August is nearing its conclusion, and another busy month in the supercomputing sector
s is set to come to a close. With another week behind us, it’s time to once again pause and look at some of the key happenings in the sector, which include news from a wide range of sectors.
Universities buying into big data
The big data movement has begun to permeate many sectors, and academia has begun to get into the game. According to a recent report from The Wall Street Journal, the advanced analytics method has begun to gain prominence in a variety of institutions. At this point, efforts to deal with big data include creating dedicated research centers designed to support analytics processes and education. A few universities have also begun to implement Master’s degree programs aimed to train professionals in big data research and analytics operations.
According to the news source, big data initiatives at some academic institutions are focused on cross-disciplined education because of the diverse nature of big data projects.
Supercomputers continuing to support wind turbine development
Wind turbines could revolutionize energy generation, but wind farm development efforts are plagued by noise-pollution issues that are leading to some pushback against their turbine use. A recent report from the IEEE Spectrum explained that recent research performed with the help of supercomputing systems has helped engineers develop methods to improve wind turbine efficiency and reduce noise.
Noise generation by wind turbines is an indication that they are not operating at peak mechanical efficiency. Louder turbines are generally regarded as less efficient as quieter ones, so the effort to reduce sound output is a fairly common goal across the sector. The news source said that improving efficiency and reducing noise could prove instrumental for the industry, and supercomputing has prove integral into develops models that could make this possible.
Researchers create map of magnetosphere
The sun occasionally launches plasma into space and creates other forms of turbulence that can severely damage planets and disrupt life.
Protecting the Earth from such dangers is a large magnetosphere that features magnetic properties that naturally redirect plasma and similarly-charged materials. However, it does not have the same magnetic force across all areas and does not impact all space particles in the same way, making it an effective, though imperfect shield. A recent report from The National Institute of Computation Sciences explained that researchers, with the help of HPC technology, have created a topological map of the magnetosphere that could allow scientists to more effectively evaluate how the Earth could be impacted by different types of space weather and plasma.
That’s it for our last roundup of August, check back with us next week to get a glimpse of what September may have to bring.