National Center for Supercomputing Applications

The federal government’s National Science Foundation science is giving more than two dozen research teams access to Blue Waters, a sustained-petascale supercomputer which is on its way to becoming one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world.

Six of those research teams have already started to use Blue Waters, as part of a program to support research in studying vexing problems in science and engineering, the NSF reports. Keep reading →

A team of researchers from the Advanced Visualization Laboratory (AVL) used supercomputers to create a striking visualization showing the dramatic evolution of Hurricane Katrina.

The AVL team, located at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications in Urbana, Ill., created the visualization of Katrina based on computations of the hurricane’s evolution that were created by researchers at the Earth System Laboratory, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colo. Keep reading →