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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


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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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


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


Under the Hood Part II: The Data Hall

Part II in a series documenting the MGHPCC building

by Helen Hill

Following on where Under the Hood – Part I: The Ground Floor left off, in this video, the MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing) manager for the MGHPCC construction project, Greg Webster (Turner Construction) narrates a second virtual tour of the building, this time focussing on the upper floor of the two storey structure. Using the building information modeling tool Navisworks the tour provides a clear picture of how the computers will be housed, with multiple “pods”, being serviced by a complex system of distributed power, cooling, sprinkler and network infrastructure. Continue reading