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Work on Blue Waters Earns Illinois Professors Editor’s Choice Pick

The blazing fast processing speed of the Blue Waters supercomputer yielded frigid results and a hot honor for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign chemistry professor So Hirata. Selected by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications last year as a Blue Waters Professor, Hirata was able to take advantage of the computing time set aside for these distinguished researchers to explore a very cold topic: ice. And a resulting article was tapped as an “editor’s pick” by the Journal of Chemical Physics and featured on the journal’s website the week of May 30th. Hirata and his Illinois collaborators Soohaeng Y. Willow and Michael A. Salim wrote they “combined the massive computational power of Blue Waters with an algorithmic breakthrough that made ab initio quantum chemistry calculations faster, scalable in parallel, and thus applicable to condensed-phase systems.” Read more at

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