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ScienceDaily: Parallel Computing Reveals Cosmic Riddles

Dec 05, 1999, 19:42 (0 Talkback[s])

"Unfortunately, questions about coronal heating and other complex cosmic problems can be tough or impossible to tackle with single-processor computers."

"On Oct. 1, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded $500,000 to support a new parallel computing facility for Bartol. The "major research infrastructure" (MRI) grant will support a parallel system based on 100 linked processors, each of which will run at speeds up to 600 megahertz, connected by fast Ethernet hardware, reported Matthaeus, who will serve as principal investigator for the project."

"New equipment will support simulations in the fields of astrophysics, space sciences, condensed matter physics, turbulence theory, solar physics and more, Matthaeus said. With NSF funding available through Sept. 30, 2002, Bartol/UD researchers are investigating a system similar to the Avalon-Beowulf Cluster, developed by the Los Alamos Center for Nonlinear Studies and Goddard Space Flight Center...."

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