Sunday, October 17, 2010
Stelios Kazantzidis from Ohio State University is working to unlock some of the mysteries surrounding the formation of vast galaxies and the evolution of massive black holes with his own large constellation of silicon wafers.
Over the last year, two research teams led by Kazantzidis have used what would average out to nearly 1,000 computing hours each day on the parallel high-performance computing systems of the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC). To develop their detailed models and resulting simulations, Kazantzidis and his colleagues tapped OSC's flagship system, the Glenn IBM Cluster 1350, which features more than 9,600 Opteron cores and 24 terabytes of memory.
Kazantzidis believes simulations of the formation of binary supermassive black holes have the potential to open a new window into astrophysical and physical phenomena that cannot be studied in other ways and might help to verify general relativity, one of the most fundamental theories of physics.
Full article: http://www.astronomy.com/asy/default.aspx?c=a&id=10327