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The University of Tennessee at SC13

Jack Dongarra, University Distinguished Professor at UT Knoxville and 2013 Ken Kennedy Award honoree, will deliver the keynote talk on Monday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m., in the UT booth (#836) at the SC13 supercomputing conference in Denver, beginning what promises to be an enlightening speaker series and an exciting week. The conference runs Nov. 17–22.

Modeling Accidental Explosions

Researchers at the University of Utah are taking advantage of high-performance computing and NICS-managed resources to study how the risks associated with the transport of explosives can be mitigated. Using a computational framework called Uintah, the team is modeling accidents to determine the safest way to pack and ship explosive materials.

Another Stride in Biofuels Research

A recent paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences offers details of a surprising discovery about cellulases, the enzymes that are used to industrially break down plant biomass for biofuels production. Compute allocations on supercomputers of the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) are providing crucial support to the research aimed at addressing the multifaceted challenges of understanding cellulases.

Simulating Supercell Thunderstorms

Resources from the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) are integral to research focused on building and analyzing a set of computer simulations of the most powerful, long-lived thunderstorms, called supercells. Of primary interest is the identification of an atmospheric feature or features signaling that a monster tornado is imminent.

Protecting Our Planet

The high-performance-computing resources of the National Institute for Computational Sciences support researchers as they investigate the interaction between space weather and the magnetosphere, the protective region that surrounds Earth. A clearer understanding of how the magnetosphere responds to space-weather events will aid in the development of the proper tools to forecast the intensity of incoming solar storms.

The Forefront of Severe Weather Research

The Darter supercomputer at the National Institute for Computational Sciences supported the most important model forecast component of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Hazardous Weather Testbed 2013 Spring Experiment, which investigated the use of convection-allowing model forecasts as guidance in the prediction of hazardous convective weather. Convection refers to rising currents of warm air. Better storm prediction leads to improved warning time.

Meet the Gribbles

A novel biomass-degrading enzyme from a wood-boring marine crustacean appears promising for the biofuels industry. The Kraken supercomputer is instrumental in research focused on characterizing the enzyme.


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