Archive for November, 2008

Leonids Meteor Shower

Leonids Meteor Shower November 2008 be ready to watch tonight. It’s expected that tonight will fall down on the Earth more than 480 meteors. This is the spectacle no doubt deserved your attention.

It happens one time in 33 years, so run out to watch!

Super Computer Jaguar

According to Oak Ridge (TN) National Laboratory has increased computing power of its Cray supercomputing system (shown here) to 54 teraflops, or 54 trillion mathematical calculations per second, placing it among the most powerful open scientific systems in the world.

The computer, dubbed Jaguar, is the largest in the Department of Energy’s Office of Science and is the major computing resource for DOE’s Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment, or INCITE, program. The system is available to all scientific researchers and research organizations, including industry, through an annual call for proposals. Three of the four companies — Boeing, DreamWorks Animation and General Atomics — awarded INCITE grants for 2006 are doing their work at ORNL.

“With the expansion of the leadership computing resources at Oak Ridge, the Department of Energy is continuing to deliver state-of-the-art computational platforms for open, high-impact scientific research,” said Michael Strayer, director of DOE’s Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research. “The expanded system will be instrumental in addressing some of the most challenging scientific problems in areas such as climate modeling, materials science, fusion energy and combustion.”