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Toward a Smarter Greener Grid

From ResearchNext the Research Digest of UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst computer scientist Prashant Shenoy and electrical and computer engineer David Irwin are leading a team of researchers focused on analyzing smart meters and other tools that could transform the way energy is utilized, monitored, and controlled in America’s buildings, which currently comprise 75% of the national electric bill. Along with partner Holyoke Gas and Electric (HG&E), Shenoy and his team are analyzing data from 18,000 smart meters in the city of Holyoke. The analysis will be used by projects that include design of smarter thermostats, a web-based solar predictor, and an electrical reserve battery. Continue reading Toward a Smarter Greener Grid

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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Global Change Comes to Holyoke

Story by Helen Hill for MGHPCC MIT’s Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change (JPSPGC) seeks to combine scientific research on changes to land, air, and water with innovative policy analysis to confront the global climate challenge. Underpinning their scientific research efforts are complex computer models of many kinds, models that until a few weeks ago were being run on machines housed in increasingly unsatisfactory accommodation on the MIT campus. Now though, those same machines have a handsome new space as JPSPGC’s Svante HPC cluster takes advantage of the opportunity to relocate to MGHPCC’s state-of-the-art high performance computing facility. Continue reading Global Change Comes to Holyoke

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?