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The University of Tennessee will connect with members of the high-performance computing community from around the world with leading-edge tech talks and more at the SC14 supercomputing conference, Nov. 16–21, in New Orleans.

Simulations done on the Kraken supercomputer (decommissioned earlier this year) illustrate the traits of hydrophobic ("water-fearing") cancer drugs and can pave the way for the design of more-efficient ways of delivering the drugs to the cells in the body.

The combination of experimentation and computer simulation is providing an understanding of the structure and dynamics of lignin, an abundant, renewable resource found in wood and plants that could improve lithium-ion batteries.

Supercomputing resources support research that is shedding some light on abnormal protein deposits associated with Parkinson's disease.

Corporate sponsor Cray, Inc., introduces the SC14 supercomputing conference Student Cluster Competition team from the University of Tennessee in its blog.