Science and Supercomputers Podcasts

Series produced by Jorge Salazar

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Science supported by supercomputers at the Texas Advanced Computing Center.

The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) is part of the University of Texas at Austin. 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.

These podcasts feature interviews with scientists and leaders in high performance computing explaining their work in a non-technical and user-friendly way. The podcast producer and host is Jorge Salazar, a science and technology writer at the Texas Advanced Computing Center.

21 Pieces

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Caption: The NSF-funded Chameleon cloud testbed has sped development of PortHadoop-R, a portable Hadoop reader for parallel file systems which can integrate data transfer with data analysis., Credit: TACC
Some scientists dream about big data. Computer scientists developed a way for parallel and Hadoop file systems to talk to each other, tailored for ...

  • Added: May 04, 2017
  • Length: 12:34
Caption: Supercomputers are being used to help fight human trafficking. Computer scientist Karanjeet Singh (USC)., Credit: TACC
Human trafficking is being fought with the help of a supercomputer in a Defense Department DARPA project.

  • Added: Feb 07, 2017
  • Length: 23:44
Caption: Eva Nogales, UC Berkeley and Ivaylo Ivanov, Georgia State University, make discoveries on one of life's most important 'living machines.'
It sounds like something out of the Borg in Star Trek. Nano-sized robots self-assemble to form biological machines that do the work that keeps one ...

  • Added: Dec 02, 2016
  • Length: 15:10

  • Added: Sep 16, 2016
  • Length: 11:02
Caption: It takes a supercomputer to grow a better soybean. Knowledge of the soybean in the U.S. has come a long way since its start in the 1700s., Credit: TACC
It takes a supercomputer to grow a better soybean. A project called the Soybean Knowledge Base, or SoyKB for short, wants to do just that. Scientis...

  • Added: Aug 16, 2016
  • Length: 11:18
Caption: A team of scientists at UT Austin used computer simulations to find a possible new source of gamma rays generated from tabletop lasers. Pictured in front of the Stampede supercomputer left to right: Alex Arefiev, research scientist, Institute for Fusion S, Credit: TACC
Supercomputer simulations have shown scientists a new way to generate controlled beam of gamma rays from lasers. Nearly one million CPU hours on St...

  • Added: Jul 11, 2016
  • Length: 13:11
Caption: UT Chancellor Willam McRaven (left) visits the supercomputers at TACC with Executive Director Dan Stanzione (right). , Credit: TACC
University of Texas System Chancellor William McRaven spoke of his path to lead the UT System of 14 Institutions, the importance of supercomputers ...

  • Added: Jun 08, 2016
  • Length: 06:44
Caption: Austin hackers battled Zika data., Credit: TACC
More than 50 volunteer programmers gathered in Austin on May 15 to use Big Data to fight the spread of Zika.

  • Added: May 24, 2016
  • Length: 07:50
Caption: Roseanna Zia, Assistant Professor, James C. and Rebecca Q. Morgan Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellow, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Cornell University. Credit: Cornell University., Credit: Cornell University
Cornell researcher Roseanna Zia simulates gel behavior with XSEDE, Stampede supercomputer.

  • Added: May 03, 2016
  • Length: 11:18
Caption: Joe Stubbs, Texas Advanced Computing Center.
Joe Stubbs of the Texas Advanced Computing Center describes potential benefits to scientists of open container platform Docker in supporting reprod...

  • Added: Apr 28, 2016
  • Length: 14:02
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UT Austin astronomer Steven Finkelstein eyes Wrangler supercomputer for HETDEX extragalactic survey

  • Added: Apr 04, 2016
  • Length: 12:14
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Paleoanthropologist Denne Reed of UT Austin connects fossil data of human origins

  • Added: Apr 04, 2016
  • Length: 10:18
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Computer scientist Joshua New of Oak Ridge National Laboratory optimizes virtual buildings to save real energy.

  • Added: Apr 04, 2016
  • Length: 10:47
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UT Austin biologist Rebecca Young traces the genes behind monogamous behavior using Wrangler data-intensive supercomputer.

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  • Added: Apr 01, 2016
  • Length: 08:10
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Staghorn coral at the Great Barrier Reef., Credit: Ray Berkelmans
Scientists use supercomputer to help save reef-building corals.

  • Added: Oct 07, 2015
  • Length: 08:42
Caption: Volume-rendering of the blood flow velocity field of the heart valve in an elastic artery during a cardiac cycle., Credit: M.-C. Hsu et al.
Supercomputers modeled native and replacement heart valve function to evolve human replacements.

  • Added: Aug 24, 2015
  • Length: 09:39
Caption: Animation shows transition of linear DNA to cruciform state.
Cross-shaped pieces of DNA can cause mutations that lead to cancer, according to new research at the University of Texas at Austin.

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  • Added: Jun 17, 2015
  • Length: 09:52
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Rotating 360 degree view of low velocity structures beneath East Asia., Credit: Min Chen, Rice University.
The Tibetan Plateau as never before seen, 3D supercomputer cat scans reveal large rock structures over 500 miles below the 'roof of the world.'

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  • Added: May 18, 2015
  • Length: 09:33
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Rocker protein world's first engineered to transport ions (pink)., Credit: Credit: Andrei N. Lupas Science 2014;346:1455-1456.
For the first time ever, scientists designed completely from scratch a protein molecule that behaves like a slice of life.

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  • Added: Apr 07, 2015
  • Length: 07:38
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Caption: Like a Chinese Finger Puzzle Trap, the bond between scaffolding proteins in the cellulosome strengthens when force is exerted on it and becomes one of the strongest found in living systems. , Credit: TACC
One of life's strongest bonds was discovered by biofuels researchers using XSEDE resources Stampede and Blue Waters supercomputers. This podcast fe...

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  • Added: Mar 13, 2015
  • Length: 09:40
  • Purchases: 2