Sometimes preparing for a contest offers a victory all its own, one of newly acquired confidence and knowledge. That’s true for the team of students that will represent the University of Tennessee when it participates for the first time in the annual international Student Cluster Competition at the SC13 supercomputing conference in Denver, Nov. 17–22.
Jack Dongarra, University Distinguished Professor at UT Knoxville and 2013 Ken Kennedy Award honoree, will deliver the keynote talk on Monday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m., in the UT booth (#836) at the SC13 supercomputing conference in Denver, beginning what promises to be an enlightening speaker series and an exciting week. The conference runs Nov. 17–22.
Researchers at the University of Utah are taking advantage of high-performance computing and NICS-managed resources to study how the risks associated with the transport of explosives can be mitigated. Using a computational framework called Uintah, the team is modeling accidents to determine the safest way to pack and ship explosive materials.
A recent paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences offers details of a surprising discovery about cellulases, the enzymes that are used to industrially break down plant biomass for biofuels production. Compute allocations on supercomputers of the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) are providing crucial support to the research aimed at addressing the multifaceted challenges of understanding cellulases.
Jack Dongarra will receive the Association for Computing Machinery–Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society Ken Kennedy Award on Nov. 19 in Denver at SC13 for his leadership in high-performance computing.