Two new videos about computational science: Modeling Climate and Designing Supercomputers.

Liz O’Connell for Frontier Scientists

Fairbanks, Alaska, April 3, 2012 – “An artist that discovers a new process or new material­– the same thing is happening in computation.  People are constantly embarking on new discoveries; that’s what gets people excited about science,” said Greg Newby, Arctic Region Supercomputing Center director at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Supported by the Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy.

Stunning science models produced on supercomputers in the videos Modeling Climate and Designing Supercomputers: Cray & AMD Address Challenges illustrate Newby’s point.  One model shows CO2 emissions from fossil-fuel and cement production in North America, Asia, and Europe from 1751 to 2001.  Animator Jamison R. Daniel with Principal Investigator Bob Andres at Oak Ridge National Laboratory produced this animation.

Cray XE6, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for DOE.

Supercomputers are the tools for scientists that enable them to model more detailed and complex phenomena.  “Cray is focused on designing supercomputers to solve the world’s most challenging science and engineering applications,” said Per Nyberg, marketing and business development director for Cray Inc.   Advanced Micro Devices Inc. develops processors that meet the computational needs of these applications.  The video Designing Supercomputers explains the importance of ‘interconnect networks’ that allow efficient communication within the supercomputers to be able to run data intensive simulations efficiently.”

The models generated by scientific data show realities that can only be seen via a computer such as Annual Gradient Melt over Greenland 1979 through 2009,  Fusion Energy by Alpha Particle Injection, or Total Water Column Vapor Over the Himalayan Watershed.  The models in the videos come from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of Michigan, the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

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