Autumn has arrived and a new season brings plenty of supercomputing news along with it.
Cray to install new supercomputer at MSU
Cray announced plans to deploy a new liquid-cooled CS300 supercomputing system at Mississippi State University. The device, named Shadow, will be used as the primary high-performance computing system for the university research center’s shared research efforts.
The new supercomputing system will be deployed at the university’s High Performance Computing Collaboratory (HPC²) center, which features a variety of specific laboratories, including the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems, Center for Battlefield Innovation, Northern Gulf Institute, Institute for Genomics, Biocomputing and Biotechnology, Geosystems Research Institute and Center for Computational Sciences. These research groups focus on team-based, multi-disciplinary analysis that depends on robust supercomputing systems for support.
Trey Breckenridge, director of high performance computing at Mississippi State, explained that the investment in the Cray device positions the organization to maintain its vision for excellence.
“Our mission is to serve the University, State and Nation through excellence in computational science and engineering, and we are pleased to have the resources of a Cray supercomputer to support our efforts,” said Breckenridge. “With the Cray CS300 system and its advanced liquid-cooling architecture, we will provide our vast user community with a cost-effective and energy-efficient high performance computing system that is also a powerful and technologically-advanced tool for scientific research.”
Daniel Kim, senior vice president and general manager of cluster solutions at Cray, explained that the supercomputing maker is proud that its CS300 cluster supercomputer is able to serve a research organization that is so devoted to supporting multiple disciplines within a collaborative environment.
Researchers performing advanced analysis on atomic particles
Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy are using a close investigation of the nuclear phase diagram to identify how matter was formed from subatomic particles during the early period of the universe’s development, Science Daily reported.
According to the news source, the nuclear phase diagram functions similarly to maps that track water’s progression between various states. Water moves from liquid, to solid and to gas when different conditions are present. Scientists believe that, at some during the universe’s formation, subatomic particles experienced a similar shift in which they, for all intents, froze into the form that makes up the atoms in the world as we know it. By analyzing the nuclear phase diagram in light of simulations of this process, scientists hope to gain a clearer understanding of how atoms develop and at which points atoms change their form.
Supercomputing contributing to cleaner engines
Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, a Department of Energy center, are using advanced modeling and simulations to develop ways to improve efficiency in engines, a recent article at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory website explained. Combustion engines represent the most predominant types of engines used in a wide range of fields that drive the U.S. economy. Despite their importance, there are still many unknowns about the chemical makeup of these engines.
The researches at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are using supercomputers to more effectively analyze and study these chemical reactions to create more effective combustion engines, the news source explained.
Robert Cheng, a researcher in Berkeley Lab’s Environmental Energy Technologies Division, said that computation capabilities offered through supercomputing systems are playing a key role in supporting the project.
“In order to develop clean, energy-efficient systems, we need a continuous feedback loop from the flame to the lab and back again,” said Cheng. “This is the missing link that computation at NERSC provides.”
That’s all for this week’s look at the supercomputing sector. Check back with us again next week for another look at the key happenings in the industry.