The University’s High-Performance Computing Research Center, a 47,000-square-foot facility opened on the Forrestal campus in 2011, has vastly increased the scale on which scientists can perform computational research. Capable of analyzing data sets from disciplines as diverse as astrophysics and genetics, the HPCRC’s modern design provides impressive computing power at a small environmental cost.
Four large-scale science applications (VPIC, PPM, QMCPACK and SPECFEM3DGLOBE) have sustained performance of 1 petaflop or more on the Blue Waters supercomputer, and the Weather Research & Forecasting (WRF) run on Blue Waters is the largest WRF simulation ever documented. These applications are part of the NCSA Blue Waters Sustained Petascale Performance (SPP) suite and represent valid scientific workloads.
Three miles from the main campus, Princeton’s high-performance computers hum undisturbed, cranking out projections of what happens when a neutron star encounters a black hole — things don’t go well for the neutron star — working out how trees know when it is safe to put out their spring leaves, and designing drug candidates for treating inflammatory diseases.
A new graduate certificate program in Computational and Information Science is being offered through the Princeton Institute for Computational Science and Engineering, with the aim of recognizing achievements of students who have undertaken comprehensive training in numerical analysis, software engineering, hardware and programming practices, and statistics and data modeling, both through formal course work and through research in their subject area.
Princeton University researchers netted four of the 21 inaugural Simons Investigators awards recently presented to outstanding scientists nationwide in mathematics, physics and computer science. Princeton received the most awards of any institution. The awards provide $100,000 annually for an initial five years to "undertake long-term study of fundamental questions," according to the New York-based Simons Foundation, which supports the award program; the awards can be renewed for an ad
Scientists at Princeton University are composing the complex codes designed to instruct a new class of powerful computers that will allow researchers to tackle problems that were previously too difficult to solve. These supercomputers, operating at a speed called the "exascale," will produce realistic simulations of dazzlingly complex phenomena in nature such as fusion reactions, earthquakes and climate change.
After several years of planning and more than a year of construction, Princeton University's High-Performance Computing Research Center opened its doors this week. The facility gives researchers on campus new capacity to tackle some of the world's most complex scientific challenges.