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Dusty with a Chance of Star Formation

by Helen Hill for MGHPCC News

Grant Wilson is a professor of astronomy at Umass Amherst. Wilson’s research lies at the intersection of new cameras and telescopes that operate at millimeter and submillimeter (mm/submm) wavelengths and the science enabled by them; science with the potential to shed new light on how galaxies and the stars they hold, form and evolve. Continue reading Dusty with a Chance of Star Formation

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

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 Big Data, Big Computation and the Genomic Jigsaw Puzzle