomputers.

 
 

Frontera on the Front Lines During Record Hurricane Season

There have been a record-breaking 15 hurricanes in 2020, the most in a single season since 1969. To protect people and property, researchers developed a computer program called ADCIRC to predict storm surge. Using Frontera, researchers can run three scenarios in the time it previously took to run one and are using larger, more resolved meshes, to provide better guidance to emergency managers and decision-makers.

Frontera in front of hurricanes

 
 
     
 
 
  Hidden States of the COVID-19 Spike Protein

Atomic model for binding of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein to the ACE2 receptor on the host cell membrane. Credit: University of California, Berkeley; Istanbul Technical University.

 

Hidden States of the COVID-19 Spike Protein

Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley and Istanbul Technical University modeled the COVID-19 virus on TACC's Stampede2 supercomputer. They found that the spike protein visits an intermediate state before it can dock to the receptor protein on the host cell membrane. This intermediate state can be useful to target drugs that prevent the spike protein from initiating infection.

Uncovering the workings of a virus

 
 
     
 
 
  UT Austin, MD Anderson Announce First Collaborative Projects in United Fight to End Cancer  

UT Austin, MD Anderson Announce First Collaborative Projects in United Fight to End Cancer

Earlier this year, the MD Anderson Cancer Center, Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences, and TACC launched a new collaboration in oncological data and computational science. The program announced the first five projects funded through the collaboration, situated at the interface of cancer, mechanism-based modeling, and computation.

Excellence in computing and cancer research

 
 
     
 
 
 
Galactic Archaeology

Gen Chiaki (left) and John Wise (right) both at the Center for Relativistic Astrophysics, Georgia Tech.

 

Galactic Archaeology

For the first time, a computational astrophysics study modeled faint supernovae of metal-free first stars, yielding patterns of carbon abundance present in the formation of second generation stars. Using Stampede2, Comet of the San Diego Supercomputer Center, and Georgia Tech's PACE Hive cluster, the study investigated the formation of first stars and the origin of elements heavier than hydrogen, helium, lithium.

Supercomputers dig into first star fossils

 
 
     
 
 
  Frontera Interview with TACC Executive Director Dan Stanzione

Dan Stanzione (left) and Timothy Prickett Morgan (right).

 

Frontera Interview with TACC Executive Director Dan Stanzione

Next Platform TV talked with Dan Stanzione to get an update on the Frontera supercomputer. They discussed how the system is performing, its work on COVID-19 research, and the process of choosing the architecture for Frontera's successor.

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  Texascale 2020 - Read the Latest Edition

Texascale 2020 — Read the Latest Edition

Texascale, TACC's annual magazine, is online! Read stories of heroic computations in the fight against COVID-19, deep learning in deep space, advances in hurricane forecasting, and the center's commitment to broadening participation and diversity.

Texascale 2020

  2020 State of Computer Science Education Report

2020 State of Computer Science Education Report

The Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Alliance, headquartered within the TACC's Expanding Pathways in Computing (EPIC) unit, recently co-authored the 2020 State of Computer Science Education Report.

Read the full report and check out your state's fact sheet

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