After years of trailing the Chinese and Japanese, the United States now has three of the four fastest supercomputers in the world. Titan, the U.S. Department of Energy’s top open science supercomputer, was officially crowned the world’s fastest computer on Monday.
Thanks to lightning-fast software from the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T), if a truck bomb was discovered in Lower Manhattan we will now be able to predict the likely damage patterns in the surrounding areas, and prioritize the first responders’ activities long before the bomb’s acoustic shockwave ricocheted out at the speed of sound. 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 →