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Modeling Supernovae: Stars that go out with a bang

Story by Helen Hill for MGHPCC

Supernovae have long been an object of fascination for astronomers and astrophysicists. They are the incredible explosions that take place at the end of a star’s life cycle, and are among the brightest objects in the sky. Robert Fisher, a professor of astrophysics based at UMass Dartmouth, models their behavior using giant computer simulations which simultaneously solve complex physics equations, together making up a detailed theoretical description of a star or star pair.

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Higgs Boson Spotted in Holyoke?

Story by Helen Hill for MGHPCC

MGHPCC partners, BU and Harvard, recently finished a coordinated move of the LHC ATLAS “Northeast Tier 2 Center” (NET2) to MGHPCC. The move was accomplished in just 6 days from tear-down on May 6 to having the system back online, at MGHPCC, on May 12. Why the rush? Well, this is research that back in March confirmed the discovery of the long sought after Higgs Boson. What might be lurking out there at the cutting-edge of particle physics is only ever a potentially paradigm-shifting discovery away… Continue reading Higgs Boson Spotted in Holyoke?

Big Data, Big Computation and the Genomic Jigsaw Puzzle

The second video in our series profiling MGHPCC seed fund collaborations
by Helen Hill

The human genome is made up of 3 billion base pairs. Reading the genome from a modern, high-speed sequencer is a lot like doing a big jigsaw puzzle. Computer Scientist, Assistant Professor Yanlei Diao (UMass Amherst) is leading a multi institution collaboration to develop next-generation, on-demand big computation services for managing and processing these massive amounts of genomic information. Continue reading Big Data, Big Computation and the Genomic Jigsaw Puzzle

Quantum Mechanics, Squishy Materials, and Extreme Photosynthesis

The first video in a new series profiling MGHPCC seed fund collaborations

by Helen Hill

The MGHPCC seed fund is allowing Alfredo Alexander Katz (Material Science, MIT) and Alán Aspuru-Guzik (Quantum Chemistry, Harvard) to combine computational techniques from materials science with computational thinking from quantum chemistry. In this video Alfredo and Alán describe more about their collaboration and the new science it is enabling. Continue reading Quantum Mechanics, Squishy Materials, and Extreme Photosynthesis