31 Jan 2013 Laramie - Six University of Wyoming (UW) faculty members have been chosen to conduct research on the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC) in Cheyenne this winter. Six research projects - ranging from studying the efficiency of wind farms to the effect of clouds on long-term climate - were chosen and approved by a panel appointed by the Computer Information Science Laboratory at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).
The computational science research projects, headed by six UW professors, will use approximately 30 million core processor hours. Of the six faculty chosen, two - Bart Geerts and Dimitri Mavriplis - headed computational research projects on the supercomputer during its first cycle of use, which began in November.
"These are all excellent projects", stated Bryan Shader, UW's special assistant to the vice president of research and economic development, and a mathematics professor.
Principal investigators, project titles and synopses, and any supporting team members, are as follows:
Stefan Heinz will receive assistance from Ehsan Kazemy, a UW doctoral student, and Promothes Saha, a UW post-doctoral student.
Team members include M. Levent Kavvas, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of California-Davis; Z.Q. Chen, water resources engineer for the California Department of Water Resources, Sacramento; Kazuhiko Fukami and H. Inomata, International Center for Water Hazard and Risk Management, Tsukuba, Japan; A.J. Shaaban, director general; and Mohd Zaki Mat Amin, director, Research Center for Water Resources, both from the National Hydraulic Research Institute of Malaysia; and Shuichi Kure and Su-Hyung Jang, both post-doctoral students at the University of California, Davis.
Jeff Snider, a UW professor of atmospheric science, and David Leon, a UW senior research scientist in atmospheric sciences, will serve as co-investigators. Andy Heymsfield, an NCAR senior scientist, also Zhein Wang, a UW professor of atmospheric science, will use the NWSC to model tropical convective clouds, which are important to climate and weather. is a team member.
Peter Lichtner, director of OFM Research Inc., serves as the co-principal investigator. Mingkan Zhiang, a post-doctoral associate, will assist Ye Zhang.
Two of the projects will be headed by UW faculty members who already have used the supercomputer for other research projects during the first cycle of use. They are:
William Lauenroth, a UW professor of botany, will serve as the principal investigator. Team members include Christopher Anderson, scientist and assistant director, Climate Science Programme, Iowa State University; Robert Oglesby, professor of atmospheric science, University of Nebraska at Lincoln; Changhai Liu, project scientist, Research Applications Laboratory, NCAR; Roy Rasmussen, director, Hydrometeorological Applications, NCAR; and Lawrence Buja, director, Climate Science and Applications Programme.
Co-investigators include Jonathan Naughton, a UW professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Wind Energy Research Center; and Jay Sitaraman, School of Energy Resources (SER) faculty and a UW assistant professor of mechanical engineering. Team members include Natasha Flyer and David Hall, both scientists from NCAR; and Sebastien Blaise, from the University Catholique De Louvain, Belgium.
It is expected that UW researchers for these projects will have access to the NWSC sometime in early February, Bryan Shader said.
NWSC is the result of a partnership among the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), the operating entity for NCAR; the University of Wyoming; the state of Wyoming; Cheyenne LEADS; the Wyoming Business Council; and Cheyenne Light, Fuel & Power. The NWSC is operated by NCAR under sponsorship of the National Science Foundation (NSF).
The NWSC contains one of the world's most powerful supercomputers (1.5 petaflops, which is equal to 1.5 quadrillion mathematical operations per second) dedicated to improving scientific understanding of climate change, severe weather, air quality and other vital atmospheric science and geo-science topics. The centre also houses a premier data storage (11 petabytes) and archival facility that holds historical climate records and other information.