|Researchers Receive INCITE Award to Study Stellar Explosions|
A project led by SBU Department of Physics and Astronomy professors Michael Zingale and Alan Calder has been awarded 45 million “processor hours” on the Titan Cray XK7, billed by host Oak Ridge National Laboratory as “the nation’s most powerful supercomputer for open science” (theoretical peak performance: 27,000 trillion calculations per second, or 27 petaflops).
Zingale and Calder – along with two SBU graduate students Donald Willcox and Maria Barrios as well as co-investigators from Oak Ridge, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the University of California, Los Alamo National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee – will spend their petaflops recreating complex astronomical events like X-ray bursts and white-dwarf explosions.
The idea is to gather clues needed to solve a host of astrophysics problems, with a particular focus on stellar explosions powered by fusion reactions.
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