The National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS) is funded by the National Science Foundation and managed by the University of Tennessee. NICS is home to Kraken, the most powerful computer in the world managed by academia and the world's eleventh overall most powerful supercomputer. The NICS petascale scientific computing environment is housed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), home to the world's most powerful computing complex. The mission of NICS, a TeraGrid member, is to enable the scientific discoveries of researchers nationwide by providing leading-edge computational resources, together with support for their effective use, and leveraging extensive partnership opportunities. Kraken is a petascale computing environment fully integrated with the TeraGrid with access to the 1.17-petaflop Cray XT5 system containing 18,816 compute sockets and more than 147 terabytes of memory. In November 2009, it was named the third fastest computer in the world. In its final configuration, the XT5 system will deliver in excess of 700 million CPU hours per year.
Research on lithium coatings unlocks mystery surrounding the harnessing of fusion energy
(Phys.org)—The research of a multi-institutional team from the U.S., Japan, and France, led by Predrag S. Krstic of the Joint Institute for Computational Sciences and Jean Paul Allain of Purdue University ...
Unconventional visualization method wins jury prize at media festival
Collaborative work performed by the Remote Data Analysis and Visualization Center (RDAV) and University of Tennessee (UT), Knoxville, artist Evan Meaney that examines the interplay of data, information, and knowledge has ...
University of Tennessee supercomputer sets world record for energy efficiency
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Upgrade to visualization and analysis system eases path for beginning supercomputer users
Nautilus, the supercomputer at the heart of the University of Tennessee's Remote Data Analysis and Visualization (RDAV) Center, has recently been upgraded.
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