In contrast to laminar flow, in which a fluid moves in smooth paths or layers, turbulent fluid flows are chaotic, vary in three-dimensions, and are unsteady over a wide range of scales creating an ongoing challenge for the physicists, mathematicians, and engineers seeking to understand, model, and innovate new techniques and applications involving them. Complicating modeling non-equilibrium turbulent plasmas is the range of multi-scale physics that must be included. Continue reading The Trouble with Turbulence→
Head blight caused by Fusarium graminearum threatens worldwide wheat production, resulting in both yield loss and mycotoxin contamination. Molecular biologists at UMass Amherst are using MGHPCC to understand pathogenicity at the systems level with the goal of developing novel disease control strategies. Continue reading Heading Off Head Blight→
Mixing nanoparticles to build organic solar cells and other ion-transporting materials.
Story by Helen Hill for MGHPCC
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…→
“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.
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→
Observing Saturn as an Extrasolar Planet,
One Ray of Light at a Time
Story by Paul A. Dalba, for MGHPCC
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!→
Members of the region’s vibrant research computing and cyberinfrastructure community, spanning academia, non-profit and for profit enterprises, came together for a conversation on future directions in research computing and cyberinfrastructure in the US northeast (ME, NH, VT, MA, CT, RI, NY, PA, NJ) at a workshop held at the Westin Hotel, Waltham, MA, on September 15th, 2015.Continue reading Computing the Future→
FloDesign Sonics is using MGHPCC to understand micron sized particles’ movement inside 3D acoustic fields. Such types of calculations involve solving trajectories of tens of thousands of particles and their effect on the flow field along with particle-particle collisions. Due to the complex nature of such computations, a supercomputer like MHGPCC is an ideal resource. The resulting data helps them understand the physics behind acoustical trapping, clustering and separation of particles from the bulk fluid and the type of acoustic field and geometry required for a more efficient process. This helps in optimizing their systems and aids product development. Flowdesign was funded to use MGHPCC by a capital grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center.Continue reading Sound Solution→