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Laser and Materials Interactions

Lasers are an integral part of modern life—from supermarket checkout scanners to tools for cosmetic surgery. Researchers from the University of Virginia used Kraken (now decommissioned) to better understand how lasers interact with materials. The work is aimed at enabling intelligent design of new laser applications.

CSURE 2014

The 2014 Computational Science for Undergraduate Research Experiences (CSURE) summer internship program is underway. It is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to begin using computational methods.


The list and schedule of speakers for the XSEDE14 Conference from the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment, July 13–18, in Atlanta, has been finalized and made available. Experts from a variety of fields of science, technology, education, and cyberinfrastructure are slated to speak.

Mysteries of the Milky Way

Since we're viewing our galaxy from the inside and thus can't get the entire picture from observation, knowledge of its formation history has been elusive, but supercomputer simulations such as the ones done using Kraken and Nautilus at NICS could help overcome our limitations and unravel the mysteries.

Eaten by a Black Hole

The NICS-managed Kraken supercomputer is one of the resources that researchers are using to simulate cosmic events known as tidal disruptions, in which a black hole devours a star and emits a beacon to the far reaches of the universe.


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