'What's New in XSEDE' - archives

M A Y   2 0 1 2

"What's New in XSEDE" (previously "News from XSEDE") is a monthly e-newsletter providing information on scientific discoveries made possible by the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment, as well as the people, places, and programs involved. XSEDE is a five-year high-performance computing project supported by the National Science Foundation.



Image of a triad molecule rendered in bond representation. Carbon atoms are in cyan; nitrogen in blue; hydrogen in white.

Biologically inspired energy: Researchers use TACC's Ranger supercomputer to investigate photosynthetic materials

Margaret Cheung, a University of Houston researcher, is examining nano-materials capable of deriving chemical energy from the sun. Cheung is using Ranger at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) to further the study of "the light-harvesting triad" and to explore how confinement, temperature, and solvents impact the energy-producing capacity of artificial photosynthetic systems.

Read more about photosynthesis research through TACC arrow to link

PICTURED HERE: Image of a triad molecule rendered in bond representation. Carbon atoms are in cyan; nitrogen in blue; hydrogen in white. Courtesy: Margaret Cheung, University of Houston.

PSC provides direct link from Galaxy to the XSEDE network backbone

Through a new network connection facilitated by the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC), researchers working with the immense amount of available genomics data can do so more efficiently. In a pilot program, Penn State University's  bioinformatics researchers will have direct access to the computing power of XSEDE, with a direct connection to Galaxy, a web-based research tool that helps cut down on the amount of time required to access DNA sequencing data.

Read more about the new Galaxy-to-XSEDE connection arrow to link

A moving question: NCSA and XSEDE aid an Indiana University researcher studying the migration of massive planets in protoplanetary disks

With the help of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and XSEDE resources, Scott Michael is studying how planets move within protoplanetary disks -- the rings of gas and dust that surround an emerging planet. The Indiana University astronomer used NCSA resources, Cobalt and Ember, and now is using Pittsburgh Supercomputer Center's Blacklight to stimulate the formation and movement of giant gas planets. Information gained from the research is expected to help determine the dynamics of a system containing these gas planets, which, in turn, could lead to discovering whether planets exist that are habitable and similar to Earth. 

Read more about the planetary research arrow to link

Kraken helps ORNL, Yale researchers take steps toward fast, low-cost DNA sequencing device

Finding ways to bring down the cost of genomic sequencing could place the technology in "everyday clinical practices," enabling its use in medical treatment and prevention. Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Yale University are working toward that aim with the help of the supercomputer Kraken at the National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS).  

Read more about the DNA sequencing research arrow to link

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center scientist to study next-generation advanced reactor

XSEDE supercomputing resources, including the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center's (PSC) Blacklight, are expected to be the systems used to help a group of researchers who are studying the fluid dynamics and thermal stresses involved in nuclear reactors. Anirban Jana of PSC is one of the researchers who will be using XSEDE resources to generate simulations, analysis of large datasets, and a computer model to help design future systems.

Read more about the new reactor study arrow to link

Cloaking research at TACC -- from science fiction to science

Science fiction has displayed a fascination with making objects invisible. But researchers at The University of Texas at Austin are working on a new option that may make "stealth" more science than fiction, with the help of the computing power of the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC).

More on cloaking research (video)arrow to link
(NOTE: Link updated Aug. 9, 2012.)

SDSC Summer Institute 2012.San Diego Supercomputer Center to host 'summer institute' supercomputer workshop, August 6-10

Researchers involved in data-intensive computing are encouraged to apply to attend the San Diego Supercomputer Center's (SDSC) Summer Institute, where they can learn more about the capabilities of SDSC's efficient data-handling supercomputers, Gordon and Trestles. Institute participants are expected to have experience working in a UNIX/Linux environment. The institute charges a registration fee, but scholarships are available to help cover the cost of accommodations.

Read more about the SDSC Summer Institute arrow to link
Apply to attend the Institute arrow to link

TACC-Intel Highly Parallel Computing Symposium 

In preparation for the use of Intel's many-core computing architecture and single-chip cloud computing, the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) held a workshop in April that drew more than 100 researchers and computer engineers to Austin, Texas. The talks concentrated on the new architecture's tools, goals, and research processes that are designed to aid the high-performance computing community.

Read more about the TACC symposium arrow to link

Fluorish representing nutshell.XSEDE in a nutshell

Following are events, deadlines and opportunities related to XSEDE: