High Tech on the High Plains

October 8, 2012
Po Chen
Po Chen, a UW associate professor of geology and geophysics, will use the supercomputer in Cheyenne to model major seismic events. Chen's goal is to create models that offer more detailed clues that can potentially lead to improved warning systems for earthquakes.

The scope and depth of research at the University of Wyoming will reach unprecedented levels with the opening of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC).

Located in the North Range Business Park near Cheyenne, the NWSC contains some of the world's most powerful supercomputers dedicated to improving scientific understanding of climate, severe weather, air quality and other vital atmospheric science and geoscience topics.

The center also houses a premier data storage and archival facility that holds irreplaceable historical climate records and other information.

The NWSC supercomputer ranks among the world's top 25 for speed, putting UW researchers and students on the cutting edge of research related to critical Earth system processes such as computational science, energy production, carbon sequestration, space weather and oceanography.

Approximately 75 million core hours per year will be reserved for UW researchers and their collaborators at the facility. Research time and use -- focused on computationally or data intensive earth system science -- will be allocated by the Wyoming-NCAR Resource Advisory Panel (WRAP).

To learn more about the NWSC, go to the official website at http://nwsc.ucar.edu/.

Individual stories:

UW Student to Help Researchers Map Hydrology of Colorado River Basin
October 15, 2012 — This past summer, Nels Frazier taught computational science concepts to high school and middle school students around the state. This fall, the University of Wyoming fifth-year undergraduate from LaGrange will receive some supercomputing education of his own.

Supercomputer Opening Caps Years of Effort
October 12, 2012 — It began with laying hundreds of miles of fiber-optic cable, much of it buried under the ground along stretches of interstate that traverse the mountains and plains of Wyoming. Next week, the state’s evolution from primarily pulling minerals out of the ground to a sky’s-the-limit outlook for supercomputing will be complete.

Opening and Dedication of NWSC Supercomputing Facility Scheduled Oct. 15
October 2, 2012 — A celebration is scheduled Monday, Oct. 15.

NWSC Visitor Center Designed to Educate and Inspire Public about Science
October 2, 2012 — A simulated mini-tornado, various short videos depicting everything from wind to wildfire simulations, and a number of interactive touch-screen kiosks will make their debut and help the science come alive when the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC) is ceremonially opened Oct. 15 by an invite-only delegation composed of the many partners behind its construction.

Po Chen to Be First UW Professor to Use Supercomputer
September 18, 2012 — One day, Po Chen may be referenced in the Wyoming Almanac. For now, he’s likely the envy of many of his fellow University of Wyoming researchers.

Seven UW Research Projects Chosen for First Cycle of Supercomputer Use
June 13, 2012 — The National Science Foundation has chosen seven University of Wyoming research projects -- ranging from hydrology of the Colorado River Basin to planet formation from star debris to fluid dynamics of wind turbines -- that will use the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC) in Cheyenne this fall.

UW’s Wang Focuses on Optimizing Supercomputer, Improving Reliability of High-Performance Computers
June 6, 2012 — Numerous University of Wyoming professors plan to use the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC) for their high-level computational research this fall. Liqiang Wang is the person who is going to help make sure things go off without a hitch.

UW's Chen to Use Supercomputer to Model Seismic Events to Improve Warning System
June 6, 2012 — When Po Chen talks about lives lost in recent, major seismic events -- such as the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan, China, and the 2011 tsunami off the coast of Japan -- he slowly shakes his head.

Geerts Hopes to Answer Mysteries of Cloud Seeding Through Supercomputing Model
June 6, 2012 — Bart Geerts likes to chase storms high in the mountains. And, oftentimes, he helps contribute to them.

UW’s Mavriplis Goes With the Flow When Researching Aerodynamic Designs in Computer Models
June 7, 2012 — As a boy, Dimitri Mavriplis built model airplanes and became knowledgeable about the industry through his father, Fotis, who was manager of the aerodynamics department at Bombardier Aerospace in Montreal, Quebec.

UW’s Douglas to Provide Colorado River Basin Communities with Data to Make Sound Water-Use Decisions
June 7, 2012 — In the last decade, a number of California companies -- with employees in tow -- fled the Golden State and relocated to less expensive real estate between Denver and Boulder to set up shop.

UW's Ogden to Create Computer Model of Upper Colorado River Basin's Hydrology
June 7, 2012 — For nine decades, the Colorado River Basin Compact has provided the water allocation blueprint for communities located in the Upper and Lower basins. While that 1922 water distribution agreement remains intact, other factors -- climate, land use and population -- in the seven states that comprise the region have undergone vast changes over the years.

Jang-Condell’s Research Focuses on Planet Formation In Solar System, Around Stars
June 7, 2012 — Hannah Jang-Condell was not one of those kids who gazed at the stars and dreamed of one day becoming an astromer. It was not even until her senior year at Harvard that she took a modern astrophysics course.


YouTube Videos

The University of Wyoming has produced several videos outlining projects utilizing the NCAR-NWSC facilities.

  • Capturing Carbon: http://youtu.be/yop44S9F3Mc
  • Fury of Fire: http://youtu.be/mZzjpaGf0Is
  • Water and the West: http://youtu.be/m2CeLKCzWho
  • Power of Wing: http://youtu.be/4vAG2yfFyl4


The following video will be part of the Young Scientists display at the NWSC Visitor Center.

  • Young Scientists video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WANV3Ah7YDw

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