Researchers use HPC Cluster to Study Deep Space



At the University of California, Santa Cruz, students are studying such things as planet formation and the destruction of stars from black holes. And, according to a recent article from HPC Wire, the HPC cluster is part of Hyades, the astrophysics supercomputer that the university installed in 2013.

The supercomputer is used by approximately 20 faculty members and more than 50 postdoctoral researchers and graduates from the school's Applied Math and Statistics, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Earth and Planetary Sciences, and Physics departments, the article stated. Shawfeng Dong, the HPC system administrator at the school and an associate scientist, said that the computational resources at the school have placed it at the forefront of astrophysics and planetary science research.

The computer simulations that the students use to study universal events such as black holes or the formation of galaxies rely on a lot of computational analysis, the article noted. The school hopes to extend the use of the supercomputer to undergraduates and even local community college students so that they, too, will have the opportunity to learn to use high performance computing resources to solve scientific problems.

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