NCAR's SC07 Highlights

By Staff
12/11/2007 - 12:00am

NCAR was active and visible at this year’s Supercomputing Conference (SC07). In addition to presenting a well-designed booth that attracted a large number of visitors, NCAR images and science appeared in other booths as well, from TeraGrid to NASA. And as a TeraGrid partner, NCAR shared in HPCwire’s Readers’ Choice Award for Public Awareness.

The TeraGrid booth, located next to NCAR’s, displayed a full backdrop image of giant cell convection patterns below the surface of the Sun, generated by Mark Miesch at NCAR’s HAO and colleagues at the University of Colorado. The image also graced the cover of this year’s TeraGrid Science Highlights released at SC07, which featured research accomplishments from the TeraGrid partner sites.

NCAR also held a series of well-attended science talks that illustrated how supercomputers are advancing discovery in the geosciences. NCAR’s three guest speakers showed how scientists are using cutting-edge models and simulations to facilitate our understanding of the oceans, the atmosphere, and the Sun.

Bill Smyth, from Oregon State University, illustrated the use of models to simulate complex ocean processes. University of Colorado researcher Ben Brown discussed how scientists are using three-dimensional modeling tools to better understand solar processes. Lawrence Buja, from the Climate and Global Dynamics Division, explained how climate models can provide valuable information to policy makers.

NCAR is a founding member of the SC conference organization, and has been active in the conference since 1988, the year it first convened.

For more information, see Enabling Breakthrough Science at NCAR.

Ben Brown, University of Colorado-Boulder, presenting "Global Magnetic Dynamo Action in a Younger Sun" at SC07. He described research into dynamo action in sun-like stars. Simulations of stellar and dynamo action convection are revealing processes within stars that are hidden from any current observational technique.
Nancy Collins, IMAGe, presenting "Parallel Implementation of Ensemble Filter Algorithms for Data Assimilation." She develops parallel algorithms for the Data Assimilation Research Testbed (DART) software toolkit to speed up the data assimilation process for numerous types of observations and models.