How Do You Understand Infinity? Ask a Supercomputer

What do gene sequencing, biofuel production, the origins of the universe and climate modeling have in common? They're all powered by the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC).

TACC designs and operates some of the world's most powerful computing resources. The center's mission is to enable discoveries that advance science and society through the application of advanced computing technologies.

More than 3,000 active funded research projects in all fields of science are benefiting from the advanced computing resources available at TACC, which includes a comprehensive cyberinfrastructure ecosystem of leading-edge resources in high performance computing (HPC), visualization, data analysis, storage, cloud, data-driven computing, connectivity, tools, APIs, algorithms, consulting and software.

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Go Inside the Vislab

The TACC Visualization Laboratory (Vislab) is a state-of-the-art facility where staff explores the intersection between human perception and large-scale visual analysis through the study of visualization and interactive displays.

"It's a fascinating time in supercomputing, with the underlying technology changing rapidly, and the rise of 'big data' and cloud computing changing the marketplace," says Dan C. Stanzione Jr., TACC's executive director. "Computing and data are becoming pervasive in many fields of academic inquiry, including medicine. TACC is poised to capitalize on all of these trends and to help even more researchers make new discoveries in the years to come."

As TACC’s computing power increases, so does their physical footprint. In 2014, plans for a $20 million expansion were approved by the UT System Board of Regents.

"The center continues to grow, and the demands for the cyberinfrastructure services provided by TACC continue to grow faster than we can possibly meet them," Stanzione says. "As part of that growth, we need a bigger home, and our project to expand the TACC facilities is taking shape." The TACC expansion is expected to be completed in early 2016.

Powering discovery with Texas-sized computing capacity. That’s how we change the world!