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Jan 4, 2019

New in Nature: programmable heterodimers

The Baker Lab

To close out the year, researchers from the University of Washington's Baker Lab published a report describing the creation of proteins that mimic DNA. This breakthrough has the potential to aid the creation of bioactive nanomachines. The team used the ALCF's Mira supercomputer as part of their...

Jan 4, 2019

Aiming to Simulate the Universe with Maximal Computing Power

Exascale Computing Project

At the SC18 supercomputing conference in Dallas recently, the Exascale Computing Project’s (ECP) Mike Bernhardt talked with Salman Habib of Argonne National Laboratory about cosmological computer modeling and simulation.

Jan 3, 2019

'Spaghetti' Magnetic Fields Might Be Powering Cosmic Particle Accelerators


Using Mira, scientists at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in California have found a new way to explain how charged particles are ejected in the form of jets from black holes. These exciting findings could help future research on Earth in the fields of fusion and...

Dec 20, 2018

Black hole jets can act as particle accelerators in distant galaxies

Astromony Magazine

Researchers at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory used ALCF supercomputers to find a possible mechanism behind nature’s own particle accelerators: When the magnetic fields in the material around a supermassive black hole get tangled, they can generate conditions that send cosmic rays skipping...

Dec 18, 2018

Women-in-HPC workshop an outstanding success

Argonne National Laboratory

Women are playing an ever-increasing role in high-performance computing (HPC). And the Women-in-HPC workshop, held at SC18 in November, paid tribute to this role – highlighting both the remarkable accomplishments...

Dec 14, 2018

Team led by PPPL wins major time on supercomputers to study the complex edge of fusion plasmas

Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

The U.S. Department of Energy's INCITE program has awarded major computer hours on three leading supercomputers, including the ALCF's Theta system, to a team led by C.S. Chang of the DOE’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. The team is addressing issues that must be resolved for successful...

Dec 14, 2018

Black Hole as Extreme Particle Accelerator

Physics Focus

Astrophysicists have theorized for decades that the mysterious, ultrahigh-energy cosmic rays (UHECRs) detected on Earth could come from active galactic nuclei (AGNs), the supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies. The particle acceleration mechanism, however, has been unclear. Now a...

Dec 13, 2018

Tangled magnetic fields power cosmic particle accelerators

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

SLAC scientists performed simulations on the ALCF's Mira supercomputer to suggest a new way to explain how a black hole’s plasma jets boost particles to the highest energies observed in the universe. The results could also prove useful for fusion and accelerator research on Earth.

Dec 6, 2018

New X-ray imaging approach could boost nanoscale resolution for APS Upgrade

Argonne National Laboratory

In a new study, a team of researchers from Argonne, Northwestern and Cornell University has developed a computational approach that simulates how the APS-Upgrade might best operate, particularly in X-ray imaging mode, known as ptychography. This work will further benefit from a new project...

Dec 6, 2018

Two-dimensional materials skip the energy barrier by growing one row at a time

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

A new collaborative study led by a research team at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and University of California, Los Angeles could provide engineers new design rules for creating microelectronics, membranes, and tissues, and open up better production methods for new materials. At the same...