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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!

Computing the Future

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

Sound Solution

Story by Helen Hill for MGHPCC

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