Halloween week is here and while things get spooky around the world, the supercomputing sector churns on, driving innovation and contributing to major societal gains. Without further ado, here’s a glimpse into what has been happening in the high-performance computing sector this week:
University of Tennessee receives Grant from Intel
Intel recently awarded the University of Tennessee a grant to support software development for more advanced supercomputing modeling solutions. According to Tennessee Today, a University of Tennessee publication, the solutions being developed at the institution could be used for such capabilities as allowing doctors to look at patients’ genetic code to identify ideal treatment models.
Tony Mezzacappa, director and project lead at the Joint Institute for Computational Sciences at the University of Tennessee, told the news source that the grant will help the university develop better methods to solve data-related problems in the supercomputing industry.
“We are making great scientific advances, but our computing machines are not keeping pace with the enormous data growth,” Mezzacappa told Tennessee Today. “We are grateful to Intel for supporting this center which allows us to develop codes that can catalyze scientific advances and fuel the future of personalized medicine and biotechnology.”
Swiss researchers identify why Earth’s magnetic field is shifting
Scientists using a Cray supercomputer at the CSCS have identified issues within the Earth’s core that have had an impact on the planet’s magnetic field. HPCWire reported that scientists have noticed the movement of the magnetic field for at least three centuries. however, nobody has been able to resolve the issue. This represents a major problem because the magnetic field protects the planet from radiation and impacts life in many ways.
Using supercomputing technology, researchers from the University of Leeds and ETH Zurich found that the Earth’s inner core rotates faster than other parts of the core. This eastward push causes the magnetic field to shift in a western direction, the news source explained.
Philip Livermore from the University of Leeds, told HPCWire that the western tilt is simply a natural physical reaction to what is happening in the core.
“The link is simply explained in terms of equal and opposite action,” Livermore told the news source. “The magnetic field pushes eastwards on the inner core, causing it to spin faster than the Earth, but it also pushes in the opposite direction in the liquid outer core, which creates a westward motion.”
COSMO modeling adds depth
Applications and modeling systems are often integral to creating value from supercomputers. This is evident in efforts in climate research, as limited modeling solutions have slowed some efforts. However, the COSMO solution that has long been used in weather forecasting is now being applied to climate research, leading to major new opportunities in the sector, HPC-CH reported.
According to the news source, researchers from the Center for Climate Systems Modeling and MeteoSwiss have spent a few years working to refine the COSMO solution and have made the progress necessary to use the platform for climate research. The new modeling system is specifically designed to work hand-in-hand with GPUs, processing units that are generally naturally suited to the efforts made by climate researchers.