ucar Highlights 2007

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A Community of Peers


UCAR nourishes connections among scores of universities and laboratories, engaging thousands of people, all working to understand the exquisite complexity of the atmosphere and its relation to Earth, ice, sea, Sun, and life.

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camera iconVAPOR Visualization Gallery

web iconVAPOR - Visualization and Analysis Platform for Ocean, Atmosphere, and Solar Researchers
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Extra computing prowess for the community

Each year NCAR allocates time for hundreds of university scientists on its formidable lineup of supercomputers. In 2007 NCAR gave a select group of eight users up to 600,000 processor hours each—well beyond the usual allocation—in order to accelerate high-end research on topics ranging from tsunamis to Earth’s mantle. “Many of these were processes we’d never simulated on our machines before,” says Tom Bettge, operations and services director of NCAR’s Computational and Information Systems Laboratory. The turbocharged simulations were supported by the NSF-funded TeraGrid project. Below is a depiction of seawater being mixed through a blend of turbulence and convection. The modeling was carried out by William Smyth and Satoshi Kimura (Oregon State University) and the visualization was performed using VAPOR, the new Visualization and Analysis Platform for Ocean, Atmosphere, and Solar Researchers. This open-source software package for analyzing large amounts of data was created at CISL under NSF support in collaboration with the University of California, Davis, and Ohio State University.
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Seawater being mixed through a blend of turbulence and convection. (Image courtesy William Smyth and Satoshi Kimura, Oregon State University.)


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