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A Little Bit of This… A Little Bit of That…

Mixing nanoparticles to build organic solar cells and other ion-transporting materials.

Story by Helen Hill for MGHPCC

UMass Amherst chemist Dr. Dhandapani Venkataraman
Dr. Dhandapani Venkataraman

UMass Amherst chemist Dr. Dhandapani Venkataraman and his group are developing a new concept that assembles nanoparticle Lego-like building blocks (<100 nm in size) into new and innovative materials like solar cells, batteries, paints, sensors, and smart and temperature responsive materials. Along with the physical tools of synthetic chemistry the computing facilities provided by the MGHPCC are key in helping Venkataraman evaluate these new materials and their properties. Continue reading A Little Bit of This… A Little Bit of That…

New England’s First Experimental, Solar-Powered Data Center

“Mass Net Zero Data Center” Will Facilitate Research into Minimizing Environmental Impact of High Energy-Using Computer Centers.”

The Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC), its member universities and the City of Holyoke launched the Mass Net Zero Data Center (MassNZ) — an experimental, solar-powered, micro data center that is the first of its kind in New England, with a ribbon cutting on Friday Feb 26 2016 at the MGHPCC facility.


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Up in the Air

Chien Wang is a senior research scientist in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at MIT associated with MIT’s Center for Global Change Science and the Joint Program in the Science and Policy of Global Change. Wang and his group develop and use complex computer models housed at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center to explore how atmospheric aerosols impact climate. Continue reading Up in the Air

Looking Like an Alien!

Observing Saturn as an Extrasolar Planet,
One Ray of Light at a Time

Story by Paul A. Dalba, for MGHPCC

A false-color image of Saturn taken by the Cassini Spacecraft showing the “glow” of Saturn at infrared wavelengths. Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona.  Image available at this link: http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/photos/imagedetails/index.cfm?imageId=2625
A false-color image of Saturn taken by the Cassini Spacecraft showing the “glow” of Saturn at infrared wavelengths. Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona.

What would Saturn, the beautiful ringed planet, look like to an alien species on a distant planet? This question is of particular interest to astronomers who study planets that exist far beyond our solar system or “exoplanets.” Although we have not yet discovered an exoplanet with properties exactly matching Saturn’s, the answer to this question holds important consequences for future studies of giant exoplanets. This suggests that before we go looking at planets elsewhere in the Galaxy, perhaps first we should take a closer look at those in our own solar system. Continue reading Looking Like an Alien!