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Four projects headed by University of Wyoming researchers selected for supercomputer use


30 Sep 2014 Laramie - Carbon sequestration, planet formation and two projects that focus on water are the subjects of research University of Wyoming (UW) faculty members are conducting with the assistance of the supercomputer in Cheyenne. Four UW research projects recently were awarded computational time and storage space on the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC). Each project was critically reviewed by an external panel of experts and evaluated on the experimental design, computational effectiveness, efficiency of resource use and broader impacts - such as how the project involves both UW and NCAR researchers, strengthens UW's research capacity, enhances UW's computational programmes or involves research in a new or emerging field.

"Since the opening of the NWSC in October 2012, 26 UW research projects have used the NWSC", stated Bryan Shader, UW's special assistant to the vice president for research and economic development and a professor of mathematics. "This past year, among universities, UW ranked number one in total allocations and total users, and number two in active projects. Currently, UW has 22 active high-performance computing projects."

Seven projects received allocations in November 2012; another six were selected in February 2013; four more were chosen during July 2013; five were picked in December 2013; and the four recent projects were selected this summer. The newest projects started August 1.

The newest projects, with a brief description and principal investigators, are as follows:

  • A project, titled "Cyber-infrastructure Petascale Computation Model for the Colorado River Basin", received 3.6 million core hours. The goal of the project, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is to develop models to study how factors such as population growth, shifting land uses and climate variability impact water storage and availability in Wyoming and the region. This joint project involves UW, the University of Utah, Utah State University and Brigham Young University.

Fred Ogden, UW’s Cline Distinguished Chair in the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering and Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources; and Craig Douglas, a professor of mathematics and the School of Energy Resources, head the project.

  • UW Geology and Geophysics Associate Professor Ye Zhang's project, titled "Optimal Model Complexity in Geological Carbon Sequestration", received a whopping 23.8 million core-hour allocation. This project, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, will develop accurate simulation models that allow better prediction of the potential leakage of subsurface reservoirs used to store or sequester carbon dioxide.
  • Noriaki Ohara, a UW assistant professor of civil engineering, heads a project, titled "Dynamical Regional Downscaling of Hydroclimate over Complex Terrain". It concerns the important roles - both as regulators and sources - of water supply, and how changes in the hydroclimate of mountains can alter the availability of water and ultimately impact economic vitality. This project will be the first to perform numerical simulations at a very fine scale (1 kilometer). The project is a joint effort with Thomas Reichler, an associate professor of atmospheric science at the University of Utah, and is funded, in part, by the World Bank. A total of 4.5 million core hours, as well as 60 terabytes of storage and 214 terabytes of archival storage, was awarded.
  • Hannah Jang-Condell, a professor in the UW Department of Physics and Astronomy, leads a project, titled "Thermodynamics of Shadowed Protoplanetary Disk Gaps". This NASA-funded project explores where and when planets form relative to the disks of gas and dust left after the formation of a star.

The NWSC supercomputer, nicknamed Yellowstone, consists of about 70,000 processors, also known as cores. An allocation of one core hour allows a project to run one of these processors for one hour, or 1,000 of these for 1/1,000th of an hour. The largest allocation awarded among these is equivalent to being able to run all 70,000 processors for 24 hours a day for 16 days.

The Wyoming share of the NWSC resources is currently 75 million core hours of computing on Yellowstone; around 400 terabytes of high-performance storage on GLADE; and 5 petabytes of longer-term tape storage on HPSS.

The NWSC is the result of a partnership among the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), the operating entity for NCAR; UW; the state of Wyoming; Cheyenne LEADS; the Wyoming Business Council; and Cheyenne Light, Fuel & Power. The NWSC is operated by NCAR and sponsored by the 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 (16 petabytes) and archival facility that holds historical climate records and other information.

Source: University of Wyoming

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Primeur weekly 2014-10-06

The Cloud

Oracle unveils latest Cloud applications at Oracle OpenWorld ...

Fujitsu and Midokura strengthen partnership to jointly develop global Cloud business ...

EuroFlash

Altera Programmable Logic inspires innovation at 2014 Maker Faire Europe ...

Human Brain Project (HBP) Pre-Commercial Procurement under way ...

UberCloud to host NICE software solutions in the UberCloud marketplace ...

Quantum environmentalism ...

Atos to initiate buyout offer followed by a squeeze-out on Bull's shares ...

USFlash

CoolIT Systems liquid cools Intel 'Cherry Creek' supercomputer for UNLV deployment at SUPERNAP to boost scientific research ...

Altera and ARM expand strategic partnership for SoC development tools ...

New report explores the value of government leadership in supercomputing for industrial competitiveness ...

Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology to roll out supercomputer ...

Iowa State physicists among teams preparing for new Energy Department supercomputer ...

Four projects headed by University of Wyoming researchers selected for supercomputer use ...

ICL becomes the newest Intel Parallel Computing Center (IPCC) ...

Laying the groundwork for data-driven science ...

Cray launches next-generation supercomputer and cluster systems ...

DataDirect Networks introduces industry's first enterprise-class scale-out parallel file system appliance, making customers’ Big Data deployments effortless and infinitely scalable ...

Indiana University boots up new supercomputer ...

SDSC granted $1.3 million award for 'SeedMe.org' data sharing infrastructure ...

Brain cell linker dependence shown by XSEDE/TACC supercomputer simulations ...

A deep dive into plasma ...

University of Virginia's new $2.4 million computing cluster to enhance and facilitate Big Data research ...

Carnegie Mellon leads new NSF project mining educational data to improve learning ...

A new approach to on-chip quantum computing ...

Princeton scientists observe elusive particle that is its own antiparticle ...

HP extends benefits of ARM architecture into the data centre with new servers ...

IBM provides clients superior alternative to x86-based commodity servers ...

Oracle announces Exalytics In-Memory Machine X4-4 ...

Oracle introduces Oracle Virtual Networking support for OpenStack ...

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